Created to help leaders thrive.

Founded in 2020 by Maria Tan, House of Thriving creates programs that nurture, restore, and empower.

ABOUT THE FOUNDER

As the founder and director of House of Thriving, Maria’s mission is to empower a sense of thriving in leaders across education, the arts, and organizations so they can show up authentically and powerfully for those they serve.

Maria designs and facilitates workshops, experiences, and community building by focusing on mindfulness, social emotional learning, and collective healing as cornerstones of thriving. Through a restorative and contemplative approach, she works in service to equip others with the tools and skills to cultivate wellbeing and reconnect to their inner sense of wholeness.

During her tenure as a Bronx high school science teacher, she led a school-wide shift towards equitable practices. In this role, she introduced restorative circles as an adult and student practice, facilitated racial affinity groups amongst staff, and taught trauma-informed mindfulness daily to hundreds of students and adults.

She holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in Education from Relay Graduate School of Education. She has been a practitioner of mindfulness and Tibetan Buddhism since 2013 and a student of Venerable Thupten Phuntsok since 2017. As a hobby, she collaborates with musicians and artists to facilitate guided meditations, using visual and audio landscapes to create a grounding and immersive experience.

Currently, Maria is introducing healing-centered practices to educators through Thriving Teacher Project. Her direct experience of teacher burnout and healing through self-excavation has evolved her personal mission to promote healing and restoration in education. She now incorporates contemplative practices, self-compassion, and critical reflection as tools to empower educators, allowing them to show up fully for themselves and their students. Maria truly believes if we empower our educators, we empower our students.

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