May 9 - 11, 2013
Adults who care for and about children:
Educators - teachers, administrators, support workers, superintendents
Mental Health practitioners
MCFD - Mental Health
Out-of-School care providers (Boys & Girls Club, YM/YWCA, Community Centers, Neighbourhood houses, etc)
Yoga community (especially those providing Yoga to children and youth)
Parents, Grand parents
Academics - University Students (education, social work, medicine, etc)
The focus of this conference is How Mindfulness Helps Children Thrive. Mindfulness is often associated with helping children manage worries and stress. But there is a small-but- growing body of scientific research, and evidence from practice that indicates that Mindfulness can foster development of a wider range of social and emotional abilities/competencies as well as improved relationships with others (self awareness in everyday interactions, self regulation in everyday activities, compassion for self, compassion for others).
What do we mean by "Mindfulness"?
We are encouraged by researchers in this field (especially Mark Greenberg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3KXkO7NeG0) to use a broad definition of Mindfulness . Mindfulness includes intrapersonal activities such as sitting meditation, walking meditation, forms of yoga and prayer. But it also includes interpersonal activities such as deep listening, story telling, empathy training, forms of martial arts, contemplative art & music, contemplating nature.
It is also interesting that, over time, Jon Kabat Zinn has broadened his definition of Mindfulness - focusing more on the ethical dimension of mindfulness in everyday life
In 1990 he defined Mindfulness as :
Paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment non-judgmentally.
In 2011 he defined Mindfulness as:
An awareness of ones conduct and the quality of ones relationships, inwardly and outwardly in terms of their potential to cause harm are intrinsic elements of the cultivation of Mindfulness.
Mindfulness in everyday life is the ultimate challenge and practice
Goldie Hawn - http://www.thehawnfoundation.org/
Founder of MindUP - a school-based program that integrates Mindfulness into daily life; author of parenting book "10 mindful minutes"
Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl - Associate Professor in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia., expert on social and emotional learning, researcher, educator
Dr Paul Ekman - http://www.paulekman.com/about-ekman/
Dr. Rob Roeser - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDw8RaVGFJs
Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Portland State University. Established the Culture and Contemplation in Education Laboratory at Portland State University
Linda Lantieri - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWQGAUi8V0U
Director of The Inner Resilience Program whose mission is to cultivate the inner lives of students, teachers and schools by integrating social and emotional learning with contemplative practice.
Dr. Adele Diamond - http://www.frontiersin.org/video/Adele_Diamond_at_the_Garrison_Institute/1124
Canada Research chair Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
Jetsun Pema - http://worldschildrensprize.org/jetsun-pema
the younger sister of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who has dedicated her life to educating Tibetan children in exile.
Roy Henry Vickers - http://www.artcountrycanada.com/vickersbio.htm
Canadian artist , designer, publisher, author. He is a recognized leader in the First Nations community and has worked tirelessly as a spokesperson for recovery from addictions and abuse. In his words “The physical, spiritual, emotional, and intellectual well being of our children should be paramount in the teaching and nurturing of our children.”
(here’s an interesting posting connecting RhV to HHDL; http://butterfliesdragonsandpeace.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/can-we-forget-our-connectedness-and-truly-lead/)
Children & Youth lead mindfulness activities
Artwork and creative contributions by children and youth