Hollyhock is honoured to support this upcoming Mindfulness Retreat for Educators
led by Thich Nhat Hanh
, August 11 – 16, 2013
Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada
Thich Nhat Hanh is a world-renowned Zen master and peace activist. He grew up in Vietnam, was exiled and settled in France in 1966, and in 1967 was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr. for his efforts to end the Vietnam war. Now 86 years old, he wants to bring mindfulness to teachers and all those involved in education.
The practice of mindfulness has been proven to make a very valuable and efficient contribution to the problems so many of us face in our schools. Studies with K-12 students demonstrate “improvements in working memory, attention, academic skills, social skills, emotional regulation and self-esteem, as well as self-reported improvements in mood and decreases in anxiety, stress and fatigue.” They also show mindfulness training “can increase teachers’ sense of well-being and teaching self-efficacy, as well as their ability to manage classroom behaviour and establish and maintain supportive relationships with students” (Integrating Mindfulness Training into K-12 Education: Fostering the Resilience of Teachers and Students, Meiklejohn et al., Mindfulness, Springer 2012, pages 1-2).
The retreat will be 5 days, from Sunday, August 11 to Friday, August 16, 2013, and will take place at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario, located between Niagara Falls and Hamilton, and sitting atop the Niagara Escarpment in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The retreat is focused on educators. It will include international guest speakers from the field of mindfulness and education. At least half the spots will be reserved specifically for those in the field of education, including school, university and college teachers, administrators, guidance counselors and social workers, as well as teachers of mindfulness, yoga and related fields.
This is not a silent retreat. No meditation or mindfulness experience is required to attend. The retreat is open to everyone, from beginners to very experienced mindfulness practitioners. If you are a complete beginner, don’t worry! The retreat is not hard work. It is a wonderful opportunity to relax and enjoy the present moment.
Registration is expected to open February 1. For more information, or to sign up for the retreat’s email list and be notified before registration opens, see tnhtoronto.ca.