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19KEC314 Mindfulness & Meditation for the Well-Being of Teachers & Children


Dates:  Mon 1st – Friday 5th July 2019 (9.30am-2pm)

The objectives for the course are as follows:

p To teach a range of practical meditation and mindfulness skills, applicable across the primary curriculum, that promote the enhancement of pupil and teacher well-being

p To examine and reinforce the role of meditation in awakening, fostering and nourishing spirituality

p To explore how the skills being taught nurture the innate spirituality of the child and contributes to their wellbeing

p To provide an understanding of the benefits and fruits of mindfulness and meditation and how mindfulness and meditation contribute to the well-being of children and teachers

p To look at ways of analysing the impact of mindfulness and meditation on the wellbeing of the children, thereby supporting teachers in the use of SSE for the evaluation of wellbeing in the school community

p To explore opportunities for meaningful integration of meditation and mindfulness practices with all the subjects of the curriculum but with a specific focus on music, the visual arts, physical education, SPHE and RE

Participants should benefit because:

There is considerable research that ‘points towards the benefit of regular meditation and the role that it plays in enhancing human performance and maintaining good health and well-being’.[1] In addition to enhancing self-esteem and emotional wellbeing, it also improves cognitive function, leading to better decision-making, improved coping strategies, a more positive attitude towards perceived stress, and a decreased tendency to self-reference.

      It is hoped that on completion of the course participants will -

ü  Recognise that the state of well-being of teachers will inevitably impact on the learning of the pupils they teach.

ü  Be able to introduce children to meditation and mindfulness practices

ü  Be able to integrate contemplative practices across a ranges of subjects

ü  Be able to engage children in discussing the benefits and fruits of these practices for their wellbeing, including their spiritual wellbeing

ü  Be able to apply the principles of SSE to improve school’s wellbeing strategy

The program summary is as follows:

The program will use a variety of experiential processes, including twice-daily periods of meditation in a calm, safe and relaxed environment. The theory behind those processes will be presented in a way that engages the participants directly and will utilise talks and workshops, supported by audio visual resources, and experiential learning using concrete materials. Methodologies will include: Pair/Small Group Work, Reflective Learning, Structured Discussion, Students’ Reflective Journals, Student Self-Assessment, Decision-Making/Problem-Solving, Practical Activities, Using Videos and Internet, Poster Design.

Event Properties

Event Date 01-07-2019 9:30 am
Event End Date 05-07-2019 2:00 pm
Capacity 25
Cut off date 05-07-2019
Individual Price €50.00
Number Hours 20
Location Scoil Choca Naofa, Church St, Kilcock
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