A full day Professional Development seminar to help you bring the benefits of mindfulness to yourself, your teaching and your school.
The program is delivered in retreat style to make it a truly unique experience for educators interested in mindfulness.
The program is suitable for those with little experience in mindfulness and also those with an established mindfulness practice.
During the course you will have the opportunity to:
Learn more about mindfulness, and experience some of its benefits
Discover more about Mindful Leadership practices and techniques
Explore a range of classroom-based mindfulness exercises
Find out about how other schools are implementing mindfulness and discuss best practice policies and outcomes
Network with other teachers who share a similar interest in mindfulness in education
Share in some of the latest research on Mindfulness in Education and discover how to make the case to bring mindfulness to your school
Use mindfulness to take better care of yourself and reduce the stress associated with modern schooling
Session 1. Mindfulness Basics
An introduction to mindfulness for beginners – theory, practice, research on mindfulness, benefits of mindfulness
A chance for more experienced mindfulness practitioners to sit together as a community with other like-minded teachers, and share their knowledge and experience
Includes sitting meditation, mindful eating, mindful movement and body scanning
Session 2. Mindful Leadership
Introduction to the key principles and practices of mindful leadership – how it can help enhance focus, creativity and communication
Session 3. Bringing Mindfulness to your School
What are the best ways to introduce mindfulness to your school?
Learn about what other leading Australian and International schools have done to introduce mindfulness
Session 4. Mindfulness for Self-care
How mindfulness can enhance your personal wellbeing, so you can take better care of yourself – and thus, take better care of others
Mindful ways to reduce stress and sleep better at night
About the Presenters
Brad Felstead – Program Leader
The program will be led by Brad Felstead, the Founder and Director of Felstead Education, one of Australia’s leading specialist providers of mindfulness programs for the education sector.
Brad is the creator of numerous programs including Mindfulness for Teachers, The Mindful School, Mindfulness for Teenagers and The Mindful School Leader. These programs have been delivered throughout Australia in a range of schools spanning the private and public sector, secondary and primary schools and rural and metropolitan schools.
Brad is an accredited trainer with the Oxford based Mindfulness in Schools Project in the U.K. and is the author of The Balanced Student, The Art of Relaxation and the upcoming Teen Sleep.
With over 25 years experience as an educator, Brad’s range of lectures, DVDs and presentations, covering a broad range of subjects, have been seen by over 200,000 viewers in close to 1000 schools throughout Australia, Europe, America and Asia.
Hayley Anthony – Guest Speaker
Hayley is an Educational Psychologist with over 7 year’s experience working in schools. Hayley has extensive training in mindfulness-based approaches including ACT, MBSR and MiCBT and is a certified Mindfulness in Schools Program teacher, delivering mindfulness curriculum to both primary and secondary school students.
Hayley is the Head of Mindfulness at St Leonard’s College, where she leads a dedicated group of mindfulness mentors, delivers evidence-based programs to students, facilitates staff and parent training and works to embed a culture of mindfulness at the college.
Helen Ansell – Guest Speaker
Helen is one of Melbourne’s most experienced mindfulness in education experts. Over the past ten years she has trained extensively in Mindfulness including in the U.K. at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice and also with the Mindfulness in School Program. Helen is a trained teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programs.
Helen has a Masters in Psychology and has extensive experience as a secondary teacher. She has held positions throughout the Government, Independent and Catholic systems and served as head of counseling at Presbyterian Ladies College for 9 years, where she taught mindfulness in both the standard Victorian and International Baccalaureate programs that the college offered.