Mindfulness Education Summit 2018 — Speaker Info

Speakers Info

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Helen Maffini •  https://www.facebook.com/groups/mindBE/



 Session Title: Host

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Helen is the Director of MindBE Education and the creator of the MindBE Curriculum and the Thriving Kids Program, She was the host of the 2018 Preschool Mindfulness Summit,available for purchase here and is the host of this Mindfulness in Education Summit and Co-Author of Developing Children´s Emotional Intelligence and Sammy´s Next Move.

Books: Developing Children’s Emotional Intelligence (Bloomsbury Education)

Sammy’s Next Move: Sammy the snail is a travelling snail who lives in different countries

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Daniel Goleman • http://www.danielgoleman.info/ • CASEL Collaborative 


Session Title:  Altered Traits : Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body

Goleman is an internationally known psychologist who lectures frequently to professional groups, business audiences and on college campuses. As a science journalist Goleman reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times for many years. His 1995 book Emotional Intelligence was on The New York Times bestseller list for a year-and-a-half, with more than 5 million copies in print worldwide in 40 languages, and has been a best seller in many countries. Apart from his books on emotional intelligence, Goleman has written books on topics including self-deception, creativity, transparency, meditation, social and emotional learning, ecoliteracy and the ecological crisis. His latest title, co-authored with Richard Davidson, is Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body.

Freebie: Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification

Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body


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Andrea Samadi • https://achieveit360.com/


Session Title: 30 Evidence-Based Strategies to Increase Learning

Andrea Samadi, a former middle school teacher from Toronto, Canada began working with success principles with students in the late 1990s. She asked a neighbor what he did for a living and was handed a book that would change her life. As a teacher, she found the profession very difficult, especially with stress and classroom management. She has dedicated the past 18 years researching and participating in ongoing mentioring featuring some of the top neuroscience researchers in the world to help provide stress reducing strategies for parents, teachers and counselors increase learning and reduce stress in the classroom.

Freebie: 30 Evidence-Based Strategies to Increase LearningNeuro Meets SEL

Level Up: A Brain-Based Strategy to Skyrocket Student Success and Achievement

Level Up: A Brain-Based Strategy to Skyrocket Student Success and Achievement by [Samadi, Andrea]

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Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman • http://www.drbaruchfeldman.com/


Session Title: Growing Grit in Children and Teens: Building Passion, Perseverance, and Purpose

Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman is a clinical psychologist and a certified school psychologist. Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman maintains a private practice and works as a school psychologist in the Harrison schools in Westchester, New York. She has worked for 20 years in schools. Providing in-services, interactive workshops, and now publishing her first book, titled, The Grit Guide for Teens are the highlight of Dr. Baruch-Feldman’s professional life. Dr. Baruch-Feldman received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College of Columbia University and received her doctorate in Clinical-Child Psychology and School Psychology Certificate from St. John’s University. Dr. Baruch-Feldman trained at the Albert Ellis Institute and is a Fellow and Supervisor in Rational Emotive Behavior, a type of CBT therapy.

Freebie: Helping Children and Teens Grow Their Grit

The Grit Guide for Teens: A Workbook to Help You Build Perseverance, Self-Control, and a Growth Mindset

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Dr. Diane R. Gehart, LMFT •  http://www.dianegehart.com/

Session Title: Cost-Effective School-Based Mindfulness Programs

Diane Gehart, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at California State University, Northridge and has a private practice in Agoura Hills, California. She has authored several books including Mindfulness and Acceptance in Couple and Family Therapy, Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy, and The Complete MFT Core Competency Assessment System, and co-edited Collaborative Therapy: Relationships and Conversations that Make a Difference. In addition to teaching mindfulness in therapy to children, families, couples, and adults, she has also developed a school-based mindfulness for preschool and elementary schools. 

