Events & Classes

We are committed to serving as a resource and partner in promoting the well-being of children and families through evidence-based programs, workshops and courses. Many of our workshops are six or eight weeks long, and are offered once per quarter.

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Free Public Lectures

We Are the Medicine: Possibilities for Flourishing Through Difficult Times

This session will present new research and approaches to promote child and family well-being using a positive approach to health that fosters self, family and community-led healing of the trauma and adversity concentrated in many of our families and communities today.  The opportunity is enormous to build on strengths, work together to identify priorities, and partner in flourishing. Mindsets that prioritize possibilities, foster a sense of mattering, and support mindfulness and relational skills-building are essential to shift the narrative from trauma and toxic stress to the possibilities for relational health and flourishing for all children and families.

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Drop-In Meditation Sessions

Drop-in Session: Mindful Resilience to Enhance Our Connections With Others

How might we bring the qualities of mindfulness and resilience to our day-to-day relationships with family, friends and coworkers, even strangers? During this one-hour drop-in, we’ll consider how mindfulness and resilience can help us support others and ourselves, enhancing our relationships and bringing us deeper connections and presence. We’ll get an opportunity to explore this topic together, with guided practice and time for discussion.

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Courses and Workshops

Mindful Resilience: Managing and Thriving with Stress and Challenges

In order to successfully navigate all the stresses and changes in our lives, planned and unplanned, we need resilience. Resilience is the capacity to recover from adversity, trauma and setbacks and to keep on going in pursuit of goals and opportunities. Resilience is a trait that can be learned and cultivated. This class draws from the empirically validated approaches of both Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) curricula, as well as some of the latest neuroscience and research work around trauma and resilience.

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Free Public Lectures

Utilizing Family Skills as a Protective Shield for Families Living Through War, Displacement and Other Challenging Contexts

Parenting can be challenging at the best of times, let alone parenting children through war or refugee contexts. Global conflicts entail many changes for children and their families, with the potential for acute and longer-term impact on well-being and mental health. What can we do to help? Effective parenting can act as a protective shield against the difficulties that children face in challenging times. Providing interventions that focus on building strengths in parenting practices can be protective and predict more positive outcomes for children. In this talk, a wide range of open access family skills resources will be shared. As all families can experience highly stressful times, whether it is illness, relationship breakdown or living through a global pandemic, these resources have universal importance and applicability. This talk will reflect on the diverse public health implications of availing family skills resources for the prevention of drug use, mental health, violence and several adverse health and social consequences.

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Courses and Workshops

Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion

In this 6-week program, participants will meet once a week for 1.5 hours and will learn MSC skills through activities such as meditation, experiential exercises, short presentations, group discussion, and home practices. No experience with mindfulness or meditation is required.

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Courses and Workshops

Mindfulness for Teens

Based on the evidenced-based curriculum of Mindful Self Compassion, the Mindful Schools curriculum, and principles of positive psychology; this 8-week experiential program for teens provides practices and tools to manage stress, increase feelings of happiness and well-being, and promote emotional resilience. In each weekly session, we will discuss concepts related to well-being and do a variety of practices, including mindfulness practices, intentional movement, and creative projects. 

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