A 21st Century Village For Wholeness, Social Change, & Sustainability

Healing From the Past, Knowing Your Place in the Present 

Brings A Mindful & Conscious Future.



Mindful Ways is a partner of the Urban Eco-Village of San Jose. Our village is based on the “Sustainable Urban Village Model: A Biomimic Design”. Our Mindful and Ecological Camps are grounded in creating systems that reflect the patterns and principals in our local ecology. This approach is the most resilient and stable system known to us. Ecosystems are self-replicating, self-propagating, and self-maintaining. Learning and facilitating natural systems increase in complexity and resiliency over time and uses resources effectively by cycling them through tens of thousands of interactions, which will be reflected in the community. When this space is held in a Mindful and Conscious way the community grows roots in empathy, compassion, and altruism through seeing the interconnectedness.

Our model of ecological systems facilitates the end of every process is the beginning of another. Every organism depends on countless others and, in turn, relies upon the whole. This process emphasizes the importance of mindfulness, the goal of education is not the acquisition of knowledge but the intertwining of it. The purpose of a mindful and ecological approach is to create communities capable of applying knowledge from multiple domains in new and novel situations. Creative problem solving is the ability to see or combine previously disconnected concepts in new circumstances. Through our Mindful and Ecological Camps, we can bring not only a community back to a sustainable place but bring caring and courageous kids.

Explore science, nature, yoga, cooking and the arts through hands-on experiential education led by the Bay Area’s leading 

Mindful Culture Creative Educators! 

Week 1 June 11-15   Mindful Ecology & Local Ecology

Week 2 June 18-22  Mindful Body & Soil Ecology

Week 3 June 25-29  Mindful Emotions & Water Ecology

Week 4 July 9-13      Mindful Heart & Energy Ecology

Week 5 July 16-20  Mindful Communication & Climate Ecology

Week 6 July 23-27   Mindful Knowledge & Sustainable Ecology

Week 7 July 30-Aug 3 Mindful Vision & Regenerative Ecology 

Summer Camp Badge Program

Our summer camps are about integrating the connection to the land and health of the community.  Throughout the day there are many actives, exploration and self-reflective time to integrate each child's experience. We will be cooking every day from the gardens, so no lunch needed and on Thursday we cook pizza in our clay outdoor pizza oven.  Every Friday we take a field trip to get more hands-on experience in what the children have been exploring during the week. They will receive badges for the core learning of the week from the  Mindfulness and Local Ecology lessons. When children have the layers of support to explore, question and connect the possibilities are unlimited for the future of our plant and the people.


$255.00 Weekly


Ages: 6-12

Extended Camp Hours

Drop off: 7:30am-$40.00 weekly

Later Pick Up: 5:30pm-$50.00 weekly

Multiple Camp Discounts

2 or More Camps: $15.00 off each camp

To register for multiple camps please email or call

 “Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence” reveal how education that engages in some of the most pressing ecological issues of the day advances academic achievement, fosters resilience, and helps school communities play a vital role in protecting the natural world.

-David Goleman

What is Mindfulness?

    The practice of mindfulness has been proven to make a very valuable and efficient contribution to the problems so many of us face in our schools. Mindfulness means to be truly there, body and mind together in the present moment. When we are able to come back to ourselves, to our emotions, and to those around us we can recognize our habitual behavior, discover new options and make better choices. We can truly get in touch with ourselves, other people and with life, thus greatly benefitting our relationships. Compassion arises quite naturally, as does a sense of inner peace, joy and vitality.  It is our experience that especially children and young people appreciate this opportunity to increase their personal freedom and to choose an ethical direction for their lives.

    We can teach children to begin to pay attention to those things in the present moment that they never noticed before through a process called mindfulness. Mindfulness is de- fined as “the awareness that emerges through paying atten- tion on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmen- tally to the unfolding of experiences moment by moment” Kabat-Zinn. The first part of this definition expresses the idea that mindfulness is an active process; it involves active attention which leads to awareness. The second part of the definition highlights that it regards the present, rather than the past or future. The third part emphasizes that the atten- tion is nonjudgmental and accepting, without thinking that the experience of the present moment is good or bad, right or wrong, important or not. It involves attending to the ex- ternal environment such as sights, sounds, and smells, as well as to internal bodily sensations, thoughts, and feelings. In practicing mindfulness, one becomes aware of the current internal and external experiences, observes them carefully, accepts them, and allows them to be let go of in order to at- tend to another present moment experience

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