Preschool Mindfulness Summit Speaker Info
Helen Maffini • https://www.facebook.com/groups/mindBE/
Session Title: Practical Activities for Preschool Teachers using MindBE Curriculum
Helen is the Director of MindBE Education and the creator of the MindBE Curriculum and the Thriving Kids Program, She is the host of the 2018 Preschool Mindfulness 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
Rick Hanson, Ph.D. • http://www.rickhanson.net/
Session Title: Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Stregnth and Happiness
Dr. Rick Hanson is a psychologist and best selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness, Resilient, Mother Nurture: A Mother’s Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships and others. Dr. Hanson´s thesis involved looking at toldders and delayed gratification so he has a particular interest in preschoolers.
Free Learning Resource: Guide to Mindfulness
Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness
Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence
Lynea Gillen • https://www.yogacalm.org/
Session Title: Developing Children’s Imagination, Strength and Personal Gifts
Lynea Gillen, LPC the Founder of Yoga Calm for Children, a preK-12 th grade program to develop self regulation, attention and social-emotional skills that has been used with over 250,000 children in schools, clinics and hospitals around the world. Lynea has been supporting children’s growth of over 45 years as a preschool and elementary school teacher, as a school counsellor and currently as a Child & Family counsellor in Portland, Oregon. She is also the award-winning author of the children’s book Good People Everywhere and creator of Mindful Moment Cards. Her latest book, Little Book of Healing: A Coloring Book for Grief and Loss, continues her life’s work and commitment to developing children’s imagination, strength and personal gifts.
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.
Free Learning Resource: Free Guided Meditation
Book – Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children
Adam Avin • www.wufshanti.com
Session Title: Wuf Shanti- A Boy On a Mission
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.
Free Learning Resource:
Book – Living in Light with Wuf Shanti: A Yogic-Minded Lifestyle for Children
Dr. Leila Masson • http://drleilamasson.com/
Session Title: Tips on Calming Your Preschooler: Nutrition and Lifestyle
Dr Leila Masson is a consultant pediatrician who specializes in nutritional and environmental health for children with chronic illnesses, allergies, behaviour problems, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and anxiety. Dr. Masson has a busy practice in Sydney, lectures internationally and is the author of “Children’s Health A-Z” a guide to natural therapies for
common childhood illnesses. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine.
Free Learning Resource: Free Checklists
Jenny Mills • www.rootsandwingsonline.org
Session Title: Mindfulness for Teachers: Putting on our Own Oxygen Masks First!
Jenny Mills, M.Ed. is the founder of Roots & Wings, LLC whose mission is to make mindfulness accessible to teachers, youth, and families. She works closely with educators to bring mindfulness-based strategies into K-12 classroom settings to enhance school culture, reduce teacher burnout, and promote self-regulated learning. Three years of pilot data collected by Drs. Fegley and Mackenzie from the Graduate School of Education at Penn have shown that Jenny’s 8 session course, Everyday Mindfulness for Schools, yields positive results. She also teaches a for-credit course with the Penn Literacy Network called Re-Energizing Our School Communities: Mindfulness-Based Strategies to Support Teaching and Learning. Jenny currently lives in New Jersey with her husband Burton and two young children, Talula and Zachary.
Free Learning Resource: Counting Breaths PDF
Kira Willey • https://kirawilley.com/
Session Title: Bite-Sized Mindfulness
Kira Willey is a children’s music artist, author, kids’ yoga and mindfulness expert, and creator of Rockin’ Yoga school programs. Her TEDx talk, “Bite-Sized Mindfulness,” can be viewed online, and her 5 CDs of children’s yoga songs have won Parents’ Choice Gold and numerous other industry awards. “Breathe Like a Bear,” Kira’s mindfulness book for children, is being published in eight international editions.
Free Learning Resource: Free Copy of Album Mindful Moments for Kids
Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere
Lorraine E Murray • https://www.teachchildrenmeditation.com/
Session Title: Helping kids with special needs relax with meditation (including autism and ADHD)
Lorraine E Murray is the author of Calm Kids and Connected Kids. She is also a qualified complementary therapist and meditation and mindfulness teacher. She is a well known speaker and trainer in the field as well as a foster parent.
