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.
Last year, 100% of teens who took this class at CCFW said they would recommend it to a friend. Mindfulness helped...
- 100% of the class calm down when upset or stressed
- 93% be better listeners
- 79% make better decisions
- 71% avoid fights or arguments
After taking Mindfulness 101, teens said:
"I use at least one thing I learned in the mindfulness class every day, and it's been very helpful to keep my mind organized and keep myself centered. The breathing exercises help me relax in stressful situations."
"Mindfulness helps me focus and relax at the same time. The class was great since it was all high school students with the same pressures of homework, tests and friends. The lessons and meditation help me find calm and step back to see the bigger picture."
"I learned how to listen to others way better (friends, family, teachers). The breathing exercise also helps me fall asleep."
"Life can be overwhelming and this helps a lot."
"Mindfulness has helped me put more effort into trying to discern what is real vs. imagined."
"If I just focus on one thing at a time I am better off."
"I was pretty upset going to a class at school, and I used mindful walking to calm down."
"Bad grade on a quiz - I acknowledged sadness but didn't let it hold me back. Missed a shot in soccer - moved past it and scored."
"Ann's class made learning about mediation not only relatable but also enjoyable. I looked forward to going to her class as well as employing her methods in circumstances that I normally would have been unsure of what to do in. Working with Ann was a pleasure, and I look forward to continuing the use of mediation in stressful and foreign circumstances. Thank you Ann!"
Week 1 April 24: Brain, Body, Breath - Understanding the basics
Week 2 May1: Home Sweet Home - Creating a sense of ease within ourselves
Week 3 May 8: Driven to Distraction - Learning how to focus attention
Week 4 May 15: Making Sense of your Senses - Slowing down and noticing
Week 5 May 22: Riding the Storm - Being with, not thrown, by strong emotions
Week 6 June 5: Giving Thanks - The power of gratitude and kindness
About the Instructor
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.
"Thank you for creating a safe, nurturing space for our children to establish their own practice of mindfulness and appreciation. Through your course, we saw a gentle shift as our kids practiced noticing their thoughts, focusing their attention, and expanding their capacity for gratitude. Having "homework" helped them naturally establish a practice that carried over long after your classes were complete. Thank you for laying the groundwork for a practice that can help them through the inevitable stress of adolescence and beyond."
"Our daughter loved learning ways to relax and de -stress from Ann. She creates a safe, compassionate community where our daughter found inner peace."
"Students are experiencing higher levels of stress and Ann's class offers strategies and alternatives which allow them to feel less anxious, more balanced and more capable of managing the stress."
If you are able to pay more, we encourage you to please consider donating to our Mindfulness Outreach Fund. This fund allows us to provide 50% and 100% scholarships to individuals working with children and families who would benefit from mindfulness training, but are unable to pay the full registration fee. If you would like to make a donation towards our scholarship fund, please visit http://giving.uw.edu/mindfulness.
If you are a professional working with children and families, especially high-risk families, you may qualify for one of our financial scholarships. To apply for a scholarship, please review and complete the application form at https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/mindful/237140. The deadline to apply for a scholarship for this class is March 24, 2016. Any applications received past this date will be considered on a space available basis. We will notify you no later than March 31 of our decision. *Note: Applicants must wait to register for the course until a decision has been made in order to qualify. Applicants who are already registered for the course unfortunately cannot be considered for a scholarship.