Mindfulness is ‘paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgment’ (Kabat-Zinn, 1990)
 

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The purpose of this website is to provide support and information about bringing mindfulness to youth. Some topics may be useful to you in general, such as ones about the benefits of mindfulness for emotion regulation and the importance of social-emotional learning. This website also introduces you to a specific mindfulness SEL curriculum called Learning to BREATHE. L2B is a sequenced program that can be used in many settings (e.g. schools, clinical settings, after-school programs, residential facilities, etc.). It has 6 themes, which can be taught in 6, 12, 18 or any number of sessions, depending upon your time and needs.  

If you explore the links at the left, you can read about the research that has been done on L2B and learn a bit about some teachers who are using the program in the US, Canada and elsewhere, with students as well as adults. A “News” page has been added to share information about mindfulness in education. I hope you enjoy seeing the photos of some of the teachers and researchers who are working to bring mindfulness to adolescents and others. I am deeply appreciative to have such wonderful partners working with the intention to help youth manage stress, strengthen their emotion regulation and attention, and improve their well-being. We hope to have a way of sharing more information on line in the future.

Recent News

  • Penn State’s Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center has recently been awarded funding for a 3-year project through the US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES). This project, entitled “Promoting Adolescent Well Being Through Emotion Regulation Skills Instruction,” will introduce L2B to public school students through their health curriculum.  Mark Greenberg is the principal investigator on this project. Co-investigators include Jenny Frank, Deb Schussler, Tish Jennings and Trish Broderick.  Penn State Prevention Center Grant
  •  Listen to a segment from NPR’s ‘The Pulse” here. It was produced by Stephanie Maruda who interviewed students and teachers in the Philadelphia schools, Richie Davidson of the CIHM, and Tish Jennings from UVA. This short segment illustrates the benefits of mindfulness for students:NPR Students find calm – July 25, 2014
  • On May 6, 2014 the Excellence Awards given by the Toronto District School Board recognized outstanding staff achievement. This year, they honored 19 extraordinary individuals who excel in their support of the TDSB’s Years of Action plan and the five strategic directions. Among the 2014 Excellence Award Recipients were: The Mindfulness Project at Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute in Toronto. Recipients honored were Whitney Aziz, Robin Daniels, Marjorie James, and Sandy Kaskens (principal). Please see the “NEWS” page for more information and for a link to their kickoff video.

 

If are interested in other workshops or training, some basic information is provided about our offerings. Check the schedule to see upcoming programs. If you would like to host a workshop, please check the schedule page for more information.

Thank you and welcome to these pages.

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The complete Learning to BREATHE curriculum, including 6 and 18 session versions and free, downloadable supplementary materials, is available from New Harbinger Publications. Individual student workbooks for the 6-session version are also available separately.