https://www.mindfulnesswithoutborders.org

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Once referred to as the missing piece in education, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions. The mastery of these essential skills enhances health and wellness, strong character, ethical development, and caring, respectful interactions. These, in turn, can help individuals to become effective communicators, collaborators and engaged citizens who shape a safe, just and sustainable world.

MINDFULNESS

On any given day, we confront emotional ups and downs that accompany life’s twists and turns. As mindfulness grows out of paying attention to moment-to-moment experience, on purpose and without judgment, we learn to deliberately slow down to notice what is happening inside us (our thoughts, feelings and body sensations) and outside of us, in our environment. The idea is to shift out of living on autopilot and into living life with more openness and curiosity. The intention is to train our mind, over and over again, to bring our attention back to the present moment and strengthen the connections in the brain to help manage emotions, enhance critical thinking and achieve our goals.

Leading-edge neuroscientist Richard Davidson has demonstrated that our brains are constantly growing and evolving. He coined the concept neuroplasticity: the notion that our brains change throughout our lives in response to experience, suggesting that positive changes can be nurtured through mental training. Davidsons’ research demonstrates that mindfulness practice (attention training) can change the brain and lead to a number of positive outcomes, such as stress reduction, clearer thinking, better self-management and increased immunity.

Listen and Learn from Leading Experts

Dr. Richard Davidson explains the impact mindfulness practices have on the brain.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFIT

  • Build Focus
  • Regulate Emotions
  • Reduce Reactivity
  • Increased Wellbeing
  • Clearer Thinking
  • Perspective-Taking
  • Stress Management
  • Compassion Cultivation

What People Say

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Daniel Kharlas

The program itself is a masterpiece of distilling the often tough to describe concepts in mindfulness combined with the simplicity of social emotional learning activities. I am thankful for the work that Mindfulness Without Borders is doing and look forward to the good I will be able to do using their program.
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David Schlanger, Professor, Entrepreneurship & Strategy Department, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

As a career teacher for 40 years who has taken part in so many professional development programs, I can honestly say that your professional competency is second to none. It is an incredible skill to be so clear, so in tune and so aware while role modelling superb facilitation and imparting such valuable material with such fluidity and insight.
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Level 2 Participant, Jesse’s Place Employee

"I really enjoyed the level 2 course! I liked how it really went into depth about how to facilitate the course, and how to create a welcoming and safe environment for participants to share within." 
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Tony Richard, Assistant Outdoor Centre Director & Jonathan Sacchitiello, Outdoor Educator, YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre

"In our fast paced lives, the mindfulness ambassador program taught us the importance of slowing down and being more present; it also taught us how to effectively lead structured group discussions. We enjoyed learning about some of the different mindfulness techniques, such as TUZA and the anchor breath. We find these techniques to be practical and easy to use in our daily life. During our staff training, we were able to introduce some of these concepts. For instance, when dealing with challenging individuals, the anchor breath can be used to help teach our front line staff to pause before reacting in emotional situations. TUZA was another technique we were able to use to debrief our training, as well as a technique for our staff to help children and youth reflect on their experience. We look forward to further incorporating these techniques in both our professional and personal lives."
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Jake Geale, Summer Camp Director, Camp Pine Crest

"The Mindfulness Facilitator Certification course was very helpful to me personally as well as in my role as a supervisor this summer.  I frequently found myself using the “Take 5” approach when switching between tasks to stay focused and present. In addition, I admit that I did not always practice Tuza, but when I did, I noticed that I slept much better, leaving any stressors from the day behind. As a supervisor I used much of what I learned to incorporate mindfulness into our staff training.  We held a “mindful moment” to start each day with our staff team, as well as discussing some of mindfulness’s basic components so that our staff could use it as a tool to work with kids.  Throughout the summer I heard amazing stories about our staff using mindfulness with their campers to help overcome homesickness, anxiety about camp programs, and conflicts with in the cabin as well as to help campers appreciate the beauty and learning experiences on their canoe trips." 
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Level 2 Participant, Covenant House Employee

"Even though I maintain my own personal practice (vipassana meditation), I did not feel competent to teach mindfulness to others; level 2 gave me tools and instructions [on] how to facilitate mindfulness council meetings and how to manage the group effectively when problems arise. Well organized booklets, I will most definitely use [them] to conduct meetings. Level 2 met my expectations and I am very satisfied and grateful for having the privilege to take the course. Thank you Leah and Theo!" 
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Studio Y Leadership Fellow, Toronto

“These are practices and mindsets that I will call on for the rest of my life. Thank you for what you do, who you are, and how you consistently affirm us!”
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Monica Godin, Secondary School Teacher, St. Joseph’s College School, Toronto

“As an educator, my energy and patience in class improved when I began each day with the MWB breathing practice.”
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Peter Block, Author, Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used

"Mindfulness Without Borders is creating miracles. The trainings, materials, support system and structure they have created are changing lives. Their work represents the best of what we can be to each other."
Theo Koffler

Wendy Novia, Vice President Sales, Polaris Pacific, San Francisco

“Thanks to the MWB workshop, it was the very first time that we had 65 high-energy sales associates in the same room, silent and ‘in the moment!’