Half-Day Retreat for Educators

SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2021, 8AM-12:30PM PT / 11AM-3:30PM ET

Mindfulness ⠂Skill-Building ⠂Community ⠂Connection

A driving philosophy of Mindful Schools is that a personal practice of mindfulness is essential for anyone teaching mindfulness. A personal practice is not something that we “get” and then check off as complete; it is an ongoing process of learning and investigation into ourselves and our experience. By cultivating awareness over time and through more intensive periods of practice, we deepen our capacity to notice and hold our experience with curiosity and compassion.

Please join our half-day virtual retreat with the Mindful Schools faculty and community. The retreat will include silent practice guided by our faculty, as well as interactive and skill-building elements to practice and connect with each other as a community.

Retreat Schedule

Below is our approximate schedule for the half-day retreat. Since you will be joining us from home, our faculty will create an online retreat container that is both firm enough to hold your experience, and also flexible enough to meet our varied living circumstances.

8:00–8:15am: Opening Practice and Orientation to Retreat

8:15–8:45am: Framing Our Practice and Connecting With Our Community

8:45–8:50am: Break

8:50–11:00am: Main Practice Period

  • Guided seated practices
  • A mix of guided movement practices and self-guided movement options (stretching, walking, eating, short mindful breaks, etc.)
  • Each seated and movement practice will be approximately 20 minutes in length

11:00–11:15am: Break

11:15–11:55am: Reflection, Journaling, and Sharing

11:55am–12:15pm: Practice Q&A

12:15–12:30pm: Intention Setting and Closing

Reflections From Virtual Retreat:

“Wow today was amazing! It’s always hard to know how to adequately sum up these experiences, but the highlights came from so much of what was taught and shared by each teacher in ways that were unique and also complimented each other.”

“After a challenging 2020 for us all, it was amazing to be with members of the Mindful Schools community, and I look forward to more online AND in-person retreats! I am always reminded, post-retreat,  how beneficial and necessary these experiences are… I didn’t quite know how I would feel about being online for 4.5 hours after spending so much of my daily life on the computer and on Zoom; however, I was so pleasantly surprised by how special the experience was. I would not change one thing about your format! Thank you all for your tenderness and your kind attention in putting this together for our community!”

Faculty

Meet our faculty who lead our programs at Mindful Schools.

Mia Arakaki, Head of Program

Alan Brown, Lead Teacher, Schoolwide Implementation Program

Argos Gonzalez, Lead Teacher, Mindful Teacher Certification Program

Sarah Rudell Beach, Coordinator of Course Development

Megan Sweet, Senior Director of Program and Impact at Mindful Schools


Retreat FAQs

How do I join the LIVE event? When you register, you will receive call-in instructions to join the zoom room as well as a 1-hour reminder on the day of the event.

What if I can’t make the LIVE event? This LIVE event will not be recorded. We encourage you to make necessary accommodations to attend the event at the scheduled time.

What can I expect at this virtual retreat with Mindful Schools? Please read our How to Prepare for Retreat guide.

Who is this retreat for? Do I need a certain level of mindfulness or retreat experience to participate? Our retreats are appropriate for all levels of experience. Mindful Schools programs are designed by educators––for educators, counselors, parents, and a wide range of school community members who are excited to share mindfulness with students. We encourage you to take our 101: Mindfulness Foundations course so you may participate with a shared understanding of the Mindful Schools practice framework of secular mindfulness.

Cancellations: In order to receive a full refund, cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled event. Refunds will not be granted after this time. If you need to cancel and request a refund, please contact support@mindfulschools.org.

Registration

Half-Day Retreat
Saturday, March 6, 2021
8AM-12:30PM PT / 11AM-3:30PM ET

This event is offered on a sliding scale basis in an effort to create access for as many educators as possible. $145 suggested tuition for families making over $75,000 a year.

Retreat Overview

Virtual Format:
4.5 Hours, LIVE Online, Guided by Faculty

  • Silent Practice, Movement, Skill-Building
  • Connection and Interaction in Small Groups
  • Q&A with Faculty

How to Prepare:
Read our guide: How to Prepare for Retreat

Read FAQs


Reflections From Virtual Retreat:

“Wow today was amazing! It’s always hard to know how to adequately sum up these experiences, but the highlights came from so much of what was taught and shared by each teacher in ways that were unique and also complimented each other.”

“It was such a great feeling to be a part of a thriving Mindful Schools. Each of the teachers led remarkable sessions today.  We loved the combination that you put together––sits, movement, small groups (interaction) and Q and A.”

“You all are amazing! Everything was so skillfully planned with such love. Thank you for holding this space.”

“After a challenging 2020 for us all, it was amazing to be with members of the Mindful Schools community, and I look forward to more online AND in-person retreats! I am always reminded, post-retreat,  how beneficial and necessary these experiences are… I didn’t quite know how I would feel about being online for 4.5 hours after spending so much of my daily life on the computer and on Zoom; however, I was so pleasantly surprised by how special the experience was. I would not change one thing about your format! Thank you all for your tenderness and your kind attention in putting this together for our community!”

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