About
The Mindfulness
Ambassador Program

Evidence-Based Curriculum

The Mindfulness Ambassador Program offers individuals a forum to meet face-to-face and learn about constructive ways to address personal, social and community challenges. At the heart of the program are basic mindfulness practices that help individuals access the wisdom within themselves and within the group. The program establishes a common language based on sharing, modelling and practicing 12 universal principles that provide participants with tools to unlock human potential and strengthen overall well-being.

Program Objectives

Participants of all ages experience a range of secular mindfulness practices and strategies that enhance their capacity to live in the present moment. They learn to hold space for reflection, forge deeper connections with themselves and everyone around them. They explore their talents and gifts. They ask questions. They build a repertoire of resources to help them develop as knowledgeable, responsible and caring citizens.

Curriculum Pillars

Mindfulness

As a core pillar of the Mindfulness Ambassador Program (MAP), we recognize the important history and epistemology of mindfulness and that its practices are not exclusive to Buddhism nor any other religious faith. Furthermore, by adapting secular practices, it helps program facilitators set the stage for inclusivity, diversity, and equity - welcoming participants of any faith, or none so that they can learn and examine how the practice can deepen their faith, spirituality, and overall well-being.

Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

The MAP integrates a systemic approach to SEL intentionally cultivating a caring, participatory and equitable learning environment. Our educational content infuses the five interrelated sets of cognitive, affective and behavioral competencies that are defined and well researched by CASEL. By facilitating the development of such skills such as how to manage emotions and make responsible decisions, SEL-based programs can serve as important factors for human development and change the way individuals adapt to their environment and respond to stress.

The Way of Council

The practice of the council process sets the stage for participation in the MAP. Its origins are based in the Ojai Foundation lineage and can be traced to the League of the Iroquois and the Peoples of the Plains and Southwestern Pueblos. More recently, the traditional practice of council has emerged in contemporary form through the Native American Church. In the council practice, individuals are exposed to a group process in which community interests and values are discussed and where the practice of listening and speaking from the heart leads to a culture of mutual respect, support, and ethical concern for each other.