Freebie: Videos of actual class lessons

Mindfulness and Acceptance in Couple and Family Therapy

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Eline Snel • https://www.elinesnel.com/en/


Session Title: Mindful Teaching

Eline Snel is an independent Dutch therapist since 1980, and passionate Compassion- and MBSR trainer for many years. She is a pioneer in teaching mindfulness to children in schools, private practices, hospitals and mental health institutes . She studied , practiced and taught meditation for over 35 years . She developed an eight week Mindfulness Method for children in 2006, by volunteering in primary schools, high schools and mental health institutes for kids. Her own children
and all the kids in schools were her great source of inspiration. The “frog method” is used worldwide by professionals , parents and teachers . Millions of children use the frog meditations daily for their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing . Willing to connect with others. Ready to open their hearts for themselves and others. Eline is the founder and owner of the international Academy for Mindful Teaching and author of : Sitting Still Like a Frog (Published in 36 countries , 28 languages), Breathe through This and her recent book : the Sitting Still Workbook for children. Eline offers
keynote speeches , is a regular guest speaker at the Radboud University in Holland. She works with a wonderful international team of trainers in Latin America, Hong Kong , Spain, France, Turkey and the Netherlands.

Sitting Still like a Frog

Breathe through This

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Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, MAPP •  https://theflourishingcenter.com/


Session Title:  Mind-Body Medicine

Emiliya is the CEO and founder of The Flourishing Center, a New York City based, Benefit Corporation (B-Corp) that is dedicated to increasing the flourishing of individuals, organizations and communities worldwide.

She is the creator of the acclaimed Certification in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) program, currently offered in 12 cities across the U.S., Canada and online worldwide, which has trained over 950 practitioners to date. She is the creator the Bounce Back Better® (B³®) Program, Positive Psychology Coaching Certification (CST), Flourishing Skills Group® (FSG®) Program, iMMi Program, co-founder of the Positive Educator Certification™ (PEC) Program, creator of the PERMA-V Model and the 5i Change Agent Model.  (If you haven’t noticed, she likes creating and is an “inventor” in our 5i Change Agent Model.)

Emiliya holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Positive Psychology and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine from Saybrook University, where she is also an adjunct faculty member.  Emiliya holds a Master Certified Coach (MCC™) credential with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), as well as over a dozen certifications in modalities ranging from coaching to yoga, Reiki, intenSati, Thai massage, biofeedback, motivational interviewing and more.



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Heather Stang • http://mindfulnessandgrief.com/


Session Title:  Mind-Body Medicine

Freebie: 8 Week Course of Grief and Mindfulness – Registration ends June 2nd at 12pm EST

Mindfulness & Grief: With guided meditations to calm your mind and restore your spirit


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Jaime Pfeffer • http://jaimepfeffer.com/


Session Title: How to Stop Difficult or Challenging Students from Stealing Your Sanity

Jaime Pfeffer loves helping people bring balance into their lives so they can do what they love minus the burn-out, stress, or loss of their own identity. She is an award-winning speaker, a life balancing coach, and the author of four mindfulness meditation albums. She has presented her creative, practical, and fun stress-reducing concepts to teachers across the country, and successfully taught and coached teachers, as well as elementary, middle-, high school, and college students easy, practical tools to succeed in school and life. Jaime has written for publications such as the Detroit News, Mind Body Green, Monster.com, Mom.me, and CBS. She is the former creator and host of, Uplift: Amazingly Powerful Secrets to Conquer Stress and Boost Happiness, a global radio show, and the mother of two gifted daughters, ages 9 and 5. She was raised by two now retired public school teachers, giving her a unique view into the education system and has a Masters Degree in Business.. Former students and clients of Jaime’s programs describe her work as uplifting, inspirational, and positive. Jaime recently conducted some research on teacher satisfaction, and uncovered some interesting statistics.

Freebie: https://jaimepfeffer.lpages.co/visualization-meditation

Gratitude Meditations Album


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Jennifer Miller • https://confidentparentsconfidentkids.org/


Session Title: Dealing with Anger – for yourself and your child

For twenty years, Jennifer Miller has worked with educators and families to help them become more effective with children through social and emotional learning. She is author and illustrator of the blog, Confident Parents, Confident Kids with more the 22,000 followers in 152 countries worldwide. She serves as an expert contributor to the Webby Award winning site, NBC Universal’s ParentToolkit. She writes and offers expertise for numerous publication including The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Parent Magazine, and Edutopie. She coaches parents one-on-one, offers workshops, consult with schools on school-family partnerships and work with state organizations on parenting issues. Jennifer is the Mom of one ten-year-old boy and live in Columbus Ohio.

