Mindfulness strengthens our capacity to be with things as they are and cultivates the ability to integrate mind, body and heart in the present moment. An enhanced awareness of the present moment helps us to connect more deeply with ourselves and with others. When teachers are connected to themselves they can be more connected with their students, creating a deeper, more authentic relationship that can enrich learning. Mindfulness training for school communities can help transform education from the inside out.
Be Mindful, Teach Mindfully, Teach Mindfulness
Presented by MindWell Foundation
In partnership with Phuket International Academy Day School (PIADS)
The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgment, character, and will. No one is compos sui [master of himself] if he have it not. An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence. – William James
Over the past year, mindfulness practice in schools has grown significantly. Research continues to show that mindfulness improves the ability to sustain focus, perform under pressure, maintain emotional resilience in the face of setbacks, and improve immune system functioning, all of which can help improve academic performance.
Educators often ask their pupils to “pay attention!” though we rarely teach them how to do so effectively. Evidence-based programs are proving that it is possible to train and improve this critical faculty. We will explore programs that are emerging around the globe, many of which include the research and work of Professor Mark Williams, Susan Kaiser-Greenland, Dr. Amy Saltzman, Dr. Mark Greenberg, Dr. Richard Davidson, the Mind and Life Institute’s “Human Flourishing” initiative, as well as others. We will highlight the latest in cognitive neuroscience, mindful awareness practices, social and emotional skill development and research on positive emotions.
The workshop will have a retreat-like format as the emphasis will be on personal, experiential understanding. Guided and silent mindfulness practices, writing exercises, mindfulness of walking, and relational activities will all be explored.
The MindWell Foundation: Amy Burke, Krysten Fort-Catanese, Kevin Hawkins
Topics include: Introduction to Mindfulness; Mindful movement; Breath awareness; Featured curricula for teaching mindfulness; Practical applications for the classroom; Neuroscience of mindfulness and learning
Phuket, Thailand tional Airport, you can rent a car or hire a taxi to take you to your hotel. The school and larger Thanyapura campus is located in the North of the island in the Thalang area. See map.
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