Summer Class for Educators:
“I’m looking forward to continuing to learn about mindfulness and meditation, as well as improving my practice! I really enjoyed the class and got a lot out of it.” – Winter 2018 Heartland AEA Participant
Why do teachers take this course?
Teachers are in the profession to connect to students and ultimately make a difference in their lives; however, many outside pressures and constructs inhibit true growth and connection. According to MindfulSchools.org, “Toxic stress starts as decreased productivity and creativity, escalating to more serious symptoms like frequent anxiety, dissociation, frustration, and, eventually, burnout. Roughly half a million U.S. teachers leave the profession each year – a turnover rate of over 20 percent.” Some of the major reasons why adults take the MBSR™ course is job, school or family stress, chronic pain, sleeplessness, mild depression and anxiety, anger issues, grief, or simply taking a more proactive role in greater overall health and well-being.
What will I learn?
-How to stabilize and concentrate attention.
-Mindfulness meditation techniques, gentle hatha yoga and mindful movement.
-How to work skillfully with difficult emotions, thoughts, and unpleasant physical sensations.
-Techniques to respond more wisely to stressful events and difficult communication.
-How to be more present for our life as we’re living it, in a more non-judgmental, engaged manner by cultivating self-compassion, empathy and acceptance.
Includes 15 in-person contact hours:
– Group meets once per week for 4 weeks for 2.5 hours (10 hours). We discuss didactic curriculum, practice meditations, group dialogue, reflection and inquiry. Each participant completes home practice (meditation, body scan, yoga) the other 6 days per week for about 30-45 minutes per day.
– One, half-day silent retreat experience is offered to deepen mindfulness practice and incorporate into daily life (5 hours). This will be held on a weekend day following week 4 class.
Group Yoga Classes at Balance Yoga Lounge
Allison Peet is a qualified MBSR™ (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) Instructor trained at UMass Medical Center for Mindfulness, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. She is trained through Mindful Schools and teaches mindfulness to youth, K-12. She’s completed 21 full days of silent meditation retreats to date, has a daily practice, and is currently working toward a therapeutic yoga teacher 200-hour certification. Allison has a personal path of living and working with chronic stress and anxiety which is why she started her own business in 2015, From Within Wellness, LLC, to benefit others. She is committed to creating a more mindful community by helping people develop pragmatic life skills in attentional strength, present moment awareness, self-compassion, and stress resiliency.