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Mindfulness & Education Conference in NYC

Mindfulness & Education Conference 
Bringing Mindfulness Practices to Children Grades K–12
A Professional Conference at the New York Society for Ethical Culture*

March 13 & 14
7:30 p.m. –10:00 p.m. Friday

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Saturday

Course UW15-200/Tuition $195

Join leading experts in the field of mindfulness and education to explore the opportunities and challenges of bringing mindfulness practices into the classroom. Teachers, educators, administrators, and psychologists discover new ways to help plant the seeds for a mindful future.

The practices of contemplative education, resilience, Social and Emotional Learning, and mindfulness are being widely explored in schools throughout the United States. Research continues to show that mindfulness practice decreases stress, attention deficit issues, depression, anxiety, and hostility in children, while also benefiting their health, well-being, social relations, and academic performance. Children can easily learn these techniques and, when learned young, these practices provide lifelong skills supporting awareness, empathy, and resilience.

In this Mindfulness & Education Conference in New York City, Omega brings together influential leaders in the fields of mindfulness and Social and Emotional Learning. Through inspiring keynote lectures, question-and-answer sessions, group exercises, breakout workshops, a panel discussion with school administrators, and instruction in practical application, we explore:

  • Challenges and opportunities of implementing new mindfulness programs in schools
  • Practices and programs that support Social and Emotional Learning
  • Mindfulness and the cultivation of resilience
  • Mindfulness practice with at-risk youth
  • The latest findings of interpersonal neurobiology regarding mindfulness and education

This conference is suitable for educators, school administrators, family therapists, and parents.


Linda Lantieri, MA, is an internationally known expert in Social and Emotional Learning and author of Building Emotional Intelligence. She has 40 years of experience in education as a former teacher, administrator, and faculty member at Hunter College in New York City.

Daniel Goleman, PhD, brought the concept of emotional intelligence to a global audience and reported on behavior and the brain for the New York Times for many years. He is the author of many books, including Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence.

Patricia Jennings, MEd, PhD, author of Mindfulness for Teachers, is an internationally recognized leader in the field of mindfulness in education and associate professor of education in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.

Daniel Rechtschaffen, MA, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and founding director of the Mindful Education Institute, a yearlong Mindfulness in Education Teacher Training program.

Shefali Tsabary, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in the integration of Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. Her books include The Conscious Parent (with a foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama) and Out of Control.

Jamie Zimmerman, MD, is a physician, meditation teacher, and author who lectures internationally on “meditation medicine” and is currently a medical journalist at ABC News and writes for the Huffington Post.

The Holistic Life Foundation was founded in 2001 by brothers Ali Smith and Atman Smith and Andres Gonzalez. The three met at college then moved back to the West Baltimore neighborhood where the Smith brothers grew up, and where they have since offered yoga and mindfulness programs to nearly 5,000 young people and 1,000 adults.

Teachers are subject to change.

*The views, content, and opinions expressed during this event are solely those of the presenter and are not endorsed by the New York Society for Ethical Culture and its membership.