Date(s) - February 22, 2020 - February 23, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activity Based Mindfulness for Kids
2-Day Experiential Workshop
With Susan Kaiser Greenland
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Caring for children at home, in a classroom, or a clinic can be overwhelming and exhausting. When children’s needs and distress increase, so do the demands on parents, educators, and other caregivers. This chain-reaction wears everyone down by fueling stress, frustration, conflict, and disappointment. As children’s and caregivers’ stress levels rise their mental bandwidth narrows as does their capacity to think, listen, learn, and be open to new ideas.
How do you interrupt this escalating cycle?
Mindfulness is the first step. When children and caregivers notice what’s happening within and around them with friendly awareness, their mental bandwidth widens, and space opens up for attention, balance, and compassion to emerge naturally. Fortunately, attention, balance, and compassion are qualities available to everyone that can be strengthened through practice.
In this workshop, you will:
- Learn theory that supports the practice of mindful awareness with youth
- Explore mindful games that develop attention and self-regulation using calming and focusing strategies
- Explore mindful games that develop emotional balance and critical thinking using awareness and reframing strategies
- Explore mindful games that develop compassion and healthy relationships using strategies that promote caring and connection
- Learn simple, age-appropriate mindful games to play with children and teenagers at home, in school, and the clinic
- Explore ways to integrate mindful life-skills into personal and professional life for self-care
This two-day workshop is an introduction to Inner Kids, an activity-based approach to mindful awareness developed by Susan Kaiser Greenland to enhance the well-being of children and their caregivers. Through meditation and other experiential exercises, role-play, group discussion, and talks, you will learn ways to integrate attention, balance, and compassion into daily life to strengthen and support the way you and the children in your life speak, act, and relate to one another.
Suitable for parents, educators, and clinicians, as well as experienced meditators and those new to mindfulness and meditation.
Susan Kaiser Greenland is an internationally recognized leader in teaching mindfulness and meditation to children, teens, parents, and professionals. She played a foundational role in making mindfulness practices developmentally appropriate for young people and helped to pioneer activity-based mindfulness with her first book, The Mindful Child. Her second book, Mindful Games, offers simple explanations of complex concepts, methods, and themes while expanding upon her work developing activity-based mindfulness practices. In addition to her work sharing mindfulness with kids, Susan has recorded a series of thirty, brief guided meditations for grownups, entitled Mindful Parent, Mindful Child.
For more information about the presenter, please visit Susan’s web page
Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Dejope Residence Hall University of Wisconsin
640 Elm Drive
Madison, WI 53706
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Ample free parking is available at several campus lots around the venue. Lots 37, 57, 58, and 62 are the closest. Paid parking is also available at lot 36. Please see the UW Campus Parking Map.
Base fee – $225
Reduced fee for those with limited incomes – $125
Sponsor – $300 (This level allows us to offer a reduced price level for full-time students and those on a limited income.)
If your ability to pay makes it difficult to attend this program, we will make every effort to make attendance possible. Please contact us at email@example.com.
Please check back after January 15 about CEU credit for attending this workshop.
For information about the program, contact:
Dejope Residence Hall - Lake Mendota Room (Rm 1165), Madison WI, United States