Free Learning Resource: PDF tips to get started teaching meditation to kids with special needs.
Connected Kids: Help Kids with Special Needs (and Autism) SHINE with mindful, heartfelt activities
Calm Kids: Help Children Relax with Mindful Activities
Dr. Christopher Willard • http://drchristopherwillard.com/
Session Title: Alphabreaths
Dr. Christopher Willard, PsyD is a licensed psychotherapist, educational consultant, and author of Growing up Mindful and Raising Resilience. He currently teaches at Harvard Medical School. He also works as a therapist with a focus on mindfulness and anxiety. He is President of the Mindfulness in Education Network.
Free Learning Resource: Animated Gifs and Videos
Growing Up Mindful: Essential Practices to Help Children, Teens, and Families Find Balance, Calm, and Resilience
Raising Resilience: The Wisdom and Science of Happy Families and Thriving Children
Alphabreaths: The ABCs of Mindful Breathing
Jody Johnston Pawel, LSW, CFLE • https://parentstoolshop.com/
Session Title: The Mindfulness Way to Tame Temper Tantrums
Jody Johnston Pawel empowers parents with a unique system and practical tools for preventing common challenges and finding individualized solutions to problems that fit their family’s needs. She knows the pitfalls to avoid and shows parents how small changes in their words and actions can produce dramatic — sometimes even miraculous — results that can help them have stress-free relationships in all areas of their lives.
Mitch Abblett, PhD • www.drmitchabblett.com
Session Title: Prizeworthy – Mindful Caregiving for Planting Seeds of Self-Worth and Resilience in Children
I am a clinical psychologist with a private psychotherapy and consulting practice in Wellesley, Massachusetts (www.drmitchabblett.com). Prior to this, I served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, a non-profit focusing on the education and training at the intersection of mindfulness and treatment.
In addition (and for over a decade, I was the Clinical Director of the Manville School, a Harvard-affiliated therapeutic day school program in Boston. My clinical work, consulting and writing centers on the intersection of mindfulness and communication / interpersonal effectiveness.
Free Learning Resource: Free Newsletter
Mariam Gates • http://www.mariamgates.com/
Session Title: Using the Breath to Feel Calm, Strong and Happy
Mariam Gates is the bestselling author of numerous books to include Good Night Yoga, Good Morning Yoga, Yoga Friends, Meditate with Me and This Moment Is Your Life (middle grade) on yoga, meditation and mindfulness for kids of all ages. She has taught yoga and mindfulness for the past 20 years and created her signature training program, Kid Power Yoga which offers online courses throughout the world.
Free Learning Resource: Free giveaway for a book
Megrette Fletcher M.Ed., RDN, CDE • https://mindfuleatingforkids.wordpress.com/
Session Title: Mindful Eating for children under 5 years old
Megrette is a registered dietitian. In 2005, she co-founded The Center for Mindful Eating, an international non-profit organization that explores the benefits of mindfulness and health. In addition to offering webinar trainings about the scientific benefits of mindfulness and health, Megrette has written many books for professionals including The Core
Concepts of Mindful Eating, Discover Mindful Eating, Discover Mindful Eating for Kids.
Free Learning Resource: Free Mindful Eating PDF
Pauline Pollard • https://paulinepollard.com/
Session Title: Mindfulness Techniques for your Child to Thrive
Originally trained as a Registered Nurse and Accredited Diabetes Educator, Pauline is also a Certified Child Self Esteem Coach and has studied Energy Medicine, Emotional Freedom Technique, Reiki and the Chakras as well as practicing Yoga and meditation for over 20 years. She takes an intuitive approach to healing.
Free Learning Resource: Mini Course
Diane R. Gehart, Ph.D • www.mindfulschool.net
Session Title: What I Wish I Had Known: 5 Tips for Mindfulness in Preschool
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. You can learn more about her work at www.mindfulschool.net, www.dianegehart.com and YouTube.
