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Mindfulness & Education Conference

Bringing Mindfulness Practices and Social-Emotional Learning to Children Grades K Through 12

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July 21, 2017 – July 23, 2017
Rhinebeck, NY
Marc Brackett, Jennifer Buffett, Daniel Goleman, Andres Gonzalez... See More
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SM17-3102-225Marc Brackett, Jennifer Buffett, Daniel Goleman, Andres Gonzalez, Linda Lantieri, David A. Levine, Tala Manassah, Daniel Rechtschaffen, Timothy P. Shriver, Ali Smith, Atman Smith, Michael Yellow Bird,

The practices of mindfulness, contemplative education, and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) are now being widely explored in schools throughout the United States and other countries. Extensive research has shown that mindfulness practices and SEL decreases stress, attention deficit issues, depression, anxiety, and hostility in children, while benefitting health, well-being, and social relationships.

Research also shows that SEL supports an 11% rise in student academic scores while mindfulness-based education has been shown to foster the inner skills of attention, compassion, impulse-control, and executive functioning. Now many SEL and mindfulness programs are utilizing the strengths of both modalities to create integrative approaches to support healthy students, teachers, and schools.

In this conference we convene seminal leaders in the fields of mindfulness in education and Social-Emotional Learning. We learn the ways mindfulness and SEL can strengthen inner resilience, which in turn can help create more peaceful and equitable schools. We also explore how these tools can help us teach students with diverse backgrounds, learning styles, and abilities. When taught together, mindfulness and SEL have the potential to transform our education systems and our world.

Through inspiring keynote lectures, question-and-answer sessions, group exercises, breakout workshops, and instruction in practical application, we explore:

  • Connecting mindfulness and SEL
  • Restorative justice
  • The science supporting mindfulness and SEL
  • Supporting healthy and thriving school climates
  • School-based social inclusion
  • Indigenous perspectives on mindfulness and education
  • Ways of integrating mindfulness and SEL in school systems

Scholarships: The application deadline for this program has passed.

Continuing Education
  • WESPSB - Educators (Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board) +$50

Please note that there is a special schedule for this course:

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m. Welcome & Orientation
8:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Workshop
8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
8:00 p.m.–9:15 p.m. Evening Event
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.

Dining Hall Hours (Dinner is included on arrival day):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.


Marc Brackett, PhD, is director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. He is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning.

Jennifer Buffett is president and cochair of the NoVo Foundation, a philanthropic organization focused on supporting and empowering girls and women worldwide as primary agents of change, with the goal of shifting society away from cultures based on domination and exploitation toward partnership and collaboration. Jennifer Buffett and her husband, Peter Buffett, are recipients of the Clinton Global Citizen Award for their “visionary leadership and sustainable, scalable work in solving pressing global challenges.” novofoundation.org

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 more than a decade. He is the author of many books, including Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence. danielgoleman.info

Andres Gonzalez

Andres Gonzalez, MBA, is cofounder and chief financial officer for the Holistic Life Foundation, Inc. A yoga instructor and coauthor of a high school physical education curriculum based on yoga principles, he has been practicing and teaching yoga for the past 10 years to diverse populations at Baltimore public schools, drug treatment centers, wellness centers, and colleges. hlfinc.org

Linda Lantieri

Linda Lantieri, MA, author of Building Emotional Intelligence, has 40 years of experience in education as a former teacher, administrator, and faculty member at Hunter College in New York City. innerresilience-tidescenter.org

David A. Levine is a teacher, author, and musician who has been working with schools and communities throughout the United States and abroad since 1984. He is founder of the Teaching Empathy Institute in the Hudson Valley of New York. teachingempathyinstitute.org

Tala Manassah, deputy director of the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, has led the development and rapid expansion of Restore360, a collaborative effort with the New York City Department of Education to introduce restorative practices into the New York City public schools.

Daniel Rechtschaffen, MA, LMFT, a licensed marriage and family therapist, is author of The Way of Mindful Education and The Mindful Education Workbook. He is the founding director of Mindful Education, a mindfulness and social emotional learning platform for educators. He teaches mindfulness through music, sports, storytelling, and games and is inspired to utilize mindfulness to help us become more conscious, compassionate, and committed to taking care of this miraculous world we live in. He organizes the annual Mindfulness in Education conference at the Omega Institute and speaks and teaches at conferences, schools, communities, and businesses worldwide. mindfuleducation.com

Timothy P. Shriver, PhD, is a social leader, educator, author, film producer, and a cofounder and board chair of CASEL. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Shriver is also the chairman of Special Olympics.

Ali Smith

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 almost 6,500 young people and 1,500 adults. hlfinc.org

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 almost 6,500 young people and 1,500 adults. hlfinc.org

Michael Yellow Bird, PhD, is a citizen of the Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara). The coauthor of For Indigenous Minds Only and Decolonizing Social Work, he is professor and director of the Tribal Indigenous Studies program at North Dakota State University.