Room To Breathe is a surprising story of transformation as struggling kids in a San Francisco public middle school are introduced to the practice of mindfulness meditation.
Topping the district in disciplinary suspensions, and with overcrowded classrooms creating a nearly impossible learning environment, overwhelmed administrators are left with stark choices: repeating the cycle of trying to force tuned-out children to listen, or to experiment with timeless inner practices that may provide them with the social, emotional, and attentional skills that they need to succeed.
The first question is whether it’s already too late. Confronted by defiance, contempt for authority figures, poor discipline, and more interest in “social” than learning, can a mindfulness teacher (Megan Cowan from Mindful Schools) succeed in opening their minds and hearts?
Room to Breathe is the first mainstream documentary about bringing mindfulness into education. It is an authentic representation of what it’s like to teach mindfulness in a truly challenging environment. By providing a raw and realistic look at the process, it shows how even the most difficult classrooms can be turned around with patience, teaching skill, and partnership with school staff.
The Room to Breathe team is offering two screening packages:
Home Screening ($35)
License to screen the film to a small group in your home to bring together other parents, your neighbors, friends, or family.
Community Screening ($120) (use promo code “mindfulschools”)
License for a community screening of up to 200 people where you may sell tickets or take donations. This package includes five DVDs and a screening guide to help you plan a successful screening, and to take effective action after the event. You will also receive a link to list your screening on Room to Breathe’s “Find a Screening” page.
Please contact Andrew Bateman for details, and see the list of future screenings here.
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If you found Room to Breathe interesting, you may also enjoy Healthy Habits of Mind, a documentary about integrating mindfulness into education, featuring leading neuscientist Dr. Richie Davidson, classroom teacher Renee Harris, and Mindful Schools Program Directors Chris McKenna and Megan Cowan.
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