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Mon 23

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

September 23 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Wed 25

Weekly Wednesday Evening Meditation Sessions

September 25 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Wed 25

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu 26

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

September 26 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Fri 27

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course

September 27 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Mon 30

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

September 30 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm

Special discounts and CEUs for our Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week course for K-12 Educators.  Click here for more information.

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Introduction to Mindfulness at Ramapo College
Yoga and Other Mindfulness Tools for the Classroom at Ramapo College

Creating a Mindful School-Mindfulness Programs for Schools and Districts at your school or at Ramapo College
Event Inquiry Request Form

“I believe that students go through 16 years of school and spend their time learning about everything but themselves. We need to help young people develop these powerful tools to deal with a stressful, distracting and challenging world.  This is an introduction to a way of living that is more compassionate.  As Gandhi said “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” I believe that the greatest potential for a more just and compassionate world is the inner changes that each person makes that then inform all their actions and speech.”   Carol Bowman, Director of Educational Programs Krame Center


Mindfulness Programs for K-12 Educators

Introduction to Mindfulness for K-12 Teachers and Administrators in collaboration with TMI

Thursday, September 12, 2019
4-6pm
Student Center 156-158, Ramapo College

Register Here

Introduction to Mindfulness for K-12 Teachers and Administrators Information

Mindfulness is a purposeful way of focusing attention in the present moment. It promotes a presence in the here and now that is often lost in today’s fast paced society. Research indicates that mindfulness practices decrease anxiety and stress while enhancing the ability to concentrate and pay attention. The physical and psychological benefits have been well documented.

This workshop is designed for K-12 teachers, administrators and instructional aides/support who are interested in a more mindful school culture and learning about developing a personal mindfulness practice, as well as basic steps to begin to incorporate mindfulness into their classroom. Educators will receive two Professional Development credit hours for their participation.

Cost and Registration

Cost: $49 / $29 for TMI Consortium members *Please note, we are unable to give refunds if you are unable to attend for any reason.

To register and receive your parking pass, please click here. 

Bio for instructor, Carol Bowman

Carol Bowman, Ed. D., Associate Professor of Education at Ramapo College, is Director of Education for the Krame Center for Mindful Living and Director of Yoga Studies Programs at Ramapo College. She grew up in a pacifist community in southern New York State and began her educational career as a teacher and then director of a Quaker Elementary School in California. A lifelong dancer and yoga practitioner, she danced with Jamie Nichol’s LA based contemporary dance company “Fast Feet” and continued to choreograph and teach dance at the Escuela Nacional De Danza in Nicaragua.

She became a Yoga Teacher in 2008 and initiated the Yoga Teacher Certification Program at Ramapo College.  During her teen years, she made the acquaintance of Thich Nhat Hanh when he came to stay in her community. Becoming more interested in mindfulness, she reconnected with his teachings in a deep way and continued her practice at Blue Cliff Monastery, eventually training at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center as a teacher of Mind Based Stress Reduction which she teaches through the Krame Center. Carol convenes the Contemplative Studies Minor and conducts research in yoga and mindfulness education, as well as teaching workshops for educators in mindfulness education. Her greatest motivation is the transformation of education to embrace both mind and heart.


Yoga and Other Mindfulness Tools for the Classroom for K-12 Teachers and Administrators in collaboration with TMI

Thursday, February 20, 2020
9am-2pm
Trustees Pavilion, Ramapo College 

Register Here

Yoga and Other Mindfulness Tools Information

Would you like to try yoga in your classroom? Have you tried it and would like to learn more? This workshop will address methods and benefits of using mindful yoga in the classroom in support of emotional and cognitive development. Methods will cover K-12 hands-on approaches for teachers. Discover the research that supports the academic and emotional benefits of Yoga in the classroom.

This workshop is appropriate for K-12 classroom teachers, administrators, special educators, school counselors, school social workers, occupational therapists, SLPs, physical therapists, physical education teachers, health educators, and paraprofessionals.

Participants will:

  • Understand the neuroscience of stress, and its effects learning and behavior
  • Understand the neurology of yoga and mindfulness and its benefits
  • Learn about recent studies to use as evidence in promoting yoga in the
    classroom
  • Leave with simple yoga and mindfulness techniques to support self -regulation, developing compassion, and cognitive development at the
    various grade levels
  • Facilitate learning readiness which improves student achievement
  • Improve the climate of your classroom
  • Develop techniques to be present for your students

Cost and Registration

Cost: $149 / $99 for TMI Consortium Members *Please note, we are unable to give refunds if you are unable to attend for any reason.

