Marpha Foundation is a mindful community initiative that exists to nurture the whole human being through culturally sustaining pedagogy, local employment, and access to the arts.


Core Systemic Practices

We actively recognize, respond, and redress biases and inequities. We create and sustain anti-biased, equitable, and inclusive programs. We continuously evaluate our organizational culture and ourselves through a equity justice lens.

We acknowledge our interdependence and create healthy relationships by extending ourselves to nurture our own and others’ spiritual growth with acts of care, affection, recognition, respect, commitment, and trust.

We understand that culture shapes an individual’s experiences. We create a culturally aware and supportive learning community that sustains diversity and celebrates our common humanity by reflecting on our own cultures of origin and actively learning about other cultures with humility and respect.

We honor all our relations by carefully tending land, water, and air. We are mindful of our habits of consumption and actively reduce our waste. We amplify traditional ecological knowledge and work to achieve sustainability goals.

Engaged pedagogy does not seek simply to empower students. Any classroom that employs a holistic model of learning will also be a place where teachers grow, and are empowered by the process.
― bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom


Words are insufficient to describe the challenges and heartbreak the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to communities everywhere. 

Like many organizations and small businesses across the world, Marpha Foundation has decided to close permanently. This decision comes at the end of our eighth year of programming. In December 2020, our NGO committee concluded that the most responsible way forward was to close all programs, mindfully distribute our physical resources, and provide severance pay to our dedicated staff. 

We want to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who co-created, participated, and bore witness to our work. The impact of the experiences and relationships that blossomed in the context of our learning community will continue to ripple through time and space. 

We want to acknowledge all of the individuals who joined our team as Fellows and Resident Artists over the years. Through joys and challenges, each and every one of you shaped Marpha Foundation for the better. Thank you.

We also want to thank our donors. Your contributions shaped a generation of Marpha students and supported the start of our staff’s careers and ongoing professional development. While Marpha Foundation is coming to a close, the seeds it planted have taken root. 

The website will stay largely as it was at the time of our closing. It will remain a digital space that remembers and shares our work. 

Thank you for joining us on this journey.

May you be healthy.

May you be safe.

May you be peaceful.

May you be free.