The Mindfulness in Education and Peace Conference at Fox Haven Farm and Retreat Center was created to explore the issues and barriers to personal and social transformation in educational, social work, health, humanities, art, and collegiate systems in our area. We are providing keynotes and breakout sessions, which explore and identify solutions at the individual, systematic, classroom, and community level.
We are inviting, teachers, scholars, artists, health care providers, social workers, and caretakers who want to bring mindfulness into their work in order to support socially transformative ways of living and being in an increasingly complex world.
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Opening Address with Kaira Jewel Lingo:
Kaira Jewel Lingo teaches Buddhist meditation, mindfulness, and compassion internationally, with a focus on activists, people of color, artists, educators, families, and youth. She began practicing mindfulness in 1997. An ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, she is now a lay Dharma teacher based in Washington, D.C., leading retreats in the U.S. and internationally, and offering mindfulness programs for educators and youth in schools, as well as individual spiritual mentoring. She edited Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children and helped to start and develop Wake Up Schools, cultivating mindfulness in education. She explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology and spiritual practice and is a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader. She teaches each year at Schumacher College, an ecological college in the United Kingdom. In addition to her roots in the Zen tradition, she also practices and teaches in the Insight tradition, and is an affiliate teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC. She contributed a chapter to the forthcoming book, Real World Mindfulness for Beginners, from Callisto Press. Visit kairajewel.com kairajewel.com
Keynote Address: Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams – http://angelkyodowilliams.com/
For over 15 years, she has deeply invested her time and energy to putting into practice her unwavering belief that the key to transforming society is transforming our inner lives. She has developed comprehensive systems for illuminating both practical personal change and the profoundly liberating potential of mindfulness, yoga, and somatic practices coupled with wisdom teachings. Calling for a paradigm shift that “changes the way change is done,” angel envisions the building of a presence-centered social justice movement as the foundation for personal freedom, a just society and the healing of divisions of race, class, faith and politic.
Both fierce and grounded, she is known for her unflinching willingness to both sit with and speak uncomfortable truths with love. Her work has been widely covered by such publications as New York Times, Boston Globe, Ms., Essence, Buddhadharma, Village Voice, and on the Oxygen Channel. angel notes, “Love and justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” Whether in writing, teaching or speaking, her voice is unique.
Contemplative Practice Techniques for Special Needs Youth ( Panel Discussion) : Allison Morgan MA – (Zensational Kids) – http://zensationalkids.com/and Christine K. Dance: 500 RTY
Art, Nature, and Contemplative Practice as Tools for Healing Youth with Kimberley Williams and Ayano Strickland from One Common Unity – http://www.onecommonunity.org/about-us/
Inner and Outer Peace in the Classroom and Beyond: Holistic Life Foundation, Inc./ School Program Teachers – http://hlfinc.org/programs-services/mindful-moment-program/
Featured Speaker: Dr. Karen Bluth has been practicing mindfulness for over 35 years and has attended numerous retreats at Insight Meditation Society, Southern Dharma Retreat Center, among others. She co-founded the Knoxville Interfaith Meditation Group in 1994, and practiced regularly with this meditation group for 18 years. Dr. Bluth received her mindfulness instructor training at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School, and completed her doctoral training in 2012. Dr. Bluth’s research focuses on improving adolescent and family well-being through mindfulness interventions, and is particularly interested in how mindfulness practice can help adolescents navigate what can be a challenging developmental period. In addition to her mindfulness training, Dr. Bluth is a former educator with 18 years classroom teaching experience with children and adolescents. She is the Associate Director of the Program on Integrative Medicine at University of North Carolina of Chapel Hill.
Mindfulness Practice for Family Health and Child Wellbeing: Vanessa Durrant, MSW, LCSW-C, LCSW, RMT, RYT – Owner Kindred Tree Healing Center
Mindful Parenting, The Brain, & Holistic Family Fun
In this workshop you will learn the foundation for mindful and intention based parenting as well as the brain science that supports this. We’ll learn about brain development in children across the life span and then learn ways to positively impact brain growth and attunement with our kids. This workshop will be both educational and experiential. We will utilize art, music, and yoga based activities to ensure that you leave this workshop with new tools to support your parenting journey.
Healing in Urban and Rural Environments through Community Gardening and Animal Therapy – Featured Rodney Stotts – https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/falconer-who-escaped-violent-past-uses-birds-of-prey-to-mentor-at-risk-youth/2012/03 and Xavier Brown (SoilFUL DC) – https://soilfulcity.com/our-team/team/
Mindfulness Meditation for Self Care: Juliana Perez, MSW http://www.momentstolive.com/
Connecting as a Community through Council Practice: Kelly Petrie, MA Contemplative Education – Naropa University – (In Dairy Parlor) – Media – (20 people max sign up) Publicity:http://www.susankaisergreenland.com/shoutout/kelly-petrie
Council Practice, informed by Native American traditions, is a way to facilitate meaningfulinteractions within a group. Council strengthens connections to one’s community through candid and heartfelt conversations that emerge through a safe, story-telling container where everyone’s voice has an opportunity to be heard and honored. This presentation will explore a variety of council forms through interactive, experiential learning that takes place in Council Circle. Because of the intimate nature of this presentation, space is limited to a maximum of 20 participants.*
Peace Ecology – Connection to the Land through Contemplative Practice: Joann Coates Hunter – Fox Haven Farm and Operating Director and Randall Amster – Georgetown University – Peace and Justice Professor and Department Head
Mindful Aging: Living with Vitality – Carla McAdams – Mountain Spirit Yoga – Middletown,
Circle up! An experience of Restorative Justice: Tarek Maassarani – ( 20 people for this session) – Peacemaking circles are one of the core practices in Restorative Justice, used for collective grieving, celebration, reflection, decision making, problem solving, community-building, reconciliation, and more. This session aims to offer participants an opportunity to experience the power of the circle and reflect on its potential for your school, work, and life.
Practicing Mindful Music – Closing – Max Bent is a human beatboxer and teaching artist with Young Audiences of MD. He works in schools across the state to celebrate the joy, and the noise, that is the human voice.
MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS TO COME and Look out for detailed workshop description PDF.
TICKET INFO: (Conference ticket includes breakfast, lunch, meditation, opening/keynote address, featured speaker, 3 breakout sessions (9 choices) , and Mindful Music session to close – plus optional Rise and Shine Yoga with Tracy in the morning )
- $95.00 – General Admission, $85.00 – Public School Teachers, Non profits and Social Workers , $65.00 – Students
- You may only pay with Check until August 1st and please email Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org (cash not accepted)
Checks payable: Fox Haven Farm / Send to: Fox Haven Farm and Retreat Center, 3630 Poffenberger Road, Jefferson, MD 21755
Only 160 tickets are available.