July 23, 2018—July 29, 2018
Mindful Schools Year-Long Certification Program – Closing Retreat Class of 2018
Our Year-Long Certification Program is designed for educators interested in deepening their personal practice and playing active roles as leaders in school communities and in the broader mindfulness in education movement.
The objectives of the Mindful Schools Year-Long Certification Program are threefold: to deepen one’s personal mindfulness practice, to become a more skillful and embodied facilitator of mindfulness in youth-service oriented environments, and to join a large network of leaders integrating mindfulness in their work with young people around the globe. Participants gain access to our program via two channels: an interactive online 10-month training and a week-long retreat at the end of the program.
Oren J. Sofer has had a dedicated mindfulness practice for nearly twenty years, and has taught classes, workshops and retreats for youth and adults nationally since 2008. In the early 2000s, he developed a deep interest in the relationship between mindfulness practice and communication. A graduate of the BayNVC North American Leadership Training, he began teaching Nonviolent Communication in 2006 to individuals and organizations both locally and nationally. Oren has extensive experience with mindfulness-based programs for children and adolescents; he was one of the first generation of teachers at Mindful Schools and made significant contributions to the development of the Mindful Schools curriculum. Oren is also trained and certified in Somatic Experiencing – a modality developed by former NASA-trauma specialist Peter Levine that emphasizes the role of nervous system regulation in the trauma healing process. He holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University.
Bart van Melik has been teaching mindfulness and communication practices since 2009, with a specific focus on working with diverse populations. Bart is a senior teacher at the Lineage Project, and teaches in both the U.S. and abroad. He also teaches mindfulness and yoga at a VA hospital, juvenile detention center, homeless shelters, and Public Schools in NYC. Bart holds an MA in Psychology of Culture and Religion from the Nijmegen University in The Netherlands. His passion is supporting people to discover how they can find new ways to relate to the stress created by our life circumstances.
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.