Mindfulness for Educators: An Introductory Weekend

Do you feel busy and overwhelmed? Many educators are incredibly stressed out. Mindfulness is an evidence-based way to improve 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 improve your health and well-being. Designed for educators, this course will revive your life and your work with youth. 

Course overview

Participants will learn the fundamentals of mindfulness with practices that develop compassion, calm, emotional resilience, and self-awareness. In this experiential class, participants will learn how to attend to stressful situations in the moment and discover what is possible when you bring your individual practice into your work with youth.

Upcoming course dates in portland, Oregon:

april 14-15, 2018
may 19-20, 2018

Cost: $295 / $275 Early Bird

early bird rate valid 2 weeks or more before course date

Group Discount: $50 off per person for groups of three or more.


  • Introduction to mindfulness as a personal practice and key pedagogical tool.
  • Learning relational mindfulness practices to build connection, trust, and openness in youth-focused environments.
  • Exposure and instruction in core mindfulness practices, including meditation, cultivating present-moment awareness, reducing stress, and increasing one’s connection to self.
  • 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.

certificate of completion

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

locations, times, and teachers

April 14-15, 2018
Teachers: Maggie Steele and Janice Martellucci
Where: The Little Church, 5138 NE 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211
Time: 10am-5pm

May 19-20, 2018
Teachers: Barnaby Willett and Jennifer Cai
Where: Mount Hood Community College, 26000 SE Stark St, Gresham, OR 97030
Time: 10am-5pm


course teachers


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.



Janice Martellucci is Program Director and lead mindfulness teacher for Peace in Schools. She manages the training and professional development of Peace in Schools teachers and develops curricula for our adult and youth programs. Janice teaches Mindful Studies at Lincoln High School and has led youth programs for over a decade. She has practiced mindfulness since 2010 and holds a BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara.


jennifer cai

Jen teaches Mindful Studies for Peace in Schools and is passionate about sharing mindfulness with both youth and adults.  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.  


barnaby willett

Barnaby is Director of Program Development at Peace in Schools and works with our innovative team to develop strategy, partnerships, and research. He believes that scaling depth in mindfulness education is essential for creating trauma-informed, equitable schools. His passion is collaborating with health science leaders to expand the vision for well-being in schools. Barnaby teaches in our schools and on our adult educator courses. He began mindfulness practice in 1994 and is a teacher on iBme teen mindfulness retreats. He holds a BA in English from Pomona College.

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.