The Center for Mind-Body Medicine

Who we are

We combine modern science, wise tradition, and human connection to create a powerful new medicine centered on a simple concept–self-care. We are teaching thousands to heal millions– and by teaching the teachers first, we see individuals, families and communities everywhere reconnecting with themselves and one another to embrace the richness of our human experience.

The Center for Mind-Body Medicine is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

What we do

The Center teaches scientifically-validated mind-body medicine techniques that enhance each person’s capacity for self-awareness and self-care to health professionals around the world, including those in traumatized communities in the greatest need.

The Center believes that all of us have a great and largely untapped capacity to improve our own health and well-being through mind-body approaches (such as meditation, guided imagery and biofeedback) and self-expression (such as drawing and movement), as well as nutrition, exercise and group support. We offer 4 training programs where professionals learn these skills: Mind-Body Medicine, CancerGuides®, Food As Medicine and Global Trauma Relief.


The Center began its work by developing a model for group support and self-care for inner-city (primarily African American and Hispanic) youth in Washington, DC, for people with chronic illness, and for medical students. The Center’s model is now used by 15 medical schools including Georgetown, Michigan, Duke, and Johns Hopkins. And since 1996, the Center has worked to relieve population wide trauma resulting from wars and disaster, in the US and overseas.

We’re teaching thousands to heal millions

“The Center for Mind-Body Medicine is doing pioneering work, making the best of the new medicine available to those who need it most.”

Dean Ornish, MD

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