Mindfulness for Educators: An Introductory Weekend

March 4-5 2017

at the Still Meadow Retreat Center in Damascus, Oregon

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.


  • 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.

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.

presented as a joint offering WITH YOGA CALM.

Please note: 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 february 8: $270. after february 8: $295

  • $60 Optional College Credit (1 PSU Graduate/Undergrad Credit) 
  • $50 discount for Certified Yoga Calm Youth Instructors
  • 10% Group Discounts (Groups of 3 or more)
  • Lunch for both days included in registration

time: 10:00am-5:00pm march 4-5, 2017

LOCAtion: THE STILL MEADOW RETREAT CENTER (30 minutes from portland) 16561 SE Marna Rd, Damascus, OR 97089

Those wishing to stay overnight can arrange accommodations and additional meals directly with the Still Meadow Retreat Center: (503) 658-8793.


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.