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The Silence Foundation was first envisioned in the year 2000 by global researcher David McCleskey (now deceased) and his wife, poet Patricia Webb. It became a non-profit in 2008. Early Silence Workshops and Retreats were held in hospitals, universities, schools, and churches. Opportunities to serve increased when Pat and David became trained in mindfulness.
From 2010 to the present, the foundation has supported The Resilience Project – aimed at bringing skills of mindful breathing, reflective writing, art and sharing to school children. Many Oklahoma students, teachers, counselors and administrators have been engaged and supportive of this work.
We are also deeply grateful for the support received from individuals, churches, The Inasmuch Foundation, The E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, Sarkeys, The Anschutz Foundation, and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Now we are training educators, counselors and parents to use the well-tested methods of the project. At the same time, we continue to offer talks, Retreats and Silence Workshops throughout Oklahoma and beyond.
Our motto: “Silence … a call, a promise, a joy” expresses our belief that contemplative practices are an authentic answer to the problems of our time.