Wake Up Austin is a movement of young people dedicated to living mindfully and to creating a happy, healthy and compassionate society. The movement began in Austin in 2009 with the establishment of Wake Up House, a space for young practitioners to support each other in bringing mindfulness to daily life.
flowing as a river
The Wake Up movement offers a way to pool our energy and walk together on the path of awakening. Practicing alone as a young person in today’s world we may be able to go far, but in joining others we can sustain our aspiration and support one another. We come together to generate peace, joy, compassion, happiness in ourselves, to find ways to apply mindfulness to our lives including our work and relationships and to find ways to live lives that are more in harmony with the Earth. The foundation of the movement’s practice is mindfulness and love, expressed concretely in the Five and Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings. Generating the energy of mindfulness and love we can surely bring transformation and healing to individuals and the world!
The Wake Up movement is inspired by Buddhist monk, author and poet Thich Nhat Hanh (known as Thay to his students) and the Plum Village community. Thay’s lifelong work has been to renew Buddhism to make it relevant and applicable to daily life in the modern world and to also engage in the work of community-building. The Wake Up movement continues in this spirit. The Buddha’s teachings (aka the Dharma) can be seen as a source of wisdom and clear practices that can help people of any background generate more happiness, freedom, love, compassion, joy and openness without needing to be Buddhist.
wake up around the world
The Wake Up movement grew out of the Plum Village mindfulness center in SW France, under the support of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village community of monks, nuns and lay practitioners. Wake Up ‘officially’ launched in the summer of 2008 with the goal of making the practice of mindfulness more applicable and relevant to young people. Besides Austin, the movement is also budding across the world in North America, Europe and Asia.
For more on the global Wake Up community, please visit
You may also contact the US Wake Up Team at: email@example.com