Cultivating Mental Wellness Through Mindfulness in Schools
April 22, 2024

By Tafadzwa Ashely Gore, 2024 Future Blue Youth Council member

In today’s fast-paced world, where stress and pressure are prevalent, fostering mental well-being has become increasingly essential. Mindfulness, rooted in ancient traditions, has emerged as a powerful tool for promoting mental resilience and emotional balance. Joyful Ecomind Wellness Foundation’s Mindful Nature Project exemplifies this integration of mindfulness with environmental engagement, particularly tailored for school communities.

What is Mindfulness?

Originating from ancient Buddhist practices, mindfulness emphasizes present-moment awareness and non-judgmental acceptance of one’s thoughts, emotions, and surroundings. The Mindful Nature Project seeks to harness the principles of mindfulness to cultivate mental wellness among students. With objectives centered around promoting mental health literacy, coping mechanisms for academic pressures, and fostering an appreciation for nature, the project aims to empower students to thrive amidst challenges.


The project entails hosting training sessions at schools, where students engage in discussions on mental health awareness and coping strategies. Incorporating elements of eco-therapy and outdoor activities, the sessions immerse students in nature, fostering a deeper connection with their environment and themselves. Joy Sandere, the founder of the foundation, plans to introduce storytelling techniques in future sessions to enhance student engagement and comprehension.


Collaborating with educational institutions, Joyful Ecomind Wellness Foundation partners with schools to implement the Mindful Nature Project. By working closely with school administrations, teachers, and students, the project ensures a comprehensive approach to mental wellness within school communities.


The project focuses on working with students due to their vulnerability to academic pressures and mental health challenges. By equipping students with mindfulness practices and environmental awareness, the project aims to instill lifelong skills for resilience and well-being.


The project duration spans multiple quarters, allowing for sustained engagement and impact. With ongoing support and collaboration, the project aims to create lasting change within school communities.

Over the past three months, Joy and her team have successfully hosted their inaugural training session at Gisambai Secondary School, engaging 126 student participants. Despite challenges such as timing constraints during exam season, the session received positive feedback, with participants expressing gratitude for the timely intervention. Moving forward, Joy remains committed to expanding the project’s reach and impact, with plans for additional sessions and enhanced social media outreach.

In conclusion, the Mindful Nature Project exemplifies a holistic approach to mental wellness, integrating mindfulness practices with environmental engagement to empower students to thrive in both mind and spirit. Through ongoing collaboration and dedication, Joyful Ecomind Wellness Foundation continues to pave the way for a brighter, more resilient future for school communities.

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