Reflective Mediation’s mindfulness curriculum offers best practices in social-emotional learning and mindfulness, designed specifically for adolescents. 

  • We use evidence-based programs in social-emotional learning and mindfulness
  • Students learn techniques to form the basis of a lifelong mindfulness practice
  • Research shows these programs meet social, emotional & developmental needs.  
  • Mindfulness skills bolster psychological development, emotional stability, critical thinking, resilience, and overall well-being.

Science has confirmed the benefits of mindfulness practice to physical and mental health. We teach the ancient practice of intentional, nonjudgmental awareness in the context of modern issues and concerns. Our program is entirely secular, without any religious or faith-based component, teaching techniques to support the attainment of practical academic and personal goals.


Credentials:

In addition to a personal mindfulness practice, facilitators have been trained in:

  • MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), the world-renowned program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Mindfulness Without Borders training as a certified facilitator of their MAC (Mindfulness Ambassador Council) program, developed by MWB to train youth
  • Iyengar Yoga – a slow, therapeutic school of yoga that improves mental focus and physical strength/flexibility with poses that train students in precise postural alignment

Course Content:

All topics are presented in an interactive, experiential format.  Students learn by doing.  The emphasis is on practical skills and techniques that can be utilized in daily life rather than on abstract theory.

  • Mindfulness techniques such as mindful breathing, sitting meditation, body scan imaging, yogic postural activation, and walking meditation 
  • Definition, features & principles of mindfulness
  • The inter-connection of body and mind
  • Basic physiology of the brain’s reaction to stress
  • Retraining and “rewiring” physical and mental habits
  • Non-judgemental attention to the present moment
  • The impact of regular practice on health & well-being

Benefits:

  • Managing the stress of life and school
  • Reducing exam (and general) anxiety
  • Enhancing concentration
  • Increasing information processing speed
  • Cultivating qualities of resilience & patience
  • Improving ability to cooperate & get along with others
  • Gaining perspective on difficult emotions
  • Calming down before sleep & when upset
  • Enhancing empathy & compassion for self and others
  • Managing ADHD and/or OCD

EXPECTED OUTCOMES:

  • The foundation for a lifelong mindfulness practice
  • Increased self-awareness, and equanimity
  • Enhanced emotional tools to manage academic and social stress
  • Increased self-confidence and capacity for self-care
  • A positive view of self and the world that promotes sustainable productivity
  • Appreciation of how positive attitudes enhance private & social well-being

Available Packages: 

Introductory package: A series of six 1 ½ hour extra-curricular group sessions

Full package: a series of  twelve 1 ½ hour extra-curricular group sessions

Either package can be incorporated into course curriculum. They fit particularly well as a unit(s) within the curriculum of Physical & Health Education (grades 7-12) and Learning Strategies (grade 9).

Arrangements can be made for other formats such as single visit workshops.

Requirements:

  • No previous experience with mindfulness practice is required.
  • There are no written assignments, homework or examinations. (unless requested by school officials) 
  • All students are expected to practice at home for at least 10 minutes, twice daily over the duration of the training.
  • Take-home notes and online resources will be made available for participants.