Mindfulness & Self-Care for Teachers and Parents
This event has ended but you can watch the free Mindfulness & selfcare masterclass at the link below.
During the 8 week workshop, you will explore
- The foundations of mindfulness
- How our body responds to stress
- Fun and creative practices to increase self-awareness, compassion, kindness, and joy
- Kind and safe practices to care for anxiety and anger
- Deep listening and loving speech
- Ways to create a habit of self-care so that you can protect your energy and increase resilience
- How to embody mindfulness so that you can offer a kind, caring presence to yourself and others
- Ways to share mindfulness with children in schools, at home or in other groups
Each week will be a mix of sharing about the practice, exploring for ourselves and then reflecting on our experience in the group.
There will be a full suite of guided practices and other mindfulness resources to support your practice during the week – whether at school or at home.
Certificates will be awarded on completion of the course. The course equates to 16 hours CPD
About your teacher – Orla O’Sullivan
Orla has been practicing mindfulness for over 22 years in the tradition of Plum Village / Thich Nhat Hanh. She teaches mindfulness internationally to all ages and has created several initiatives to share mindfulness in fun and creative ways.
She teaches mindfulness to children up to 14 years on the virtual learning platform Adventure2Learning.
Her courses Mindful Family, Strengths to Thrive (for teens), and Cultivating Happiness were the first courses of their kind in Ireland. These courses are founded on learning together as a family, blending mindfulness and character strengths and positive neuroplasticity. She is founder of four mindfulness community groups (two based in Dublin city for adults and for children, and two international online groups, for adults and for families).
In Ireland, Orla works directly with NEPS (National Educational Psychological Service), HSA, HSE, parents’ associations, schools and after-school groups.
She is International Co-ordinator for Wake Up Schools, an international grass-roots movement to support teachers and create mindful educational communities. Orla is also a founder member of the Community for Contemplative Education, an initiative of Mind & Life Europe.
Orla co-produced Ireland’s first mindfulness retreat for educators in 2018 and the world’s first online retreat for families with Plum Village monastics in 2020. She was also a co-organiser of Family Day – Ireland’s largest celebration of the diversity of the family in Ireland today.
She is an advisor to the World Happiness Festival and speaks regularly at conferences, including the Mindful Kids Peace Summit, Mindfulness in Education Summit and various mindfulness in education conferences.
She was an editor/reader for the award-winning textbook ‘Happy Teachers Change the World: A Guide to Integrating Mindfulness in Education’ by Prof. Katherine Weare and Thich Nhat Hanh.
Orla is an experienced and passionate teacher. She holds a PhD in English and is known for weaving poetry into her practice. She is a leader in Mindfulness & Strengths and is also a certified teacher in Rainbow Kids Yoga. She was Child Protection Officer when working with Devon County Council in the UK; she was trained in Child Protection and holds a recent Garda Clearance.