About the CMA


The mission of the Center for Mindful AwarenessSM (CMA) is to bring mindfulness into the lives of under-resourced people and the professionals who support them, in order to deepen self-awareness, build resilience, promote self-regulation, strengthen family attachments, and reduce stress.

We address the complex issues facing under-resourced families and individuals by providing a deeply respectful environment for participants as they access and experience insights drawn from their own mindful awareness practices. The personal, experiential and responsive nature of each program is its strength.

All people have the capacity to learn and grow. The CMA believes that the best way to facilitate learning is to nurture mindful self-awareness within the context of relationship-focused, strength-building inquiry.

We accomplish this mission by teaching research-based mindful awareness practices, such as those studied by Dr. Dan Siegel and others, through the signature SHINESM (Support Honor Inspire Nurture Evolve) program.

SHINESM is a ten-week program which focuses on teaching formal and informal mindfulness practices to underserved community members, as well as to the practitioners who serve them.

We also provide tailored workshops and individual and small group mentoring for non-profit staff. These may include an introduction to the CMA’s signature Keys to MindfulnessSM, and Practical Application consultations to support staff in bringing what they have learned directly to the people they serve.


The CMA is recognized as an innovative agent for change for individuals, families and neighborhoods. The CMA program will be woven into the fabric of Baltimore’s non-profit community; especially in the way it provides compassionate care, education and support to its most vulnerable citizens. The CMA will be a national resource for innovation in teaching mindfulness to citizens, caregivers and organizations.

We are honored to have received support of the Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund, and the Blaustein Foundation. As a program of Fusion Partnerships, Inc., the CMA has 501 (c)(3) nonprofit status.


The Center’s dual purpose is to improve the mental and physical health outcomes for individuals and families, and positively impact the cultures of service-based organizations.

An essential goal for the CMA is to ensure the sustainability and impact of mindful awareness practices within our partner organizations by training qualified individuals to use these practices for themselves, and to teach them to colleagues and clients.

We are always seeking new organizations that wish to implement mindfulness training for their staff and clients. Click here if you are interested in connecting to learn more.

“When you find your breath and follow it, you begin to relax. I had peace in here today. I haven’t had peace in a week.”

~ ElderSHINE participant