About Breathworks

Vidyamala Burch, Breathworks co-founder

What We Do

We run 8-week courses which teach people how to use mindfulness and compassion to manage pain, stress, illness, and to live a happier and more fulfilled life. We also run teacher training, so that these skills can be shared all around the world, as well as retreats, professional development events, masterclasses, online events, and more.

Our courses have been scientifically researched and proven to be highly effective in dozens of published studies, yet the core of what we teach is remarkably simple and timeless.

Our History

Breathworks grew out of the life’s work of Vidyamala Burch. Vidyamala sustained spinal injuries as a young woman. This required multiple surgeries and left her with partial paraplegia and severe chronic pain.

She began to explore mindfulness and meditation in her twenties to manage her pain and found them profoundly life-changing and transformative.

She became passionate about helping others and in 2000 started running mindfulness-based ‘Peace of Mind’ courses with a Millennium Award. In 2004 she changed the name to Breathworks and co-founded a Social Enterprise with Sona Fricker and Gary Hennessey – both highly experienced mindfulness practitioners and teachers. In 2005 they developed a Teacher Training pathway so more people would be able to access Breathworks courses.

Out of these seeds Breathworks has grown to become a flourishing and dynamic international organisation with over 450 accredited teachers in over 35 countries.

Being a Social Enterprise Community Interest Company (CIC), we don’t pay dividends or have shareholders. Profits are used to offer mindfulness as widely as possible, including offering bursaries and scholarships to allow all to access our programmes.

Find out more about Breathworks.

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