October 9, 2014 to November 20, 2014
Professional Trainings
Richard Berger, MD
(Re)Establishing a Mindfulness Practice with Ease
Every other Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm  »  CCFW

Registration is required (closes 10/8/14). Please register here.

Many people find beginning the practice of mindfulness to be somewhat daunting. This course is meant for individuals both new to mindfulness and those who want to enhance their daily practices. We will use the methods of “Immunity to Change” established by Kegan and Lahey to investigate reasons we may be resistant to mindfulness practice. We will also use the Kaizen (often called Toyota method) method to make small incremental progress in our practice without initial major life changes. Lastly, we will introduce practice techniques that develop the direction of the mind toward more balance of positivity/negativity and reduce the negative reinforcing consequences of guilt when we don’t practice.

Each student will be allowed to progress at their own pace. At the end of the 4 classes, students should:

1. Be able to practice several techniques that promote a more positive attitude as well as self-compassion towards oneself and others

2. Become familiar with the concept and science of taking very small steps to make significant changes in one's life

3. Become more adept at allowing and making steady progress in self growth and in identifying obstacles to growth and fulfillment of intentions

4. Be better able to manage the fear of making changes in a more systematic and productive manner

This course will be taught by Richard (Rick) E. Berger, MD, Professor Emeritus in the Medical School at the University of Washington, and primary teacher of Mindfulness NW. He received his undergraduate education and medical degree from The University of Chicago. He received mindfulness teaching training at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness (certification in MBSR under final review) and received a Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation from the Mindful Awareness Research Center at the University of California in Los Angeles.

Rick has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS) classes at the University of Washington Hospital, the University of Washington Intramural Activities Center and the Center for Child & Family Well-being. He also holds certificates to teach children and adolescents from Inner Kids and Mindful Schools and teaches mindfulness to children in the Seattle Public Schools. His ongoing practice includes daily meditation, yoga, silent retreats and continuing education in mindfulness and related areas.

October 12, 2014 to November 16, 2014
Parent and Professional Workshops
Ann Hollar, M.Ed.
Mindfulness 101 for Teens
Sundays from 4:00-5:15pm  »  CCFW

Registration required. Please register here by Sunday, October 5, 2014. 

Is your teen driven to distraction? Overwhelmed with keeping up socially on-line and off? Stressed about homework? Caught up in negative thinking? In this six week course we will touch on many aspects of mindfulness that will help your teen navigate these exciting and complex high school years. This course is intended for high school aged teenagers (14-19 years old). Class size will range between 10 and 20 students. 

Class Schedule

Week 1 October 12: Brain, Body, Breath - Understanding the basics

Week 2 October 19: Home Sweet Home - Creating a sense of ease within ourselves

Week 3 October 26: Driven to Distraction - Learning how to focus attention

Week 4 November 2: Making Sense of your Senses - Slowing down and noticing

Week 5 November 9: Riding the Storm - Being with, not thrown, by strong emotions

Week 6 November 16: Giving Thanks - The power of gratitude and kindness

Ann Hollar 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 teenaged boys.

December 5, 2014
Free Public Lectures
Kimberly Schonert-Riechl, Ph.D.
Cultivating Kindness and Compassion in Children
7-8:30p  »  Kane Hall 220

Registration required. Registration opens October 2014.

More information coming soon!

December 6, 2014
Professional Trainings
Molly Lawlor, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate
Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the Classroom
9a-12p  »  CCFW

Registration is required (closes 12/5/15). Please register here.

In this session, participants will be introduced to mindfulness, commonly defined as an open, non-judgmental awareness to the present moment. The application of mindfulness practices for children will be discussed within the framework of Social Emotional Learning (SEL). The latest research within the emerging field of mindfulness practice with children will be presented along with considerations for implementation in the classroom context. Participants will be offered experiential learning with guided mindfulness practice. Concepts will be expanded to discuss practical tools for children and how these can be implemented within the classroom context to support mindful awareness, social emotional competencies, and increased engagement.

This workshop will be taught by Molly Lawlor, M.A. Molly is the primary author of the Mind-Up program, a trainer for the program and a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia. Her research includes, but not limited to, the effects of mindfulness-based education on pre- and early adolescents' well-being and social and emotional competence. Specifically, Molly is investigating prosocialness, mindfulness and psychological adjustment in children and adolescents. Currently, Molly is the Director of Curriculum for Taxi Dog Education, a multi-sensory social-emotional learning program. Molly will speak to the role of mindfulness in education, specific to social and emotional learning and self-regulation.

March 6, 2015 to April 25, 2015
Professional Trainings
Christa Turksma, DRS
Improving Classroom Learning Environments by Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE)
Fridays (3/6 and 3/20) from 5 - 8:30p and Saturdays (3/7, 3/21, and 4/25) from 8:30a - 3:30p  »  CCFW

Registration is required (closes 3/5/15). Please register here.

Group rates: 
Schools that register 3 or 4 teachers can receive 15% off the listed fees
Schools that register 5+ teachers can receive 25% off the listed fees
Please e-mail for a discount code

Co-leaders: Rebecca Cortes, Ph.D. and Ann Hollar, M.Ed.

Course consists of two half-day training sessions, two full-day training sessions, and a follow-up booster session. 

CARE (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education) is a research based professional development program.  It was developed at the Garrison Institute by Patricia (Tish) Jennings, Associate Professor of Elementary Education at the Curry School of Education, VA, Richard C Brown, an educator  and  founder of the Contemplative Education Department at Naropa  University and Christa Turksma, a clinical psychologist and former elementary school principal.

Care is designed to teach teachers stress reducing techniques and ways to better understand and manage their emotions so they can create and maintain supportive learning environments, reduce burnout and attrition, and build strong relationships with their students to promote positive academic and behavioral outcomes.

Watch "Why CARE for Teachers Matters."