Program Details

Teaching Mindfulness and Compassion in Schools - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

April 11 / 7:00 PM - April 12 / 3:00 PM

Sorry, the event is full and REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Follow Your Inspiration Workshop:

Teaching Mindfulness and Compassion 
in Schools andCommunity Youth Organizations

Join these pioneers in the field as we explore the information, skills, and personal development necessary for mindfulness practitioners wanting to enter - or expand - their work in schools and community organizations. This program will include discussion panels, experiential skill building exercises, networking and exploration of resources for sharing meditation with young people.

The weekend will include discussion panels, experiential skill building exercises, and space for connecting with others.

Guest Speakers

  • Jessica Morey is the Executive Director of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme).  She began practicing mindfulness meditation at age 14 on teen retreats offered by the Insight Meditation Society (IMS). She is now a founding board member and lead teacher for iBme teen retreats.

  • Sam Himelstein, Ph.D. is the Program Director of the Mind Body Awareness Program. He is passionate about working with young people involved in the juvenile justice system and speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to working clinically with youth.

  • John Rettger, the Director of Mindfulness Program for the Stanford University Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program. He has trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and has taught mindfulness in a variety of settings. He also teaches yoga.

  • Meena Srinivasan is part of the Social Emotional Learning & Leadership Team for the Oakland Unified School District. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and was a leader in India's Mindfulness in Education Movement. She has taught mindfulness to 6th through 12th graders in Brazil, India, and California.

  • Rees Sweeney-Taylor is the Program Director for SquashDrive. He works directly with youth cultivating awareness and confidence. He also is a student of Shambhala Buddhism and works teaching mindfulness and meditation to people of all ages.

  • Amy Saltzman, MD is the Director of The Still Quiet Place. She has offered mindfulness to young people from pre-K to college undergrads in socioeconomically diverse school, and community settings as well as conducted two research studies.

  • Ida Oberman, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Community School for Creative Education, the country's first urban multi cultural  Waldorf inspired charter. Her personal meditation practice is rooted in Tibetan Buddhism, Dutch Reform Theology and Anthroposophy.

  • Gale Young, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita and Chair of the Communications Department at Cal State East Bay. She is a student of intercultural relations, difficult dialogues, and reconciliation.

  • Nicole Abaté Ducarroz, Sonoma Valley Unified School District School Board member since 2004, Waldorf Charter School founding board member, mother of 3: Nikita (17), Jonas (15), Julien (10), wife to Jean-Francois, retired software engineer. 

Friday night April 11, 7:00 -9:00pm
Saturday April 12, 9:30am - 3:30pm
Visit this link for a detailed schedule.  

$25 Friday night only
$100 Friday night and Saturday workshop
$50 Scholarship rate (If the full price of the workshop is an obstacle you are welcome to register for the scholarship rate. However this rate will only be available until March 30th.)

Leslie Gossett, lesliegossett [at] gmail [dot] com 


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