Veterans are at the core of all we do and provide at The Mindful Warrior Project (MWP). Our signature program is a 10 session mindfulness training called The Way of The Mindful Warrior. This course is specifically created for the veteran community and addresses the challenges and opportunities that are uniquely theirs. While remaining firmly grounded in mindfulness (practice and orientation), the course explores themes like self-compassion, self-forgiveness, acceptance, and non-judgment. Taking it a step further, the course guides veterans in actually experiencing these concepts for themselves. Through this unique combination (conceptual and experiential), many veterans begin to have hope for the first time and begin to see how they really can heal their invisible wounds. To find out more about this powerful course please contact us.
In addition, MWP provides on-going free events throughout the greater Los Angeles area in locations such as Brentwood Presbyterian Church, the East LA VA Clinic, Pasadena American Legion Post #280, the Chatsworth Vet Center, and Bob Hope Patriotic Hall. We also provide monthly events open only to the veterans residing in transitional housing programs in Inglewood and on Skid Row. (To find out more, contact us). We create safe, confidential places for camaraderie, learning about mindfulness, healing, and a connection to a vast network of partner organization resources. The open events also serve as an opportunity for family members and the support community to become educated about the challenges and opportunities that the veterans and their families face. We host some incredible keynote speakers and screen some important films, followed by panel discussions, through the year. Please see our Events page for the most current details. We sincerely hope to meet you at one of these events soon!
The challenges that veterans face reach far beyond themselves. The military-connected family member very often carries the burdens of these challenges, alone and confused. Left unchecked, the effects of trauma and stress become generational. The Mindful Warrior Project is committed to helping these family members connect to the community of care that is there for them and to shed some light on the challenges they are facing. Mindfulness is the foundation on which we build the concepts and experience of taking care of oneself first, establishing boundaries, and learning to observe and respond with openness, wisdom, and care. At the core of this program lies self-compassion, learning to forgive (self and others), and practicing acceptance (not condoning) of what is happening moment by moment.
Together we can begin the healing process and break the chain of generational trauma now. By becoming empowered to participate in our own healing and cultivate our own well-being, through a mindfulness practice, we can continue these processes throughout the remainder of our lives. Explore with us The Way of The Mindful Warrior Family.
Why we feel it is so important to serve the family members as well as the service members themselves: Watch here.
Service / Care Providers
The Mindful Warrior Project brings mindfulness to organizations and individuals who serve veterans. We offer workshops for the veteran clients of these programs as well as for staff and management.
Our signature program is a 10-session mindfulness course called The Way of The Mindful Warrior. This course is specifically created for the veteran community and addresses the challenges and opportunities that are uniquely theirs.
Introduction to Mindfulness: 1.5 – 2 hour introduction to mindfulness for staff (clinicians, management, care givers, etc.).
The Way of The Mindful Service/Care Provider: Go deeper with this 6 – 8 hour mindfulness workshop that begins with exploring your own self-empowering mindfulness practice and continues with how you can begin to bring mindfulness to those you serve.
We recognize that not all people who serve veterans are associated with an organization and customize workshops for a wide variety of needs. Please see our Events page for upcoming workshops or contact us for more information.
MWP is mobile. We travel to where the needs are throughout California.
Where you can find us
Volunteers of America - VOALA
Brentwood Presbyterian Church
WLA VA and Sepulveda VA Stand Downs
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
Bob Hope Patriotic Hall
Jewish Vocational Services
Imperial County Department of Behavioral Health Services
Women Veterans Roundtable
CalVet Summits and Conferences
Women Veterans Empowerment Center
USC School of Social Work
California Alliance of Information & Referral Services (CAIRS)
Drum to Learn
Ventura County Naval Base
SPA 2 Council for Family Well-Being
Native Voices at the Autry
Almost Home Transitional Housing
VA Women Veterans Summit & Gala
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
m.a.r.y. foundation - m.a.r.y.'s Day
Victim Advocates Training
First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara
Valiant VA Claims Services
Libraries throughout Southern California
Holman United Methodist Church
April: Month of the Military Child Events
Congressman Tony Cárdenas' Veterans Advisory Council
Agape International Spiritual Center
PBS Veterans/Military Events
Homeless Health Care Los Angeles
Veteran Resource Fairs
Military and Veterans Social Work Caucus
211 Los Angeles County
Los Angeles Veteran & Families Stand Down
Pulse of Burbank
Association of Batterers Intervention Programs
Beyond the Battlefield
Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion - US Army
National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan
Mental Valor Project
Project Safe - The Help Group
Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma
LA Law Library
Helping Hands Conference for Women Veterans
Native American Veterans Association
Returning Soldiers Speak
Family Violence & Sexual Assault Institute
Peace Day Santa Barbara
Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative (University of Southern California/Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families)
Glendale and the Verdugos Veterans Coalition
Women Veterans Collaborative (West Los Angeles VA)
San Fernando Valley Veterans Employment Council
DCFS Regional Community Alliance