Free Learning Resource: Videos of actual Preschool Lessons
Book – Mindfulness for Chocolate Lovers
Grace Helms Kotre • http://www.mindfulpowertobe.com/
Session Title: Doing Our Own Work: Using Mindfulness to Challenge Implicit Bias
Grace Helms Kotre, MSW, is a Certified Mindfulness Instructor and the founder of Power to Be, LLC. She shares mindfulness with children and adults in schools, non-profit organizations, businesses, community groups and families. Grace’s empowering and nurturing leadership style, background in social work and child development, and long-time mindfulness practice inform her teaching. Grace also has training in the areas of mindful parenting, trauma-informed mindfulness, non-violent communication, intergroup dialogue, and racial justice.
Free Learning Resource: Using Mindfulness to Challenge Implicit Bias
Whitney Stewart •http://whitneystewart.com/
Session Title: Teaching Kindness to Young Children
Whitney Stewart is a mindfulness teacher and trainer who has interviewed the Dalai Lama in India and Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma. She is a well known children´s author of both fiction and nonfiction including Mindful Kids: 50 Mindfulness Activities for Kindness, Focus, and Calm and Meditation is an Open Sky.
Free Learning Resource: Teaching Kindness PDF
Author of: Mindful Kids: 50 Activities for Calm, Focus and Peace
Mindful Me: Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids
Meditation Is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids
Rana DiOrio • https://beamerican.io/
Session Title: How to Be Present
Rana DiOrio is an intrepid force for empowerment and positive change. Her purpose is to help people maximize their potential, and she continues to expound and expand upon that mission across her diverse and highly successful career.
As a corporate and securities attorney, tech-sector investment banker, investor, and advisory board member, Rana has catalyzed the financial, operational, and cultural growth of organizations for almost three decades. As an award-winning author and children’s media entrepreneur, she has sparked meaningful conversations between children and their caring adults and is focused on fostering kindness in the next generation by helping creatives who make this possible realize the full potential of their work through her company, Creative Mint, Inc. She lives in San Francisco, CA with her three children. Follow Rana on Twitter @ranadiorio and on Instagram @ranedear.
Abby Wills • http://shantigeneration.com/
Session Title: Reflecting Joy and Peace: Being a Source of Mindfulness for Young Children
Mother of two boys ages 5 and 8. Co-Founder, Program Director, Shanti Generation, Movement, Mindfulness + Social Emotional Development Specialist, Full Circle Consulting Systems, Inc., Master Degree, Human Development, Pacific Oaks College, which is a leader in early, childhood education in the US, 20+ years experience teaching mindful practices in pre-schools, Facilitator of professional development to early caregivers, early childhood teachers, and supervisors, including on going work with Headstart and Early Headstart.
Free Learning Resource: PROMO CODE: SHANTIWORKSHOP
Dr. Ronald D. Siegel • http://www.mindfulness-solution.com/
Session Title: Mindful Parenting of Preschool Children
Dr. Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 30 years. He serves on the board of directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He is the author of The Mindfulness Solution as well as many academic books such as Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice,
Free Learning Resource: Free Video: The Science of Mindfulness
The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems
Jennifer Cohen Harper • http://littlefloweryoga.com/
Session Title: Managing Anxiety with Mindfulness + Movement
Jennifer Cohen Harper is an educator and author, who works to support all children in the development of strong inner resources through the tools of yoga and mindfulness. As the founder of Little Flower Yoga, she brings embodied mindfulness programing and education to schools and community organizations nationwide, serving students, families, educators, and mental health care providers. Through her publications, including books, card decks and workbooks, she offers these transformative practices in ways that are both accessible and effective. Jennifer is an engaging teacher and presenter, committed to collective growth and learning. She offers powerful information in a practical, easy-to-implement format with warmth, humor and joy.
Free Learning Resource: Instructions and Companion Worksheets
Andrew Murray Dunn• www.getsiempo.com
Session Title: Technology Additiction
Andrew Dunn is on a mission to elevate the human condition, by intentionally shaping technology
to serve as an agent of flourishing individuals, institutions, and societies. As CEO of Siempo, he
helps people build healthier relationships with technology through the first smartphone
interface designed to support mental health and wellbeing. A millennial who struggled with
smartphone and social media addiction, Andrew has spent several years learning how to
build better tech habits and supporting ecosystems of professionals who want to share that
Dr. Susan Pollak • http://sittingtogether.com/
Session Title: Self-Compassion for Parents
Dr. Susan Pollak is a co-founder and senior teacher of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Harvard Medical School, at Cambridge Health Alliance, where she has taught for nearly 30 years. Dr. Pollak is the Co-editor of The Cultural Transition (with Merry White, reissued in 2010); Co-author of Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy, with Thomas Pedulla and Ronald Siegel; Contributing author of Mapping the Moral Domain (edited by Carol Gilligan); Contributing author of Evocative Objects (edited by Sherry Turkle); Contributing author of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd edition, and the upcoming Self-Compassion for Parents (2019). She also writes The Art of Now, blog for Psychology Today. She is the President of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.