Freebie: Fighting Fairly Family Pledge

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Jodi Sternoff Cohen •  https://vibrantblueoils.com/about/about-essential-oils/


Session Title: Essential Oils and How they can be Used in Classrooms and for Teacher Self Care

I’m Jodi Cohen, Founder of Vibrant Blue Oils.  I’m here to share everything I know about ESSENTIAL OILS and how they can be combined with real food and healthy lifestyle choices to keep you and your family healthy, happy and VIBRANT!

I’m a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), award-winning journalist, yoga enthusiast and busy mom of two young children and a new puppy! My journey to essential oils began with my own health struggles.  I was anxious, exhausted and over-weight.  My kids weren’t sleeping and were struggling with attention and focus issues.

I tried everything I could think of including intense restrictive diets that were exhausting to implement and sustain, loads of expensive supplements and all sorts of therapies.  They all helped a little, but the underlying issues still lingered.  It felt a bit like treading water – the protocols helped prevent me from drowning, but never pulled me out of the deep water.

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John Shearer •  www.mindfulnesscoach.com.au


Session Title: Mindfulness as a preventative measure for mental disorders and suicide.

John Shearer is an Australian Mindfulness Master, Life Coach and Psychotherapist who specialises in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. He is also an Author and Speaker with vast experience coaching, teaching and mentoring youth, especially those who have been diagnosed with mental disorder. He is the founder of mindfullyMAD.org (mindfully Making A Difference) and has over 670,000 followers on his facebook page Mindfulness Mentor.

Freebie: The Mindful Way

Mindful Actions

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Karen Young •  www.heysigmund.com


Session Title: Anxiety in the Classroom – How Mindfulness Can Strengthen Children and Ease Anxiety

Karen has worked as a psychologist in private practice and in educational settings. She founded the popular website, Hey Sigmund, after realising the power of solid information. The website attracts millions of readers each year. Karen is a sought-after speaker, both at home in Australia and internationally. She is the author of ‘Hey Warrior’, a book for kids to help them understand anxiety and find their ‘brave’. The book has now been translated into a number of languages.

Freebie: 20% discount code for Hey Warrior

(https://www.heysigmund.com/product/hey-warrior/ USE CODE: brave20)

Hey Warrior

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Dr. Keesha Ewers • https://www.drkeesha.com/


Session Title: The link between the mind and health

Dr. Keesha Ewers is an integrative medicine expert, a Doctor of Sexology, Psychotherapist, is board certified in Functional medicine and holds an advanced certification in Ayurvedic medicine, and is the founder and medical director of the Academy for Integrative Medicine Health Coach Certification Program.

Freebie: Ayurvedic Recipe Book

Solving the Autoimmune Puzzle: The Woman’s Guide to Reclaiming Emotional Freedom and Vibrant Health


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Kevin Hawkins •  https://www.mindwell-education.com/


Session Title: Mindful Teacher Mindful School

Kevin Hawkins has worked with adolescents and young people in various contexts for over 30 years – as teacher, school head, and social worker in the UK, Africa, and Europe. He has taught mindfulness to children, teenagers, teachers and parents since 2008 and is a Senior Trainer for the Mindfulness in Schools Project (UK), a facilitator for the evidence-based CARE program (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Educators) and an independent educational consultant. In 2012 he co-founded MindWell, which supports educational communities in developing wellbeing through mindfulness and social-emotional learning (SEL).  Kevin is a regular speaker, writer and presenter on the topics of mindfulness, wellbeing and social- emotional learning in education.


