We are thrilled to announce that we have launched our campaign to create the UMindfulness Center.

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We aim to become an established University of Miami Center. We aim to be a global leader in mindfulness and contemplative practices, spearheading research and training that will improve lives. 

Our Mission is to Advance the science of the mind to improve lives.

UMindfulness is a collaborative, campus-wide initiative at the University of Miami that seeks to better understand how the mind shapes our place in the world, our health, our performance, and our overall wellbeing.

Victoria Cummock Matching Challenge

A launch event was held at the home of UMindfulness Advisory Board member, Mrs. Victoria Cummock, on February 9th with special guest NY Times best-selling author and world-renowned mindfulness teacher, Sharon Salzberg. Mrs. Cummock has announced a matching challenge to support our efforts and in service of helping to create the UMindfulness Center Initiative.  The challenge grant is to match (on a one-to-one basis) all voluntary new cash donations up to $100,000 made to the UMindfulness Research and Practice Initiative Fund.  Deadline to have your gift matched is February 1, 2019.

UMindfulness Today

umindfulness center flyerUMindfulness was founded in 2010 by Amishi Jha and Scott Rogers, who continue to guide the program as its Directors of Research and of Programs and Training, respectively.

The center brings together cutting-edge technology and expertise from across our prestigious campus – from the College of Arts and Science and School of Law to the Miller School of Medicine and the Frost School of Music.

Our internationally regarded faculty conducts rigorous and groundbreaking research to further the development of life-changing training programs. Our past programs have benefitted students, teachers, athletes, military personnel, and professionals throughout South Florida, and across the country. We also offer a lecture series, workshops and training programs that invite people to deepen their understanding and practice in areas that matter to them.

By studying the efficacy and influence of contemplative practices and their underlying brain mechanisms, our research innovates ways to increase the effectiveness of contemplative training. Our vision is to engage an even broader community in the science, training, and practice of mindfulness. This vision is outlined in the three pillars set forth below.

Pillars of Success

1. Research
We must continue to seek answers to the most fascinating questions regarding mindfulness and the growing body of scientifically researched wisdom traditions, examining the relationships between brain and body; the effectiveness of training in fueling personal  momentum; the scalability and reach of training; and much more.

2. Expanded Programming
UMindfulness will continue to offer evidence-based courses, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). And, we wil also develop and implement programs for specific groups – teachers, athletes, medical professionals, first responders, corporate leaders, community organizers, and other influencers. In addition, training opportunities will be provided for specific patient groups such as those with chronic pain, cancer patients, and those with cardiovascular disease risk. Additionally, we will provide training and certification to those interested in becoming instructors.

3. Outreach
We will make the center an international hub, expanding our footprint beyond South Florida by partnering with corporate leaders, non-profits, government agencies and other organizations and groups that can help us create meaningful connections to new faces and new corners of the world.

The Path Ahead

Our bold vision is for the UMindfulness Center to be a global leader in the science and practice of mindfulness and other forms of contemplative training. As an international and local destination for innovative programming, the Center will be a hub to educate, inspire, and teach ways of using our innate abilities and resources to relieve stress and pain, ease suffering, promote healing, optimize performance, and cultivate well-being. This programming excellence will dovetail with cutting-edge neuroscience research to
advance the science of the mind to improve lives.

The realization of this goal demands funding.

We need your support to:
• Build a core endowment that allows UMindfulness to be recognized as an official University Center
• Support faculty and key academic positions, researchers, instructors
• Engage in scholarship activities
• Secure a dedicated physical space and advanced technology

Advisory Board

Marshall Ames
Victoria Cummock
Rebecca Fox
Luis Gallardo
Paul Singerman
Shelly Tygielski

A launch event was held at the home of UMindfulness Advisory Board member, Mrs. Victoria Cummock, on February 9th with special guest NY Times best-selling author and world-renowned mindfulness teacher, Sharon Salzberg. To support our efforts with a tax-deductable donation, click here.

 UMindulness co-directors, Amishi Jha and Scott Rogers with members of the advisory group and Sharon Salzberg (L to R, Shelly Tygielski, Marshall Ames, Scott Rogers, Amishi Jha, Sharon Salzberg, Victoria Cummock)  Members of the Jha Lab (L to R: Lindsey Slavin, Amishi Jha, Ekaterina Niniva, Tony Zanesco)

UMindulness co-directors, Amishi Jha and Scott Rogers with members of the advisory group and Sharon Salzberg (L to R, Shelly Tygielski, Marshall Ames, Scott Rogers, Amishi Jha, Sharon Salzberg, Victoria Cummock)

Members of the Jha Lab (L to R: Lindsey Slavin, Amishi Jha, Ekaterina Niniva, Tony Zanesco)

 Dr. Jha addresses the gathering in the courtyard of the Cummock Residence.

Dr. Jha addresses the gathering in the courtyard of the Cummock Residence.