2018 Mindful Schools Graduate Retreat
A Week of Deep Practice and Professional Development for Teachers
June 25 – July 1, 2018
Join us! Registration is now open for the 2018 Graduate Retreat.
At Mindful Schools we believe that creating a mindful learning environment begins with you – that the practice of mindfulness is the foundational element for authentic, embodied and effective teaching. In support of this, our Graduate Retreat offers a unique blend of programming that supports teachers to both deepen their mindfulness practice and develop their teaching and facilitation skills.
The immersive experience is guided by seasoned faculty working at the intersection of mindfulness and education. And as we open our fourth annual retreat, we’re thrilled to integrate and draw from the expertise of our grad community. We’ve designed interactive programming that elevates and empowers grads to share observations and insights and build on best practices and experiences of similar-passioned colleagues.
We invite you to join our 2018 Grad Retreat – a place where our graduates reconnect after another year in the field and continue the learning journey together.
– Your Mindful Schools Team
This week-long retreat is designed for Mindful Schools graduates excited to deepen their mindfulness practice and grow professionally by learning and developing new facilitation skills amongst a community of peers. Our faculty guides the experience to:
Personal Practice: We believe that the most important part of our work with youth is our own personal practice and embodiment. The period of silent practice will include sitting and walking meditations, practice talks, question and answer periods, as well as optional mindful movement sessions. This is an opportunity for us to come home to ourselves, nourish and replenish ourselves from the year that’s passed, and reground ourselves for the year ahead.
Professional Development: The professional development component of our retreat is facilitated by our seasoned faculty and also integrates many opportunities for grads to co-lead activities to leverage the wisdom of the group. Participants have the opportunity to share about their areas of expertise, as well as grow in the areas they’d like to develop – we’ll ask you about both before your arrival. Retreat activities and resources include:
- Keynote Presentation: Alan Brown speaks about the current state of Mindfulness in Education.
- Faculty-Led Workshops: The Mindful Schools faculty leads workshops to support facilitation and implementation skills.
- Panel Discussions & Breakout Sessions: Community members with significant experience on hot topics in Mindfulness in Education co-facilitate these activities. Past examples have included Program Implementation, The Business of Mindfulness, Mindfulness and Restorative Justice, Trauma Work, or Occupational Therapy.
- Teaching Lab & Show and Tell: In these interactive workshops, participants demonstrate, share and discuss best-practices, favorite activities, and resources.
- Office Hours: Mindful Schools faculty and staff offer group consultations to help participants address current challenges.
- Resource Handbook: Attendees will receive a handbook of all materials used during the retreat.
Each of our faculty has over a decade of mindfulness practice and broad experience teaching mindfulness. They bring expertise from teaching in a wide variety of educational settings to children and adolescents, as well as training thousands of adults.
Alan Brown is Director of Integrative & Co-curricular Learning at Grace Church School in New York City, where he leads mindfulness & positive education programs for students, faculty, and for parents. He also consults privately for schools, providing professional development and plans to implement school- or district-wide mindfulness programs and speaks regularly on these topics. Diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome in middle school, Alan came to mindfulness through yoga and a search for stillness in the body and regulation in the nervous system, so he has a keen interest in working with students with TS, ADHD, OCD, and other nervous system vulnerabilities. Over the past 15 years, Alan has taught in both public and private settings as a humanities instructor and dean, and has worked with many other schools and districts as a trainer for GLSEN (the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network), where he now serves on the National Advisory Board. Alan is a passionate advocate of personal development as professional development, and the possibility of building organizations in which the whole system inclines toward wellness.
Enrique Collazo was born in Los Angeles, California. He’s an only child and was raised by his mother.
As a young person looking for a place to belong, Enrique turned to gangs and addiction. After realizing this was not the way he wanted to live, he had to start life all over again. With this new beginning, he sought purpose in his life, which he found in service. He began helping other addicts get clean, including teens, and he turned another one of his passions, fitness and exercise, into a career in personal training.
At age 26, Enrique started to practice and study mindfulness. Then in an effort to share how mindfulness had played a huge part in drastically changing the way he related to the world, he began teaching meditation. It was also around this time that he was invited to volunteer at a mindfulness retreat for teens. He left the retreat knowing exactly what he wanted to do with his life’s energy. He continued volunteering at the retreats for several years and now Enrique teaches multiple teen retreats every summer.
