Ann Hollar, M. ED

Ann is a mindfulness instructor in Seattle. She has a M. Ed from the University of Washington, focusing her thesis on “Mindfulness in Education:  The Secular Intersection of Buddhism and Neuroscience.” She currently teaches mindfulness to students in both public and private elementary, middle and high schools. She has been trained in both the MindUp and Mindful Schools curricula and has recently completed Mindful Schools Year-Long Instructor Certification Program. Her personal integration of mindfulness is constantly being kept alive via interactions with her three tween and teenage boys.

Ann's offerings at CCFW:

  • Mindfulness 101 for Teens

Read an interview with Ann about her class:

What inspired you to create this course for teens?

I have three teens and I have watched them and their friends face school, sports, and extracurricular pressures along with difficult interactions with friends. Some move through these times with great skill, others succumb to a sense of overwhelm, self-judgment, and anxiety.  The difficulties of life are not going to go away for them, but how they meet each of these challenges could be met with more ease, hence my inspiration for creating this course for teens.

What two take-aways do you hope participants get in the course?

I hope participants will learn is to drop their stories – all that negative self-talk, doubt, and judgment is not helpful!  I also want teens to be aware, not afraid, of the emotions that arise out of these thoughts.  The more we can befriend our emotions, the easier they are to be with. The power is being able to sit with the range of emotions - from frustration, jealousy, anxiety, to thwarted expectations. The pay-off can be the arrival at a peaceful place you never knew you had inside of you! 

What have you learned through your personal mindfulness practice?

I have learned to listen more fully, react less often; be more curious and less judgmental. Many of the same thoughts and emotions come up that I had before my mindfulness practice, but now I get less caught up in them. I have learned that a few moments of silence can be priceless. Stopping and sitting quietly for a few minutes allows my better nature, my kinder voice, and my wiser more creative self to emerge. When I’m more present and grounded, conversations, especially with my kids, are so much richer.