Happy Teachers Change the World: A Guide for Cultivating Mindfulness in Education 

(Order here starting on June 6, 2017)

Happy Teachers Change the World is the first official, authoritative manual on mindfulness in education, co-written by Thich Nhat Hanh and Katherine Weare with a foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn.  

Spanning the whole range of schools and grade levels, from preschool through higher education, these techniques are grounded in the everyday world of schools, colleges, and universities.

Beginning firmly with teachers and all those working with students, including administrators, counselors, and other personnel, the Plum Village approach stresses that educators must first establish their own mindfulness practice since everything they do in the classroom will be based on that foundation.

The book includes easy-to-follow, step-by-step techniques perfected by educators to teach themselves and to apply to their work with students and colleagues, along with inspirational stories of the ways in which teachers have made mindfulness practice alive and relevant for themselves and their students across the school and out into the community.

The instructions in Happy Teachers Change the World are offered as basic practices taught by Thich Nhat Hanh, followed by guidance from educators using these practices in their classrooms, with ample in-class interpretations, activities, tips, and instructions. Woven throughout are stories from members of the Plum Village community around the world who are applying these teachings in their own lives and educational contexts.


Other Books

Planting Seedsplanting-seeds-279x358

This delightful book is a distillation of decades of experience on the part of Thich Nhat Hanh’s international Buddhist community concerning practical ways to nurture a foundation of mindfulness and heartfulness in children and those who care for them .



Anh’s Angeranhs-anger-279x354

Anh’s Anger is an engaging story that offers children and caregivers a mindfulness-based practice for dealing with anger and other difficult emotions.



Is Nothing Something?is-nothing-something-279x317

A collection of Nhat Hanh’s answers to the most universal and illuminating questions posed by children.


Everybody Present

Everybody Present seeks to create a new kind of everybody-present1-279x368culture in our schools: one that counters stress and facilitates learning. With stories, case studies, exercises, and real-world examples Didde and Nikolaj Flor Rotne encourage educators to grow their own mindfulness practice and are offered the tools to create mindful learning environments.


To see the full range of books from Thich Nhat Hanh and more titles on mindfulness in education, check out Parallax Press.