We provide school-based mindfulness programs and teacher professional developments.
Available as an after school program or integrated into the curriculum.
These student-centered mindfulness enrichment sessions may be built into the school day or offered as an after school program. Sessions are tailored to meet the needs of the school community and may any include any of the following components:
- Breath Work: Students learn different breathing techniques linked to relieving stress and improving self-regulation
- Yoga: Students learn to move and stretch their bodies. A variety of poses (twisting, balancing, seated) are used to aid with improved proprioception
- Stillness: Students learn what it means to take a ‘time out’ and why counting to 10 can really help
- Creativity: A simple craft activity related to the mindfulness session is facilitated. Students are encouraged to ‘color outside the lines’.
- Nutrition: Students participate in preparing a healthy, plant-based snack. Brief discussion about the importance of “eating the rainbow”, slowing down consumption, and taking care of our insides is discussed.
- Recall: Students complete recall sheet or complete a journaling activity they can take with them to use in school or at home. It is a reminder of what they practiced during the session, how it was helpful, and where else they can use the tools and strategies learned in the session.
Research reviewed here suggests that mindfulness-based practices can have a positive impact on academic performance, psychological well-being, self-esteem, and social skills in children and adolescents. There is evidence that mindfulness-based training in schools is feasible and acceptable to those who have participated in it.Rempel, K. (2012). Mindfulness for children and youth: A review of the literature with an argument for school-based implementation. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 46(4),201-220
What We Offer
Professional Development: Mindfulness in the Classroom
(TEA CPE Provider #902-513)
One to three hour workshop for school administrators, teachers, and staff.
- Explore breathing and movement techniques you can use in your classroom to reduce stress and enhance focus
- Share best practices for building and maintaining mindfulness structures in your classrooms
- Lesson planning support and design
- Guided reflection time
Professional Development: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
One to three hour workshop for school administrators, teachers, and staff
Refresher workshops for previously trained teachers
Coaching & Online Support
Schools have the option of extending development through purchasing a subscription to an online community or one-on-one coaching
Professional Development Facilitators
An educator for 25 years and a yoga practitioner for 20. Hope, in recent years, blended the two together offering movement and breathwork at the start of the day for elementary students. In this work she uncovered how simple it could be to transform the classroom culture.
A former attorney, Stacy entered the education world eight years ago and the yoga teaching world four. She implemented a yoga program at her campus allowing students choice between PE and yoga for receipt of their PE credit. It was immediately apparent that her own use of yoga throughout the day shifted her own interaction with students outside the classroom. Additionally, teachers around school began to notice the changes among the students enrolled in yoga.
Both Hope and Stacy want to share their practices and passion with teachers and assist in school culture transformation and promote self-care among educators.
Contact Hope Wills, email@example.com for additional information and fees.