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Mindful Educators Retreat: Summer Summit at the Marin Headlands

  • Marin Headlands United States (map)

Come rest and renew with us this summer at a coastal retreat for educators, counselors, and parents. This relaxing and informative day takes place Saturday, July 28th just north of San Francisco at the stunning Marin Headlands.

The day will consist of short periods of sitting meditation; mindful walking with the option to walk outside on the coastal trails; and a period of mindful eating overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Guest speakers include Gina Biegel, MA, LMFT, founder of the Bay Area organization Stressed Teens and author of the new book, Be Mindful and Stress Less: 50 Ways to Deal with Your (Crazy) Life.

We will also have ample time to connect with nature and with one another; share our stories; and learn how mindfulness is growing in our region. 

Please plan to bring your own lunch.  Light snacks will be provided.  Some meditation cushions and yoga blankets will be available.  

By attending this retreat you will:

  • Meet fellow educators utilizing mindfulness in their work
  • Explore strategies for supporting your own mindfulness practice
  • Discover mindfulness strategies to use in your work with youth
  • Stay up to date on the latest mindfulness research
  • Enjoy hearing from special guest speakers
  • Connect with nature at stunning coastal location 

This retreat is a Meetup project of Mindful Schools.  We hold quarterly retreats in the San Francisco Bay Area aimed at supporting the growth of mindfulness in educational settings. 

Registration for this event is free. Donations are gratefully accepted.  Your generosity helps support the growth of mindfulness education in our region. Suggested donation: $25.00 - $50.00 sliding scale, or as your means allow. No one turned away for lack of funds. 

Registration is open now.  

Facilitators for this event include:

Susi Brennan, MA, CMI, is a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor and has been a public school teacher for 20 years, most recently as the Instructional Reform Facilitator at Hillcrest Elementary in San Francisco where she worked to support and empower teachers through facilitating grade level meetings, co-designing professional development, and helping to create a shared leadership model.  When Susi discovered mindfulness in 2013, she noticed how her personal practice supported her work with students diagnosed with ADHD and learning differences and her own children. A year later, she helped start a mindfulness program at Daniel Webster, teaching mindfulness to K-5 classes and inviting teachers to get trained. Susi believes strongly that teachers and staff who embody mindfulness and compassion have the greatest impact on the well-being of the whole school community. Her work in schools and the communities they serve has fed a passion for social justice through building reflective, compassionate, empowered learning communities.

Kory O’Rourke, CMI, has been a public high school teacher and school leader for over a decade. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, within the Teacher Education department. Kory is a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor and believes that mindfulness is an essential tool for building equity in our schools and our communities. Kory uses her personal practice to support the work she does with students, teachers, and school leaders /administrators in supporting mindfulness instruction in schools, and beyond. Three years ago, she began developing a whole-school implementation program, which is now successful in her high school, with ties to the middle school. Kory is passionate about mindfulness, and is eager to share her experiences and provide support to educators who also want to bring mindfulness to their students.

Chelsea True, CMI, is the founder of Joyful Mind Project, a Sonoma County nonprofit that provides mindfulness education to schools and families throughout the Bay Area, and a co-founder of the Mindful Educators Alliance.  She has enjoyed teaching mindfulness in over a dozen local schools, including Sonoma Academy where she is an adjunct teacher offering a mindfulness elective for grades 9-12; at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School where she teaches mindfulness with Simply Strings, a project of the Santa Rosa Symphony; and as an annual guest lecturer at Sonoma State University. Chelsea presently holds two certifications in secular mindfulness, in MBSR-T (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens) and as a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor. She brings more than twenty years of personal practice to her work, which is featured in the book, Happy Teachers Change the World, by Thich Nhat Hanh and Katherine Weare.

Earlier Event: July 2
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Later Event: August 22
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