Because of his life’s journey and experience as a mindfulness practitioner and teacher, Enrique brings a unique presence full of calmness and strength. Enrique is an inspiration for young people. When he’s in a room, it’s noticeable. He exudes peace, compassion, and humor.
Kaira Jewel Lingo
Kaira Jewel Lingo
Kaira Jewel Lingo began practicing mindfulness in 1997 and teaches meditation, mindfulness, and compassion internationally, with a focus on activists, people of color, artists, educators, families and youth. She currently leads retreats and programs for educators and youth in schools, while also working with students around the world offering ongoing individual support, meeting locally and online, as well as running courses in urban non-residential settings. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology and Social Sciences and speaks fluent Portuguese, French, German and Italian, and rudimentary Spanish. Kaira Jewel also edited Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children and helped to launch and develop Wake Up Schools, bringing mindfulness to education. She enjoys exploring the interweaving of art, play, ecology and spiritual practice and is a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader.
Jessica Morey, MA is the Executive Director of iBme. She began practicing meditation at age 14 on teen retreats offered by the Insight Meditation Society (IMS). She returned every year for 6 years and then participated for 10 years in an IMS young adult mentoring group. Jessica has attended longer retreats (1-3 months) in Asia and the U.S., and is a founding board member and lead teacher for iBme teen retreats. Before joining iBme, Jessica worked in clean energy and climate policy and finance. She holds a BA in Environmental Engineering from Dartmouth and Masters degrees in Sustainable Development and International Affairs. Her published works range from the chapter ‘Ordinary Awakening’ in Blue Jean Buddha to Conflict Resolution of the Boruca Hydro-Energy Project: Renewable Energy Production in Costa Rica. Her experience of bringing mindfulness into her work and life was described in a 2012 Shambala Sun article ‘Dharma 2.0.’ More recently she wrote an article in the February 2014 Mindful Magazine, ‘Finding My Way,’ about her experience learning and benefiting from mindfulness throughout her young adult years. She is an avid yoga practitioner and skier and loves dancing in any form.
“You all continue to enrich my life, my families, and the kids and communities I work with. I would not be 1/10th the meaningful professional or person that I am today without the support of your amazing program and the people behind it all. Thank you for everything you have done for me and continue to do.”
– Mike Wright, San Jose, CA, Mindful Teacher Class of 2016
“This was a life changing experience for me and I am so grateful for all who attended and for all those who worked so hard in making this experience so special for us.”
– Adrian Gioulis, Flushing, NY, Mindful Teacher Class of 2018
Retreat Location & Schedule
IONS EarthRise Retreat Center in Petaluma, CA
Monday June 25 – Sunday July 1, 2018
Practice and collaborate together at the Mindful Schools Graduate Retreat. Two full days are dedicated to silent retreat, during which participants explore and deepen their personal mindfulness practice. The second half of the program focuses on professional development and teaching skills.
Additional Retreat Details
In an effort to make this program accessible to everyone, Mindful Schools offers this retreat on a sliding scale: $1,230 – $2,820
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Retreat fees include all food, lodging, and retreat programming. We ask that you pay at the highest end of the sliding scale as possible, which helps make the retreat accessible to as many as possible, regardless of their financial situation.
IONS EarthRise Retreat Center in Petaluma, CA
101 San Antonio Road
Petaluma, CA 94952
Please see the venue website for location details, including transportation information.
This program is designed for Mindful Schools graduates who have completed any of the following programs: Mindfulness Fundamentals Course, Mindful Educator Essentials Course or the Mindful Teacher Certification Program.*
* Participation at this Graduate Retreat fulfills the retreat requirement for ongoing certification for Mindful Teacher Graduates in the Certified Instructor Directory. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professional Development and Graduate Credits
For those interested in receiving a professional development subsidy from your school, please contact email@example.com and we can help accommodate those needs.
Educators may receive up to 3 graduate level credits, details. Mindful Schools will provide a certificate of completion and validation of 40 hours of program participation.
How to Register
If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org