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The South Carolina Mindfulness Retreat will be held June 21-23, 2017 at beautiful Oconee State Park. The retreat is designed for participants to explore mindfulness practice, build community, and cultivate an atmosphere that facilitates personal renewal and reconnection. The retreat is intended primarily for educators, administrators, school counselors, school psychologists, and college professors who prepare teachers, however, we welcome anyone interested in learning more about mindfulness practices. The retreat will be led by Jelena Popovic, Todd Scholl, and Lucy MacGregor.
Check-in for the retreat will be on Wednesday, June 21 between 3-4PM. We will wrap up the retreat on Friday, June 23 by 12:00PM.
There are two ways to participate in the retreat.
The "Barracks Registration" includes retreat registration, five meals, and accommodations for two nights in the Oconee State Park barracks. We have fourteen slots open for this registration type. These barracks include an outdoor charcoal grill, a picnic table and table pad, a fire ring, bed and bath linens, two bathrooms, kitchen, cooking and eating utensils, refrigerator, stove, automatic coffee maker and a window AC unit. There are four separate bedrooms with two sets of bunkbeds in each room. Each person under this type will have his/her own bed, but we cannot guarantee that your roommates will be of the same gender. If this is a problem, you will want to choose the "Personal Accommodations Registration." Photos of the barracks can be viewed here.
The "Personal Accommodations Registration" includes your retreat registration and five meals. We have nine slots open for this registration type. You will have to secure your own cabin or tent site for the retreat. This can be done on the park website at http://southcarolinaparks.com/oconee/introduction.aspx.
Please note that we will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions, but will be limited by the choices provided to us by our caterer. If you have very special needs, you may need to bring some food for yourself.
All registration fees are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, we can try to transfer your registration to someone on the waiting list, but cannot guarantee we will be able to do so.
Please note that if you are currently struggling with physical and/or mental health issues, this retreat would not be appropriate.
If you have specific questions about the retreat, contact Todd Scholl at 843.340.1213 or email@example.com.
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Jelena Popovic and Todd Scholl
Jelena Popovic is a mom, peace builder, school psychologist, mindfulness practitioner, mentor and educator, who teaches mindfulness in preschools and schools, offers workshops, mindfulness retreats, and facilitates communities of practice for school districts across South and North Carolina. In her teachings, Jelena combines her experience, knowledge and background in neuroscience, learning and child development with a variety of mindfulness programs such as Mindful Schools, Relax Kids, and MindUp. Jelena is currently serving as a diversity co-chair for the South Carolina Association of School Psychologists and is on the leadership council for the Peace Alliance, an international peace organization, as the Teaching Peace in Schools Lead. She has trained many educators across North and South America in the Relax Kids method, co-led an inaugural South Carolina mindfulness retreat for educators, is currently mentoring a cohort of Year-Long Mindful Schools participants from all over the world and is a part of the Mindful Schools pilot program facilitating Mindful Educators Meetups in Greenville, SC.
Todd Scholl is the Coordinator of Communications & Technology at The Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention & Advancement (CERRA). In this role, he manages CERRA's websites and social media, writes press releases, creates various media to promote CERRA's programs and services, and works as a creative consultant on various projects.
Todd spent fifteen years in the classroom teaching special education, broadcast journalism, and Teacher Cadets. He became interested in mindfulness several years ago. As a teacher, new father, and human being, he was experiencing a great deal of stress and was looking for something to help him manage. He discovered mindfulness and starting realizing the benefits it could offer students, teachers, and administrators who are under pressure and often have no means of dealing with it. Todd became increasingly passionate about sharing this new tool and began presenting across the state.