Our next event is slated for September 22, 2018 in San Francisco. An October retreat will take place in Napa or Sonoma County. Learn more or register here.
The Mindful Educators Alliance was formed to help support the growing needs of our students and our schools. Our mission is to help mindfulness grow in our region through warm, face-to-face meetings offered throughout the year and aimed at supporting the practice of adults serving youth.
Our events are a Meetup project of Mindful Schools.
We believe that to effectively bring mindfulness to young people, we must have an ongoing commitment to personal practice. This includes practicing with other adults so that we can learn from one another and allow our teaching to be an authentic expression that emerges from the depth of our experience.
What’s more, we believe that as educators we have a responsibility to bring mindfulness into to our professional relationships. By supporting one another with warmth and authenticity, we model this practice to our community and to the youth we serve.
By attending one of our events you will:
- Meet educators, counselors, parents, and others utilizing mindfulness in their work
- Discover strategies for supporting your own mindfulness practice
- Explore mindfulness strategies you can use in your work with youth
- Stay up to date with the latest mindfulness research
Our first event took place in October of 2017 at the Sonoma County Office of Education. Special guest speakers included Daniel Rechtschaffen, founder of the Mindful Education Institute and the Omega Mindfulness in Education Conference, and author of The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating Well-being in Teachers and Students.
Our next event took place in January of 2018 at the Napa County Office of Education with guest speaker Doug Lerch of Seeds of Awareness, a North Bay mindfulness initiative that promotes emotional intelligence and wellbeing through school-based mindfulness, therapeutic, and nature-based programs.
Our most recent event took place July 28, 2018 at the Marin Headlands and brought together teachers, counselors, and parents from around the Bay Area.
We offer retreats throughout the year, so be sure to subscribe below to receive information on upcoming events. You can learn more and register for our September 22, 2018 event here.
The Mindful Educators Alliance co-founders are:
Chelsea True, a native to Napa California and the founder of Sonoma County nonprofit Joyful Mind Project. She is passionate about her work providing 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. Chelsea has been practicing mindfulness for over twenty years. You can read her full biography here. You can read about Chelsea's experience as a Zen student and her commitment to secularity here.
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 thirty years, including several years in intensive retreat settings. She currently teaches mindfulness and leads trainings on mindfulness, mental health and trauma.
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. Sarah has been practicing mindfulness for nearly twenty years.