Mindfulness for Youth-Serving Professionals Weekend

Upcoming courses for 2019:

October 5-6, 10:00AM - 5:00PM
December 7-8, 10:00AM - 5:00PM
January 25-26, 2020, 10:00am - 5:00pm


about this Course

This nourishing mini-retreat will support you in starting or deepening your own mindfulness practice. The spacious, experiential structure of the weekend will give you a break from your busy life and teach you vital skills for self-care. You’ll also learn essential mindfulness tools to implement in your work with youth and discover resources to support a sustainable work life.

This restorative weekend is designed for youth-serving professionals, and is perfect for mindfulness practitioners of all levels.


  • Learn essential mindfulness practices, including:

    • Meditation

    • Cultivating presence

    • Reducing stress

    • Increasing one’s connection to self and others

  • Understand the importance of a consistent mindfulness practice when bringing mindfulness activities into classroom settings or one’s work with youth.

  • Embody relational mindfulness practices to build connection, trust, and openness in youth-focused environments.

  • See the impact that mindfulness can have on our relationships, environment, and the larger world we exist in.


  • Registered participants can earn 15 CEUs and 15 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 submit the following at the end of the training:

  • Completion of required reading assignment

  • A 3-page final paper reflecting on the required academic reading and their direct experience of mindfulness within the duration of the program.

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 September 7th, for the October training)

Regular Tuition (September 8th - October 4th, for October training)

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 Mindfulness for Youth-Serving Professionals weekend (previously called Mindfulness for Educators)? 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 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.


your Teachers for the october weekend


Maggie Steele

Maggie is a Mindfulness Teacher for Peace in Schools, as well as the Adult Programs Coordinator. 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.


Michael Bode

Michael teaches for Peace in Schools and serves as the Youth Program Coordinator. As a dedicated mindfulness practitioner since 2011, Michael is an enthusiastic teacher and loving mentor to teens. Trained as a civil engineer, Michael began teaching mindfulness as a volunteer, but soon became clear that sharing mindfulness practice was the most important thing in his life. Michael has since left the engineering industry and is fully committed to offering mindfulness practices to youth. Michael spent 4 years as a foster parent and has experience mentoring and managing teen mindfulness retreats with iBme.


Your teachers for the december weekend


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.


Barnaby Willett

Barnaby is a Mindfulness Teacher, as well as the Director of Innovation & Partnerships for Peace in Schools, helping 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 trainings. He is British-American, began mindfulness practice in 1994, and is a teacher on iBme teen mindfulness retreats. He holds a BA in English from Pomona College.


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 training was so restorative and hopeful for me. It helped me so much to feel supported and affirmed by others and to ground myself with tools to carry into a new school year and my daily life.
— Kim, 2nd Grade Teacher

This training is transformative. It will change the way I interact with teachers and youth. It has changed my lens on what’s important to focus and care about and it will help me move this practice everywhere I go. Thank you!
— Educator

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.