Mindfulness and Restorative Practices:  A Powerful Partnership

Mindfulness and Restorative Practices: A Powerful Partnership

July 12, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Hampton Inn & Conference Center
Lower Mountain View Road
$175 CVEDC members $225 non-members (light breakfast and lunch included)
Mindfulness and Restorative Practices:  A Powerful Partnership @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center | Colchester | Vermont | United States

Presenter Info: Annie O’Shaughnessy, M.Ed in Mindfulness

Date: Wednesday July 12, 2017    8:30 registration  9:00-3:30 light breakfast and lunch included

Target Audience: Educators, Therapists, Organizational Leaders

A 1-day, research-based, experiential workshop for all educators and anyone working to develop a vital, supportive learning community. In this energizing workshop, participants will learn about the powerful connection between Mindfulness and Restorative Practices and how they can work together to transform your classroom, organization, or therapeutic group.

When a teacher or therapist practices mindfulness, a compassionate curiosity naturally arises. Restorative Practices, on the other hand, requires compassionate curiosity for it to be effective. These two truths make this partnership a natural and essential one.

Since taking office as Secretary of Education, Rebecca Holcombe has encouraged schools to explore non-punitive forms of behavioral support. Restorative Practices is one of these approaches due to the convincing research that shows it reduces the number of behavioral incidents, improves school climate, reduces suspensions and more. Mindfulness, as many know, has been shown to improve student and teacher wellness and performance on many levels. This workshop explores the interdependent nature of these two approaches and how, when practiced in concert, they can quickly transform a classroom or learning community into a safer, happier, more productive and less stressful environment.

This workshop will increase your knowledge and skill in the following ways:
● Provide opportunities to experience the benefits of Mindfulness and Restorative Practices first-hand.
● Provide opportunities for participants to practice leading these approaches themselves.
● Offer ways to weave the implementation of these approaches into class content.
● Provide compelling research on how Mindfulness and Restorative Practices are already transforming classrooms and schools.
● Offer research on how these practices decrease teacher burnout and increase wellness.

You will take away from this workshop:
● A new perspective on how to bring your whole self into the classroom or your leadership work without becoming burned out.
● A sense of renewal through connection, community and mindful rest.
● Many resources, local and international, to support a continued exploration of these practices.
● A network of fellow teachers who are also interested in and experimenting with these approaches.

Rebecca Holcombe testified to encourage spending in support of Restorative Practices

Several Senate bills have been proposed. Here is a testimony by an active Restorative Practices expert in Addison Country, Jon Kidde.

About our Presenter: Annie O’Shaughnessy has an M.Ed in Mindfulness for Educators, Level I & II Training in Modern Mindfulness, Level 1 & 2 Restorative Justice, CircleWork Leadership Training and Restorative Justice Summer Institute and has taught Mindfulness, Restorative Practices and Rites of Passage to K12 Educators.

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