Endorsements

"Room to Breathe tells the story of a special school community that has the courage to try something positive, enriching and innovative to support their students. It is a fascinating window into the lives of today’s middle school children as we learn about their hopes, their challenges, and their dreams. The principles learned through the mindfulness sessions - focus, respect, calmness, introspection - will be of great lifelong value to the students, and, to the teachers and parents who support them."

Mary Jane Burke

Marin County Superintendent of Schools, California

"Room To Breathe is a beautifully crafted documentary and a must-see for anyone who cares about educating kids to be caring and responsible citizens in the 21st Century. More importantly, the practice of mindfulness in schools is truly the next frontier in education reform. We will never close the relentless achievement gap without this kind of intervention. It’s contemporary, relevant, evidence based, and it is working!"

Lisa R. Villarreal

Program Officer, Education, The San Francisco Foundation

"Who knew a movie about sitting quietly could be so riveting? This film beautifully and authentically portrays the power of mindfulness to change individuals, families, one classroom, and perhaps, one day, the world."

Diana Winston

Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center

"Room To Breathe is a riveting story of at-risk kids learning to take more control of their lives and actions through the powerful practice of mindfulness. As the film demonstrates, there is immense power within the practice of mindfulness. The scientific evidence is overwhelming that the ability to focus, to attend and regulate one's emotions has extraordinary positive benefit not only in regard to one's mental and physical health but to every person with whom one interacts. And the only equipment needed is desire and one's self!"

James R. Doty, M.D.

Founder and Director, The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University

"This is a meaningful, moving, and gutsy film that gives hope in the face of adversity. This film provides a powerful glimpse of what is possible when mindfulness is offered in a skillful manner to our youth in their schools."

Philippe Goldin, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology, Research Scientist, Stanford University

"An enjoyable and encouraging film about the potential value of mindfulness in our troubled schools."

Ann Shulman

Executive Director, Greater Good Science Center

"As a foundation that provides college scholarships to the graduating seniors in a small, rural public school system in Georgia, we see the negative results of impulsive and apathetic behavior in young people. Every child should be exposed to the art of mindful thinking and its ability to help them take responsibility for their actions, their life choices and their behavior. Room To Breathe is an outstanding film that portrays the importance of learning to determine ones own fate through being mindful."

Phyllis Bowen

Executive Director, Sapelo Foundation

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