Mindful Educators Retreat: Mindfulness for Busy People

In support of the growing needs of our students and our schools, we are happy to announce our next retreat for educators, counselors, and parents...

Mindfulness for Busy People: Finding Stillness

Think you are too busy for mindfulness?  Think again!  

In this nourishing retreat for educators, counselors, parents, and anyone working with youth, we'll explore mindfulness practices that support your daily routine and learn how to cultivate an inner-resource of stillness that is available even in the midst of busyness and chaos.

The day will consist of short periods of meditation, mindfulness strategies for your own practice and for your work, and ample time to connect with others around the growing needs of our students.

This event takes place at the Petaluma Regional Library and is a Meetup project of Mindful Schools.

By attending this retreat you will:

  • Begin or deepen your mindfulness practice
  • Learn mindfulness strategies to support your own practice
  • Learn mindfulness strategies to support the youth in your care
  • Learn how mindfulness education is growing in the Bay Area
  • Learn about the latest mindfulness research

Presenters Include:

Chelsea True is a native to Napa California and the founder of Joyful Mind Project, a Sonoma County nonprofit that provides mindfulness education to schools throughout the Bay Area. Chelsea presently holds two certifications in secular mindfulness, in MBSR-T (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens) and as a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor. Chelsea is passionate about supporting students, teachers, and parents with mindfulness education and has recently enjoyed teaching mindfulness at Sonoma Academy, Sonoma State University, and The Healdsburg School. Her work is featured in the book, Happy Teachers Change the World, by Thich Nhat Hanh and Katherine Weare.

Pam Walton is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Mindful Schools Certified Instructor. Ms. Walton currently serves as a Mental Health Clinician for the Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD). Ms. Walton holds master’s degrees in Physiology and Clinical Psychology, is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and has been studying and practicing mindfulness for over thirty years, including several years in intensive retreat settings.  She currently teaches mindfulness and leads seminars on mindfulness, mental health and trauma.  She also has a small private psychotherapy practice in Napa.  

Sarah Wilmarth taught upper Elementary grades before starting her own family. Mindfulness practices were a great support in her personal life… then certain political events of 2016 jolted her into action, looking for ways to share the tools of mindfulness with others. As a result, she is currently in the Mindful Schools certification program. Sarah currently works behind a desk at the Sonoma County Office of Education as a Regional Program Assistant, where she leads an adult mindfulness program; she also volunteers at her daughter’s school teaching mindfulness to third graders.