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Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

March 21 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Mon 25

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

March 25 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Wed 27
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Thu 28

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

March 28 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm

The first part of bringing mindfulness into your classroom or school is an educator’s own practice. We encourage educators to take the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course or Summer 5-Day Intensive.  We offer an Educator discount and CEUs for both. Click here for more information.

“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

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Mindfulness Programs for K-12 Educators- Creating a Mindful School
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Mindfulness Programs for K-12 Educators

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 (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 Contemplative Studies and 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.

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

Three Mindfulness Programs Available for Schools and Districts

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 9-12pm or alternative 3 hour slot for K-12 Educators (up to 40 participants)

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.

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.

What 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

Ramapo

Event Inquiry Requests

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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For videos from past education workshops, please visit speaker series and past events, by clicking here.


To request disability-related accommodations, please contact mindfulness@ramapo.edu.

Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and 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