Bringing mindfulness to young people


The number of young people aged 15­16 with depression nearly doubled between the 1980s and the 2000s.

The proportion of young people aged 15­16 with a conduct disorder more than doubled between 1974 and 1999.

There has been a big increase in the number of young people being admitted to hospital because of self harm. Over the last ten years this figure has increased by 68%.



Mindfulness has been proven to offer significant benefits to mental health, wellbeing and social relationships. The UK government’s 2015 Mindful Nation report1 recommends mindfulness in wide ranging areas including education, health and criminal justice.

Sixteen is part of the movement putting these recommendations into practice in a preventative way ­ not just trying to ‘fix’ people, but putting mindfulness at the heart of people’s lives from an early age.


The Project

A pilot project to take a group of 16 young people from the Greater Brighton area on a life­changing mindfulness adventure to the mountains of the French Alps.

It will be a highly experiential, outdoor­oriented trip with mindfulness teaching led by Dr Joel & Michelle Levey, two of the most prominent elders of mindfulness teaching globally.

The adventure will include ‘roving meditations’ ­ mindfully hiking in beautiful mountain scenery and through forests, and applying mindfulness to other activities like river rafting and climbing. There will also be group discussions, reflection and one­to­one counsel from Joel & Michelle.

Taking the group to an overseas destination is an important part of the experience, making it a real journey, which they will not forget.

The 16 will return home wiser, more balanced and more connected for the benefit of themselves, those closest to them and their communities.

If this project is successful it will be scaled to include larger numbers of participants from the Brighton area and other parts of the UK and beyond.

Brighton Youth Centre will approve all young people for the trip. Any young people who are not included this time will be kept in contact for future initiatives.


The Team

Dr Joel & Michelle Levey have been teaching mindfulness for over 40 years and have been trained by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. They are the authors of several books and teach mindfulness in communities, and with families and organisations throughout the world. They have a particular passion for working with young adults which started with Joel’s experience on a solo wilderness retreat aged just 17.

Mike Roe is CEO of Brighton Youth Centre. An experienced veteran of youth work with teenagers, Mike will take overall responsibility for the young people. Jo Bates is a leader of the

Jack Hubbard, founder of Dream Valley Projects in France is taking responsibility for logistics in the Alps together with experienced mountain guide Arno de Jong.

Tom Nixon, a Brighton business leader is taking overall responsibility for putting the Sixteen initiative together. He met The Leveys at Meaning (Brighton’s progressive business conference) which Tom hosted in 2014 and is passionate about bringing more mindfulness to people young and old.


Resources needed

We are looking for supporters to cover the costs for each young person.  The cost per person is £600 which includes all expenses of travel, accommodation, food, mindfulness program, mountain guiding and adventure activities.

We invite you to become one of our Sixteen Supporters to whom we will be eternally grateful for kickstarting this important initaitive.

1.   Propellernet

2.   Propellernet

3.   Anderson Acoustics

4.   TBC

5.   TBC

6.   TBC

7.   TBC

8.   TBC

9.   TBC

10.                 TBC

11.                 TBC

12.                 TBC

13.                 TBC

14.                 TBC

15.                 TBC

16.                  TBC

If this funding can be secured, it will be matched with the following resources at no additional cost, providing greater value for money and impact for the funders contributing to the project:

         ●  BYC resource: Mike Roe plus Jo Bates will attend the trip and provided organisational support at the UK end.

         ●  Jack Hubbard from Dream Valley Projects will donate his time free of charge.  

         ●  Long­haul flights for Joel & Michelle Levey will be covered by fees for a separate 
mindfulness retreat for adults the following week.