How can we go beyond the basics of mindfulness when working with youth? What if mindfulness was a for-credit discipline in public high schools? We’re finally at a point where the world is ready to see mindfulness become an integrated part of public education.
In this hands-on, experiential workshop, you’ll participate in an actual high school mindfulness class from the Peace in Schools’ curriculum. Peace in Schools, a nonprofit in Portland, Oregon, is offering the nation’s first semester-long mindfulness class in five public high schools. With 75 hours of instruction time per semester, students go beyond basic instruction and develop integrated and transformative mindfulness practices.
Students today experience unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety. Many struggle with self-doubt, feelings of isolation, and acts of self-harm. In this class you’ll see how we’re helping teens move away from identification with the inner critic. Just like our teens, you’ll learn to recognize the voices of negative self-talk — and how those voices create suffering. You’ll see how teens learn to live from a place of compassion and unconditional love.
We’ll follow the class experience with discussion, questions, and answers. How did we work with school administrators to make mindfulness a for-credit discipline? What happens when we expand the depth and duration of mindfulness interventions for youth? Caverly Morgan, executive director and lead mindfulness instructor at Peace in Schools, will discuss our early findings of the impact on teens and educators.