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Follow Your Inspiration Workshop:
Teaching Mindfulness and compassion
in schools and community youth organizations
Join these pioneers in the field as we explore the information, skills, and personal development necessary for mindfulness practitioners wanting to enter - or expand - their work in schools and community organizations. This program will include discussion panels, experiential skill building exercises, networking and exploration of resources for sharing meditation with young people.
The weekend will include discussion panels, experiential skill building exercises, and space for connecting with others.
Jessica Morey, BA is the Executive Director of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme). She began practicing mindfulness meditation at age 14 on teen retreats offered by the Insight Meditation Society (IMS). She is now a founding board member and lead teacher for iBme teen retreats.
Ida Oberman, PhD is the Executive Director of Community School for Creative Education, the country's first urban multi cultural Waldorf inspired charter. Her personal meditation practice is rooted in Tibetan Buddhism, Dutch Reform Theology and Anthroposophy.
Meena Srinivasan, MA is part of the Social Emotional Learning & Leadership Team for the Oakland Unified School District. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and was a leader in India's Mindfulness in Education Movement. She has taught mindfulness to 6th through 12th graders in Brazil, India, and California.
John Rettger, PhD is the Director of Mindfulness Program for the Stanford University Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program. He has trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and has taught mindfulness in a variety of settings. He also teaches yoga.
Sam Himelstein, PhD is the Program Director of the Mind Body Awareness Program. He is passionate about working with young people involved in the juvenile justice system and speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to working clinically with youth.
Amy Saltzman, MD is the Director of The Still Quiet Place. She has offered mindfulness to young people from pre-K to college undergrads in socioeconomically diverse school, and community settings as well as conducted two research studies.
Gale Young, PhD is Professor Emerita and Chair of the Communications Department at Cal State East Bay. She is a student of intercultural relations, difficult dialogues, and reconciliation.
Rees Sweeney-Taylor is the Program Director for SquashDrive. He works directly with youth cultivating awareness and confidence. He also is a student of Shambhala Buddhism and works teaching mindfulness and meditation to people of all ages.
Nicole Abaté Ducarroz, Sonoma Valley Unified School District School Board member since 2004, Waldorf Charter School founding board member, mother of 3: Nikita (17), Jonas (15), Julien (10), wife to Jean-Francois, retired software engineer.
Friday night April 11, 7:00 -9:00pm
Saturday April 12, 9:30am - 3:30pm
San Francisco Shambhala Center
1231 Stevenson Street
San Francisco CA 94103
$25 Friday night only
$100 Friday night and Saturday workshop
$50 Scholarship rate (If the full price of the workshop is an obstacle you are welcome to register for the scholarship rate. However this rate will only be available until March 30th.)
Leslie Gossett, lesliegossett [at] gmail [dot] com
When & Where
Northern California Shambhala
Northern California Shambhala is a community of meditation centers and study groups located in Berkeley, Davis, San Francisco, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, Sonora, Silicon Valley and Grass Valley. To locate a center near you, click here.
The Shambhala Lineage is a spirtual tradition founded on the principle that all beings are fundamentally good and deeply desire to create meaningful human society together. By bravely taking the time and space for self reflection we can both individually and communally awaken our inherent confidence, intelligence, and good will and desire for a better world.