Mindfulness is a way of being that helps us to capture the moment with awareness and joy.

It’s where we notice what’s happening inside ourselves, what’s happening outside ourselves, and noticing what’s changing over time. Mindfulness is the focused awareness of the here and the now. The practice of mindfulness teaches students how to pay attention, be curious, and notice, which enhances both academic and social-emotional learning.

Why is it important to have mindfulness in schools?

As you know, many of your students and colleagues are dealing with increased anxiety and stress. Moreover, students are being diagnosed with depression, anxiety, ADHD and self-destructive behaviors at epidemic rates. By systematically training students to focus their attention on what’s happening in the now, students will become less reactive and more compassionate with themselves and others.

Mounting research demonstrates that mindfulness interventions integrated into school curricula improves the mental, emotional, social and physical health and well being of its students. These studies show that mindfulness training improves students’ working memory, attention, academic skills, social skills, and reduces their stress and reactivity. Additionally, it improves their sleep, helps them with self regulation and empathy. The psychological, cognitive and social benefits of mindfulness training in schools are extensive.

What makes NtS FLOURISH@SHCHOOL programs different?

FLOURISH@SCHOOL interventions are carefully integrated into existing programs and curricula so that teachers and administrators are not faced with extra work.

FLOURISH@SCHOOL  is a personalised program that integrates evidence based practices in addition to neuroscience, social and emotional tenets like empathy and perspective taking. We take a systemic approach where we tailor design and individualize each program to suit the students,teachers, school and the community. We collaborate with the curriculum coordinators, teachers, and parents to ensure that the program fits with the philosophy, ethos of your school, and wider community. This is essential for the interventions to become a habitualized part of the students and teachers’ day. This way the program integrates easily into existing units of inquiry, themes, topics and daily life. We train the teachers to use evidence-based strategies in order to effectively peer-coach their colleagues support their students’ goals. Additionally, we train the students to peer coach one another which ensure the programs’ sustainability.

With over 25 years of teaching experience in Europe, Asia, USA, and Australia, I have seen the benefits of systematically training students in mindfulness.  More recently, I have utilized  positive education interventions within my own teaching practice and I look forward to sharing these joyous exercises  with your classes. I strive to ensure these programs are not simply an extra initiative for teachers to undertake. In fact, one of the main aims of the program is to support teachers’  well being, prevent burnout and create more joy in their day to day work life. Ultimately, it’s teacher well being that has the greatest impact on students. The well being of teachers determines the culture of the school, and the quality of teaching and learning for all students.

FLOURISH@SHCHOOL programs are tailor designed well being programs for elementary, secondary and tertiary schools that integrate yoga, coaching psychology, and evidence-based mindfulness exercises in addition to Martin Seligman’s and Barbara Fredrickson’s research based interventions related to positive education, engagement, and positive affect. These programs are individually tailored to: help students, teachers and administrators become less stressed and reactive; achieve positive emotions and greater well being amongst staff and students; deepen positive relationship; and to develop tools for optimistic thinking in order to create a flourishing academic environment. Positive education constructs of mindfulness, gratitude, hope, resilience and forgiveness will be integrated into the curriculum and combined with systemic coaching practices to ensure sustainability.