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Simple, Secular, Scientifically-Proven Mindfulness Courses


Drawing on the practices of a variety of traditions, as well as the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, NGMP’s curriculum is a proprietary synthesis of best practices in meditation, group-process modalities, one-on-one training, and social and emotional learning models. They impart the tools and competencies necessary to overcome trauma, transform negative behaviors, and make positive life changes. 

Upcoming Mindfulness Courses

Mindful Living Course #1

Starting mid January 2020 Thursdays 6:15 - 7:15 pm  

Dove Yoga Studio

Mindful Living Project course description

Email us today to register.


Seats are limited 

Mindful Living Course #2

Starting March 11, 2020

Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:00 pm

New Beginnings Counseling

Mindful Living Project course description

Email us today to register.


Seats are limited 

Now you can take our Mindfulness classes online! Click HERE for details.


8 Week Foundations Course
60 Minute Sessions
8 Week Course tailored to your
specific needs
8   Week Course 
Instructor matched to company culture and goals (at your location)

We've been where you are

Simply stated: We are you. We live, work, and are raising our families just like you are and we've experienced stress and anxiety in our lives the same as you. We were sick and tired of living a life that we felt was being dictated by that judgmental Voice in our head that spent 99% of the time worrying about the future and ruminating on past mistakes.


What drew us to try Mindfulness was that it was Simple (not easy), Secular, and Scientifically proven. Our Mindfulness programs are different. We know that one size does not fit all and it took us years to develop our programs. Each program was created based on what you need and can use.

What do you have to lose? If you're still unsure contact us through email, phone, or text and speak directly to Dr. Place or Dr. Delaney. We would be happy to explain in more detail how Mindfulness works and how it can help you to improve your life. 

We understand that Mindfulness may sound like a cure-all and by no means is that true. However, whatever your struggles Mindfulness will help. We are so sure that it will make a difference in your life that we offer a 100% refund if you are not completely satisfied. You are also welcome to come and join a class for up to 4 weeks for FREE before you commit to the 8 week course. 

Please contact us with any questions at: or by phone:

678-629-7155   or   678-641-3333

Jess has a BA in English Literature, an MA in Secondary English Education, and her PhD in Curriculum and Development. This year marks Jess' 20th year teaching in the public school system. She came to Mindfulness through her good friend Patrick Delaney in 2011; he introduced her to the practice and helped her to see how Mindfulness is a powerful tool which can be used to alleviate stress and anxiety in her life. After an 8 week course in Jon Kabat Zinn's MBSR class, Jess and Patrick created and offered a Mindfulness class to fellow teachers at their school with great success. Jess is married, and has two young daughters who keep her extremely busy. She is also RYT 200 certified as well as Kidding Around Yoga certified.

"Mindfulness has changed my life, and I want others to understand that they don't have to live a stressful life."​

Contact: Dr. Place      

Dr. Place's Smartbrief Article

Patrick's been a Special Education  teacher for 20 years. While  conducting research on the development of the human brain he came across research on Mindfulness. As someone suffering and taking medication for stress and anxiety he decided to give it a try. Mindfulness improved all aspects of his life; he's been practicing for 9 years and is no longer on medication. He believed that Mindfulness could also help  his students experience less stress and anxiety. Four years later, after collecting data and publishing the results, he now teaches 3 Mindfulness classes along with teaching Mindfulness to the football team, basketball teams, golf and lacrosse. Patrick has been married for 26 years and has two sons in college.

"I believe everyone can  experience the benefits of a Mindfulness practice and I'm committed to teaching as many people as possible."

Contact: Dr. Delaney      

Dr. Delaney's Smartbrief Article

Meet Patrick Delaney and Jess Place of North Georgia Mindfulness Project

January 24, 2018

Article written on NGMP by VoyageATL magazine.

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Public School Teacher

Mindful Teacher Project Course

I found the whole experience rewarding, insightful (about myself), and helpful in controlling stress levels. I thoroughly recommend it to everyone who has issues controlling anxiety and stress or just being able to focus.”

Stay-at-Home Mom
Mindful Living Course Student

I learned from the held me accountable for really practicing Mindfulness in everyday life.

I learned that I am not alone with these problems, and how to live in the moment.

High School Athlete

Mindful Athlete Project Course

Patrick worked with my teenage daughter who is a soccer player and was struggling with some of the mental pressure of playing in a competitive environment. It has made a huge difference in her confidence and it shows in her performance and her happiness on and off the field. 

The Mindful Living Project is an 8 Week course designed to teach Mindfulness to the general population who have to deal with stress and anxiety in everyday Life.

Our Mindfulness programs are different. We know that one size doesn't fit all and it took us years to develop our programs. The Mindful Living Project was developed for people like us who want to reduce stress and anxiety in their lives, quiet the voice in their heads, and live and enjoy each and every moment. Mindfulness is not a silver bullet and it will not cure a disease or empty your mind but it will improve your life by teaching you how to interact with your thoughts without letting them control you. We wouldn't be teaching something that we haven't tried ourselves and experienced first hand benefits in our own lives.  

