Mindfulness in Education Summer Institute

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More questions, or interested in learning about group discounts? Contact Molly Buss for more information.

Stressors such as shrinking budgets, increased class sizes, teacher attrition and burnout combined with large numbers of students who have experienced trauma call attention to the pressing need for innovations that promote wellbeing in school communities. The University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing’s Mindfulness in Education Summer Institute brings together researchers and educators for three days of professional learning and discussion on mindfulness research and research-informed practices to address the urgent needs in schools.

The summer institute is open to educators and education leaders regardless of experience with mindfulness. The institute has three program tracks: educators new to mindfulness, experienced mindfulness practitioners, and administrators.

Drawing from the rich expertise of the University of Minnesota and Twin Cities community, the Center’s Mindfulness in Education Summer Institute will address topics relevant to educators and education leaders:

  • Current state of mindfulness research
  • Role of mindfulness in education
  • Research-informed evaluation of available mindfulness programs
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Mindfulness, equity, and culturally responsive practices

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Tommy Woon: Healing the Future: Neuroliberation and Decolonization Through Somatic Literacy
  • Dr. Michael Yellowbird: Revising the Medicine Wheel: Transformation Through Mindfulness, Laughter, Microbes, and Neurodecolonization
  • Dr. Phil Zelazo: Mindfulness and Reflection: Foundations for Effective Learning

Additional presenters from the Bakken Center include Dr. Douglas Kennedy, Mindfulness in Education Initiative lead, and Alex Haley, mindfulness program lead.

The institute also offers hands-on learning experiences and teaching demonstrations in movement and sitting practices for participants seeking guidance in how to begin a mindfulness practice and how to engage students in mindfulness practices.

The institute this summer will be an in-depth look at the Center’s Mindfulness in Education Initiative partnership program with local schools. Program sessions include an overview of the program, experiences from the teacher participants, and teaching demonstrations.

This summer's institute will also feature workshop sessions from participants. Applications for participant sessions will be available in early March.

Please contact Molly Buss for more information about this event.

If your district will be sending groups of 5 or more, please contact Molly at bussx057@umn.edu  to learn more about our group discounts.

Dates & Times

June 18-20, 2018

  • June 18: 8 am -3 pm (optional group mindfulness and yoga practice sessions from 3 -3:30 pm)
  • June 19: 9 am - 3 pm (optional networking at 8 am, optional group mindfulness and yoga practice sessions from 3-3:30 pm)
  • June 20: 9 am - 1 pm (optional networking at 8 am, optional group mindfulness and yoga practice sessions from 1 - 1:30 pm)


Location & Cost

Roosevelt High School
4029 S 28th Ave,
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Sponsor: $350
Standard: $300
Registration limited to 100 participants. CEUs available to participants upon completion of the Institute.

Optional Retreat

Extend your summer institute experience at our day-long silent retreat on the University of Minnesota campus. Participants will spend the day in silent meditation, yoga, qi gong, and walking practices led by Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing faculty. Mats, cushions, and benches will be provided for participant use. All levels of meditation experience are welcome. Pack a bag lunch and water bottle for a day of practice with other educators in our meditation space.

Date: Thursday, June 21
Location: Mayo Building Meditation Room (3rd floor), 420 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Doors open at 8:30 am. Practice starts at 9 am and ends at 3:30 pm.

Enrollment limited to 24 participants.