Mindful Ways

Village School

Join us for classes that match every level of experience.


Mindful Ways Parent Co-Op Preschool 

Mindful Ways is part of the Urban Eco-Village of San Jose. Our village school is based on the “Sustainable Urban Village Model: A Biomimic Design,” with curriculum grounded in 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. They increase in complexity and resiliency over time, and use resources effectively by cycling them through tens of thousands of interactions. Every organism depends on countless others and, in turn, relies upon the whole. Therefore, the goal of mindful education is not the acquisition of knowledge, but the intertwining of it.

Our school aims to create communities rooted in empathy, compassion, healing, interconnection, altruism, and creative problem solving. We combine previously disconnected concepts into new circumstances, bringing basic sustainability back into the community, along with caring and courageous kids.

We believe childhood should be joyful and wholesome. We believe in the value of climbing trees, harvesting veggies, catching frogs and making mud pies. We believe that empathy, love, curiosity, and respect are the truest foundation of learning. We believe in diversity, tolerance, and healthy boundaries. We believe in the healing power of the great outdoors.

The Rhythm of the Day:

9:15-10:00 am - Gather in the Garden & Harvesting

10:00-10:20 am - Morning Mindful Circle

10:20-11:00 am - Self and Community Exploration & Projects

11:00-11:20 am - Music

11:25-11:45 am - Community Lunch

11:45-12:00 pm - Clean up & Mindful Closing Circle

The rhythm of our days fluctuate, just as children do. 

Our goal is to allow the children to feel safe to explore the essence of who they are, as this gives them the ability to build cooperative relationships, and brings true health.

Ages: 2.5-5 years

The Wonderful World of Nature

Schedules and Fees

We are a grassroots organization, embracing of diversity. Membership fees allow for the upkeep of the land, maintenance, staffing, and other regenerative work for the eco-village. They also allow those who need a sliding scale the ability to join, while keeping prices reachable for the whole community. We offer discounts for parent education, wellness classes, after-school programs, lectures, and special events. Membership is not required; we support what works best for your family.

Please enroll early to hold your spot for 2018-2019 Exploration Year!

3 Day Program: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday                    Fall Module        12 weeks    Sept 10-Nov 16   $828.00  

                                                                                                                            Winter Module 12 weeks   Nov 26-Feb 22     $828.00   

                                                                                                                            Spring Module  12 weeks   March 4-May 25 $828.00

2 Day Program: Tuesday & Thursday                                          Fall Module 12 weeks Sept 10-Nov 16 $576.00

                                                                                    Winter Module 12 weeks Nov 26-Feb 22 $576.00

                                                                                                                            Spring Module 12 weeks March 4-May 25 $576.00 

1 Day Program: Tuesday or Thursday                                       Fall Module 12 weeks Sept 10-Nov 16 $300.00

                                                                                Winter Module 12 weeks Nov 26-Feb 22 $300.00

                                                                                 Spring Module 12 weeks March 4-May 25 $300.00 

Preschool Registration Fee: $50

Sliding scale and payment options available.

Please call 408-891-3751 for more information.

We look forward to growing with you!

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