The Garrison Institute is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization siutated on the banks of the Hudson river, an hour north of New York City. Its focus is on using contemplative practices to support social and ecological change.
CARE for Teachers was developed by a team of researchers and professionals working in education and contemplative practices, including mindfulness-based approaches. The 5-day retreat included daily meditation and other mindfulness practices and explicit teaching of key prinicipals. The goals were to develop skills to manage the demands of teaching, enhance the joy of teaching and student-teacher relationships and prevent burn-out.
The course included consideration of the resources required to develop emotional awareness. This included respecting emotions and being able to recognise and label them. It also involved improving how we regulate emotions and respond to complex and challenging situations. Overall, greater awareness, presence and compassion were developed for use in complex and demanding work contexts, which for most of us, included classrooms. For more information see the CARE for Teachers website.