Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Mindfulness Studies

First Advisor

Melissa Jean, PhD.

Second Advisor

Andrew Olendzki, PhD.


This creative thesis is designed to further the understanding of the considerations for offering mindfulness training in the workplace and to offer mindfulness practitioners a guide for introducing and facilitating mindfulness training into their workplaces. This thesis consists of two primary components: 1) a rationale paper and 2) a creative component. The rationale paper includes a literature review that focuses on the benefits and risks of offering mindfulness training in the workplace; these form the business case for bringing mindfulness to the workforce and identify the gaps in the research that prompted the questions underlying this thesis. These gaps were explored in a mindfulness pilot, the results of which were used to develop recommendations for offering mindfulness training in the workplace. These recommendations are then offered in the creative component of this thesis. The creative component contains the essential elements needed for a mindfulness practitioner to introduce and facilitate mindfulness at their place of work. This includes a sample business case, needs assessment, change/communications plan, facilitator’s guide, and model curriculum, which can be modified and adapted by mindfulness practitioners to tailor the training based on the need. Combined, the considerations developed in the rationale paper and the creative component will allow mindfulness practitioners to offer mindfulness training in the workplace, thus increasing expansion into the mainstream workforce.

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