2018 Mindful Schools Graduate Retreat

2018 Mindful Schools Graduate Retreat

A Week of Deep Practice and Professional Development for Teachers

June 25 – July 1, 2018
Petaluma, CA

Join us!  Registration is now open for the 2018 Graduate Retreat. 

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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

Retreat Overview

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.

Retreat Faculty

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

Enrique Collazo

Kaira Jewel Lingo

Jessica Morey

Retreat Testimonials

“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

Retreat Schedule
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.

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Additional Retreat Details

Retreat Cost

In an effort to make this program accessible to everyone, Mindful Schools offers this retreat on a sliding scale: $1,230 – $2,820

Graduate ParticipationDouble OccupancySingle Occupancy

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.

Location Details

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 certification@mindfulschools.org.

Professional Development and Graduate Credits

For those interested in receiving a professional development subsidy from your school, please contact support@mindfulschools.org 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

Additional Questions

If you have questions, please contact support@mindfulschools.org

Reserve Your Space for the 2018 Grad Retreat