Free Learning Resource: Sitting Together Meditations and Info
Jennifer Miller • https://confidentparentsconfidentkids.org/
Session Title: The Essential Connections between Parenting and Social and Emotional Learning
Jennifer Miller author and illustrator of the blog, Confident Parents, Confident Kids with more than 22,000 followers in 152 countries worldwide. She also writes for publications including The Huffington Post, Parent Magazine and Edutopia. She serves as an expert contributor to the Webby Award-winning site, NBC Universal’s Parent Toolkit. She has contributed to two books, Smart Parents, Parenting for Powerful Learning and Building Powerful Learning Environments from Schools to Communities.
Free Learning Resource: Parent/Caregiver to Educator Communication Tool
Smart Parents: Parenting for Powerful Learning
Shannon Beth Wanless • https://www.ocd.pitt.edu/
Session Title: The Essential Connections between Parenting and Social and Emotional Learning
Shannon B. Wanless is an Associate Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology and the Director of the Office of Child Development in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education. Shannon’s scholarship draws on her experience as a Head Start teacher and Fulbright scholar. Her research addresses social-emotional learning in applied settings around the world. She is currently working on bridging the fields of social service and social justice to empower all adults who care for children.
Sarah Boyd • https://www.resilientlittlehearts.com/
Session Title: Proven Strategies To Develop Resilience In Your Children.
Sarah Boyd is a writer, speaker and the founder of Resilient Little Hearts – a movement that champions children to build resilience, courage and kindness through celebrating story-time. She has an educational background in psychology and neuroscience, life experience as a cancer survivor, & is the mom of 2 young children.
Free Learning Resource: Resilience Tools
Karla Cardoza • https://www.thecenterforconnection.org/
Session Title: Helping Children and Families with Mindfulness
Karla is a Registered Associate MFT and psychotherapist who is genuinely devoted to serving children, adolescents and families particularly touched by adversities experienced across their lifespan. She is passionate in holding a nurturing space to embrace a new beginning toward an empowered, resilient, insightful, healthier and empathetic version of self.
Maybe it’s anxiety, selective mutism or depression that’s impacting your child’s social and emotional skills. Perhaps it’s adjusting to being a new mom or dad and experiencing perinatal mental health challenges. Karla’s diverse and multicultural therapeutic approaches offers children, teens and parents a space to work collaboratively toward discovering their inner strengths and living a more joyful life. Her professional experience includes working within various in-home, agency, group-based, school and therapeutic settings.
Sonia Mainstone-Cotton • http://soniamainstone-cotton.com/
Session Title: Practical ways to use mindfulness with young children
Sonia works as a nurture consultant in Bath, Uk, with a small team called Threeways Brighter Futures, she supports four year old children in their transition from pre-school to school. All of these children find change very challenging. Sonia uses mindfulness with the children as an aid to support them. Sonia also writes books and delivers training.
Free Learning Resource – Mindfulness and Stillness with Young Children
Dr Laura Bakosh • http://InnerExplorer.org
Session Title: Start Early – Daily Mindfulness Practice is to Mental Health; What Daily Teeth Brushing is to Dental Health
Laura Bakosh, Ph.D. is a mindfulness teacher, researcher and co-founder of Inner Explorer, a mindfulness-based social emotional learning (MBSEL) program. She has practiced and studied mindfulness for more than 25 years. She began teaching children 11 years ago and quickly realized that it was difficult for children to commit to a daily practice at home, and it was difficult for many teachers to lead such practices in the classroom. This was the foundational insight that led to the development of an Inner Explorer audio-guided platform, to make it easy for teachers and students (and families) to practice together each day. Inner Explorer is one of the few CASEL approved mindfulness interventions because it has been shown to improve student behavior, academic performance and reduce stress. She believes that mindfulness is the most important education equity and social justice initiative of our time.
