Cape Town, South Africa

The .b program (pronounced dot be) is a classroom-based mindfulness curriculum best suited to ages 10 – 12 years old. .b stands for ‘stop and be’, a simple practice at the heart of this course. The program is offered formally as a series of eight lessons, each around 60 minutes. Each lesson teaches a specific mindfulness skill that can be integrated into a child’s daily life.

What makes .b distinctive?

.b was carefully crafted by the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MISP) to engage everyone, including the most cynical of teenage student audiences. It is taught with striking visuals, film clips and activities that bring mindfulness to life without losing the expertise and integrity of classic mindfulness teaching. The lessons are fun and engaging! Feedback from students who take part in the .b program is very positive. You can read here to see what past students have to say.

What are .b’s objectives?

The aim of .b is to give students mindfulness as a life skill. Students use it:

  • to help cope with stress and anxiety
  • to support concentration and learning
  • to fall asleep more easily
  • to relate more skillfully to others
  • to support performance such as music and sport
  • to feel happier, calmer and more fulfilled

How is .b structured?

This 8-week course (adapted to fit into a South African school term) is structured in the following way:

  • Week 1: An Introduction to Mindfulness
  • Week 2: Playing Attention
  • Week 3: Taming the Animal Mind
  • Week 4: Recognising Worry
  • Week 5: Being Here Now and Moving Mindfully
  • Week 6: Stepping Back
  • Week 7: Befriending the Difficult
  • Week 8: Taking in the Good and Putting it All Together

If you are interested but require a little more to convince you (or your head of school!) then please click here for the research evidence that supports the benefits in mindfulness training for young people.

Please feel free to contact me at to discuss how the .b program can be delivered in your school.

Past Pupils' Comments:

The best thing about doing the .b course was learning how to breathe and calm myself down when I am nervous.

ISCT Pupil Grade 6

It was fun to do it with our friends.

ISCT Pupil Grade 6

The .b course helped me with school in general.

ISCT Pupil Grade 6

It helped me find new ways to calm myself down when I am stressed.

ISCT Pupil Grade 6

I enjoy all of the .b techniques but the FOFBOC was my favourite.

Rustenburg Girls Junior Pupil Grade 5

It was a calm time in my stressful day.

Rustenburg Girls Junior Pupil Grade 5

My pet bunny passed away and it helped me to deal with it.

Rustenburg Girls Junior Pupil Grade 5

It helped with my stress with my horse riding.

Rustenburg Girls Junior Pupil Grade 5

If I am out of concentration, I am able to use a breather to just relax and get back to where I'm meant to be and what I am meant to focus on.

Greenfields Pupil Grade 5

I liked connecting as a class. And learning how I could fall asleep better and quicker.

Rustenburg Girls Junior Pupil Grade 5

It has helped me calm down and be relaxed in serious situations.

Rustenburg Girls Junior Pupil Grade 5

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