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Mindfulness for Educators Weekend - Portland, OR

  • The Little Church 5138 Northeast 23rd Avenue Portland, OR, 97211 United States (map)

Mindfulness for Educators

DECEMBER 9-10 2017


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Do you feel busy and overwhelmed? Many educators are incredibly stressed out. Mindfulness is an evidence-based way to support your physical, emotional and mental health. In this introductory two-day course, you'll explore the fundamentals of mindfulness. You'll learn essential skills to reduce stress and enhance your health and well-being. Designed for youth-serving professionals, this course will revive your life and your work with youth. 


Participants will learn the fundamentals of mindfulness as we introduce practices that develop compassion, calm, emotional resilience, and self-awareness. Through experiential learning, participants will learn a valuable toolkit for managing stress, improving well-being, and discovering what is possible when we bring a mindful approach to our work with youth.


  • Introduction to mindfulness as a personal practice and key pedagogical tool.
  • Introduction to relational mindfulness for building connection, trust and openness in youth-focused environments.
  • Exposure and instruction in core mindfulness practices, including meditation, to cultivate present-moment awareness, reduce stress, and increase one’s connection to self and others.
  • Introduction to the beneficial effects that mindfulness practices have on the health of the brain and body.
  • Understanding the importance of a consistent mindfulness practice when bringing mindfulness activities into classroom settings or one’s work with youth.


  • Offered in conjunction with Portland State University's Continuing Education in the Graduate School of Education, this course qualifies for 1 PSU graduate/undergraduate credits or 1.2 CEUs.
  • Certificate of completion provided.

Please note: This course teaches foundational mindfulness skills for adults to strengthen their own understanding of mindfulness and deepen their work with youth in a variety of settings. However, this course does not certify participants as Peace in Schools instructors or allow participants to teach proprietary material from the Peace in Schools curriculum.


  • Offered in conjunction with Portland State University's Continuing Education in the Graduate School of Education, this course qualifies for 1 PSU graduate/undergraduate credits or 1.2 CEUs.
  • Certificate of completion provided.
  • If you have any questions regarding whether specific trainings will meet your particular licensure needs, please consult your licensing board; we cannot provide advising toward specific licensures, as requirements vary license to license and may change without notice to Peace in Schools at any time.

Extra charges may apply.

TIME: 10:00AM-5:00PM DECEMBER 9-10, 2017

These comments were shared by Oregon school employees who took part in one or more of our 2017 Mindfulness for Educators offerings:

“I will tell others honestly that this is the best professional training experience I’ve had. And though experiencing other meditation courses, this is also the best meditation retreat I’ve ever experienced. That both could happen simultaneously is a miracle.”

- Larry Gilius, Learning Services Coordinator at Mount Hood Community College

“As teachers, we’re asked to tend to the needs of thirty kids every day, but never told to tend to our own well being. This training served as a reminder that we must first show up compassionately for ourselves so that we can be the person who shows up completely for our class. Every teacher will benefit from taking this training.”

- Portland Public School Teacher

"The trainers show such compassionate listening and kindness in their responses to our questions. Being witness to that modeling offered me an opportunity to see mindfulness in practice. I wouldn’t have gotten that from a book or online training.”

- Teacher, North Clackamas School District

“The Mindfulness retreat helped me to get past my judgment of ME and allowed myself to practice mindfulness in my teaching. It has helped me to understand and notice when “self-talk” takes over an how I can move towards being centered. Practicing mindfulness using the tools learned at the retreat has impacted me personally and professionally. How I am at home around my family and how I teach. The calmness and understanding that I am able to access. My sense of who I am and why I do what I do. The ability to tell myself that “it’s okay.” I once again truly enjoy teaching.”

- Ken Weinberg, Physical Education Teacher (for 25 years) at Lincoln High School


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Maggie Steele, MSW, is the lead instructor for this course. Maggie is a certified life coach and mindfulness instructor who holds a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work for children, youth and families. Maggie has served as the mental health coordinator for Inward Bound Mindfulness Education adolescent retreats since 2014, and currently teaches Mindful Studies through Peace in Schools. Maggie is also a training facilitator and practicum supervisor at the Youth Coaching Institute. 

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Janice Martellucci is a lead mindfulness teacher for Peace in Schools. She also develops curriculum for Peace in Schools’ youth and adult programming, including the for-credit Mindful Studies courses in Portland, Oregon public high schools. Janice has been a practitioner of mindfulness since 2010. She brings seven years experience working with youth in classroom and non-traditional teaching environments. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara.

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel 14 or more days prior to the event start date, payments made will be refunded in full (less a $50 processing fee).
  • If you cancel between 13 days and 1 day prior to the event start date, a nonrefundable credit (less a $50 processing fee and any non-cancelable charges levied by the venue, such as room and board), will be held for one year from the date of issue. The credit can be applied to any Peace in Schools event.
  • No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the event start date, if you do not show up, or if you leave a program or event early.
  • If Peace in Schools cancels: on rare occasions, due to unforeseen circumstances, we may need to cancel a program. Should this circumstance arise, you will receive a full refund.
Earlier Event: October 7
Peace in Schools Annual Gala