Copper Beech Outreach Programs for At-Risk Children and Adults

We’re called to respond to the growing, urgent need of communities exposed to poverty, trauma and violence, by encouraging transformation at the individual and societal level, through contemplative practice. With generosity, compassion and lovingkindness at the heart of our action, Copper Beech Institute seeks to eliminate barriers to mindfulness through our outreach programs. These programs make mindfulness available to vulnerable and at-risk populations in need of guidance, including at-risk children and adults who are homeless or incarcerated.

Through our weekly outreach, teaching mindfulness to vulnerable children, the homeless, veterans and incarcerated populations throughout Connecticut, our mindfulness teachers help participants find their own pathways to healing and peace. These programs are rich with practices that can help participants find greater compassion, presence, calm and resilience in life.

We invite you to help support our outreach work with a donation today.

If you're interested in partnering with us or are an organization supporting an at-risk community in need of support, please email Executive Director Brandon Nappi to learn more.

Our Compassionate Outreach Master Teachers

Nurturing the Human Spirit with Our Outreach Partners

We are profoundly thankful to our community partners who support our work teaching mindfulness among at-risk populations. In our collaboration with these nonprofit organizations, we have been able to share contemplative practice with vulnerable populations and the communities of professionals who serve them.

  • Central Connecticut State University
  • Chrysalis
  • Community Mediation
  • Community Partners in Action
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Connecticut Children’s Hospital
  • Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Grace Academy
  • Grace Farms
  • Guardian Ad Litem Services
  • Hamden Middle School
  • Hartford Correctional Center
  • International Institute of Connecticut
  • John Dempsey Hospital
  • Laurel House
  • Manson Youth Institution
  • National Alliance on Mental Health, CT Chapter
  • National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter
  • New Horizons School
  • United Way
  • University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • Westover School
  • The Woodhall School
  • Yale Divinity School

Understanding the Contemplative Theory of Change

The most powerful resource for creating resilience and sustaining growth is the inherent human capacity to be aware. By cultivating non-judgmental awareness, contemplative practices foster physiological and psychosocial well-being, resilience and growth. According to more than two decades of research on the topic, many fields of science are demonstrating the power of evidence-based contemplative practice to promote positive change at the individual and societal level. Because it is mobile, adaptable to any population and affordable, contemplative practice can mitigate the harmful effects of stress and contribute to human flourishing. While we cannot eliminate challenging conditions in the world, we can shift how we respond to them—approaching each new test with compassionate action, resilience and equanimity.