Mindfulness for Austria

The project Mindfulness for Austria developed out of the project Mindfulness in Arabic which derived from the Middle Eastern organization ToWo Group. We experience collective development as a dynamic process. We align ourselves with the most up to date approach within the EU, in terms of the con­cei­ving of projects. As a group we gather feedback, debate over next logical steps, all the while con­si­de­ring the current migration situation. Some steps could already be implemented in the last few years. Others are currently in the planning stage.

Already implemented steps of
Mindfulness in Arabic

3 test runs of trauma sensitive mindfulness exercises in Arabic with refugees and counselors in Istanbul (Turkey) and Chios (Greece)

Publication of a brochure on the theme Trauma and Resilience in Arabic in Arabic

Provision of 3 trauma sensitive mindfulness exercises in Arabic and Englisch on a free online platform receiving over 1600 hits

Implementation of the pedagogical guide Mindfulness for Stress and Trauma on a free online platform

Introduction of the topic Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness with basis on psycho- and traumatherapy and mindfulness at international conferences (e.g. The Migration Conference, International Conference on Mindfulness in Denmark, Konferenz des Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at the Prifysgol Bangor University in England)

Webinars on Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness & Work in Conflict Regions

Collecting Feedback from experts, who share the information with refugees all over the world

Already implemented steps of
Mindfulness for Austria

Announcement of Mindfulness in Arabic via video‐clips, e.g. Mindfulness in Arabic (with subtitles)

Announcement of Mindfulness for Austria through various submissions (platform Bildünger, Ö1‐Initiative Reparatur der Zukunft, Orte des Respekts of the crowdfunding platform Respekt.net), Ö1 award in connection with Reparatur der Zukunft, presentation at the event Markt der Zukunft in Graz

Start of a cooperation with the University of Vienna / Mindfulness in Teacher Education and Schools

Dr. Karlheinz Valtl is the project manager of Mindfulness in Teacher Education and Schools at the University of Vienna and is head of the Master’s degree program Mindfulness in Education, Counselling and Health Care at the KPH in Vienna/Krems. His expertise on Pedagogy of Mindfulness sets the direction for incorporating trauma sensitive exercises, especially in German courses. We are excited about the collaboration!

More collective steps are planned

8 week pilot for trauma sensitive mindfulness exercises in Arabic

Evaluation of trauma sensitive mindfulness exercises in relation to their low threshold

Creation & publication of an efficiency analysis of the 8 week pilot

Adaptation & provision of an 8 week plan for trauma sensitive mindfulness exercises online in Arabic & English

Passing on of trauma sensitive mindfulness exercises in Arabic to expert organizations in Austria

Translation and adaptation of trauma sensitive mindfulness exercises in Arabic into other languages of refugees (e.g. Dari, Pashtu, Russian, Mandarin) as well as into German, in collaboration with persons of the target group

Development of a possible inclusion of trauma sensitive mindfulness exercises in German courses in Austria

Train‐the‐trainer Workshops in Arabic to benefit Web‐Counsellors for Online‐Services in Arabic

Train‐the‐trainer Service for German teachers in Austria (e.g. workshops, webinars, open‐source material)

Overall networking

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