New this year, beginning August 8th, is an optional half-day Pre-Institute training (1pm -5:30pm) where participants with little or no prior experience in mindfulness will be introduced to the foundational principles and beginning practices of mindfulness. It is recommended that anyone who does not have a regular practice or had formal training should register for the Pre-Institute.
On August 9th and 10th, (8:30am-5pm) the 2-day training Intensive will follow and offer you the experience and confidence to facilitate mindfulness practices with children and youth. Designed for professionals with a practice or experience in mindfulness, the workshop begins with a brief review of experiential techniques and proceeds to specific activities that can be adapted for use with elementary, middle- and high-school students, including those with special needs. Participants will practice teaching these activities to each other with supervision and guidance from instructors Dr. Rita Benn and Kristin Ervin (a certified Mindful School’s Instructor). At the end of the program, participants will be able to implement effective mindfulness activities in both the classroom and clinical settings.