Mindfulness: Foundation for Teaching and Learning

Mindfulness meditation has been practiced for thousands of years as a way to reduce suffering and cultivate inner peace, and this event will explore the uses of mindfulness in education.

  • Venue: Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Date: March 16-18, 2012

Note: This is not a Greater Good Science event.

This conference seeks to investigate the role and practice of mindfulness in the education system in a 3-day format:

Day 1: Amishi Jha, Keynote Address: Improving Attention and Working Memory with Mindfulness Training
In this presentation Amishi Jha will describe a program of research that investigates Concentrative Mindfulness Training (MT), which involves focusing on a target object, such as a body sensation, visual image, or phrase, while actively disengaging from internal and external distractions. Her research, which looks closely at MT among other concentrative-based training programs, shows significant results across multiple studies and suggests that MT might be a useful tool for improving attention and working memory in children and adults.

Day 2: Mindfulness in Education Conference
Mindfulness-Based Education (MBE), a powerful tool to decrease stress, deepen learning, enhance academic performance, and promote emotional and social well-being, is increasingly recognized as essential for students, educators and parents. MBE may help to develop the capacity for attention and awareness, creating optimal conditions for teaching and learning. The conference will include a plenary panel consisting of leaders in the field, interest group break-out sessions, and mindfulness practice sessions.

Day 3: A Day of Mindfulness: Alive and Awake
Experience a day of nourishing silence, mindful awareness practices and reflection. Develop your capacity to be fully alive – to rest in your present moment experience with openness and kindness. You will be guided through a variety of mindful awareness practices including sitting and walking meditation, mindful eating, and mindful movement. There will be meditations for cultivating sensory clarity, focus, loving- kindness and compassion. This day is for beginners as well as those with prior meditation experience.

For more information on the event and to register now, visit www.mindfuled.org/conferences.

Note: This is not a Greater Good Science event.