To register and receive your parking pass, please click here.

Bio for instructor, Tiffany Spizzo

Tiffany is a Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher with additional trainings in both children and yin yoga and completed Jon Kabat Zinn’s Mindful Based Stress Reduction course. She places great importance on guiding her students of all ages to reduce stress, find their strength and discover a sense of peace and tranquility
Tiffany is the proud founder of Little Love Warriors, a yoga company for children ages 2-12 years old, that offers yoga, meditation, and mindfulness programs. She and her teachers connect children to their emotions, and those of the people around them, spark moments of creativity, guide them to be inclusive of all people, inspire them to support their community and create opportunities to help foster a shift of mindset.
Tiffany is also an independent consultant for Zensational Kids, an educational company that brings yoga and mindfulness practices to schools, where she co-wrote the pre-K programYoung Explorers: Yoga and Mindfulness in Early Childhood Education, leads trainings for educators, school support staff and administrators, and teaches in the classroom to support those teachers.

Tiffany lives in New Jersey with her husband and four daughters.

Continuing Education Credits

Registered yoga teachers are eligible for Continuing Education Hours through Yoga Alliance when the workshop is presented by an E-RYT (check the Trainer bio for confirmation of this designation).

Contact hours for Yoga Alliance specialty designation of Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT) when completing Ramapo’s 95 Hour Children’s Yoga Teacher Certification.

Educators will receive 5 CEU for their participation.


Creating a Mindful School- Mindfulness Programs for Schools and Districts

Is your school/district interested in a more mindful school culture?  The Krame Center offers a variety of training to fit your school/district needs. Research on mindfulness has shown the benefits for teachers, administrators and students:

  • Increase positivity and wellbeing
  • Decrease burnout and stress
  • Cultivate present moment awareness
  • Awaken innate capacity for calm and compassion to improve school climate
  • Complements existing SEL programs
  • Increase student learning through improved focus and concentration*

Solid data-based evidence has built up over the last thirty-five years on the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation in the classroom. The big question really is – Can your school afford NOT to bring mindfulness into teachers’ and children’s lives?

What is Mindfulness and How Schools will Benefit

Simply stated, mindfulness is “The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgments (Jon Kabat-Zinn).” Neuroscience studies are suggesting that mindfulness meditation reliably and profoundly alters the structure and function of the brain to improve the quality of both thought and feeling. (Hahn, T.N., Weare, K., 2017).  Teachers face many stresses in our fast moving, technology soaked environment. The tools and strategies of contemplative pedagogy help to enhance and complement state standards and district goals and outcomes. The tools of mindfulness are effective pedagogy, enhancing the classroom culture, the school, culture, and each student’s capacity for attention, compassion, self-management, and cognitive development.

At the Krame Center for  Mindful Living at Ramapo College, we will work with you to find the right program to help create a more compassionate, creative and collaborative school culture and ethos.  We offer several options of programs which adhere to the standards and quality of all of our programs.

The below programs can be held at your school/district or at Ramapo College.

1.5 Hour Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation for Educators (up to 40 participants)

Learn the basics of a meditation practice at this introductory session. The program will briefly review the meaning and benefits of mindfulness practices, and then present an experiential introduction to breath-based meditation practice. Suggestions will be offered on how to integrate a simple, but effective, mindfulness practice into one’s everyday work day and life.

Half- Day Workshop

Expanding on the 1½-hour introduction, this half-day workshop allows more time for participants to learn and experience the benefits of meditation and learn some basics about integrating mindfulness practices into their workplace and life. The half-day workshop provides additional time for the experiential component and is more exploratory than explanatory.  Periods of silence will allow participants to turn inward and increase self-awareness and begin to cultivate their own practice in a meaningful way. Through these meditative practices, participants can begin to experience the benefits of mindfulness first-hand. The resulting clarity and lasting balance that these practices bring will contribute to a more positive classroom and school environment.

Mindfulness and Yoga Tools for the Classroom Half Day Workshop (9:00 a.m. – noon or alternative 3 hour slot (up to 40 participants)

Would you like to try yoga in your classroom? Have you tried it and would like to learn more? This workshop will address methods and benefits of using mindful yoga in the classroom in support of emotional and cognitive development. Methods will cover K-12 hands-on approaches in parallel workshops for teachers. Discover the research that supports the academic and emotional benefits of Yoga in the classroom.