Free Learning Resource: 3 Videos introducing the Inner Explorer Program
Dr. Laura Markham • https://www.ahaparenting.com/
Session Title: Parent Hacks to Stay Mindful when Parenting Young Children
Dr. Laura Markham is the author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How To Stop Yelling and Start Connecting, Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How To Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life, and now her latest book, The Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Workbook: Using mindfulness and connection to raise resilient, joyful children and rediscover your love of parenting.
Dr. Laura Markham earned her PhD in clinical psychology at Columbia University and has worked as a parenting coach with countless families across the world. Over 130,000 moms and dads enjoy Dr. Laura’s free weekly coaching posts via email. You can sign up on any page of her website, AhaParenting.com, which serves up Aha! Moments for parents of babies through teens. Dr. Laura’s aspiration is to change the world, one child at a time, by supporting parents. The proud mother of two thriving young adults who were raised with her peaceful parenting approach, she lives with her husband in New York.
Free Learning Resource: Audio Gift
Mark Coleman • https://markcoleman.org/
Session Title: An Interview with Mark Coleman: The Importance of Developing our own Mindfulness Practice for Parents, Teachers and Caregivers
Mark is an inner and outer explorer, who has devotedly studied mindfulness meditation practices for three decades. He is passionate about sharing the power of meditation and has been teaching mindfulness workshops and meditation retreats in six continents for the past fifteen years. Mark holds a MA in Clinical Psychology and works individually
with people as an executive coach and consultant, drawing on his extensive experience in working with people as a therapist.
Free Learning Resource: Variety of Talks
Dr. Amy Saltzman • http://www.stillquietplace.com/
Session Title: Having Your Feelings Without Your Feelings Having You
Amy Saltzman is a holistic physician, researcher and mindfulness coach. She is the author of A Still Quiet Place: A Mindfulness Program for Teaching Children and Adolescents to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions, and has also created two CDS: Still Quiet Place: Mindfulness for Young Children and Still Quiet Place: Mindfulness for Teens.
Free Learning Resource: Audio Meditation
Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and Teens
A Still Quiet Place: A Mindfulness Program for Teaching Children and Adolescents to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions
Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D. • https://www.secdlab.org/
Session Title: Talking Treasure
Maurice Elias, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University and the Director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab. He lectures internationally to educators and parents about students’ emotional intelligence, school success, and social-emotional development.
Dr. Heidi Kasevich •
Session Title: Nurturing Quiet Kids: Setting the Stage for Introverts to Thrive
Heidi Kasevich, PhD, designs and delivers programs nationwide that focus on guiding school and workplace communities to foster inclusive cultures where people of all temperaments thrive. She is passionate about helping students to use self-awareness to optimize their ability to lead in today’s world. Kasevich’s work as former Educational Director at Quiet Revolution has been featured on NPR and in numerous publications, including Huffington Post, New York Magazine, and Harvard Magazine. Her proficiency is grounded in over 20 years of experience as educator and department chair at schools in New York City.
Free Learning Resource: Articles about Quiet Children
Elizabeth-Anne Mulhane • http://www.mindfulnessforchildren.com.au/
Session Title: Using mindfulness based programs as scaffolding for teachers and children.
I began meditating, using the mind’s eye, at a very young age. I’ve also enjoyed learning yoga, Tai Chi and Wing Chun Kung Fu. Recently, I began creating my own style of mindful movements, designed for children, which I call ‘Flow Form’. I also have a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons). My thesis topic was improving wellbeing through the use of mindfulness and sound. I teach workshops for adults and children and create online content via blogging, online courses, YouTube and Facebook.
Free Learning Resource: Contact Elizabeth to get a free curriculum resource
David G. Siegel • www.davidgsiegel.com
Session Title: Mindfulness. You First, Children Second
David has been working with children in educational and clinical settings for the past decade. His work has led him to become as preschool teacher, preschool site-supervisor, and is currently an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. His personal and professional backgrounds converge on the topic of mindfulness. As a result, he has successfully developed and implemented a number of mindfulness programs for children in preschools, elementary schools, and middle schools.
Contact David and mention this summit for a discount on his consulting services.