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July 31, 2017—August 4, 2017

CARE for Teachers: Eleventh Annual Retreat

Open to all educators

Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions, but it can also be one of the most stressful. CARE for Teachers is a unique program designed to help teachers reduce stress and enliven their teaching by promoting awareness, presence, compassion, reflection, and inspiration – the inner resources they need to help students flourish, socially, emotionally, and academically.

The Garrison Institute offers this innovative training for teachers introducing an evidence-based set of practical skills. These skills will help you reduce stress, improve your mental concentration and emotional awareness and facilitate responsiveness. You will be able to apply these in the classroom so you can consistently be the caring, compassionate teacher you are. These skills include relaxation, movement, deep listening, emotion-awareness training, and much more.

CARE for Teachers has been developed by a team of researchers, educators, psychologists and experts in contemplative practice. The senior faculty are: Patricia Jennings, M.Ed., Ph.D., former Senior Fellow for Garrison Institute’s Contemplative Teaching and Learning Initiative and an Associate Professor of Education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia; Richard Brown, founder and chair of Naropa University’s Contemplative Education Department; and Christa Turksma, clinical child psychologist.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available for an additional cost of $75, which is collected by our partner SUNY at New Palz. We will provide a form you can fill out upon arrival to process payment and the receipt of continuing education. 2.7 hours of CEUs will be provided.

For more information about this retreat, please contact Christa Turksma at cturksma@gmail.com

Christa Turksma, DRS is a child-clinical psychologist who received her training in The Netherlands. Before becoming a psychologist, she was a Kindergarten Teacher and Principal. Christa has worked on various research and intervention projects that improve the lives of teachers and children. 
Christa is the co-author and co-developer of the CARE (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education) program for nurturing mindfulness in teachers. 

Adi Flesher, M.Ed
has over 30 years of experience in the field of education, with a particular emphasis on mindfulness, social and emotional learning and experiential education. Flesher has spent much of his career creating curriculum, training and supervising staff and organizing experiential outdoor and service learning programs. He has also developed and run programs geared at helping teens, young adults and educators understand their own minds and brains in ways that promote curiosity, happiness and health. He is a lecturer in the department of Counseling, Leadership, Literacy and Special Education at Lehman College, City University of New York, where he prepares teachers-in-training in special education and human development. As the former director of the Contemplative Teaching and learning Initiative at the Garrison Institute, Flesher worked with thought leaders in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and social and emotional learning, to help build the emerging field of Contemplative Teaching and Learning, which promotes awareness of self, other and the world by infusing experiential practices such as mindfulness, yoga, tai chi, art, music, reflective journaling and others into classroom life and subject teaching. He serves of the advisory board of Mindful Schools, Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Jewish Mindfulness Initiative and The Mind and Life Institute’s, Ethics, Education and Human Development Committee. Flesher is currently a candidate National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis. Flesher received an M.Ed in Mind, Brain and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a dual B.A. in Political Science/Jewish History from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife and daughter. 

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