Preschool Mindfulness Summit Speaker Info

Speakers Info

Helen Maffini •

Session Title: Practical Activities for Preschool Teachers using MindBE Curriculum



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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 and 2019 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

Andrew Jordan Nance •

Session Title: Puppy Mind

Andrew Nance is the founder, Program Manager, and Lead Facilitator for Mindful Arts San Francisco (MASF). He is the author of Puppy Mind. Andrew is in process of creating a mindfulness curriculum using drama and other artist pursuits.

Freebie: Mindful Breathing for Kids

Author of: Puppy Mind

Brenda Salgado •

Session Title: Indigenous and Earth Based Views on Mindfulness

Brenda Salgado is the Principal of Nepantla Consulting and the founder of Moons Rising Women’s Circle. She is the editor of Mindfulness for Beginners and also has several meditation recordings. Brenda´s blog  Musings From the Universe shares mindfulness practices and healing information.

Author of: Real World Mindfulness for Beginners: Navigate Daily Life One Practice at a Time

Dr. Christopher Willard •

Session Title: Making Mindfulness Stick with Preschoolers and their Families

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. 

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

Dr. Claudia Vega

Session Title: Mindful Eating and Child Nutrition

 Dr. Claudia Vega lives in Mexico and is a Pediatrician, Nutritionist and Psychotherapist. She specializes in working with children, teenagers and adults who have eating and weight issues.  She also hosts a radio program for Parents and People working with children. She helps parents and children of all ages become mindful eaters.

Freebie: First three people who email Dr. Vega at the website above receive a free 30 minute consultation in Spanish.

Debra Burdick, LCSW, BCN •

Session Title: Mindful Parenting and Mindfulness Skills to Teach Preschoolers

Debra Burdick, is an international expert on Mindfulness and affectionately known as The Brain Lady..  She is the author of many books on parenting, mindfulness and health issues. 

Freebie: 10 ways to be a Mindful Parent

Mindfulness Skills for Kids: Card Deck and 3 Card Games

ADHD Non-Medication Treatments and Skills for Children and Teens: A Workbook for Clinicians and Parents with 162 Tools, Techniques, Activities & Handouts

Dr. Amy Saltzman • 

Session Title: Still Quiet Place: Mindfulness for Young Children 

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.

 Freebie: Free 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



Dr. Daniel J. Siegel •

Session Title: Cultivating a Yes Brain in Your Preschool Child

Dr. Siegel’s new book, The Yes Brain Child was recently released! He has written many parenting books, including the  Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind and No-Drama Discipline. He offers courses and other information at Mindsight.

Freebie: Viewers of this summit are entitled to 25% discount off Dr. Siegel´s course by following this link

The Yes Brain Child: Help Your Child be More Resilient, Independent and Creative

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation


Dr. Lynn Rossy •

Session Title: Creating Mindful Eaters

Lynn Rossy is a health psychologist specializing in mindfulness-based interventions. Her ten-week, empirically validated Eat for Life class  teaches people to eat mindfully and intuitively. She is the author of The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution.

The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution: Proven Strategies to End Overeating, Satisfy Your Hunger, and Savor Your Life

Dr. Rick Hanson •

Session Title: Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, 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. 

Freebie 3 Reasons to Be Good to Yourself!

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Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness

Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence


Dr. Ronald D. Siegel •

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, 

Freebie: Get Your Free video, The Science of Mindfulness Working with Anxiety, Depression, and Other Everyday Problems

The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems 


Elmarie Potgieter •


Session Title: Developing Thinking Skills in the Early Years: The importance of metacognition, emotional intelligence and mindfulness.

Elmarie Potgieter is the Director and Owner of Rite Education, a boutique education consultancy in Malaysia and South-East Asia. She is the creator of the ThinkWise Curriculum for developing creative thinkers in preschools.

Freebie: Thinkwise, Little People with Big Ideas

Gary Green •

Session Title: The Mindful Lifestyle

Gary Green is the author of The Mindful Lifestyle, In Pursuit of Joy. He is a mindfulness teacher and also has a series of fiction books for tweens that incorporate mindfulness. 

The Mindful Life

In Pursuit of Joy


The Rebecca Pendragon Trilogy: Magic Is All Around Us

Grace Helms Kotre •

Session Title: Discovering our “Mindful Superpowers”. 

Grace Helms Kotre is the founder of Power to Be. She is a mindfulness teacher and trainer. She is the creator of the course Mindful Superpowers, for tolddlers and their parents or carers to attend together.

Freebie: Preschool Mindfulness Activities

Jennifer Miller •

Session Title: Raising Confident Children 

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.


Emotional Safety Plan

Understanding Anger and Teaching Young Children How to Deal with It

Smart Parents: Parenting for Powerful Learning 


Joree Rose •

Session Title:  Parent with Greater Awareness, Compassion and Presence

Joree Rose is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She directs The Bay Area Mindfulness and Therapy Center in Danville, CA, Joree is the author of the children´s book Squirmy Learns to be Mindful.

