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Mindful Educators Retreat: Mindfulness for Busy People

  • Petaluma Regional Library 100 Fairgrounds Drive Petaluma, CA, 94952 United States (map)

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 fit into 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 supporting your practice and your work, and ample time to connect with others around the growing needs of our students. 

Please bring a lunch to enjoy in the garden or on the grounds during our break. Please dress comfortably and bring a water bottle. Light snacks and tea will be provided. Please plan to turn off cell phones upon your arrival.

By attending this retreat you will:

~ Begin or deepen your mindfulness practice

~ Meet other educators, parents, and counselors bringing mindfulness into their work and relationships with youth

~ 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

This retreat is a Meetup project of Mindful Schools.  We hold quarterly retreats in the San Francisco Bay Area aimed at supporting the growth of mindfulness in educational settings. 

Presenters Include:

Chelsea True is 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. 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 Mindfulness Teacher. 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 and is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). 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.

Registration is free. Donations are gratefully accepted.  Your generosity helps support the growth of mindfulness education in our region. Suggested donation: $25.00 - $50.00 sliding scale, or as your means allow. No one turned away for lack of funds.