July 2, 2018—July 7, 2018
Mindful Schools Mindful Teacher Certification Program 2019 Opening Retreat
Please note: Attending both the Opening Retreat July 2 – 7, 2018 and the Closing July 22 – 27, 2019 dates are required for completion of the Mindful Teacher Certification Program. Participants can only register for this retreat if they have been accepted into the Mindful Teacher program through Mindful Schools. Please visit our website for details.
In our blended learning model, the week-long residential retreats bookend the year-long program. These retreats are the embodied expression of the wisdom and compassion of mindfulness practice. For the program’s participants, they offer a uniquely rich and immersive practice experience that supports growth and development in two ways: silent mindfulness practice and professional skills development.
In between the two in-person retreats is an intensive 10-month training program. The online components of the program strive to maintain a high degree of personal, interactive learning that is supported by the guiding teachers and fellow practitioners. The online learning elements allow engagement with the course content in a variety of different ways, and participants can expect to spend 3-5 hours each week involved in the following activities: online learning content, live group calls, cohort meetings, daily sits, expert-led workshops and talks, and a teaching lab.
Kaira Jewel Lingo graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology and Social Sciences. She teaches meditation, mindfulness, and compassion internationally, with a focus on activists, people of color, artists, educators, families, and youth. She began practicing mindfulness in 1997. Currently, she lead retreats worldwide, teach meditation, support groups and individuals and offer mindfulness programs for educators and youth in schools. She also works with students around the world offering ongoing individual support, meeting locally and online, as well as running courses in urban, non-residential settings. Kaira Jewel edited Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children and helped to start and develop Wake Up Schools, bringing mindfulness to education. She enjoys exploring the interweaving of art, play, ecology, and spiritual practice and is a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader.
Alan Brown is Director of Integrative & Co-curricular Learning at Grace Church School in New York City, where he leads mindfulness & positive education programs for students, faculty, and for parents. He also consults privately for schools, providing professional development and plans to implement school- or district-wide mindfulness programs and speaks regularly on these topics. Diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome in middle school, Alan came to mindfulness through yoga and a search for stillness in the body and regulation in the nervous system, so he has a keen interest in working with students with TS, ADHD, OCD, and other nervous system vulnerabilities. Over the past 15 years, Alan has taught in both public and private settings as a humanities instructor and dean, and has worked with many other schools and districts as a trainer for GLSEN (the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network), where he now serves on the National Advisory Board.
Dr. Nicole Libin is an adjunct professor of Religious Studies and General Education and incorporates mindfulness as both a pedagogical and a contemplative tool in all of her post-secondary classes. Outside of the university, Nicole is also a mindfulness educator and coach for adults, adolescents, and children and is a children’s book author. Nicole has taught mindfulness in a variety of venues including corporations, government offices, cancer survivor wellness workshops, sport camps, prenatal groups, university campuses, and school classrooms. She is a Mindful Schools certified instructor and has completed the UMass Center for Mindfulness Professional Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training in Mind-Body Medicine with Jon-Kabat Zinn. Nicole has also trained with The Meditation Initiative and is certified in MBSR for teens.