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Mindful Educators Retreat: Fierce Compassion, Cultivating Strength in Difficult Times

  • Napa County Office of Education 2121 Imola Avenue Napa, CA, 94559 United States (map)

Come rest and renew with us at this retreat for educators, counselors, and parents.

During this retreat we will explore the topic of "Fierce Compassion."

Mindfulness isn't just about directing our attention to the present moment. It's also about how we pay attention. The practice of mindfulness is embedded in the context of compassion, patience, acceptance, trust and other attitudinal foundations. In today's world, where partisanship, distrust, anger and fear seem to be increasingly prevelant, the practices of compassion become increasingly important.

We hope you will join us and discover how these practices can help us meet the challenges in our lives, and in the world.

By attending this retreat you will:

  • Meet fellow educators utilizing mindfulness in their work

  • Participate in a face-to-face community of practice

  • Explore strategies for supporting your own mindfulness practice

  • Discover mindfulness strategies to use in your work with youth

  • Stay up to date on the latest mindfulness research

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

The day will consist of short presentations; sitting meditation; mindful walking; experiential exercises; and a period of mindful eating. We will also have ample time to connect with one another and learn how mindfulness is growing in our region. 

Please plan to bring your own lunch.  Light snacks will be provided.  Some meditation cushions and yoga blankets will be available.  

Registration for this event 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. 

Facilitators for this event include:

Pam Walton, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Mindful Schools Certified Instructor. Ms. Walton is a co-founder of the Mindful Educators Alliance and 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 mindfulness for over thirty years, including several years in intensive retreat settings. She currently teaches mindfulness and leads trainings on mindfulness, mental health, and trauma throughout the SF Bay Area.

Chelsea True, CMI is the founder of the Sonoma County nonprofit Joyful Mind Project; a co-founder of the Mindful Educators Alliance; and serves as the Youth & Family Programs Coordinator for San Francisco Zen Center. She is presently implementing a school-wide mindfulness program at Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy in Marin City and has enjoyed teaching mindfulness in over a dozen local schools. She holds two certifications in secular mindfulness, in MBSR-T (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens) and as a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor. Chelsea is currently working on a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She brings more than twenty years of mindfulness to her work, which is featured in the book, Happy Teachers Change the World, by Thich Nhat Hanh and Katherine Weare.

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