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February 2020 Newsletter
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We were so glad to welcome over 60 educators, parents and nonprofit leaders to our second annual conference, “Breathing is Just the Beginning". We gathered recently to talk about helping kids apply mindfulness to life’s challenges, to practice educator self-care, and to build mindful and inclusive school communities. If you couldn’t make it, we’re so glad to share highlights. Listen especially for what the kids have to say.
2020 Conference Highlights Video
2020 Conference Slideshow
We are grateful to DC Public Schools for their support and to our sponsors: Avideh Shashaani and the Fund for the Future of our Children, and Bullfrog Bagels. Also special thanks to all our awesome volunteers, speakers and workshop facilitators who helped make this event a success!
Speaker List:
Dr. William Blake
Linda Ryden
Liz Whisnant
Megan Vroman
Dave Trachtenberg
Jelena Popovic
Dina Shapiro
Irene Taguian
Jacqueline Lee
Krystal Butler
Bode' Aking
and especially our Peace of Mind students, who are the reason we do this work in the first place.

In the News:

Check out the latest article from Edutopia to feature our founder Linda Ryden: “A lot of mindfulness practice isn’t about calming down,” says Ryden. “It can be applied to life’s challenges in so many ways. The goal shouldn’t be: ‘These kids are out of control, let’s get mindfulness in here.' Rather, it should help you understand yourself better, how you think about things, and eventually, help make the world a better place.” 


Looking for More Community and Connection?

How about a trip to Itasca IL the last week in February?  We promise a warm welcome at the Conference of the Coalition for Schools Educating Mindfully.  Join us and hundreds of other educators from around the country committed to mindfulness and social emotional learning in our schools.  https://www.educatingmindfully.org/

Featured Product
(and free Sample Lesson!)

In our new Peace of Mind Curriculum for Grades 4 and 5, we focus on helping older elementary students apply mindfulness to life’s challenges. The first step on this path is helping our students learn to notice what’s happening in their bodies.  Click here for a sample lesson built around the mindfulness practice of “See Hear Feel”. 

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