This workshop is appropriate for K-12 classroom teachers, administrators, special educators, school counselors, school social workers, occupational therapists, SLPs, physical therapists, physical education teachers, health educators, and paraprofessionals.

Participants will:

    • Understand the neuroscience of stress, and its effects learning and behavior
    • Understand the neurology of yoga and mindfulness and its benefits
    • Learn about recent studies to use as evidence in promoting yoga in the
      classroom
    • Leave with simple yoga and mindfulness techniques to support self -regulation, developing compassion, and cognitive development at the
      various grade levels
    • Facilitate learning readiness which improves student achievement
    • Improve the climate of your classroom
    • Develop techniques to be present for your students
Full- Day Workshop 9am-3pm (up to 40 participants)

This is a more detailed workshop with time to explore various forms of meditation practice including sitting meditation, mindful movement and mindful listening.  Participants will learn how to make the most of their time-when to recharge, reflect and relax.

During periods of silence, participants will be encouraged to turn inwards and begin to observe thought patterns and habitual tendencies that may lead to stress.  The focus is on developing an awareness of what is actually happening in our bodies and minds moment-to-moment. By using curiosity and self-compassion to observe our experience we begin to create a flexibility of mind that fosters clarity, creative problem solving, greater self-regulation, and a broader perspective from which new possibilities can emerge.

This highly experiential workshop will allow participants to explore how mindfulness meditation practices can help us be more present in our daily lives, respond with compassion and kindness and avoid the trap of succumbing to automatic reactive patterns. We will begin to understand the power of mindfulness practices in building awareness, focus and concentration. These practices have been proven to provide individuals with greater clarity and a lasting balance that will contribute to a more positive workplace and home environment.

We will alternate periods of meditation, mindful walking, and gentle movement. A guided reflection and mindful listening exercise will be used to focus on improving communication skills with time for group discussion and Q & A.  Participants will see how mindfulness can help them re-perceive their stressors, and increase personal resilience.

Mindful Literacies: 6-Week Series (up to 25 participants)

This Series offers educators an extended time period to experience the 5 literacies of mindfulness practice. In these experiential workshops teachers will learn mindfulness practices that enhance overall well-being and promote clarity, balance, and compassion. Participants will experience various forms of mindful movement and be exposed to a variety of guided meditations, learning to cultivate present-moment awareness and awaken their innate capacity for calm. Thought the focus centers on helping educators to develop their own practice, each session will be accompanied by a multi-age lesson that maybe introduced to the teacher’s students if they choose.

8-Week Mindfulness- Based Stress Reduction Course for Educators (10-20 participants)

Participants in this eight-session Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course participate in a hands-on, carefully sequenced training in mindfulness practices involving breath and gentle body movements, as well as methods for incorporating mindfulness practices into their everyday life and work. The course, created by John Kabat-Zinn at the UMass Medical School, is extensively researched and highly successful. It includes all of the practices introduced in our shorter form workshops and more, with the opportunity to go much deeper and achieve more lasting change. The course puts the practice of mindful pedagogy on a solid foundation of practice-based knowledge.  These practices help educators to be fully present for their students, colleagues and families, and increase well-being both in and out of the school environment.

For more research on mindfulness in schools, please visit https://www.ramapo.edu/kramecenter/research-news-links/


What Past Participants Have to Say

“Thank you for taking the time to speak to our students at our second school wide Wellness Day. We know your time is valuable, so your participation at an event like this speaks volumes of your commitment to helping individuals maintain a healthy lifestyle. The feedback we have received from students was extremely positive. We attribute this to your passion, professionalism and desire to improve the health of our students and school community. As we continue the pursuit of our goal to improve student wellness, we hope you will continue to be active partners with us to make students aware of the various methods of coping with stress and anxiety.” – Northern Highlands High School

“I learned real tools that I can use to have a better life.” – HS student

“It was unlike other presentations instead of creating stress it reduced stress. And it was fun.”  – HS student

“I learned a lot about simple mindfulness exercises could help reduce stress and negative thinking” – HS student


Event Inquiry Request Form

If you are interested in having the Krame Center host or be part of an event, please complete our event inquiry form and a member of our team will get back to you.  Thank you for your interest!

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Krame Center for Mindful Living at Ramapo College of NJ
505 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ, 07430 in Bergen County, New Jersey, Northern New Jersey
201.684.6855
mindfulness@ramapo.edu