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As of 2004, 84 out of 126 accredited US medical schools offered courses on spirituality in medicine. (JAMA, June 2004)

Website closing

The Talk About Wellness (TAW) web site will no longer be updated as of December 30, 2016, and will close in April, 2017. 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. 



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

Nourishing the Inner Life: Mindfulness, Resilience, and Well-Being for Educators 

Saint Michael's College Graduate Course
Monday - Friday, July 17-28, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm


Recommended Readings

Bringing Mindfulness to Schools-Talk About Wellness Final Report
bringing_mindfulness_to_schools.jpgWhen Talk About Wellness (TAW) began its work in 2004, bringing mindfulness approaches into school settings was new and virtually untested. TAW entered this field early on and hit the ground running – it got into schools quickly, tested different approaches, developed trainings and materials for teachers and student-teachers, and figured out how to conduct meaningful evaluations.
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 


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

Wise people seem to find points of entry into the wisdom space.  These may arise from a walk in the woods, through prayer, meditation, service to others, music and so forth.  These activities may shift attention from the normally dominant chatter of the small self and open the possibility for intuition, insight, and imagination.  When this happens, awareness becomes more spacious.  -Tobin Hart

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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