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The involvement of spirit is associated with lower levels of depression, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, and delinquent behaviors, as well as later onset of sexual activity (Wilson, New England Network).

The Spirit Dimension of Wellness

"What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality" -Plutarch

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men [and women]." -Frederick Douglas


 "For every one of us that succeeds, it's because there's somebody there to show you the way out. The light doesn't necessarily have to be in your family; for me it was teachers and school." -Oprah Winfrey
The Spirit Dimension and Education
The spirit dimension recognizes our search for meaning and purpose in human existence. It is the heart-centered part of ourselves where we go to find connection and strength in times of stress or crisis, and where we experience gratitude, kindness and compassion, both inwardly and outwardly.
Mindfulness in Public Schools manual
mindfulness_public_sch_prv.jpgThe Manual has been published!

The South Burlington School District in South Burlington, Vermont has completed the first comprehensive manual written by educators, to implement mindfulness-based strategies in districts, schools and classrooms. Follow this link for more detailed information about the manual and how to order a copy:
Vermont Public Radio Commentary: Being Present

A kindergarten teacher told me that in her thirty-seven years of teaching she had never had an open house like the one she had last year. As the children proudly encouraged parents to look at their various accomplishments, the parents were preoccupied by their hand held devices. She said the children’s disappointment was clearly evident. Since then, whenever there’s an event for parents, the teacher posts a sign saying, “Please, no cell phones”.

Read or listen to the entire commentary at Vermont Public Radio

Website closing

The Talk About Wellness (TAW) web site will close as of December 30, 2016. TAW was originally planned as an initiative and not as an ongoing organization.  Its goal was to help create a "ripple effect" by curating ideas and programs that nurture the inner lives of children.  Bringing mindfulness practices to public schools became a primary vehicle for accomplishing that goal. Today we see mindfulness in education programs spreading across the nation.  We are deeply grateful to all of our donors and partners for their work and dedication to this mission. 



Mindfulness Education: Cultivating Caring, Attention, Awareness and Self-Regulation

Saint Michael's College Graduate Course
Wednesdays, January 18- May 3, 2017, 5:00pm-7:30pm

The Mindful Pause of Winter

Mindfulness Practices for Renewal and Wellness
Wed. Jan. 25, 5 pm - Fri. Jan. 27, 1 pm, 2017
Burlington, VT 05401

More information here! 

Mud Season: The Messiness and Sweetness of Transitions

A Circle of Trust Retreat®
Wed, Mar 15, 2017 5:00pm  through Fri, Mar 17, 2017 1:30pm
Bishop Booth Conference Center
20 Rock Point Road
Burlington, VT, 05408


Recommended Readings

The Mindful Education Workbook


A structured curriculum of classroom-ready lessons, practices, and worksheets for actualizing a powerful new educational paradigm: student mindfulness.


Mindfulness SEL Resources

Resources for Education and Wellness: downloadable PDF 

Mindfulness and Mindfulness-based Instructors

For schools in Vermont, including higher education: Downloadable PDF


For Parents

Calming Strategies for Adults and Children

The hurried and frenetic pace of our lives is not conducive to a state of calmness and living in the moment.

Raising a Spiritually Nourished Child

Five suggested steps from Tobin Hart

Twelve Exercises for Mindful Parenting
This piece is excerpted from Twelve Exercises for Mindful Parenting by Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn, authors of Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting.

Spotlight: Wellness

Education should be a source of nurturance for the spirit as well as a means of reaching understanding.  -Linda-Darling Hammond


Hannah Teter on Wellness

Hannah Teter, Olympic gold medal winner, talks about the impact of wellness practices on her everyday life as well as her life as an athelete and competitor. Click here to watch the video.

Wellness, Resilience and Mindfulness in Public Schools

Educating from the Heart
The South Burlington Vermont School District gives a glimpse of how it looks to teach self-calming, reflective, and awareness and skills. Click here to watch the video.


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