Our 2017 springtime conference
took place on Saturday, March 4th in
Townley Hall, Drogheda, Louth
Be a More Mindful Teacher and Educational Leader.
Learn tools to manage stress and bring them back to your school.
Immerse yourself in practical skills and profound wisdom to help you bring mindfulness from lectures into everyday living.
Returning after two successful sell-out events, Ireland’s leading Mindfulness Practice in Schools Conference in 2017 will focus on how we, as teachers and educators, can begin embedding mindfulness right across our lives.
Connect with teachers and educators from all around Ireland for this day of upskilling, exploration and practice of mindfulness in the stunning and tranquil setting of Townley Hall.
- You’ve learnt about mindfulness but want more confidence and skills before bringing it into your classroom.
- You attended our previous conferences and are ready to bring your application of mindfulness to the next level
- You are interested in developing a more mindful culture in your school.
- You’ve tried meditating but you’re not getting to do it as regularly as you’d like.
- You’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed
- A bank of tools and tips to help you get basic mindfulness practices started in your school, straight away.
- Cutting edge knowledge and insights from national and international leaders in the field of mindfulness and education.
- An understanding of what is the single most influential factor on learning in your classroom.
- A clear sense of your own next steps on your mindful journey.
- Having had a mindful experience, delicious food and enlightening company
Sign up here to attend this pioneering conference where you will connect with a community of teachers and educators from all around the country who are bringing the power of mindfulness practices into their schools.
Who are we?
Mindfulness Practice in Schools is an initiative supporting teachers in Ireland who wish to create a mindful culture in their school and develop a regular mindfulness practice in their own lives and classrooms.
We do this through an annual, springtime Mindfulness Practice in Schools conference. This day brings together international speakers, case studies from mindful schools, delicious food, a stunning venue, a peaceful atmosphere and a dynamic teaching community to create a rich experience of inner and outer learning… with lots of mindfulness practice too.
Conference Speakers & Workshops
Dr. Enda Murphy – RTE 1s Agony Uncle
“The Role of Schools in helping the Depressed and Anxious Student”
Drawing from his extensive experience and expertise working with children and young people across spectrums of crisis, Enda will guide you through how best to intervene and support these vulnerable students at a time when they need us most.
Enda Murphy is one of the best known psychotherapists in Ireland whose model of CBT is the basis of psychotherapy training for General Practitioners in Ireland. He is RTE Radio’s regular Agony Uncle and has authored many books including ‘Flagging the Screenager, Guiding your child through adolescence and young adulthood which was number 3 on the Irish Times best sellers list.
Kevin Hawkins – .b, Mindwell Education
“Shifting the Focus – Balancing Mind and Heart in Teaching and Learning”
When we ask parents and teachers what they really want for their children, the responses are usually as much about happiness, wellbeing, and resilience as they are about success and academics. If we want to help our children develop the skills and capacities they will need for a fruitful, balanced life, it is crucial that the adults in their lives know how to model these skills effectively.
Drawing on research from social neuroscience we will explore the power and potential of the role of the educator, as well as the evidence that how we teach is as important as what we teach.
Kevin Hawkins was principal of the Middle School at the International School of Prague in the Czech Republic for ten years where he taught mindfulness to students, teachers and parents. He is co-founder of MindWell Education, an organisation that supports schools communities seeking to integrate mindful awareness training and social-emotional learning into curriculum and daily life. He is a Senior Lead Trainer for the ‘.b’ curriculum from Mindfulness in Schools Project and his book ‘Mindful Teacher, Mindful School – Improving wellbeing in teaching and learning’ will be published in June.
Diarmuid Lyng – Champion All-Ireland Hurler
Diarmuid Lyng, (or Gizzy as he is known in hurling circles), is a champion national hurler, teacher, meditator and fealsunacht. He regularly features in national newspapers and was co-presenter on Newstalk’s ‘Off The Ball’. As a teacher he could see the yearning in young people for more meaningful engagement and has recently worked as a youth facilitator to provide the space for exactly that to happen.
Steve Lane, Breda Kyne – MindUP™, The Hawn Foundation
‘Introduction to MindUP™: a whole school wellbeing programme’
The MindUP™ workshop will introduce participants to the whole-school social and emotional learning programme, which aims to build resilience, reduce stress and anxiety and improve focus for learning. MindUP™ is composed of 15 lessons, taught throughout the school year. Students learn about the neuroscience of their brain and the link between thoughts, emotions and behaviour and learn to self regulate through mindful practices. MindUP™ impacts positively on the whole school community and supports effective teaching and learning within a Mindful school ethos.
