The Mindful Schools Podcast
By educators, for educators, The Mindful Schools Podcast supports listeners in resourcing inspiration from within.
We share practices to help you reconnect with your own strengths and passion for teaching, as well as give concrete examples of what mindfulness looks like in action, both for your work with students and for your own self-care.
Our intention is to be responsive to what is happening in schools in real time, from the vantage point of our team of mindful educators, and create discussion, community and support for those working in the field. We look forward to connecting with you.
The Mindful Schools Podcast: Episodes
Ep. 11: The Value of Retreat at HomeListen to “Ep. 11: The Value of Retreat at Home” on Spreaker.
Shelter-in-place has challenged Mindful Schools to deeply rethink how we support educators at our in-depth, week-long (and typically in-person) mindfulness retreats––a focal element of our Mindful Teacher Certification Program. Megan, Argos, and Alan discuss how the shift to virtual-at-home retreats has opened new doors to support and empower educators to integrate mindfulness into daily life.
*** Half-Day Virtual Retreat for Educators ***
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Please join a half-day virtual retreat on Saturday, January 16, 2021 with the Mindful Schools faculty and Mindful Teacher grad community to get a window into our in-depth year-long programs. Learn more about how to sign up on the MTCP page.
Ep. 10: The Intentional Slow-Down
When we first watched countries sheltering-in-place in the spring, many of us experienced disbelief. I could never do that, many thought. Yet here we are, again, riding another wave of shelter-in-place. Megan, Argos, and Alan discuss interesting similarities––both delights and struggles––of social distancing and silent mindfulness retreats.
** Half-Day Virtual Retreat for Educators **
Saturday, January 16
Please join our half-day virtual retreat on Saturday, January 16, 2021 with the Mindful Schools faculty and Mindful Teacher Certification Program grad community to get a window into our in-depth year-long programs. Learn more about how to sign up on the MTCP page.
Ep. 9: Rethinking Burnout
We’re all feeling the effects of sustained uncertainty, stress, and social distancing. When does this all amount to burnout? What does mindfulness and self-care have to do with self-preservation in the face of burnout?
This episode highlights Crystal McCreary’s recent talk on burnout with our current Mindful Schools Mindful Teacher Certification Program and Schoolwide Implementation Program cohorts. Listen and get a window into these immersive programs.
Applications for our immersive year-long programs are now OPEN! Help us spread the word.
- Mindful Teacher Certification Program: In this immersive, experiential training, educators learn to skillfully embody, adapt, and share mindfulness practices across a variety of school settings.
- Schoolwide Implementation Program: Educators and school leaders, learn to bring your mindfulness program to scale in your school and district.
Ep. 8: Mindful Communication, Part 2: ‘We’ versus ‘Me’
Myth: mindfulness is about me and my inner world. Alan and Crystal talk about how walking in someone else’s shoes––being radically empathetic––can support us to move toward ‘we’ in these disconnected and divided times.
Ep. 7: Mindful Communication, Part 1: Are You Listening?
Discussing something you’re passionate about can be difficult––whether you’re at work, at school, or at home. This week we’re talking about the willingness to listen, to disagree, to be open, and to be uncomfortable. Explore this resource: Three Elements of Mindful Communication from Mindful Schools.
Ep. 6: Creating a Container for Meaningful Conversation
How can communication norms and agreements help us feel supported as we have conversations (and disagreements) with one another? This week, we talk about the Mindful Schools relational agreements and how they show up in our Mindful Teacher Certification Program and our work together.
Ep. 5: Teaching with Diverse Perspectives (During an Election Year)
Polarization runs so deep right now. It feels like everything we do is a political act. What does it mean to hold a teaching space, where you can bring your full self, and be loving, even when point of views are different?
Ep. 4: Expectations: Is “good enough” good enough during a pandemic?
This week, we talk about how to work with expectations, especially while many families are juggling virtual and hybrid learning during the pandemic. As educators and parents, when is “good enough” good enough?
Ep. 3: Educators Coping with Overwhelm
This time of year, we’re anticipating returning to school––faculty calls, juggling, busyness, overwhelm. There is so much to do. This week, Megan, Alan, and Argos talk about their go-to strategies that support them during overwhelm.
Ep. 2: Back-to-School Amidst Uncertainty
The anticipation of back-to-school is amplified tenfold because, this year, we’re in a pandemic and navigating online and hybrid learning and a lot of unknowns. How can we bring our focus to connection and to what is certain?
Ep. 1: Meet the Team
Meet our Mindful Schools faculty and podcast hosts, Megan Sweet, Argos Gonzalez, and Alan Brown.
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