MINDFULNESS IN SCHOOLS
Supporting wellbeing and positive mental health in schools
Mindfulness means paying attention to what’s happening in the present moment in the mind, body, and external environment, with an attitude of curiosity and kindness, and without judgment. We discover different aspects of mindfulness: awareness of breathing, body, sensations, emotions, thoughts, senses: listening, tasting, seeing, speaking, moving, touching.
A few of the proven benefits of mindfulness:
Increased self-awareness and self-esteem
Better focus and concentration
Decreased stress & anxiety
Increased sense of calm
Skillful responses to difficult emotions
Increased empathy and understanding of others
Improved impulse control
Increased appreciation for life
Mindfulness Programme for Primary and Secondary Schools has been proven to be an effective bullying prevention tool around the world and implemented successfully in thousands of schools.
Mindfulness slowly starts to get the attention of the Ministry o Education and being recognized as a very beneficial part of children's development. With hopes for becoming one day a part of the SPHE curriculum and help to support positive mental health practice in Irish schools. It is an investment in your child's mental health and well-being for years to come.
Teaching mindfulness to children is like planting seeds in the ground and looking after them to help them grow. It is not the FIX ALL solution but rather a long term skills development that with time and practice has a chance to become a strongly rooted base for becoming a happy and confident adult who deals well with stress and challenges, is capable of forming strong and healthy relationships, and also develops emotional intelligence and self-regulation skills.
I was trained with Mindful Schools in 2011 (http://www.mindfulschools.org) and over the years attended several different mindfulness training with many different schools and various approaches.
Our program is inspired by various mindfulness for kids curriculums and reflects our 10 years old experience and knowledge of working with the children. Our curriculum is filled with art, stories, and sound relaxation. Teachers and parents are included in the program as well.
The program can be tailored to the school's needs and finances.
We also run workshops for teachers and parents separately as well as professional teacher training.
Our program is designed to fit any group age and classroom, both at the primary and secondary levels.
Teachers are also to benefit from it, learning tools to continue to work with mindfulness in their classroom and managing stress in their daily life.
The program can be stretched between 8-30 sessions, 15 min - 1 hour in duration.
CD with mindful practise and materials for students, parents, and teachers, also art materials are included in the price.