Happy Teachers will Change the World is a 5-day mindfulness retreat for educators, August 11-16, 2013.
Registration is expected to open between mid January and early February. Get notified about registration from the Ontario team.
We invite you to participate in a mindfulness retreat led by internationally respected peace activist and Zen Master Thích Nhat Hanh and monastics in the tradition of Plum Village, along with international guest speakers from the field of mindfulness in education.
The retreat will be 5 days and will take place at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario, located between Niagara Falls and Toronto, and sitting atop the Niagara Escarpment in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It will be fully residential with all accommodation on campus.
The event is a special retreat focused on educators. It is a unique opportunity for educators to practice mindfulness together and with non-educators. It will include international guest speakers from the field of mindfulness and education.
The retreat is open to all, as we recognize the importance of the greater community in the undertaking of change and support for the education system. At least half the spots will be reserved specifically for those in the field of education, including school, college, and university teachers, administrators, guidance counsellors, youth workers and social workers, as well as teachers of mindfulness, yoga and related fields.
Editor’s Note: this retreat had been incorrectly advertised as taking place in Hamilton but it is truly taking place in St. Catherines.
As with all our retreats, we encourage participants to share rides wherever possible in order to reduce the environmental aspect of traveling. Please use the commenting system below to make connections with other participants to offer rides and insights on reducing the impact.
Thich Nhat Hanh is a world-renowned Zen master and peace activist. He grew up in Vietnam, was exiled and settled in France in 1966, and in 1967 was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr. for his efforts to end the Vietnam war. Now 86 years old, he wants to bring mindfulness to teachers and all those involved in education.
The practice of mindfulness has been proven to make a very valuable and efficient contribution to the problems so many of us face in our schools. Studies with K-12 students demonstrate “improvements in working memory, attention, academic skills, social skills, emotional regulation and self-esteem, as well as self-reported improvements in mood and decreases in anxiety, stress and fatigue.” They also show mindfulness training “can increase teachers’ sense of well-being and teaching self-efficacy, as well as their ability to manage classroom behaviour and establish and maintain supportive relationships with students” (Integrating Mindfulness Training into K-12 Education: Fostering the Resilience of Teachers and Students, Meiklejohn et al., Mindfulness, Springer 2012, pages 1-2).
This is not a silent retreat. No meditation or mindfulness experience is required to attend. The retreat is open to everyone, from beginners to very experienced mindfulness practitioners. If you are a complete beginner, don’t worry! The retreat is not hard work. It is a wonderful opportunity to relax and enjoy the present moment.
Registration is expected to open February 1. For more information, or to sign up for the retreat’s email list and be notified before registration opens, see tnhtoronto.ca.
Public Talk, Toronto, August 17, 2013
Thich Nhat Hanh will give a talk on August 17, 2013 at the Sony Centre in Toronto. The program will include a guided meditation, singing, monastic chanting, and a talk from Thich Nhat Hanh. He will explore how mindfulness practice and meditation can bring about inner peace and affect the people around you and the world.
This will be the first time he is speaking publicly in Ontario in twenty years.
As with all our events, we encourage participants to share rides wherever possible in order to reduce the environmental aspect of traveling. Please use the commenting system below to make connections with other participants to offer rides and insights on reducing the impact.