A meditation initiative to encourage office workers to take a break mid-day for nourishing brain function. The techniques taught by the certified mindfulness instructor are aimed at relieving stress, increasing focus, and improving overall brain function. Long term effects of a regular practice include improved sleep, better immune response, and a general sense of increased happiness and purpose. Brain Break is currently offered on-site to employees at the Pitkin County Human Services office and on-site at the Pitkin County Courthouse. This program focuses on guided meditation and breathing exercises. Healthy snacks are also offered to provide an energy boost to the body. Please consider sponsoring a Brain Break participant. These essential service workers are a part of the backbone of our valley. The wellbeing of one affects the wellbeing of all.


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Pilot Period: 3/1/2017 - 9/1/2017

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Every other Wednesday (Stress Recess occurs on alternating Wednesdays)

Pilot Period: 4/5/2017 - 10/5/2017


$35 Sponsor one employee for 1 month of weekly meditation instruction + healthy snack

Sponsor 1 person for 1 month

$70 Sponsors two employees for 1 month of weekly meditation instruction + healthy snack

sponsor 2 people for 1 month

Commonly Asked Questions:

Q. What is a pilot period and why is it 6 months long? 

A. ACW is very evidence-based. We’ve aggregated the data collected from our local population (an exhaustive library of it is here) and noticed some trends. Our programs are designed to address known stress factors using simple but effective interventions. We are utilizing our funds to invest in pilot programs that occur in the workplace at least once per week for consistency. We hire trained professionals to teach movement, breathing, and meditation on-site. We also occasionally offer chair massage to workers and provide healthy meals to integrate nutrition. By showing up consistently and with impactful programs, we are seeing the participants adopt lasting lifestyle changes that increase their wellbeing. We survey the participants before and after the 6-month pilot programs to measure the efficacy. In order for our organization to grow to reach more people, the pilot programs are 6 months in duration after which we present the findings to the work site’s leadership and ask that they budget to continue the offerings. When the employer begins investing resources in these programs, that indicates a shift in the organization’s culture. They now value the benefits enough to make them a part of how they operate.