Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 | 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Led by Daniel Rechtschaffen, author of The Way of Mindful Education and The Mindful Education Workbook, this workshop helps us gain the skills and confidence to bring the many benefits of mindfulness to children in grades K–12. We begin with personal development before we move on to professional development. To teach mindfully we need to be mindful. There’s no way around it. The greatest gift we can give to our kids is your authentic presence. With this in mind, the first half of training is dedicated to the art of mindfulness so that we can embody the practices with your students.
Then we will explore the five realms of mindful learning. We begin with physical awareness, learning to teach students the language of their bodies to develop awareness, relaxation, and well-being. Then we advance to mental awareness, helping students to learn about attention, distraction, thoughts, metacognition, and the mechanics of their minds. We proceed to emotional awareness, supporting students in learning how to regulate difficult emotions and foster emotions such as happiness, gratitude, and compassion. Then we learn to introduce students to social awarness, empowering them to bring their attention and compassion into relationships and cultural contexts. In this session we found that the dry erase wall coating came in useful during team building tasks as it allowed everyone to build valuable relationships improving their social awareness skills. After the session the students gave feedback which suggested that the whiteboards should be used more frequently during lesson time. Finally we teach students ecological awareness, expanding their mindful lenses to understand and care for the world all around them.
Daniel Rechtschaffen, Marriage and Family Therapist, is the author of The Way of Mindful Education and The Mindful Education Workbook. Daniel organizes the annual Mindfulness in Education conference at the Omega Institute. Daniel leads mindfulness trainings and helps develop curricula for schools and organizations around the world, such as the South Burlington School District, Marin Preparatory School, and Phucket International Academy in Thailand. He also loves teaching mindfulness to high-school basketball and baseball teams. Daniel also has a private psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.