Freiburg, May 12 – 16, 2021

We live in an age where busy-ness and being switched on 24/7 are the norm but also in an age where depression is set to become the most common disease worldwide and where concerns about the mental health of young people are endemic.  In order to be successful and resilient in this age of distraction, we need to cultivate attention, self-awareness and emotional regulation. There is now considerable and compelling evidence that training in mindfulness is a very effective way of alleviating stress, anxiety and depression as well as promoting wellbeing and flourishing.
 
This Intensive-Seminar will have a retreat-like feeling with a workshop format and we will use the most relevant research and practice in mindfulness and social-emotional learning to explore how training in these areas can enhance teaching and learning. There will be an introduction to mindfulness curricula currently being used in elementary and secondary schools and participants will learn some simple strategies that can be applied in and out of the classroom.
 
Drawing on research from social neuroscience we will explore the power and potential of the role of the educator as well as the evidence that how we teach is as important as what we teach. We will consider  in practical ways how developing greater self awareness can transform our daily experience as adults in a demanding social environment and help us to work more effectively with colleagues, parents and children.

The key to successful mindfulness education in schools is the recognition of the importance of teacher self-care. If we want to help our children develop the skills they will need for a fruitful, balanced life, it is important that we are able to cultivate these capacities in ourselves. Developing our own self-awareness can help us connect more authentically with our students, manage our stress more effectively, and make teaching more enjoyable.
 
Using the 3 aspects of mindfulness in education - Be Mindful, Teach Mindfully, Teach Mindfulness - this workshop will explore how mindfulness based wellbeing can provide a foundation for a flourishing school community. 

The seminar language is English with consecutive translation into German.

 

Dates

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Thursday, 12. Mai until Saturday, May 15, 2021
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
3:00 – 6:00 pm

Sunday, May 16, 2021
10:00 am – 13:00 pm

 

Teachers

Amy Burke spent 15 years in high schools as a classroom teacher and guidance counsellor in Canada and The Netherlands before relocating to Prague in 2013. 

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.  

 

Video-Interview with Kevin and Amy

 

Venue

The event takes place in Freiburg im Breisgau.
The exact venue will be announced later.

 

Workshop Fee

690 Euro
(without accommodation and meals)

 

Please note

This seminar can be booked individually, but is also part of the AmiKi-training "Mindfulness with children and teens" in Götzis.

Interested persons should already have experience with mindfulness practice/meditation.
 

Cancellation Conditions
  • For cancellations up to one month prior to the beginning of the course, an administration fee of 50 Euro will be charged.
  • Between 30 and 10 days prior to the beginning of the course, 50% of the course fee will be charged.
  • Should the booking be cancelled less than 10 days prior to the beginning of the course, the entire course fee will be charged.
  • If there is a waiting list and the place can be assigned again, only an administration fee of 50 Euro will be charged.
  • In case of non-appearance or early departure from the event, the full course fee must be paid.

 

Notice of Liability

Participation in this workshop is at your own risk. The leader of the workshop and the organizer don’t assume liability of personal or material damage.