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Welcome to the Urban Mindfulness Foundation

Our sessions have temporarily moved online. Join us for midweek online Zoom simply sitting sessions on Wednesdays between 8-9am and community practice and discussion sessions on Saturdays 10am-12noon.

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The Urban Mindfulness Foundation C.I.C

Where we embrace our differences and connect through our common humanity

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Mindfulness Based Inclusion Training Courses and Retreat Days 2020

Mindfulness Based Living Course 2020 - Date to be confirmed- £80
Compassion Based Living Course 2020 - Date to be confirmed - £120
Mindfulness Based Inclusion Training - Date to be confirmed - £160
(suggested donations)

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Best Black Mindfulness Teachers in the UK – Offering Mindfulness for people of colour and all colours

The Urban Mindfulness Foundation Meet the Mayor and his team

The Mayor of London and his team showed great belief in us by pledging a massive £40K to our crowdfunding campaign. Whilst we successfully raised £60K with 140 backers, we didn't make the full target but we are already planning to try again next year. Thanks all!

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Mindfulness Meditations for people of colour, the LGBTQ community, and all those who experience marginalisation

Mindfulness Inclusion Drop in Sessions - Join us online

The Red House, 13 Upton Lane, E7 9PN 10.30am-12.30pm. Usually every fortnight - currently online daily Mon-Fri 8-9am and Saturdays 10am-12pm

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We are in a moment of transformation – Unity, Equality, Inclusion, Diversity bringing us all together!

Urban Mindfulness Foundation Training Courses

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Welcome to the Urban Mindfulness Foundation C.I.C

A not for profit Social Enterprise providing FREE Mindfulness Training Courses that help embrace the challenges of Urban living.

The Urban Mindfulness Foundation provides Mindfulness Training Courses in City locations for Individuals, Families, Youth Groups, Schools, and Business. Every course is designed to facilitate health, well being and pro-social connection by embracing our individual uniqueness and connecting through our common humanity.

Mindfulness Courses & Training

Our bespoke training sessions help to introduce the practice in a safe, professional and relating way.

Each of our practitioners have a depth of personal and academic experience including mindfulness studies to a least MSc Level or equivalent and we each follow the UK Network for Mindfulness Based-Teachers Good Practice Guidelines.

We deliver the Mindfulness Associations; Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC), the Compassion Based Living Course (CBLC) and the Mindfulness In Schools Project, dot b and Paws b courses.

We also offer our own Mindfulness Based Inclusion Training Programme (MBIT) or MyBIT. Which is a social mindfulness programme that introduces subjects of equality, diversity and inclusion into our mindfulness practice in a way that facilitates prosocial change.


Join us for a free online Zoom session

Date: Saturday 20th June 2020 Time: 10am-12pm(UK)

Mindful Ageing – for all ages


We are delighted to invite Dr. John Darwin and Mike Pupius to offer this wonderful session on Mindful ageing as part of our evolving inclusive community of practice.

The Centre for Mindful Life Enhancement is based in Sheffield, UK.    Our courses in Mindfulness Based Life Enhancement have been taken by over 750 people in the last decade, and for several years now we have been running courses and continuation sessions in Mindful Ageing.   We also spoke on this theme to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mindfulness last year.

Over the past three months we have prepared a free online version of our Mindful Ageing course, which can be taken by participants in their own time.  In this session we will outline what we mean by Mindful Ageing, and show through practice, mindful movement and material developed for our course how mindfulness can contribute to active and positive ageing.

Shunryu Suzuki [‘Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind’] was once asked “Why do we meditate?”.  He answered with a laugh “So you can enjoy your old age”.   That is our view too, and we would like to explain why in this session.

As co-founders of CMLE we have been exploring and practising mindfulness for many years.  We both have a Master of Science Degree in Mindfulness Studies from the University of Aberdeen.

This experiential session of teaching, practice and sharing will be lead by Dr John Darwin and Mike Pupius of the Centre for Mindful Life Enhancement.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Click below for Zoom links to enter sessions:

> Join the Mindful Ageing event 10-12pm Saturday June 20th 2020


We have temporarily moved online! Join us

Mindfulness Training for all people Social Mindfulness Group covering life topics such as racial justice, equality, diversity and inclusion. Multicultural Mindfulness Specialist

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic lock down we have moved our community  mindfulness sessions online to ensure we maintain physical distancing whilst maintaining social connection. Why not log in and join us for a practice on Wednesdays and Saturday discussions.

Click below for Zoom links to enter sessions:

> Wednesdays 8 – 9am – Simply sitting sessions

> Saturdays 10am – 12pm – Urban Mindfulness Foundation Online Community Meetup

Other Covid-19 Mindful Resources:

> Mindfulness for Staying at Home & After

> Clear Mind International – Living Resource

> Free mindfulness resources during shut down

Regular mindfulness drop in classes in Newham, East London

Face to Face classes Postponed until further notice due to 

Covid-19 lock down

Why not come along to one of our regular drop in classes  every  Saturday morning. Drop in classes are delivered on a suggested donation basis to ensure Mindfulness Training is available to anyone who wishes to practice as part of a group. 

