Mindful Families and Schools

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Mindful Families and Schools is an interdisciplinary group of mindfulness practitioners who meet  to practice together and to share our experiences with implementing mindfulness training for children, youth and the influential adults in their lives.

This co-operative and collaborative group’s intention is to support each other in our various approaches and research endeavours, thereby collectively sharing in our dedication to work towards our goal of a mindful Toronto.

 New and Relevant Books

Everybody Present: Mindfulness in Education by Nikolaj Flor Rotne & Didde Flor Rotne

Learning to Breathe Curriculum: A Mindfulness Curriculum to Cultivate Emotion Regulation, Attention and Performance by Patricia Broderick

Mindfulness for the Next Generation: Helping Emerging Adults Manage Stress and Lead Healthier Lives by Holly Rogers and Margaret Maytan

No Ordinary Apple by Sara Marlowe

The Dimensions of Engaged Teaching: A Practical guide for Educators by Laura Weaver & Mark Wilding

The Social Neuroscience Of Education by Louis Cozolino


Mindfulness at School Reduces (Likelihood Of) Depression-Related Symptoms in Adolescents

Online Resources

The Loving Brain—Tools for Real Issues with Rick Hanson Online Conference:
Join neuropsychologist Rick Hanson and 7 top-tier academics, clinicians, and teachers as they apply new research, ancient wisdom, and powerful clinical insights to the messy, high stakes issues many people face in their work, family, friendship, and romantic relationships. This conference is completely free, you can come back to this page anytime you’d like to stream the videos!
http://www.entheos.com/The-Loving-Brain/Play to access the interviews anytime.


Mindfulness: Foundation for Teaching and Learning
The Mindfulness in Education Network’s Seventh Annual Conference
March 14 – 16, 2014
American University, Washington, DC
How to Register: www.mindfuled.org
3rd Annual Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth: Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, Education and Research
February 7-9, 2014 San Diego, CA
2014 CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Congressman Tim Ryan / Sharon Salzberg / Dr. Mark Greenberg / Dr. Amy Saltzman

Resources from Recent Mindfulness and Education Conferences

Mindfulness: Foundation for Teaching and Learning
Videos from March 15-17, 2013 MiEN Conference at Lesley University, available at
You can also view them on the MiEN Vimeo channel, found at

Heart-Mind 2013:Helping Children Thrive
For three days in May, Vancouver played host to Heart-Mind 2013, a one-of-a-kind conference that explored how we can help children thrive. The theme of this year’s conference was mindfulness and its role in helping children thrive physically, socially and emotionally.
Complete recordings of selected talks and exclusive interviews with speakers: http://dalailamacenter.org

Toronto Community Partners



Mindful Parents: Resilient Children One Day Workshop for Professionals at Centre for Mindfulness Studies
Saturday Dec. 7, 2013 | 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Facilitator: Lee Freedman MD CM FRCP(C)
Fee: $292 + HST.

SMARTinEDUCATION™ for Educators at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies
Saturdays, Mar. 15 – May 3, 2014 |9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Facilitators: Heidi Bornstein and Stephen Chadwick from Mindfulness Everyday
Fee: $399 + HST.

Sara Marlow

  • Nurturing our Children: Nurturing Ourselves: An Introduction to Mindful Parenting. Health & Nutrition Conference. Learning Disabilities Association of Peel, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
  • Building Teen Resiliency: One Breath at a Time…, with Elaine Smookler, February 23, 2014. 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Centre for Mindfulness Studies.
  • Mindfulness Practice with Children – part of the Certificate in Applied Mindfulness Meditation. University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work, Continuing Education June 6 & 7, 2014