The course can be taught in the group setting, in person one on one or online via Skype or Telephone

First Responder

First Responders work under incredibly challenging conditions. A Mindfulness practice can provide relief from burnout, reduction in stress and anxiety, a sense of calm under pressure, and the ability to be “in the zone” while on the job.

The curriculum was developed by combining MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) which focuses on stress and anxiety reduction while increasing concentration and awareness with MAC (Mindfulness Acceptance Commitment) program with the main purpose of increased focus, concentration, human performance, and self-regulation. This program is used by today's elite athletes including the Seattle Seahawks, Golden State Warriors, Olympic athletes and also by the USMC.

The course can be taught in the group setting, one on on in person or online via Skype or Telephone

Mindful Living

Mindful Teacher

We all agree being a teacher today is demanding. Teaching is a tough, exhaustive job; self-care is essential to counteract all-too-common teacher burnout, which is currently at 40-50% within the first five years.

We must juggle our time, manage resources, organize and plan our curriculum, communicate with students, parents, colleagues and administrators and more. Stress, anxiety and depression are only a few of the struggles experienced by educators. Our inner-critic is usually talking to us non-stop, telling us we are not doing a good enough job or that we are failing to reach every kid we teach. The demands of this career can be overwhelming, but there are tools we can use to step back and be kind to ourselves. The practice of mindfulness is one such tool.


Dr. Place and Dr. Delaney (The instructors for this course) are both public school teachers and have been in the classroom for the past 18 years. They both agree that Mindfulness has changed their lives in and out of the classroom.

The course can be taught in the group setting, in person one on one or online via Skype or Telephone

Mindful Recovery & Relapse


This program was developed to assist those persons currently in recovery from alcohol, drug, and other addictive substances. 

Automatic pilot describes our tendency to react without awareness. When we experience cravings and urges to use alcohol or other drugs, we often go into automatic pilot; that is, we act upon them without full awareness of what is happening and what the consequences will be. Mindfulness can help us step out of this automatic pilot mode, helping us raise our awareness and make more conscious choices in how we respond rather than reacting in habitual and self-defeating ways. Our Mindfulness Recovery program is taught exclusively at Decision Point Wellness Center in conjunction with their addiction and recovery program.

For more info on Decision Point Wellness Center please click on their link below.  

Mindful Organization

In today's high paced world, it has become all too easy to be increasingly distracted, stressed out, and overburdened which can quickly lead to becoming burned out and overwhelmed. Corporate leaders face unprecedented rates of change in industries that range from manufacturing to technology or the financial sector. Many people don’t have or were never taught the skills to navigate these demands successfully...that's where we come in.

The Mindful Organization Program is a simple, secular and scientifically proven curriculum that teaches tools for the reduction of stress, anxiety, increased focus, self-awareness and resilience.

Supported by research in neuroscience, mindfulness and emotional intelligence, the program will provide individuals skills to improve themselves and therefore directly benefit their employer. 

The course can be taught in the group setting, in person one on one or online via Skype or Telephone

Mindful Student

The Mindful Student program was the first program that we developed and taught. After practicing Mindfulness ourselves, and as teachers in the public school setting, we witnessed firsthand the tremendous amount of stress that our students were experiencing. We developed the Mindful Student program and taught it for three years collecting data the entire time. The improvements shown in the data along with the feedback we received from the students and their parents was incredible. We published an article with the results and have now begun working with the school system to implement it throughout the school. Developing this skill as a young person is a very powerful tool for working with the stress, anxiety, and depression that the current generation is experiencing.

The course can be taught in the group setting, in person one on one or online via Skype or Telephone

Mindful Athlete

NGMP offers Individual & Team training of athletes of any age for any sport. We use the MAC   (Mindfulness Acceptance Commitment) program along with the MSPE (Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement).

Athletes of any age in any sport are under an immense amounts of pressure. This pressure builds as the athlete is relied upon to perform at their highest level either by their coach, teammates, fans and most importantly themselves (the voice in your head). The higher the probability that one's performance will be less than expected, the more difficult it becomes to perform at one's highest level. When the performance falters, the opponent or team gains an advantage. As the opponent or team begins scoring more the pressure on the athlete expands, the mind contracts and the player begins to perform worse. This scenario is also a factor in sports where an athlete is competing against themselves or a clock. The opponent in each of these cases is their own mind. 

The Mindful Athlete Program is a simple, secular and scientifically proven course that teaches tools for the reduction of stress, anxiety, increased focus, self-awareness and resilience. Mindfulness is a researched based technique that anyone can use to become a better athlete. More importantly, anyone can learn Mindfulness and the benefits that assist the athlete also permeate through life reducing stress at school, work, and day to day activities. 

Professional athletes around the world were the first to experience the benefits of Mindfulness while looking for that edge over their opponent. Now, after many years of research, Mindfulness has found it's way down into college, high school, and even young children to help everyone experience the power of being in the moment. 

How Can Mindfulness Change your Life?

Nothing changes, and yet everything changes. The
profound transformation that occurs takes place within you. 
You choose to relate to the stressors in life more skillfully. 

When you practice mindfulness, you experience some pretty powerful insights that lead to some amazing shifts.


"Whether you're looking to reduce your stress, anxiety or improve your focus and attention we've got a course for you."

Below are links to research studies conducted on Mindfulness

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