The Mindfulness Center is currently working with Montgomery County Public Schools and other schools throughout the region to empower children with mindfulness skills. Mindfulness practices have proven to improve social skills, emotional well-being, physical health, and academic achievement, along with mental health, quality of life, leadership skills, and general overall well-being. This Fund was established to support children/students to thrive in all circumstances of life. Funds support mind-body programs such as meditation, yoga, retreats and one-on-one services for children in crisis. Programs are offered at The Mindfulness Center, in schools, hospitals and to families, including:
One example of our program in action is at Damascus High School where over 65 students, from a community plagued by student heroin and opiate addiction, participated in Yoga and Meditation classes provided by The Mindfulness Center to promote student empowerment and addiction prevention.
Teaching is one of the most rewarding jobs on the planet but it is also one of the most
stressful. Teachers are not only responsible for the planning, execution and evaluation of
their own work, they are also held accountable for the quality, performance, and
successful quantitative outcomes of student learning.
The mindful teacher bridges the gap between the passion that drives one to teach with the
experience necessary to pursue a grounded, emotionally and intellectually vibrant
experience amidst the challenges of the technology-driven, globally connected
classrooms of today and tomorrow. The mindful teacher is less reactionary and more
curious and inquisitive during stressful or intrusive classroom experiences. This in turn,
creates and promotes more positive, less confrontational interactions with students as
well as a more calm and peaceful classroom environment. Mindful teachers are able to
motivate and inspire their students, meet and exceed expectations in the classroom, and
are more likely to implement significant and lasting change that optimizes teaching and
learning. They make an indisputable difference on productivity and creativity in the lives
of their students. Mindful teachers are also better prepared to handle the ever-present
challenges of daily occupational stress and classroom management.
Mindfulness for Teachers – classes offered for teachers, sign up on individual or group
basis at the mindfulness center