4th Mindfulness Practice in Schools Conference, 2018

Mindfulness When?

“If only  I had more time ..”

Saturday, April 28th
Old Conna, Rathmichael, Co. Dublin

Conference Tickets here

Finding the time in a busy school life is a challenge.

In this year’s conference we will explore:

  • Being the still point of the turning world
  • Self management, not time management
  • Discovering happiness in a busy life
  • Taking the time to respond rather than react

Reconnect with yourself,

Reconnect with the students who sit in front of you,

Reconnect with the underlying stillness of your day.

Returning after four successful sell-out events, Ireland’s leading Mindfulness Practice in Schools Conference in 2018 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 Old Conna, Rathmichael, Co Dublin.

Immerse yourself in practical skills and profound wisdom to help you bring mindfulness from lectures into everyday living.

This conference is for you if:
  • 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
You will leave the day with:
  • 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 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
Following on from the last three sell-out conferences that brimmed with diversity and information from right across this growing field, our aim this year is to shift mindfulness from talking about it to helping you live it.

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

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.

 Paul Moss

“The Still point of the turning world”

T.S. Eliot describes in his poem Burnt Norton how he deals with what could be called the essence of our conference, the nature of time.

Time present and time past 

Are both perhaps present in time future,

And time future contained in time past

If all time is eternally present

All time is unredeemable.

He goes onto describe and contemplate the “still point of the turning world” where everything starts and ends. In this light this workshop will consider what activities, which subjects and which circumstances can help us find this essential point in ourselves, our pupils and our schools.

Paul Moss is former Principal of St. James Junior School, London where Mindfulness has been integrated in all aspects of the school He is also a  former school inspector and organiser of many courses for teachers on leadership and mindfulness.

Dr. Ann Caulfield,   Mindfulness Matters
‘Time In, Time Out … Breathe In, Breathe Out​’ ..

Join Ann as she guides you through a session of deepening your mindfulness practice. She will introduce you to some clever ways of finding time within a sometimes busy day.

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. Her recent contribution to the Mary Immaculate College publication entitled WISE – Wellness in Schools Everyday, focuses on the A, B, C of Teacher Self-care.

Brian McGeough – McGeough Training
“Self Management instead of Time Management”

Why is a shortage of time a difficulty for so many?  “There’s never enough hours in the day”. Given that there never will be more than 24 hours in a day what is the answer to this age old problem? Are we highly efficient/effective people with simply too much to do or might we be the very source of the difficulty? And, while time-management tools and schedules do offer some help, long term solutions seem to elude us. This workshop will raises the question that instead time management, should we be looking at self-management?

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.

Séana O’Rodaigh, Aoife Hughes,  Founders of Be-Well Do-Well
“Enhancing the quality of our time, rather than wishing we had more”

The workshop, mainly for primary school teachers, will outline how small changes can have a significant impact in building a strong social and emotional foundation for our students. It will:

  • Reflect on our beliefs and values as teachers using prompts such as “Having spent almost 1000 contact hours together by the end of June, I would like my students to be/to have learned…”
  • Explore the idea of the  Invalidating Environment and how we as teachers have the power to heal or humiliate on a daily basis.
  • Examine how prioritising Heart Learning can enhance the quality of the teacher/student relationship.
  • Provide references for teaching Cognitive Behavioural Education and mindfulness in the classroom.
  • Discuss the opportunities to incorporate mindfulness into our daily routine in the classroom.

Seána Ó Rodaigh and Aoife Hughes founded Be-Well-Do-Well in February 2017 and have since facilitated workshops for parents, teachers and SNAs in the area of heart learning.  They are deeply passionate in their belief that mental health and well-being have to be prioritised in schools if children are to reach their full potential in all aspects of their lives. They are currently working with Enda Murphy in developing a Cognitive Behavioural Programme for school communities.

Louise Shanagher, Author of “Mindfully Me”
“Be Kind, practicing mindfulness and self-compassion in every moment of our lives.”

There is often the misconception that mindfulness needs to be practiced at a certain time, sitting in perfect silence. This workshop will explore how mindfulness and mindful self compassion can be practiced in every moment of our lives.
The workshop will include guided meditations and discussion on how we can bring our mindfulness and self compassion practice to times of busyness, stress, struggle and difficultly.The importance of bringing kindness and compassion to our mindfulness practice will be highlighted and explored. The workshop will also focus on how we can incorporate our practice into our working day, and in particular to the classroom setting.

Louise Shanagher is the author of Ireland’s first mindfulness book series for children “Mindfully Me”. She is a mindfulness lecturer in AIT and is a contributor and facilitator of the Mindfulness for Primary Teachers course by CPD college. Louise gives training workshops nationwide on teaching mindfulness to children.

Dr. Declan Kelly – John Scottus School
“Taking the time to respond instead of reacting “

Dr. Declan Kelly, principal of John Scottus Secondary School, will in this workshop explore  the underlying ideas that support the feeling of not having enough  time.  It will ask the question of why we keep having the same feelings without ever exploring the ideas and thinking that under lie our emotions and actions. Using experience from school life, it will also explore how Mindfulness can create the space to become aware of our internal world and change old habits into new.

Dr. Declan Kelly is a the principal of John Scottus Secondary school. The practice of Mindfulness, Meditation and Philosophy 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 twenty five years.