May 2012 Newsletter

New Courses, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn Benefit Video, A Mindful Nation with Tim Ryan, and More…

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May 2012
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We’ve got another packed newsletter for you as summer approaches!  We hope you will enjoy the video clips of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Congressman Tim Ryan, both of whom speak eloquently about mindfulness and its importance not only in education, but in society.
And we are delighted to announce a new discount package for people who want to take our Mindfulness Fundamentals course in sequence with our Curriculum Training. Please encourage your colleagues to take advantage of it if they’d like to bring mindfulness to children in their lives.
In the meantime, analysis of the last phase of our big research project involving 829 children and 47 teachers in 3 Oakland public schools is in progress, and we eagerly look forward to sharing lessons from it in the next few months.
We wish you a smooth wrap-up to your school year, and a restful summer ahead!

The Mindful Schools Team 

Upcoming Adult Courses
Several new training events are coming soon! Even if you’ve already taken these courses, please spread the word to friends and colleagues who could benefit.

Please note also that Mindfulness Fundamentals Online is available to anyone around the world (attendees can log in on their own schedule for each week’s lesson).

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[Register] Online Course (Jun. 10 – Jul. 28)
[Register] Online Course (Aug. 18 – Sep. 29)
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[Register] The Netherlands (Jul. 20 – 23)
[Register] Oakland, CA (Aug. 17 – 19)
[Register] Washington, DC (Oct. 12 – 14)

*** SPECIAL OFFER! *** For a limited time, check out our special discount packages if you want to combine our June Mindfulness Fundamentals online course with our August or October Curriculum Training courses.

For complete information about all these trainings, as well as full descriptions of the courses, please visit our Courses page.

Video of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Benefit for Mindful Schools

In case you weren’t able to make it to “The Role of Mindfulness in Education” on February 17, 2012, we’ve put video of the event up on YouTube.  Please feel free to share it with any of your friends or colleagues who might be interested!
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A Mindful Nation with Congressman Tim Ryan

Congressman Tim Ryan has a new book out, entitled A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit. In the book, he explains the importance of mindfulness in our modern society, covering a wide swath of areas including education, health care, defense, and environmental stewardship. We are very grateful to Congressman Ryan for including our work in his groundbreaking book!

You may enjoy Congressman Ryan’s concise and eloquent explanation on YouTube — it’s something to share with anyone who believes that mindfulness can have a dramatic impact in our world, or anyone who is curious.

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Upcoming Conferences

We look forward to seeing you at the Wisdom 2.0 Business conference this week:

Wisdom 2.0 Business (San Francisco, CA)
If you’d like to meet us at the conference, please email Randy Fernando.

Quotes from the Classroom 

Here are a few recent anecdotes we’ve heard:

A front desk staff member at a school we were in recently told us that mindfulness has become a natural part of how children address conflicts or difficulties — often she hears the children saying “we should practice mindfulness” in those challenging situations, independent of any adult input!

One teacher showed video of a child kicking chairs after getting a spelling quiz answer wrong, then suddenly stopping, putting his hand on his anchor spot, taking a few breaths, and picking up the chairs.

Another teacher showed video of a student taking a mindful breath after stumbling during a poem recitation in front of 300 students.

These examples, and numerous more anecdotes like them, prove continually that we simply need to help children develop  mindfulness — they will naturally apply it with great wisdom. 

If you have a story to share about the effects of the Mindful Schools program or our adult courses, please send it to

Want to Help Us Reach More People with Courses?

We are looking for good potential venues in Oakland, Berkeley, or elsewhere in the Bay Area for future training events. If you know of reasonably-priced or donated locations that have nearby parking and accommodations, as well as the capacity for 50+ people, please let us know. Thank you for your help!

Useful Links

If someone you know is interested in learning more about us, please share the following links with them:
Thank you for your help spreading the word!

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Get Involved with Mindful Schools

Much of the growth of Mindful Schools has occurred because of the generosity of donors and tireless support of volunteers. We are tremendously grateful to everyone who has helped us along the way. If you want to be involved, please contact us.

Donate Button (Orange)In addition, we are always grateful for any financial support that you or people you know may want to provide. Mindful Schools is funded by the joint efforts of grants, school contributions, and individual donors. About 70% of the schools we’ve taught at serve predominantly low-income children and receive scholarships for the program. We also offer need-based scholarships for adult trainees. All donations are fully tax deductible.

About Mindful Schools 

Founded in 2007, the mission of Mindful Schools is to transform education through mindfulness. We achieve this by offering in-class instruction, professional training, and other resources to support mindfulness in education.

Our program has used a scientifically proven technique called mindfulness to teach concentration, attention, conflict resolution, and empathy to over 18,000 children and 750 teachers in 53 schools, about 70% of which serve low-income children. Mindful Schools has conducted training and workshops for over 2,500 public and private school parents, teachers, therapists, and other professionals in education and social work.

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