Mindful Educator Retreat

July 9-12, 2020 | still meadow retreat center damascus, OR

with Caverly Morgan, Founder and Guiding Teacher Of PEace in Schools
Maggie Steele, Adult Programs Coordinator
and jennifer cai, Mindfulness & movement Teacher

About this course

This retreat is a revitalizing, immersive, deep-dive into mindfulness. Ground yourself in mindfulness practices that foster self-awareness, compassion and connection, learn mindful teaching skills, and connect with a passionate community of youth-serving professionals.

This retreat will explore how having your own mindfulness practice can assist you in working with youth who have experienced trauma, as well as unpacking the neuroscience that explains why mindfulness can be transformational for individuals who have experienced trauma. We’ll also explore the conditioning that influences our biases so that we can create and contribute to more inclusive, equitable classroom environments.

This retreat is designed for youth-serving professionals. Mindfulness practitioners of all levels are warmly invited to attend.


  • 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.


  • Registered participants can earn 30 CEUs and 30 clock hours toward professional development units upon completion of the training.

  • Certificate of completion provided by Lewis and Clark College.

graduate credit

This course offers two semester hours for those interested in pursuing graduate credit. To receive credit, students will need to complete the following at the end of the training:

  • Participation in two 1-hour follow up virtual sessions on integrating practice. 

  • Committing to a daily practice for two weeks following the retreat.

  • Completion of required reading assignment

  • Submitting a 1-2 page paper reflecting on your practice, exploring personal and professional conditioning on both the individual and collective level as well as any insights after reading the required text.

Please consult your licensing board if you have questions about whether specific trainings will meet your particular licensure and continuing education needs.

Still have questions? Check out our FAQ page or the course syllabus.


Early Bird Tuition (good through June 9th)
$645 - Course only, with lunch provided  
$945 - Course with a Shared Room and Board  
$1045 - Course with a Single Room and Board

Regular Tuition (June 10th - July 1st)
$695 - Course only, with lunch provided  
$995 - Course with a Shared Room and Board  
$1095 - Course with a Single Room and Board

New! Bring a Friend Discount
Bring a friend who is new to Peace in Schools and you’ll each receive $50 off your tuition. Please register, then email info@peaceinschools.org to receive your discount.

New! Returning Participant Discount
Have you attended a previous Mindful Educator Retreat with us before? If so, we want to offer you a $50 discount to say thanks for being part of our community! Before you register, email info@peaceinschools.org for a discount code.

Need a payment plan? Contact info@peaceinschools.org for details. 

We are committed to offering scholarships to individuals with marginalized identities so that those who have been historically oppressed can have access to practices that support wellness and wellbeing. Email info@peaceinschools.org for more information.


Location & Details

  • The retreat will run from 10:00am-5:00pm each day.

  • Accommodations at Still Meadow Retreat Center are available at additional cost — please see details on the registration page. You may book a three-night stay with meals provided on the registration page.

  • Location: The Still Meadow Retreat Center (30 minutes from Portland) 16561 SE Marna Rd, Damascus, OR 97089


Your teachers


Caverly Morgan

Caverly Morgan is the founder and Guiding Teacher of Peace in Schools. She created our mindfulness curricula, and works directly with teens and adults. She has been practicing mindfulness since 1995, including eight years in a monastic setting. Caverly formerly worked for nonprofits serving people with special needs. An artist and educator, she brings insight, passion and humor to her transformative work with students of all ages. Caverly speaks publicly at conferences and has been featured in many publications including Mindful Magazine and The New York Times.


Maggie Steele

Maggie Steele, MSW, is the Adult Programs Coordinator and a Mindfulness Teacher for Peace in Schools, and also facilitates our trainings for educators and youth-serving professionals. She is a licensed school social worker, certified youth life coach, and published author. She began mindfulness practice in 2003 as a young adult and recognizes firsthand the importance of this work. As an advocate for trauma informed care, Maggie is deeply committed to bringing trauma-informed and anti-oppressive practices into schools and organizations that serve adolescents.


jennifer cai

Jen co-facilitates mindfulness trainings and teen nights for Peace in Schools, and is passionate about supporting both youth and adults in starting or deepening their mindfulness practice. She was fortunate to learn and practice qi gong and meditation as a child and teen, and has been committed to a deeper practice since approximately 2012. She has a Master’s in Public Health, is a Certified Health Education Specialist, and has a background in coordinating health programs and teaching.

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.