Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 | 9:30 am-12:30 pm
JG Larochette, Founder and Director of Mindful Life Project, will explore the specific ways that the organization is approaching social justice and equity, while breaking institutionalized systems of oppression in education through mindfulness. Since its founding in the Fall of 2012, Mindful Life Project has focused on empowering underserved students through mindfulness, expressive arts, yoga, and Mindful Hip-Hop In Richmond, CA. Historically, Richmond is one of the cities with the most generational poverty and violence in the United States. Over the last three years MLP has created a mindful and compassionate community by serving 15,000 students, trained hundreds of teachers, principals, Richmond Police Officers, and staff in the District Attorneys Office.
Mindfulness has the power to revolutionize education at this crucial time in history; it supports students and teachers in navigating life with wisdom and compassion, learning how to deescalate situations by creating space between a stimuli and unhealthy reactions, and creating healthy responses that both benefit the individual and those in the community. Learn how Mindful Life’s movement has the Richmond educational community arriving in the present moment and focusing on building stillness, trust, safety, interconnectedness and setting the foundation for providing well-rounded educational opportunities for children and families that have been neglected for generations.