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Participants practicing yoga at The Key School's Professional Development Institute (2010)

As a part of the Key School’s summer teaching institute: Engaging Minds, Inspiring Ideas, I will be offering a set of two workshops on mindfulness for educators on Friday, June 17th. The morning session will focus on the benefits of meditation and how to develop a personal practice. In the afternoon, we will explore ways to incorporate meditation and other mindfulness techniques in the classroom, with a focus on grades K-8.

If you have no (or limited) prior meditation experience, take the morning workshop or the morning workshop followed by the afternoon workshop. If you have some experience with meditation or have a personal mindfulness practice, you are welcome to join us for the morning session or just take the afternoon.

Please pass this information on to anyone you think might find it interesting and helpful! Thank you!

To Learn More or to Register: https://www.keyschool.org/community/engaging-minds-inspiring-ideas/index.aspx

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While in the midst of the heavier academic labors of March, it’s also apparently time to think about summer camp. “Summer” is something I can’t quite wrap my mind around just yet. Nevertheless, I’ve signed on to teach a week-long mindfulness workshop for middle school children at The Key School’s summer camp. I’ll be using curriculum I devised for a Middle School stress-reduction activity (with Lisa Dorsey) along with Kimberly Post Rowe’s “A Settled Mind” book & CD. Here’s the description:

A Settled Middle School Mind

Middle School students face a great deal of stress in their experiences with peers, at school, during extra-curricular activities, and even at home. This week campers will focus on how to identify stressors in their lives and develop coping skills and strategies. We’ll explore sitting and walking meditation, using labyrinths and mandalas, and other relaxation techniques. Campers will receive a CD of guided meditations, as well as other props and tools to keep cool under the pressure of school life.
Entering Grades 5-8 • Cost: $155

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