Steve Lane is a former primary school principal with 35 years’ experience and Breda is an educational outreach and training consultant. Through their MindSET training, they provide bespoke training courses that foster skills of resilience, optimism, empathy and emotional self-regulation in children. MindUP™ is the flagship programme of the Hawn Foundation which fosters skills of resilience, optimism, empathy and emotional self-regulation in children.
Dr. Ann Caulfield + Derval Dunford – Mindfulness Matters
‘Introducing Mindful Moments with Ease’
Join Ann and Derval as they bring you through their curriculum friendly workshop that encourages simple practices for teachers and pupils through attention, awareness, connection, fun and ease.
Dr. Ann Caulfield, co-founder of Mindfulness Matters, is one of the country’s foremost advocates of the practise of mindfulness in the classroom. She conducted research into the impact of mindfulness on stress reduction among Irish primary school teachers and co-created the popular summer course Developing Mindfulness and Wellbeing in Primary School Children through SPHE.
Derval’s mindfulness work was inspired by her own life challenges. She is passionate about providing skills to children. Her mantra ‘simplicity is the key’ helps bring a sense of enthusiasm and fun to her presentations. Derval’s work has been endorsed by educators, medical doctors and healthcare professionals nationally and internationally. Derval is a qualified MBSR teacher (UMASS).
Patricia Fitzgerald – Healing Creations
‘Mandala Art: Connecting to the Self’
Join Mandala Artist Patricia Fitzgerald for a hands-on immersive session of mindfulness practice through mandala art. This ancient mindfulness technique brings many benefits including stress/anxiety reduction, heightened concentration, increased self-compassion and self-awareness and much more.
Patricia Fitzgerald has studied visual education and communication, philosophy and sociology, and is qualified in the therapeutic use of mindfulness. She authored Healing Creations: Discover your mindful self through mandala colouring and journaling and recently led the creation of a mandala of 1000 lighted candles in aid of Apollo House which you can see here
Grace Sheridan – Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher
“Mindful Movement for Resourcing Yourself”
Mindful Movement uses the moving body as the primary tool, making it one of the easiest and most powerful ways to integrate Mindfulness into your everyday life. In this insightful and energising workshop you will learn how to tap into your brain’s neural circuits in a new and profound way, helping you to achieve an alert mind in a relaxed body – the optimum state of being.
Discover how to master your own mind through movement and get armed with support techniques that you can apply daily in your own life and integrate into the classroom.
*Please note: This is NOT an exercise class requiring any fitness level or particular clothing, it is a Mindfulness Movement workshop that will use very gentle movements in order to illustrate key learning points.
Grace Sheridan is a yoga and mindfulness teacher who discovered mindfulness over 15 years ago while travelling the world as a professional Irish dancer. Grace’s teaching empowers her students by leading them to discover and listen to their own inner wisdom while challenging themselves to achieve their full potential.
Conall Clancy – John Scottus School
“The Pause Room – Learn to bookend your classes with micro mindfulness”
A Pausing workshop: how to do it with your class, every day in school. Join John Scottus Primary School Principal, Conall Clancy, as he brings you through the anchor of John Scottus’ day – The Pause. Practiced at the beginning and end of every single lesson, this technique will transform your inner and outer learning environment. Learn how to introduce, guide and practice this simple technique with your class.
Conal Clancy is a the principal of John Scottus Primary school. The practice of Mindfulness and Meditation has been present in the school since it was founded in 1986. This is reflected in the school motto of “Delight in the Present”. He has been practicing Mindfulness and meditation for over thirty years.
Brian McGeough – McGeough Training
“Introducing a mindful culture in your school”
With 25 years experience of organisational redesign and transformation centred around the power of awareness, Brian’s workshop will inform and equip you with how to start developing a mindful culture across your school. This workshop would suit principals, deputy principals and those in leadership and management positions.
Brian McGeough is the CEO of McGeough Training, a boutique training and development consultancy founded on the conviction that human development is a philosophical enterprise requiring a method that respects the in-built capacity of each individual to overcome their limits, by means of their own intellect. For over 25 years he has helped people to become more fearless and self-directing through Socratic style facilitation, mediation and coaching.