Explore Mindful Schools’ upcoming events, workshops, and trainings to expand your mindfulness practice and teaching. We offer programming for all levels of experience.
Are you interested in exploring and practicing mindfulness with a community of like-minded educators? We can turn to one another for support, for shared humanity, and to gain solace that we are in this work together. Please join our monthly live stream community practice.
Join us for a LIVE presentation from author and researcher, Dr. Rick Hanson. “Train Your Brain: Build and Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength and Happiness” will help you better understand the benefits of mindfulness meditation and SEL in schools, and take home new strategies for you and your students.
Mindful educators feel more calm, effective, and creative. Learn the science of mindfulness and start your practice in this introductory course.
Deepen your practice. In this course, explore how to cultivate trust, cooperation, and collaboration to build stronger relationships. Transform your communication patterns.
Educators, take a deep dive into the research, practice, and experience of self-compassion in this 6-week course led by researcher and author, Kristin Neff, PhD. Enhance your well-being and revitalize your deep motivation for helping others.
Did you know we offer Group Discounts?
Learning with friends and colleagues enriches the course experience and is a step toward building your sustainable school-wide program.
Invest in mindfulness as a professional development training for yourself, your faculty, and your staff to create new possibilities for learning, growth, and development at your school.
Why Mindful Educators?
Why is Mindful Schools so critically focused on the development of mindful educators?
Because teaching is incredibly challenging work.
Educators need more support. Education is a calling that draws some of the most hard-working and dedicated people on the planet. It’s challenging work and the stakes are high; and overwhelmed and under-resourced educators are prone to burnout. Words like “self-care,” “sustainability,” and “wellbeing” may seem at odds with the goals of a modern, performance-oriented educational system. We think differently.
Mindful educators feel more calm, effective, creative, and confident; they’re less likely to burn out and we’re less likely to miss out on their talents. Mindfulness is a practice that supports educators with skills to improve focus and better manage stress. Mindfulness also offers self-care strategies, so educators feel more nourished and energized to support students in the classroom.
Because apps can’t model the power of presence.
Mindful Schools resources include easy-to-use guided audios and lessons; but we know that children absorb and learn more through observation, mirroring, and modeling. Educators with a mindfulness practice bring a presence into the classroom and model the essential principles of mindfulness through their curious listening, caring words, and un-reactive actions. It’s not just what we teach, but how we teach it.
Because curriculum alone doesn’t change culture.
Mindful Schools resources include research-backed, adaptable K-12 curriculum; but we know that mindfulness has its great benefits beyond the curriculum. The mindful educator can skillfully integrate mindfulness into all aspects of learning activities – gradually and positively shifting culture in the classroom and school to cultivate new ways of thinking, learning, and being together that foster well-being for everyone in the school community.
Because we’re in this for the long game.
We’re committed to long-term, sustainable solutions. Educators are at the heart of our approach because they are the heart of school communities. The enduring health of our schools is dependent on the continuity of educators who create and nurture school relationships, traditions, and culture. These are educators who have the inner resources to support the daily challenges on campus, who are not going to burnout, and who share beneficial impact of their mindfulness practice with every individual they interact with: students, peer educators, parents, and others who are part of the wider community.
Testimonials from Educators and Students
“Training with Mindful Schools changed my life, no doubt about it.”
– Christine de Guzman, Elementary School Educator
Learn more about the Mindful Schools’ Certification Program that changed the lives of two school teachers.
“There have been a lot of days where I wouldn’t have been able to go to school, or wouldn’t have had the motivation to, and because of doing mindfulness, it’s the only reason I ever went.”
– Dylan, High School Student
Dylan’s teacher, Ms. O, is a graduate of the Mindful Schools online trainings and Certification Program. Watch how mindfulness impacted Dylan’s life.