About Mindful Schools Retreats

Mindfulness Practice • Community • Connection

Strengthen your inner resilience and gain inspiration alongside a community of like-minded educators. Mindful Schools retreats are an opportunity to expand and deepen personal practice through more dedicated periods of guided practice. Together, we explore and cultivate a range of mindfulness strategies that support educator well-being in the classroom and beyond.

Join us for a day dedicated to mindfulness practice, community, and connection. Our retreats are five-hour, live virtual events guided by Mindful Schools faculty and designed to support YOU.

Upcoming Retreats

Summer Retreat

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Registration for this retreat is closed, thank you!

Summer Retreat: A Mindful Pause

Sat, July 23, 2022, 8AM–1PM PT / 11AM–4PM ET
with Neena Barreto, Solissa McKay, Dia Penning, Devon Sangster Rath

A day dedicated to mindfulness practice, community, and connection. Our retreats are five-hour, live virtual events guided by Mindful Schools faculty and designed to support you.

Summer break is literally a break: between two school years, two groups of young people. We have a chance to pause and reflect on the previous year and build resources for the year ahead.

At Summer Retreat, we’ll explore and cultivate the mindful pause––what it means to be fully present in this time of rest, and how the mindful pause can be a resourcing tool we can bring with us into the school year.

Read our guide: How to Prepare for Retreat at Home

The retreat schedule includes:

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

Scroll down to see a detailed sample schedule.

Certificate of Attendance is provided for attendees who meet the criteria, see FAQs.

Registration for this retreat is closed, thank you!

Meet the Mindful Schools faculty guiding this retreat:

Neena Barreto (she/her), Mindful Schools Faculty
Over 20 years in education as a public school teacher and teacher leader; mindfulness instructor for K–6th grade in over 30 classrooms; trainer and coach for both teachers and parents

Solissa McKay (she/her), Mindful Schools Faculty
Over 10 years in education; 7th grade teacher; college academic counselor; program manager for a non-profit youth college access program in Kansas City

Dia Penning (she/her), Mindful Schools Faculty
Over 15 years in education as a teacher trainer, program administrator, Director of Education and Curriculum, and Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging in the SF Bay Area

Devon Sangster Rath (she/her), Mindful Schools Faculty
Over 10 years in education as a social worker in an SF high school; passionate about making mindfulness accessible for all, specifically people who have experienced trauma or addiction, and historically marginalized populations––people of color, trans and LGBQ folks, people of size and different body abilities

New Year Retreat

Saturday, Jan 14, 2023

Registration Opens in August

New Year Retreat

Sat, Jan 14, 2023, 8AM–1PM PT / 11AM–4PM ET

Details coming soon.

Why Retreats for Educators?

In our 101 and 201 courses, educators learn that a mindfulness practice is not something that we “achieve” and then check off as complete. It is an ongoing process of learning and investigation into ourselves and our experience. As we cultivate awareness over time, and through more dedicated periods of practice like retreats, we deepen our understanding of what it means to be an embodied educator. This is a foundational element of the Mindful Schools Domains of Mindful Teaching framework (see pg 4), supporting us to approach our work with young people with curiosity and compassion.

What to Expect

Our retreats are five-hour, live virtual events guided by Mindful Schools faculty. Retreats include both silent and guided practices as well as interactive elements to connect with each other as a community.

Since you will be joining us virtually, our faculty will create a retreat container that is both firm enough to hold your experience, and also flexible enough to meet our varied living circumstances. View our guide: How to Prepare for Retreat at Home.

Faculty

All retreats are guided by Mindful Schools faculty. You can learn more about our amazing faculty members, or Program Facilitators, on the “Meet Our Team” page.


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 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.

Certificate of Attendance:
To be eligible for a Certificate of Attendance, participants are required to:

  • Register and pay for the retreat by the registration deadline (published on the event page)
  • Attend in full. Attendance will be verified if you complete the following:
    • Join the retreat, by web browser or Zoom App (not dialing in by phone) within the first 10-minutes of the start of the retreat.  
    • Join the retreat using the same email as used to register.
    • Stay logged-in, and engaged, for the duration of the retreat.
  • Complete the event survey within 1 week of receiving the link to access the survey. The survey link will be emailed on the day of the event.

Certificates of Attendance will be emailed to those who complete the attendance requirements and submit the survey within the stated time frame. Certificates will be emailed 2 weeks after the event.

Important Notes:

  • Certificates are available only for those who complete the attendance and survey requirements, without exception. 
  • It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure adequate internet reliability and bandwidth. 
  • Incomplete attendance nullifies eligibility for the certificate. Attendance is considered incomplete if the participant joins more than 10 minutes after the start time, has gaps in attendance, or leaves early. We are unable to give partial credit for incomplete attendance. 
  • There is a $20 fee to reissue certificates, and certificates are available only if the attendance and survey requirements were met.

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