Mindful Teaching: An Experiential 8-Week Course
for Youth-Serving Professionals

Thursdays, April 2–may 21, 2020, 6:00pM-8:30PM


about this Course

Take your mindfulness practice to the next level, connect with a community of like-minded individuals, and learn powerful mindfulness tools to bring into your work with youth. The experiential structure of this in-depth, eight-week course allows you to deeply integrate the tools you learn in class into your daily life and work. Using a trauma-informed lens, this course deepens and expands the material covered in our Mindfulness for Youth-Serving Professionals weekend. You’ll learn the neuroscience behind mindfulness, explore the individual and collective conditioning that can get in our way, and unpack the ways that stress manifests in us and our students.

This experiential eight-week course is designed for youth-serving professionals, and is perfect for mindfulness practitioners of all levels.


  • Learn essential mindfulness practices that increase one's connection to self and others.

  • Apply practical mindfulness exercises in your professional work with youth.

  • Acquire a basic understanding of the structure and processes of the brain in relation to fear, anxiety and other strong emotions.

  • Learn 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 the youth you serve in all their diversity.

  • Experience the impact of a mindfulness practice on one’s work life: build authentic, inspired connection in your work with youth and relationships with colleagues.

  • Embody mindfulness by cultivating calmness, equanimity, and the ability to access joy in the midst of challenges.

  • Connect with a supportive community of like-minded individuals.


  • Registered participants can earn 20 CEUs and 20 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 one semester hour 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 a four-hour personal mindfulness retreat of the students’ own design, and submission of a reflective 1 page essay regarding the experience.

  • Submission of Applied Mindfulness Homework/Log at conclusion of the class series

  • Completion of required reading assignment

  • Submission of 1/2 page reflection on the required reading.

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 March 5th)

Regular Tuition (March 6th - April 1st)

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 Teaching 8-week course? 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.

We're committed to making our trainings financially accessible. Apply for a work-trade position and receive a 50% tuition discount! We have two work-trade positions available for this course. Learn more and apply here.

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.


We’re excited to hold this course at the new Peace in Schools Office! We’re located at 959 SE Division St, Suite 325, in Portland (Google Map). Our office is conveniently located near the Orange Line MAX and bus lines 2, 9, 17 and 70, and is wheelchair accessible. Enter on SE 9th Ave and head straight back to the elevators on the left; we’re on the third floor.


what graduates of our courses are saying:

Erika is a middle school counselor who has taken all three of our mindfulness-based professional development trainings. In this moving interview, she speaks about the importance of having her own mindfulness practice, how it supports her in the challenges she faces, and how it helps her show up more fully for the students she works with.
This course completely opened my mind and heart. We can learn so much when we take the time to observe how we communicate with ourselves and others. I can’t think of any educator I know who I wouldn’t recommend this course to. It may seem like a challenging commitment but it is so worth taking the extra effort to nourish your livelihood and daily wellness.
— Caitlin, 1st and 2nd Grade Teacher
I wanted to take the course so my students would be more mindful and calm, but by the end I realized that I was the one who needed to be more mindful and calm!
— Maria Paz Herrera, Youth Engagement Specialist, Latino Network

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel 14 or more days prior to the event start date, payments made will be refunded in full (less a $25 processing fee).

  • If you cancel between 13 days and 1 day prior to the event start date, a nonrefundable credit (less a $25 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.