What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the ability to intentionally pay attention in the present moment, with curiosity and interest. The practice of mindfulness has been shown to improve focus and attention, help regulate emotions, and provide an effective way to deal with stress. Mindfulness has been integrated successfully into many areas, including education, mental health, and business and industry.
Do you want to learn more? On December 1, the Capitol Region Education Council and Central Connecticut State University will co-host their 3rd Annual Mindfulness Conference entitled Grassroots to Integration, Pre-K to Higher Education at Central Connecticut State University’s Memorial Hall, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s open to anyone and will especially benefit educators from grade school to higher education, mental health professionals, and parents. The goal is to better understand the practices, research, and ideas behind mindfulness and to incorporate mindfulness techniques in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 classrooms, higher education, and behavioral health settings.
Attendees can choose from 14 breakout sessions, such as Mindfulness for School Success, Mindfulness as an Antidote to Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Starting a Grassroots Mindfulness Program at your School. The keynote speaker is Daniel Rechtschaffen, founding director of Mindful Education and author of The Way of Mindful Education and The Mindful Education Workbook. Rechtschaffen is a marriage and family therapist and an internationally recognized leader in the field of mindfulness in education. Brandon Nappi, executive director of Copper Beech Institute in West Hartford, is the lunchtime speaker. Nappi’s work includes prison ministry, adult education, and teaching meditation and mindfulness at non-profit and corporate organizations throughout the Northeast.
The cost is $100 per person and includes continental breakfast and lunch. To learn more or register, visit www.crec.org/mindfulness.