Find videos, audio, and books for introducing mindfulness to your school

From the Source: Children Talk About Handling Difficult Emotions with Mindfulness

All the mindfulness research in the world doesn’t touch the power of student voices. Watch and listen to these young students in this 4-minute film from Julie Bayer, one of our course graduates. You can learn more about the film here.

Watch Films About Mindfulness in Education

Want a good overview of mindfulness in education to help parents, staff and administrators understand the power of this work? Start with these two short films. Both are free and can be shown at staff meetings and parent nights. Curious administrators can also simply watch a few minutes from their own computers.

Airing on PBS, Room to Breathe was the first broadcast documentary on mindfulness in education. Raw, authentic and human, it is great for showing people what mindfulness training really looks like in a school community dealing with an array of economic, academic and mental health challenges.
Healthy Habits of Mind is a 45-minute overview of Mindfulness in Education. Featuring pioneering neuroscientist Dr. Richard Davidson, it focuses less on classroom implementation than Room to Breathe but has more contextual information on the neurobiology and research underpinning mindfulness. A great overview piece for administrators.

Download a Starter Lesson

Acrobat_icon_2xDownload our Mindful Schools Starter Lesson. This lesson is geared toward introducing mindful bodies and mindful listening to K-5 elementary school students. Below are video examples of this lesson being introduced to 1st and 4th grade classrooms in Oakland Unified School District.

If your students respond positively to this lesson, you might explore our fuller training course, Mindful Educator Essentials, to access the full K-5 and adolescent curricula and to learn neuroscience, classroom facilitation skills, and strategies to present mindfulness to stakeholders.

Share Presentations on Mindfulness in Education

Mindful Schools community members frequently request examples of how we explain mindfulness to parents, administrators and other educators. Here are a few presentations and interviews from our archives.

Co-founder Megan Cowan speaking to a large PTA audience. An excellent example of a presentation that explains what school-based mindfulness programs are to parents.

Guided Practices



Mindfulness of the Breath

Awareness of the breath is one of the foundational exercises for learning mindfulness meditation. It’s a popular starting point because the breath is something you can always access. It serves as a valuable anchor for other mindfulness practices.

Body Scan

The body scan is a simple, structured way of bringing consciousness to different parts of body. The body scan can be very useful as a grounding mechanism when facing strong emotions, or if you’re having trouble stabilizing awareness on the breath or body.

Mindfulness of Walking

Walking mindfully cultivates awareness of your body while it is in motion. Mindful walking can help to increase your energy level if you are tired or restless, and it can also add variety if you are doing longer periods of seated practice. It’s also useful because directing attention to walking, and even standing, is something you can do throughout the day.

Reading List

Adult Mindfulness Books

Full Catastrophe Living

Jon Kabat-Zinn

A classic of modern mindfulness & a comprehensive overview of stress management.

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook

Bob Stahl & Elisha Goldstein

Great for people who have some mindfulness experience and are looking for practice aids.

Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence

Rick Hanson

Discusses mindfulness in the context of positive psychology with friendly neuroscience.

Altered Traits

Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson

A thorough survey of the latest mindfulness research told in a captivating story by two of the field’s founders.

Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness

David Treleavin

This important book provides essential frameworks and tools on bringing a trauma-sensitive lens to  sharing mindfulness practices with kids or adults.

Say What You Mean

Oren Jay Sofer

A practical, step-by-step guide to more meaningful conversations that integrates mindfulness practice and Nonviolent Communication.

Mindfulness in Education

Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom

Patricia Jennings

If you’re a classroom teacher trying to get oriented to mindfulness, read this first.

Building Emotional Intelligence

Linda Lantieri

Puts mindfulness in the broader context of social and emotional learning and resilience.

A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Working with High-Risk Adolescents

Sam Himelstein

The book to read if you are working with adolescents with trauma.

Mindful Parenting

The Mindful Child

Susan Kaiser Greenland

One of the first mindfulness & youth books written and still a classic.

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind

Daniel J. Siegel

Lots of tips and fun exercises here plus digestible neurobiology.

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

Daniel J. Siegel

Great book to read with teenagers. Understand and work with the biological changes of the teen years.

Teaching Mindfulness to Youth

The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time

Dzung Vo

Primer for teens on working with stress, anxiety and the ups and downs of life through practice.

Visiting Feelings

Lauren Rubenstein

Good book on teaching children to have a sensory relationship with their emotions.

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

Carol McCloud

Focused on heartfulness. Encourages children to see how very easy it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love.