Free chapter of my book

Free Animated Mini Talks for Teachers

Free ‘Little Guide’ to Mindfulness for Teachers

Mindful Teacher, Mindful School: Improving Wellbeing in Teaching and Learning

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Kira Willey •  https://kirawilley.com/


Session Title: Bite-Sized Mindfulness: A Simple, Powerful Way for Kids to be Happy and Healthy

Kira Willey is an award-winning children’s music artist, kids’ yoga expert, speaker, and creator of Rockin’ Yoga school programs. Kira’s four releases of yoga and mindfulness albums for kids have all won numerous industry awards and earned national acclaim; her hit songs include “Colors,” which was featured in a worldwide Dell ad campaign. “Fireflies Yoga,” and “Breathe With Me,” two yoga-for-kids programs Kira created and hosts, air on PBS TV affiliates nationwide; and her “Music You Can Move To” series with Laurie Berkner can be heard daily on SiriusXM Radio’s Kids Place Live. Kira leads Professional Development days for teachers, conducts workshops, and performs her highly popular Rockin’ Yoga Assemblies and Yoga Concerts with her band at schools and family-friendly venues nationwide. Her TEDx talk, “Bite-Sized Mindfulness,” can be viewed online, and her children’s mindfulness book, “Breathe Like a Bear,” (Rodale Kids) was published in December 2017. Kira’s new album, “Every Voice,” is due for release in May 2018.

Freebie: Mindful Moments for Kids

Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere


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Dr. Leila Masson • https://drleilamasson.com/


Session Title: Optimal Nutrition for Mindfulness: An overview of Essential Nutrients for a Calm and Attentive Child

Dr Leila Masson is an integrative paediatrician who specialises in nutritional and environmental medicine. She sees patients in Sydney, Australia, and lectures internationally on optimal nutrition for children. Dr Masson is interested in finding any underlying nutritional deficiencies and unhealthy diet habits that may contribute to a child’s behaviour, learning, or health problems. She is the author of “Children’s Health A-Z – a guide for parents”.

Freebie: Checklist

Children’s Health A to Z

Children's Health A to Z for New Zealand Parents by [Masson, Leila]


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Lorraine Murray • https://www.teachchildrenmeditation.com/


Session Title: How meditation can help kids with transitions in class/school

I love teaching people how to help kids with mindfulness and meditation. It’s my passion and I know we can all do it, which is why I run the Connected Kids Programme offering class and online training from personal to professional level. My 2 books on teaching this (Calm Kids – great for beginners and Connected Kids – for those working with kids who have additional support needs, ADHD, on the Autistic spectrum) have sold over 30k copies worldwide and translated into different languages (Calm Kids – Romanian and Chinese!)

Freebie: 5 Top tips for helping children reduce anxiety of transitions

Get an exclusive £25 discount (approx $35/30 euros)

Discount ending 31st May 2018 off the online course for those who listen in! 

Connected Kids: Help Kids with Special Needs (and Autism) SHINE with mindful, heartfelt activities

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Meena Srinivasan • https://www.meenasrinivasan.com/


Session Title: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) & Mindfulness for Educators

Meena Srinivasan is an educator, writer and innovator who’s been teaching and leading with an equity focus in the fields of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mindful Awareness Practices (MAP) for over 15 years. Her book, Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness In and Out of the Classroom (Parallax Press, 2014) was featured on Edutopia and Meena is in her fifth year of working in partnership with the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) to implement SEL system-wide in the Oakland Unified School District. She is a contributor to the upcoming SEL solutions Series (Norton, 2019), served on the Board of Directors of the Mindfulness in Education Network, is core faculty for Transformative Educational Leadership and is a recipient of the 2014 Hemera Foundation Contemplative Education Fellowship. 

Freebie: https://www.meenasrinivasan.com/blog/

Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness in and out of the Classroom

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Miriam Betancourt • https://www.kraeuterpracht.de/


Session Title: How to feel ad look the best with herbs and foods to be able to cater for others

I am a journalist and herbal expert that supports women to look and feel their best at every age with  the right herbs and food for them. Therefore, I use the wisdom of the Chinese medicine and our  European traditions. I worked for national media and had teachers among other in Germany and the USA.

