with Bruce Neustadter When teaching teens, it is critical that we address our individual biases. These biases impact our ability to meet teens where they are in the moment. We will look at how we influence youth with our own thoughts, judgments, and desires in an effort to direct awareness and presence. We will explore […]
Susan Kaiser Greenland Chris poses the question “So many of us know the value of mindfulness and compassion, but how can we make mindfulness really stick beyond the brief time we spend teaching them?” In this morning workshop, we’ll look at ways to accomplish this objective by exploring: Holistic models of teaching Effective “buy-in” strategies […]
Prepare your body, mind and heart for the day with a movement practice on the beach. Together, we will explore mindfulness through movement with a gentle yoga class appropriate for all levels of students. Through mindful moment, classic yoga postures, breathing practices, and relaxation, students will be guided to focus awareness on the changing sensations in the body and the subtleties of the breath while releasing any holding and tension in the body.
with Argos Gonzales When bringing mindful awareness practices to youth, there is a huge potential for inquiry, social justice, and change. This session will explore ways educators can incorporate mindfulness into their work and how it can provide a practical and structured way to disrupt the ways we habitually look at the world, see ourselves, and […]
with Laila Madni, Psy.D. Overview: This presentation will provide a survey of recent literature targeting the state of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) in samples of clinically symptomatic youth. Primary focus areas: This presentation will deliver an overview of efficacy for various clinical symptomology, and discuss challenges of implementation in clinical samples. It will also provide suggestions, addressing […]
Gift yourself with a precious morning of practice. Join colleagues as we begin the conference with stillness and quietness. Allow yourself time to simply be, to drop into pure awareness. This morning is an opportunity to be together as a mindful community, to connect deeply both inwardly and outwardly. To close the morning, we will offer simple powerful reflections regarding your intentions — for the conference, for your work, what is needed for you personally, and what is needed for the field as whole. The entire morning is designed to support you in resting, reflecting, receiving, and responding to all that unfolds throughout the conference weekend, and in your life.
The Mindfulness and Working Memory Study examines whether a Parent-Child Mindfulness Based Training (PC-MBT) program improves children’s subsequent gains from a working memory training. An additional aim of this study is to examine structural and functional neural plasticity associated with these cognitive and behavioral training programs. We will investigate white matter tracts connecting areas of the brain associated with working memory, attention and emotional regulation. At the Bridging Hearts and Minds Conference we will present cognitive and behavioral data from this initial pilot program.
This poster will describe the research study’s methodology, provide a review of previous research on L2B, and discuss how the intervention is currently progressing. Please stop by the poster if you are interested in research on mindfulness in schools, mindfulness with students with disabilities, or wish to provide encouragement to the researcher.
How do we create thriving school communities in which the wellness of both teachers and students is honored? In this three-hour breakout session, participants will dialogue about the current teacher turnover crisis, both in California and nationwide, as well as how to transform the problem by using mindfulness practices and community resources. Participants will leave empowered as change agents for caregiver sustainability and school site transformation through bridging their intellectual understandings of the issue and co-creating heart-based solutions. We intend to provide a space for self and community-reflective discussions about experiences with teacher burnout. Collectively, we will create a catalogue of solutions.
with Fiona Jensen This workshop will explore important questions for public school based mindfulness programs. In October 2015, Calmer Choice began navigating challenging waters created by a concerned parent (and school committee member) who very publicly articulated concerns regarding mindfulness being taught in public schools. The specific concerns involved First Amendment issues regarding the separation […]