Our History

1998 – Soryu Forall ordains as a Buddhist Monk at Sogen Temple in Okayama, Japan.
2007 / 2008 – Soryu returns to the United States. Soryu begins using and teaching Shinzen Young’s Basic Mindfulness system. He teaches mindfulness to youth through tennis as well as popular music, through the Mind the Music program at the King Street Center in Burlington, Vermont.
Two supporters provide the funding needed to create regular classes for youth. The trust this gift demonstrates injects him with the courage to initiate large scale programming.
2010 / 2011 – Soryu joins forces with software engineer Ted Holtz, Lindsay Foreman and Sofi Dillof of the Vermont Community Yoga Project, and Harrison Heyl, forming the basis of the Center for Mindful Learning.
An initial grant from the 1440 Foundation enables work to begin on Modern Mindfulness.
2013 – CML uses Kickstarter to raise money for a second version of Modern Mindfulness. CML begins a modern monastery, now known as Monastic Academy.
2014 – The Mindful City project brings mindfulness to Winooski, VT.
2015 – CML moves to Johnson, VT to seek out a new business model.
2016 – CML finds sustainable business model for modern monasteries. Workflow, monastic coworking for professionals.