Freebie: Click here

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Nancy Batens • http://www.nancybatens.eu/


Session Title: What’s driving you… over your limits?

For the past 18 years Nancy has been giving courses in companies in Belgium and Europe. Her favourite topics were stress management and assertiveness. In order to have the appropriate tools, she took many courses herself and she studied (amongst others) mindfulness for many years. Despite the fact that she (thought) she was doing all the right things, at some point she did cross ‘her limits’. This made her even more determined to find solutions to improve her (and her clients’) resilience. And she beliefs that working on your drivers can be an important part of that. Because: ‘You always have a choice’ – #YAHAC

Freebie: http://www.nancybatens.eu/mindfulness-summit/

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Susan Kaiser Greenland •  https://www.susankaisergreenland.com/


Session Title:  Mindful Parent, Mindful Child

Susan Kaiser Greenland is an internationally recognized leader in teaching mindfulness and meditation to children, teens, and families. She played a foundational role in making mindfulness practices developmentally appropriate for young people and helped to pioneer activity-based mindfulness with her first book The Mindful Child. Her second book Mindful Games, offers simple explanations of complex concepts, methods, and themes while expanding upon her work developing activity-based mindfulness games. Susan co-founded The Inner Kids Foundation, a not-for- profit organization that taught secular mindfulness in schools and community-based programs in the greater Los Angeles area from 2001 through 2009.


Audio recordings of mindfulness exercises, mindful music, podcasts and guided meditations for kids and parents

Video demonstrations of mindfulness exercises, mindful movement, mindful games and guided meditation

Mindful Games Activity Cards: 55 Fun Ways to Share Mindfulness with Kids and Teens

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Susan Verde •  https://www.susanverde.com/


Session Title: Yoga for Classrooms

Susan Verde grew up in the heart of Greenwich Village in New York City. After receiving her BA in elementary Education and a Master’s in reading remediation, Susan worked as an elementary school teacher where she was able to share her love of reading, writing and social emotional learning with her students. When she had her own children Susan left the classroom returning later as a children’s yoga and mindfulness teacher. She is both 200 RYCT from Little Flower Yoga and 200 RYT certified. She has completed multiple trainings to reach children who have experienced trauma and the use of restorative yoga, reiki and essential oils in supporting kids and adults alike. In addition, Susan is an award-winning children’s book author of multiple books including the best-selling I Am series (I Am Yoga, I Am Peace, and the forthcoming I Am Human) with illustrator Peter H Reynolds. Susan travels the country sharing her books and teaching children, parents and educators about yoga and mindfulness.

Freebie: Summit participants are entered in a draw to winner book I am Yoga. 

I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness

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Selina Man Karlsson •  http://www.selinamankarlsson.ch/

Session Title: How to Handle Overwhelm

Selina Man Karlsson is a Rapid Transformational Therapist. She helps people overcome procrastination and overwhelm especially when it’s stopping them from moving forward with what they want to do. Selina is a British born Chinese and has lived in Zurich since 2002. She is committed to personal development and growth and constantly challenges herself and others around her. She worked for a large financial institution for 13 years, within IT Client Advisory and Business Management. Selina is a speaker on the topics “The Power of Networking” and “Step out of your comfort zone” where she regularly gives talks at Fortune 500 companies.

Freebie: Complimentary 30 minute strategy session

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Jaqueline Best •  https://bestwholenewworld.com/


Session Title: Healing from the InsideOut

Jacqueline had her, what’s now called an Eat, Pray, Love moment back in Feb 1991 where she spontaneously wrote a poem telling her to trust her inner guidance and walk away from a solid and prospering corporate career. She has only looked forward since leaving a life of dis-ease and dis-order behind, and opening to a whole new world raising two beautiful, soulful daughters, now 18 and 21, by trusting her inner guidance. She now mentors others to unleash their Superpower, their inner guidance and also is an energy catalyst for healing from the inside out. One breakthrough session with Jacqueline sets you on the journey to your heart’s desires and living in your best whole new world

Freebie: Learn to Confidently Trust your Inner Guidance

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Cherine Kurdi •  www.cherinekurdi.com


