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Mindful Educators Retreat

The Power of Presence: Cultivating Mindfulness and Compassion

Please join us for the 2nd quarterly retreat offering from the Mindful Educators Alliance. Who should attend: educators, support staff, counselors, therapists, psychologists, parents and anyone working with youth. Participants will be able to:

  • Understand how presence helps you establish trust and build the relationships required for learning.

  • Learn techniques for dealing with your own difficult emotions and reactions to students.

  • Recognize the emotional needs underlying problematic behavior and how to work with it.

Our featured speaker is Doug Lerch, founder of Seeds of Awareness, a North Bay mindfulness initiative that promotes emotional intelligence and wellbeing through school-based mindfulness, therapeutic, and nature-based programs.

Doug founded Seeds of Awareness in 2013 and is currently the executive director and a clinical trainer. He pioneered the nature-based social skills modality of Fiddleheads and has been evolving the program since its inception in 2010. With a Masters in Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies, Doug is a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in working with children with learning and developmental challenges, and their families.

Other presenters include Mindful Schools Certified Mindfulness Instructors, Pam Walton, LMFT and Chelsea True, MBSR-T Instructor.

This retreat is a Meetup project of Mindful Schools brought to you by the Mindful Educators Alliance. MEA holds quarterly retreats in the San Francisco Bay Area and was founded to create community and support the practice of mindfulness in educational settings.

Registration for this event is free. Donations are gratefully accepted to support guest speakers and ongoing retreat offerings.

Founding Members of the Mindful Educators Alliance:

Chelsea True, a native to Napa California and the founder of Sonoma County nonprofit Joyful Mind Project. She is passionate about her work growing mindfulness education in the North Bay and supporting schools and families. Chelsea presently holds two certifications in secular mindfulness, in MBSR-T (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens) and as a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor. She leads mindfulness programs for schools, parents, teens, and children throughout the Bay Area. Chelsea has been practicing mindfulness for more than twenty years.

Pam Walton, 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). She holds master’s degrees in Physiology and Clinical Psychology and is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Ms. Walton has been studying and practicing minfdulness for over 30 years, including several years in intensive treatreat settings. She currently teaches mindfulness and leads trainings on mindfulness, mental health and trauma. She has a small private psychotherapy practice in Napa.

Sarah Wilmarth. Sarah taught upper Elementary grades for a few years 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.

Suggested donation: $25.00 or as your means allow. No one turned away for lack of funds. Your donation helps support the growth of mindfulness education in our region.

Coffee, tea and muffins will be provided.