The practices of mindfulness, contemplative education, and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) are now being widely explored in schools throughout the United States and other countries. Extensive research has shown that mindfulness practices and SEL decrease stress, attention deficit issues, depression, anxiety, and hostility in children, while benefitting health, well-being, and social relationships.
Research also shows that SEL supports an 11% rise in student academic scores while mindfulness-based education has been shown to foster the inner skills of attention, compassion, impulse-control, and executive functioning. Now many SEL and mindfulness programs are utilizing the strengths of both modalities to create integrative approaches to support healthy students, teachers, and schools.
In this conference we convene seminal leaders in the fields of mindfulness in education and Social-Emotional Learning. We learn the ways mindfulness and SEL can strengthen inner resilience, which in turn can help create more peaceful and equitable schools. We also explore how these tools can help us teach students with diverse backgrounds, learning styles, and abilities. When taught together, mindfulness and SEL have the potential to transform our education systems and our world.
Through inspiring keynote lectures, question-and-answer sessions, group exercises, breakout workshops, a panel with school administrators and principals, and instruction in practical application, we explore:
- Connecting mindfulness and SEL
- Restorative justice
- The science supporting mindfulness and SEL
- Supporting healthy and thriving school climates
- School-based social inclusion
- Indigenous perspectives on mindfulness and education
- Ways of integrating mindfulness and SEL in school system
Participants are invited to share their own work at a poster session on Saturday. Teachers are subject to change. Teachers are subject to change.
Please note that there is a special schedule for this course. The tentative schedule is below and is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty. The final schedule will be available upon arrival:
|4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.||Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)|
|7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m.||Welcome & Orientation|
|8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.||Poster Session|
|1:00 p.m.||Check Out|
Dining Hall Hours (Meals begin with dinner on arrival day and end with lunch on departure day.):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Meet the Teachers
Daniel Rechtschaffen, MA, LMFT, a licensed marriage and family therapist, is author of Th ...
Linda Lantieri, MA, Fulbright Scholar, keynote speaker, and internationally known expert in socia ...
Valerie Brown is an international retreat leader, writer, leadership coach, and chief learning of ...
Patricia Jennings, MEd, PhD, is an internationally recognized leader in the fiel ...
Ali Smith and his brother Atman Smith learned yoga, mindfulness, and meditation from their pa ...
Atman Smith and his brother Ali Smith learned yoga, mindfulness, and meditation from their pa ...
Andres Gonzalez, MBA, a certified yoga instructor, is cofounder and chief financial officer f ...
Hector Montenegro has been a math teacher, principal, chief of staff for the Washington, DC, Publ ...
Jessica Morey, MA, is the executive director of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme). She began ...
Tuition & Fees
Mindfulness & Education Conference
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This is the price of your workshop. Choosing this price helps Omega continue to retain world-class teachers and sustain classroom facilities.
Tier 1 Donor-Supported
This is our partially subsidized price for those with temporary or minor financial need.
Tier 2 Donor-Supported
This is our fully subsidized price for those in need of deeper financial assistance.
Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty. Please see Stay With Us below for accommodation choices—which include meals and other amenities for those who wish to stay with us. Or see Commute for those who will not be staying on campus overnight.
Accommodations cover your room, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities—which includes optional classes, evening performances, sampler classes (during the week), the lake, walking trails, parking, and all other guest services. A list of local hotels and inns is available for those who wish to stay off-campus and commute (see Commute below).
Omega reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If Omega cancels a program, you will receive a full refund.
Refunds are available (less a $55 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.
Nonrefundable credit toward a future Omega program or stay (less a $55 processing fee) is available if you give notice between seven and one day(s) before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any Omega program or stay for one year following date of issue.
No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day; if you do not show up; or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.
For more cancellation policies, see individual workshops or the more detailed Omega Cancellations & Refund Policies page.
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Certificate of Attendance $ 25.00
Show & Tell Poster Session Event
For those who have registered for the conference, we are now accepting applications for a special "Show & Tell" Poster Session at this event. There will be one poster session held on the afternoon of Saturday, in which the main classroom will be set up with posters representing the work of individual participants or the organizations that they represent. Individual conference participants will stand by their posters to discuss their work with other participants as they explore the room.
Poster Sessions should include one poster (with dimensions of 36” x 48”) suitable for posting on a wall or on a table, and ideally accompanied by brochures or articles that you have pre-printed for handout. We suggest up to 200 copies of accompanying brochure (Omega is unable to provide additional printing services). Topics should be directly related to mindfulness-related education for children K through 12.
People interested in offering a poster session should send their proposal to event co-curator Michael Craft at Michaelc@eomega.org, who will forward them to co-curators Daniel Rechtschaffen and Linda Lantieri.