Mindful Teaching: An Experiential 8-Week Course for Educators

Thursdays March 30-May 18 2017


at the Little Church in Portland, Oregon

You're passionate about educating young people. You want to make a difference. This eight-week mindfulness course for educators is experiential and more comprehensive than our two-day Mindfulness for Educators class. You'll gain practical tools for use in the classroom, as well as skills to benefit your work, your relationships, and your well-being. This course is useful for teachers, school counselors, parents, clinicians, and anyone who regularly works with youth.    

Course overview

Participants will be introduced to fundamental mindfulness tools to revitalize their relationship to work and self. This experiential course explores the benefits of mindfulness for one’s emotional, mental, and physical health. It introduces specific trauma-informed practices that foster emotional resilience, compassion, and connection with youth. It explores the scientific evidence for incorporating these practices in educational settings. Participants will deepen their understanding and application of mindfulness practices, in order to transform their work with youth. 


  • Learn fundamental mindfulness tools, including meditation, cultivating presence, reducing stress, and fostering connection to oneself and others.
  • Apply practical mindfulness exercises in classrooms or therapeutic settings with youth.
  • Embody mindfulness to build authentic, inspired connection in your work with youth.
  • Acquire a basic understanding of the structure and processes of the brain in relation to fear, anxiety and other strong emotions.
  • Understand why trauma-informed practices with youth are critical.
  • Understand the beneficial effects that mindfulness practices have on mental and physical health.
  • Incorporate mindfulness insights and practices to develop equitable outcomes for students and clients in all their diversity.
  • Experience the impact of a mindfulness practice on one’s work life: cultivating presence, calmness, equanimity and the ability to access joy. 

Continuing education credits

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

before March 7: $370. after march 7: $395

  • $60 Optional College Credit (1 PSU Graduate/Undergrad Credit) 

TIME: 6:30-8:30PM, Thursdays March 30-may 18, 2017.

location: The Little Church in Portland, Oregon

Course preparation will include a 30-minute conference call involving all enrolled students and the instructors, to take place the week prior to the start of classes. 


your teachers:

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Maggie Steele

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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barnaby willett

Barnaby Willett is a lead mindfulness teacher for Peace in Schools. He teaches Mindful Studies high school courses in Portland, Oregon. He also offers mindfulness instruction to adults in classes, workshops and retreats. Barnaby has been a mindfulness practitioner since 1994. He has volunteered for Inward Bound Mindfulness Education adolescent retreats since 2014, and is certified to teach a 12-week curriculum in Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents. He holds a BA in English from Pomona College.



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.