Session Title: Self Love, Pleasure & Joy: How to reconnect to what lights you up

Chérine Kurdi is a Women’s Leadership Expert. She helps freedom-seeking ambitious women and entrepreneurs who are done with playing small and who crave to create a passionate life in their own terms. She supports them to disrupt their self doubt, guilt and over thinking and instead teach them to start respecting and trusting their quirkiness, pace and unique way of leading their life, relationships and work. She does this through the process of sharp self-awareness, alignment with core values and feelings, and making more courageous choices. She guides her clients to ultimately redefine who they truly are, fully own it so they go for what they want-unapologetically.

Freebie: Feminine Leadership

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Kaira Jewel Lingo •  http://www.kairajewel.com/

Session Title: Coming Home to Yourself Using Mindfulness to Thrive

Kaira Jewel Lingo teaches meditation and mindfulness internationally, with a focus on activists, people of color, artists, educators, families, and youth. She began practicing mindfulness in 1997. An ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, she is now based in Washington, D.C., leading retreats in the U.S. and internationally, offering mindfulness programs for educators and youth in schools, as well as individual spiritual mentoring. She teaches mindfulness to educators with Mindful Schools, and also with parents and students withMinds, Inc.She teaches teens and young adults on retreats through iBme, and edited Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children.

Happy Teachers Change the World Video

Freebie: Free Guided Meditation

Contemplations for Busy People

Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children


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Adam Avin • www.wufshanti.com


Session Title: A New World, A New Curriculum, Helping the Next Generation Live in Light

Adam is the [now] 14 year-old creator of Wuf Shanti, a character that teaches mindfulness to help kids live in health & wellness, peace & positivity. Wuf Shanti videos can be seen on the Children’s TV Network in children’s hospitals across the country, on local PBS stations, on the Wuf Shanti Yoga Fun Machine mindful mobile app, & on the Wuf Shanti YouTube Channel. Wuf Shanti videos, books, & mobile app were awarded the Mom’s Choice Award for “Best in Family-Friendly Media, Products, and Services”, the NAPPA (National Parenting Products Awards) for “Best Kids Products” in their Health & Wellness Roundup, & the mobile app was named “Best Health App for Kids” by Common Sense Media.


Yoga for Kids

Meditation for Kids

Image Outline

Living in Light with Wuf Shanti: A Yogic-Minded Lifestyle for Children


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Whitney Stewart •  http://whitneystewart.com/


Session Title: Stick With Your BFF = Breathe, Focus, and Feel

Children’s book author, Whitney Stewart puts her heart, mind and feet into her work. She has trekked in a Himalaya with Sir Edmund Hillary, hiked to Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, interviewed the Dalai Lama in India and sat for days in meditation retreats. She is the author of both fiction and nonfiction for children. Her most recent publication is middle-grade book is Mindful Me: Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids, and the accompanying Mindful Me Activity Book. When not writing or traveling, Whitney teaches mindfulness and meditation to children and adults.

Freebie: Host a Mindfulness EventPracticing Mindfulness and Meditation with Children

Mindful Me Activity Book

Mindful Me: Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids


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Mariana I. Vergara, Ed.D •  http://www.mindfulnessintoaction.net/about/

Session Title:  Mindfulness into Action

Mariana is a doctoral candidate who applies the ” Mindfulness into Action” approach through the BRIDGE@ Model of Transformational Learning. This is an innovative methodology that unites organizational learning techniques and indigenous practices to help shape and change bebaviors in participants through the cultivation of higher awareness. The ultimate goal of all MIA initiatives is to find workable solutions to personal challenges and societal conflict. Mariana teachers the MIA Methodology at Teachers College, Columbia University in form of a research-based course called, Mindfulness into Action Research with Grounded Theory.

