Mindful Educator Retreat

July 12-15 2018

at the still meadow retreat center in damascus, oregon

Deepen your mindfulness practice, learn mindful teaching skills, and connect with a passionate community of educators on this immersive, four-day retreat. A retreat refreshes and revitalizes. Reduce stress and bring more passion to your work while gaining tools to transform your relationship with youth and grounding yourself in a practice that fosters self-awareness, compassion and connection. Whether you're new to mindfulness or a longtime practitioner, this retreat will give you valuable new skills. The retreat is particularly designed for teachers, school counselors, parents, clinicians, and those who work with youth. 


This credited course, in retreat form, is an experiential exploration of mindfulness. It provides practical exposure to mindfulness tools as well as an evidence-based framework for understanding its impact. The course fosters a practice that is personally and professionally transformative. It is intended for those seeking to enrich and revitalize their relationship to teaching and/or their connection to young people. Participants will learn the fundamentals of meditation and other grounding practices that reduce stress, anxiety and reactivity. The retreat includes a review of applicable research and literature and practical approaches to becoming a more mindful educator. The course introduces the concept of relational mindfulness for improved communication, participation, and trust in the classroom. Teachers will leave with trauma-informed tools that increase student engagement, improve classroom culture and bring joy to the experience of teaching. 


  • In a supportive retreat setting, learn the practice of mindfulness to foster personal well-being and increase your effectiveness as an educator.
  • Learn the beneficial effects that meditation and other mindfulness tools have on the brain and body.
  • Ground yourself in skills that reduce stress, build emotional resilience, and increase connection to your students and young clients.
  • Explore concepts and practices of relational mindfulness to improve communication, engagement and trust in the classroom.
  • With a thoughtful community of educators, explore shared challenges and the personal/professional conditioning that can block inspiration and fulfillment.
  • Understand and explore a mindfulness-based pedagogical paradigm based on self-awareness, conscious communication and compassion.
  • Learn trauma-informed, evidence-based tools that improve teaching outcomes, particularly in work with vulnerable, marginalized and underserved youth. 
  • Identify strategies and practices for self-care that cultivate presence, calmness, equanimity and joy.

Continuing education Credit

  • Offered in conjunction with Portland State University's Continuing Education in the Graduate School of Education (CEED), this course qualifies for two PSU graduate/undergraduate credits or 2.4 CEUs.
  • Certificate of completion provided.

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. Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming teacher certification program.

REGISTER BY May 3: $670. AFTER maY 3: $695

  • $120 Optional College Credit (2 PSU Graduate/Undergrad Credits –pending approval) 
  • PSU course title: Mindful Educator Retreat. Course number: 10812
  • The retreat will run from 10:00am-5:00pm each day.
  • Accommodations at Still Meadow Retreat Center are available at additional cost. You may book a three-night stay with meals provided on the registration page.



your teachers:


Caverly Morgan

Caverly Morgan, founder and Executive Director of Peace in Schools, is a contemplative leader with almost two decades of experience in designing, developing, and teaching mindfulness-based curricula for adults and youth. She leads the Peace in Schools teaching team, created our mindfulness curricula, and works directly with teens. She formerly worked for nonprofits serving people with special needs. She brings insight, passion and humor to her transformative work with students of all ages. Caverly has been practicing mindfulness since 1995, including eight years in a monastic setting.  Caverly is recognized as a pioneer in the field of mindfulness education, has twice been featured on the cover of Mindful magazine, and presents at mindfulness conferences nationally.


Maggie Steele

Maggie Steele, MSW, is the lead instructor for this course. Maggie is the Training Coordinator for Peace in Schools and develops and facilitates our mindfulness-based professional development trainings for educators. She teaches Mindful Studies at Franklin High School and is a certified provider of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T). Maggie is a licensed school social worker and holds a BA in Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work for children, youth, and families. She is also a training facilitator and practicum supervisor at the Youth Coaching Institute. She has been a mindfulness practitioner since 2003.

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.