Leading Black Mindfulness Teachers in the UK

Online drop in sessions are held every Wednesday and Saturday

Saturdays Time:  10.00am to 12.00 noon

Wednesdays Time:  08.00am to 09.00 noon

Location: Online Via Zoom.


Mindfulness Based Inclusion Training

MBIT or MyBIT

Together we have developed the first Mindfulness Based Inclusion Training programme that we know of in the UK.

The MBIT programme is designed to deepen your practice through social and cultural exploration.

By inviting the subjects of equality, diversity and inclusion into our contemplation’s and reflections, we invite new insights to emerge into our social and cultural conditioning’s that can distort the way we see ourselves and each other. Ultimately, MBIT is about developing wise discernment, critical thinking and the maturation of compassionate and courageous beings interested in equality, diversity and inclusion at the absolute and relative levels. 

Join us for an MBIT taster session on the 17th May working in collaboration with the mindfulness association 

Click HERE for more info on MBIT


The Mayor of London pledged £40,000 to our project

UK Leading Back Mindfulness Teachers Dean Francis and Aesha Francis of the Urban Mindfulness Foundation

The Urban Mindfulness Foundation (UMF) and partners raised £60K to deliver an exciting innovative project that included offering FREE Mindfulness Courses to schools in Newham with the aim to make Mindfulness accessible and relatable at the grass roots of our community in a way that meets Newham’s diverse needs. Unfortunately, we did not manage to reach our final target. However, will be taking another bite at the cherry next year using all that we have learnt this time round.

We are delighted that the The Mayor of London demonstrated his belief in this project by pledging £40,000 towards the campaign and we send him and his team a massive thank you for all of the support.


Mindful News

The Urban Mindfulness Foundation are committed to mindfulness and social change or progress! As such we are pleased to have been mentioned by the Mindfulness & Social Change Network in a critical article on Independent Global Media Platform Open Democracy regarding Mindfulness and Social Change. The Article drafted by Luke Wreford and Paula Haddock is a collaborative response to issues regarding the Mindfulness Milieu and how it meets the intersection of Social Change.

Below is the article we were mentioned in and other important articles that have helped ensure our practice and training is delivered in a balanced way that invites the difficult social questions to our practice so that new insight arise into our social and cultural conditioning that distort our relationships with ourselves, each other and the systems we live in. Ultimately providing a new social form of mindfulness that nutures both individual and social wellbeing.

Click here to read the full article

For more info on the mindfulness and social change network visit:   https://mindfulnessandsocialchange.org/

Other important and interesting articles and material on mindfulness and social change:

Can mindfulness help us midst covid 19 and beyond?

Time for new thinking about mindfulness and social change

The social mindfulness toolbox

Social mindfulness as a force for change

Mindfulness and It’s Limitations in a Neoliberal Society

The mindfulness conspiracy, capitalist-spirituality

The Myth of McMindfulness.

Moving mindfulness from ‘me’ to ‘we’

Other important and fascinating links, articles, videos and reading materials are available under membership pages.


Our Moral Foundations

We also offer Free Mindfulness Training Courses for groups who would not normally be able to afford it!  

In collaboration with the Mindfulness Association’s Everyone Project and the Hart Knowe Trust; we provide Free 8-week Mindfulness Based Living Courses to eligible Groups and Organisations with Service Users who would not normally be able to access mindfulness training due to financial constraints or other difficulties. The Free mindfulness courses are funded by your donations and the Mindfulness Association and Hart Knowe Trust’s Everyone Project.

 If you have a Group of people or a Community Organisation who you think would benefit from Mindfulness Training, but would not normally be able to access it please get in touch.

   Ideal for Charities, Youth Groups, Community Groups, Social Service Groups, Care Leaver Support Organisations, Mental Health Support Groups and Organisations, Criminal Justice, Reform and Rehabilitation Support Groups as well as many other Community Support Organisations and low income support organisations. 

Please get in touch or complete our Free Mindfulness Training Opportunities application form here!


Please See A Project that has Inspired our Cause

Promoting Cultural Intelligence through Mindfulness Practice

Highlighted in the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group Report “Mindful Nation UK”.  The importance, application and delivery of Mindfulness Based Interventions in the context of socio-economically deprived and ethnically diverse urbanised demographic communities requires significant improvement.

Consequently, The Urban Mindfulness Foundation are focused on developing ways to address the requirements as highlighted in the Parliamentary Report to ensure Mindfulness Training can be delivered authentically to a more diverse audience that represents Urban life.

We also aim to encourages people from an ever widening demographic to both practice and learn to teach Mindfulness across all cultural, religious, ethnic and socio-economical divides.

Ultimately there is a wish that this venture  leads to greater cultural intelligence and harmonious inter-connectivity that alleviates some of the suffering of division we see in the world today. If you would like to work with us please contact us on unity@urbanmindfulnessfoundation.co.uk

All our courses are offered on a suggested donation basis and concessionary discount codes are offered to those who are unable to meet the suggested donation.

If you require a concessionary discount code please email us