Freebie: Meditation

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Elizabeth Topp PhD • http://modbenefit.com/elizabeth-topp/


Session Title: Cultivating Presence – STOP – OBSERVE – ALIGN – ALLOW™

Elizabeth has worked in Leadership and Organizational Development for over 20 years. She specializes in personal and professional growth and development working as an executive coach, counselor, consultant and wellness teacher. Elizabeth is also a Social & Emotional Learning Specialist for Roots & Wings, a non-profit organization serving the Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District in Los Angeles, CA, bringing evidence-based parent education, child/teen resilience building, and whole school programs proven to heal, protect and grow a better future. Roots & Wings gives kids the skills they need to cope with stress such as positive social-emotional and identity development, increase parent child attachment and increase overall happiness of families. She is also the Co-Founder of MōD, Meaningful Organizational Design Inc., a consulting firm offering services in organizational design, social impact strategy, and mindfulness-based leadership. In 2005 Elizabeth designed and researched the Presence Coaching executive coaching model, a 4-step process, STOP – OBSERVE – ALIGN – ALLOW, used to guide individuals and teams to build more effective and sustainable leadership skills. Elizabeth has a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology as well as Master’s Degrees in Counseling Psychology and Holistic Human Development. She has additional credentials in clinical psychology, transformational coaching, creative expressive arts, and mind-body wellness.


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Marian Nielsen Joos • www.mariannielsenjoos.com


Session Title: Healing and raising consciousness as part of education with Chinese medicine wisdom.

Marian Nielsen Joos is a practitioner of Chinese Medicine, the Healing Art and Ancient Wisdom, with her own clinic in the Swiss Alps since 2003. She stepped on to the path of shamanism in 2014 to work even deeper on the level of Soul Healing. The Master Face Reading program for transformation within the Daoist Alchemy tradition Marian gained in 2017. She is on a mission for supporting healing of the world with her healing concept “The Heart Way” for deep Soul Healing and inner Transformation.

Freebie: FREE Soul Healing Monthly Webinar

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Dr. Mark Bertin • https://www.developmentaldoctor.com/


Session Title: Mindfulness and ADHD in the classroom

Dr. Bertin is a developmental pediatrician and author of How Children Thrive, Mindful Parenting for ADHD and The Family ADHD Solution, the last two of which integrate mindfulness into the rest of evidence-based ADHD care. He is also a contributing author for the book Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and Teens. Dr. Bertin is on faculty at New York Medical College and the Windward Teacher Training Institute, and on the advisory boards for the non-profits Common Sense Media and Reach Out and Read. He is a regular columnist for Mindful Magazine, and his blog is available through Mindful.org and Psychology Today.

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Robert Thomas • https://www.mindfulschools.org/


Session Title:The Possibilities of “Mindful Schools: Building Whole-School Mindfulness Programs

Robert Thomas is Executive Director at the non-profit organization, Mindful Schools in California.Mindful Schools was founded in 2007 on the belief that the practice of mindfulness isthe foundational element necessary to create a healthy education system. To that end, the organization has assembled a diverse and dedicated team of skillful guides to help educators establish and deepen their own personal mindfulness practice.And they’ve developed programming provides educators with the skills, context, and experiences that enable them to share their mindfulness practice with their students in real-life educational settings.

Mindful Schools has now trained 25,000 educators, parents, and mental health professionals who work with youth. This community of graduates have reached over 2 million children worldwide. Robert has over two-decades of experience as mindfulness practitioner and teacher. He was Executive Director at the San Francisco Zen Center for eight years and has applied mindfulness meditation teaching in a wide variety of settings including San Francisco detention centers and coming of age programs for youth.

Freebie: Start Your Mindfulness Journey

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Jaime Bristow • http://themindfulnessinitiative.org.uk/


Session Title: Mindfulness, Ethics, Values and Moral Vision

Jamie Bristow is director of The Mindfulness Initiative, the world’s first policy institute about mindfulness, which grew out of a programme of mindfulness teaching in the British Parliament. The Mindfulness Initiative provides the secretariat to the UK Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group and helped politicians to publish the seminal Mindful Nation UK policy report. Jamie now works with politicians around the world to help them make capacities of heart and mind serious considerations of public policy and advises institutions seeking to implement or develop mindfulness training

Freebie: Building the Case for Mindfulness in the Workplace

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