with Nicole Libin
Training our minds to be more receptive, open, and curious is one of the hallmarks of mindfulness and one of the prerequisites of learning. We often ask our students and the children in our lives to explore new ideas, worlds, and cultures. But how can they fully embrace something new if they don’t know what is happening in their own minds? How can any of us learn if our minds are full of deeply ingrained judgments we may not even recognize?
To be able to fully learn (and teach) something new, we need to first see what is on our minds. In this workshop, we will explore techniques and ideas which offer our students, our children, and ourselves the opportunity to see what’s really going on in our minds and to discover how we are relating to what’s happening. Through this mindful approach to teaching and learning, students are encouraged not only to see their judgments but also to trust their own wisdom. Mindfulness becomes an integral part of the pedagogy itself. This method encourages all of us to look thoughtfully, consider our biases and our perspectives, and to explore new ideas with open minds and open hearts.
Nicole has been practicing mindfulness for over a decade and has been teaching since 2011. She is a Mindful Schools certified instructor and has completed the UMass Center for Mindfulness Professional Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training in Mind-Body Medicine with Jon-Kabat Zinn. Nicole has also trained with The Meditation Initiative and is certified in MBSR for teens. Nicole has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children and has taught mindfulness in a variety of venues including private coaching, cancer survivor wellness workshops, sport camps, prenatal groups, university campuses, and school classrooms. In addition to her work teaching mindfulness, Nicole holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies and is currently an adjunct professor of Religious Studies and General Education at Mount Royal University where she incorporates both mindfulness and contemplative pedagogy into all of her classes. She has also written two children’s books on mindfulness. For more information, please see followyourbreath.com or contact Nicole at Nicole@followyourbreath.com.