Caloosahatchee Mindfulness is part of Heart's Path to Mindful Living, Inc. and supports the following Vision and Mission.
Our Vision: Opening doors to well-being, we offer programs and services that inform, educate and support opportunities for Mindfulness study and practice.
Our Mission: Caloosahatchee Mindfulness envisions a connected community where Mindfulness improves the quality of life and well-being of Southwest Floridians.
What is Hearts' Path to Mindful Living, Inc.
Hearts' Path to Mindful Living, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that supports programs of Mindfulness in the community. Originating in 2006 with the direction of four visionary founders, the organization has continued to grow and expand into the community. In 2010 Hearts' Path became a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.
In 2011 a unique community educational event Living MindFULLY was created by Hearts' Path and eight community partners including Lee County Parks and Recreation, Cypress Cove Retirement Community, Lee County Alliance for the Arts, Renaissance School, SWFL Naturally, Integrative Mindfulness, and HDPR Group. The three weeks of programs and events were developed to promote community awareness of mindful living and culminated in a one-day Festival and Peace Walk at Lakes Park where more than thirty vendors displayed products and services that support mindful living. Approximately five hundred people attended the Festival which also involved many volunteers and performance groups.
Community Education Activities
Hearts' Path teachers have introduced Mindfulness in the community to more than a thousand people through:
- Weekly mindfulness meditation classes
- .Alliance of the Arts "Year of Mindfulness" programs
- A day-long retreat introducing Mindfulness to Lee Health System Cardiac Nurses.
- Since 2006 a total of fourteen courses in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction have been offered in Fort Myers and Cape Coral with 300 graduates.
- Five Mindfulness for Stress Reduction programs were presented at Cypress Cove Retirement Community where a meditation group continues to meet weekly to practice mindfulness. One of these programs was the subject of a doctoral dissertation reporting on the positive benefits for seniors living in a retirement community.
- Numerous courses in mindful living have been offered at CareFree Community with about one hundred residents participating during the last three years.
- A grant was received from the Lymphedema organization to provide a four-week mindfulness education class to breast cancer survivors.
- South Port Square in Port Charlotte sponsored a five-week mindfulness program for their residents.
- Quarterly educational programs for Lee Memorial Health System cardiac rehabilitation patients, sponsored by the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit.
- Many free programs have been offered through the Speakers' Bureau for victims of spouse abuse (ACT), retired federal employees, office managers of Lee Health System, All Faiths Unitarian Church, Cape Wellness Center, the Lee Health System Parrish Nurses, Pulmonary Support group, Lee County Health Department employees, residents of Presbyterian Homes in Lehigh Acres, the Share Club of Lee Health, the MS Society of Southwest Florida, the Alpha One Group of Naples, the Lee County Library System.