Mindfulness for Wellbeing Workshop

Holistic Education offers an introductory workshop “Mindfulness for Wellbeing”. It is intended for professionals wanting to use mindfulness in their own lives and work.

Scientists now understand that mirror neurons are essential to learning.

This is a 3 or 6-hour training session provides an experiential and theoretical introduction to mindfulness – it is practical, evidence based and well-researched. It covers benefits of regularly practicing mindfulness, the neuroscience underlying mindfulness practices and how to adapt mindfulness for personal well-being and professional use.

Aims of the workshop: Overall, the workshop aims to:

  • Provide participants with the experience of practicing mindfulness
  • Present the evidence base for using mindfulness with adults and children.
  • Explain how mindfulness works and implications for practicing and teaching it.
  • Introduce different approaches to using mindfulness in schools or workplaces, including adapted mindfulness practices.
  • Inspire participants to develop a regular practice of mindfulness and explore further training to develop skills to teach mindfulness to others.

Learning objectives: By the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to:

Practicing mindfulness regularly helps enhance neural pathways in the brain, developing a deeper sense of peacefulness, clam and focus.
The workshop includes aspects of the neuroscience underlying mindfulness, explaining how regular practice enhances specific neural networks that lead to developing a deeper sense of peacefulness, calm and focus.
  1. Understand benefits of mindfulness practices for adults and children.
  2. Understand the skills for building mindful awareness.
  3. Begin or continue developing personal skills and experience in practicing mindfulness – includes resources.
  4. Explore sharing mindfulness practices with others, including your team.

Sample Outline of a Day Workshop: Here is a sample day workshop:

  • 9:30am: Introduction, Overview.  Intentions for the day. 
  • 9:45am: Mindfulness practice (1) Noticing the attention and quality of attention
  • 10:15am: Research background on mindfulness with adults, children and those with SEN, Theories on how mindfulness ‘works’, Components of mindfulness.
  • 11am: Break
  • 11:15am:Implementing mindfulness in schools, the MBAT Intervention. 
  • 12noon: Practice (2) Building and enhancing body awareness
  • 12:30: Lunch.
  • 1:30pm: Practice (3) The Body Scan for self-regulation
  • 2pm: Competency, authenticity and value of personal practice. Developing dual-attention for teaching mindfulness effectively with body-awareness.
  • 3pm: Introducing mindfulness to children and young people.
  • 3:30pm: Break
  • 3:45pm: Adapting mindfulness for different needs.
  • 4:15pm: Next steps. Evaluation.
  • 4:30pm: Close

Feedback: This workshop has been run for EPs in Hackney, Lewisham, Kent, Southwark, Herefordshire and those at the University of East London.  Here is some of the feedback about what worked well and what was gained/ learnt from the session:

“Practical linked well with theoretical – led by the participants’ level of understanding” (EP in Lewisham).

“I’d like to apply to work with the children but need more training.” (EP in Herefordshire).

“I’d like to learn more and try it out with children/ students.” (EP in Hackney).

“Having time to process and integrate this this into what I already do and feel and believe in”  (EP in Lewisham).

“Informative, well-paced, lots of chances to ask questions”. (EP in Herefordshire).

“I  would like to explore mindfulness with a group of interested staff, maybe linking to CDs, trying out exericises.  Also I may try the 3-minute Breathing Space with the children.” (Head Teacher, Kent).

“Range of studies, including systematic reviews.” (EP in Lewisham).

“Opportunities for discussion and practice of the exercises”. (EP in Lewisham).

[I gained] “A much clearer understanding of when it is/ isn’t appropriate to use mindfulness with children.  Realised the importance of self-preservation”.  (Trainee EP).

[I gained] “a better understanding of the context in which mindfulness approaches are developing in the UK.” (Trainee EP).

For further information, please contact Dr Bernadette Carelse.

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