Freebie: Take a Mindful Minute

Squirmy Learns to be Mindful

Karen Rasmussen •

Session Title: Child Protection and Safety

Karen is the founder of Child Safe Horizon´s a company that teachers NGO´s, schools and others how to protect vunerable childrenShe offers online training in Child Protection and creating effective child protection policies.

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Lorraine Murray •

Session Title: How meditation can help resolve family conflict

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.

Freebie: 5 Top tips for Teaching Children and Teens Mindfulness and Meditation

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

Calm Kids: Help Children Relax with Mindful Activities

Dr. Mary-Pat O’malley • 


Session Title: Child and Parent Communication Made Simple

Dr. Mary-Pat O’Malley is a Language and Speech Pathologist at NUI Galwaay. She is a lecturer, author and researcher and lover of all things to do with speech, language and communications. She is the author of How To Develop Your Child’s Home Languages and How to Build Your Child’s Language Using Books. She is also author of the children´s book Scary, Noisy Things.


How To Develop Your Child’s Home Language(S) E-Book How To Build Your Child’s Language Or Languages Using Books Scary Noisy Things



Nancy Colier •

Session Title: The Power of Off: The Mindful Way to Stay Sane (and Well) in a Digitally-Addicted World

Nancy Colier is a psychotherapist, author and speaker. She writes a regular blog for the Huffington Post and Psychology today. Nancy is also the author of The Power of Off: The Mindful Way to Stay Sane in a Virtual World and Inviting a Monkey to Tea: Befriending Your Mind and Discovering Lasting Contentment. 

The Power of Off: The Mindful Way to Stay Sane in a Virtual World

Inviting a Monkey to Tea: Befriending Your Mind and Discovering Lasting Contentment

Prof. Katherine Weare • 

Session Title: Mindfulness Tools for Adults working with Young Children

Professor Katherine Weare is Emeritus Professor at the University of Exeter where she is working to develop and evaluate mindfulness in schools programs.  She is an international expert on evidence-based practice and has written some of the leading books in this area and worked with many governments on policy in the area. She is the author of Happy Teachers Change the World.

Freebie: Evidence for Mindfulness: Impacts on the Wellbeing and Performance of School Staff

Happy Teachers Change the World: A Guide for Cultivating Mindfulness in Education

Rana DiOrio •

Session Title: Being Present in a Busy World

Rana DiOrio is the author and creator of children’s media and products.  Rana is the director of March 4th and she is the author of many children´s books including “What Does It Mean to Be Present?” and “What Does It Mean to Be Kind?”

Freebie: Lesson Plan     

Freebie: What Does It Mean To Be Present Song

What Does It Mean to Be Present?

What Does It Mean to Be Kind?

Renee Cachuela Metty •

Session Title: Play Attention

Renee Cachuela Metty is a mindfulness speaker, trainer, teacher and author. She is the founder of With Pause. She is also the founder of the mindfulness based Cove preschool. She is the author of Mindfulness Starts With You. Renee has also created a short film about Preschool Mindfulness which you can watch here.

Freebie: Resources from With Pause 

Author of: Mindfulness Starts With You

Steph Van De Ven •

Session Title: Mindfulness Tools for Preschoolers

Steph Van De Ven is The Mindful Mama! She’s a children’s book author, a meditation and mindfulness facilitator and a blogger. She is the author of the Birdy Series.

Freebie: The Mindful Mama Meditations

The Birdy Book Series: Life Lessons and Positive Affirmations for Kids and Their Adults!


Tammie Prince •

Session Title: Practical Ideas for mindfulness in the Preschool classrom ~ It Takes a Village~The Importance of Mindfulness Development for Children and Adults

Tammie Prince is a Primary school headteacher, researcher, educator and author. Tammie has been a National Leader of Education for the last six years. She is the author of 100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Mindfulness in the Classroom and she shares many ideas on her blog which is linked above. 

Freebie: Mindfulness To Do List

Discount code- order Tammie´s Book from Bloomsbury and receive 30% off with this code MINDFULNESSPDF17 valid until March 31, 2018.

100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Mindfulness in the Classroom (100 Ideas for Teachers)

Tammy Pomroy •

Session Title: Social Emotional Learning and the Children of Cambodia

Tammy Pomroy is the founder of the Cambodian NGO, ABC’s and Rice. ABCs and Rice aims to help those caught in the plight of poverty; by implementing effective education and community projects for children. ABCs and Rice is a registered Canadian charity as well as links to Global Giving in the US and Virgin Money Giving in the UK.

Click here to register your interest in the May 2018 Cambodian Education Trip

Click here to donate to ABCs and Rice

Whitney Stewart

Session Title: Encouraging empathy and compassion through mindfulness with 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.

Freebie: Practicing Mindfulness and Meditation with Children

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

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