PBS Mindfulness for Schools

Very happy to become available for schools in the Wider Wellington Area as a facilitator for the succesful “Pause Breathe Smile” Mindfulness for Schools program, developed by Grant Rix, for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. This course is suitable or primary and intermediate schools.

More information can be found here: https://mindfulaotearoa.nz/programmes/pause-breathe-smile/

If you want to know more about mindfulness for your school, why not book a team workshop mindfulness?

Here’s some of the feedback from the last workshop I did:

“…we found it very useful personally. I also found it useful for class and will use it in health.”
“I have had really positive feedback from the staff on your work shop. “
Here’s a video about meditation in schools: http://www.msn.com/en-us/video/peopleandplaces/school-replaces-detention-with-meditation/vi-AAjTHY0?ocid=sf

From the website of Mindful Aotearoa:

“Supporting children to practise mindfulness helps them to settle unhelpful thoughts and feelings and increases focus. It shows benefits like letting go of worry, anxiety and doubt, which has the potential to reduce mental health problems. Mindfulness also helps children develop kindness and curiosity, and improves their ability to learn. ”

“Our Pause, Breathe, Smile programme is an eight-week course, taught in New Zealand schools by trained practitioners.Throughout the course, students learn mindfulness practices such as mindful breathing, mindful eating and mindful moving.

In 2014, the MHF partnered with researchers from The University of Auckland and AUT University to study in greater depth the wellbeing benefits of mindfulness training on New Zealand school children. Preliminary results show significant increases in wellbeing, which were sustained three months after the completion of the programme.

Teachers’ observations indicated a general positive response, improvements in social interactions and a genuine sense of calm. This suggests the programme will help create a positive learning environment and will help schools meet the Education Review Office’s Wellbeing Indicators for Schools.

Importantly, findings so far appear to indicate that the level of the teacher’s involvement and commitment to the programme has a direct effect on the students’ improved social interactions and classroom behaviour.

Research shows mindfulness helps children and young people improve academically, through increased attention, improvements in short-term memory, ability to apply prior learning to new situations, increased creativity and development of independent thinking.”

“2013 pilot research with AUT showed mindfulness in schools:

  • increased calmness
  • improved focus and attention
  • enhanced self-awareness
  • helped with conflict resolution and the development of positive relationships
  • reduced stress.

Many of these findings were observed in both students and teachers.”

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