School Programs

We are happy to have served the following Sonoma & Marin County Schools:

Sonoma State University, Department of Music

Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm, High School Basketball

The Healdsburg School, 1st-5th Grade After-school Program

Sebastopol Independent Charter School, 5th, 6th Grade

Sonoma Academy, Grades 9-12

West Side Elementary, TK, 1st Grade

SunRidge Charter School, Homeschool Program

Pathways Charter School, Homeschool Program

Bacich Elementary School, Parent Education

School programs are available for Grades K-12 and utilize MBSR-T (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens) and the Mindful Schools curriculum.

All programs are customized to meet the unique needs of your school and range from year-long, school-wide integration to a two-hour workshop.

School-wide Integration:  This wrap-around program may be the most effective way to integrate mindfulness into your school community.  Train faculty, staff, students, and parents with on-site support throughout the year.

Faculty First:  Support teachers with stress-reduction and self-care.  Programs range from an 8-week series to a morning of mindfulness basics.

Classroom Pilot:  The teacher-friendly program may be the simplest way to begin.  Introduce mindfulness with a 16 week pilot program in just one or two classrooms.  Teachers learn alongside students.  Content includes:

  • 16 lessons
  • Each session is approximately 20 minutes long
  • Grades 5-12 receive journaling prompts and weekly challenges
  • Grades K-4 enter practice through the door of the imagination
  • No new content or curriculum to implement
  • 50% discount to all faculty, staff and parents enrolling in Mindful Schools online trainings

Mindfulness for Athletes:  Bring mindfulness to your existing sports team.  This unique program incorporates elements from Mindful Sports Performance Enhancement (MSPE) and utilizes George Mumford’s book, The Mindful Athlete.

Parent Support and Education:  Help parents learn effective tools for bringing mindfulness into the home environment and managing stress.  Parent support and education could include a single evening of mindfulness or ongoing support.

School Program Lessons May Include:

  • Examining and Defining Stress
  • Effects of Stress on the Mind and Body
  • The Brain House, Basic Neuroscience of Mindfulness
  • Focused Attention, Mindfulness of Breath
  • Open Awareness, Mindful Listening
  • Exteroceptive & Interoceptive Body Awareness
  • Mindfulness of Emotions, Letting Go
  • Why Generosity Matters
  • The Heart of a Champion, Self- Compassion
  • The Negativity Bias
  • Fostering Empathy
  • Mindful Eating, Craving and Aversion
  • Mindfulness of Thoughts, Judgment and the Inner-Critic
  • Why Gratitude Matters
  • Communicating with Skill and Intention

Outcomes:

Mindfulness supports the social-emotional goals of many schools in the current educational environment.  A growing body of research and neuroscience has shown many benefits of mindfulness:

    • Better focus and concentration
    • Increased sense of calm
    • Decreased stress & anxiety
    • Enhanced health
    • Improved impulse control
    • Increased self-awareness
    • Skillful responses to difficult emotions
    • Increased empathy and understanding of others
    • Development of natural conflict resolution skills

The short video above features students receiving the evidence-based Mindful Schools curriculum.

For more information about bringing mindfulness to your school, please contact Chelsea at Chelsea@joyfulmindproject.org or by clicking here.

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