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The Mindfulness & Education Conference at Omega Institute

In this Mindfulness & Education Conference, Omega brings together influential leaders in the fields of mindfulness and Social and Emotional Learning, including psychologists, educators, administrators, and teachers.

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 Mindfulness & Education 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, the Mindfulness & Education Conference explores:

  • 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 the school systemSchedule:Please note that there is a special schedule for this Mindfulness & Education Conference. The tentative schedule is below and is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty. The final schedule will be available upon arrival:

    FRIDAY
    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

    SATURDAY
    9:00 a.m.–Noon
    Workshop
    2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
    Workshop
    7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
    Poster Session

    SUNDAY
    9:00 a.m.–Noon
    Workshop
    1:00 p.m.
    Check Out

    The Children’s Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.

    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.

    For more information and details for the Mindfulness & Education Conference please visit the website.

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