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Mindfulness in Education: Workshop/Retreats (October-November 2016)

DOWNLOADS: Letter to Educator ; Registration Form ; Logistical Information

Letter to Educators*:

*Educator: We look at 'educator' with a wide definition of anybody who is concerned with the well being of others and themselves.

Dear Educator*,

Ahimsa Trust, The Genesis Global School and Welham Boys’ School would like to invite you to attend a retreat/workshop on Cultivating Mindfulness in Education this October and November.
We are planning to hold two retreats at:

  • The Genesis Global School, Noida from 7th - 9th October 2016
  • The Welham Boys’ School, Dehradun from 4th - 6th November 2016

Mindfulness is the energy of being aware of what is happening inside and around us in the present moment. It is increasingly being recognized as an essential support for students, teachers, school administrators and parents. There is considerable research being done by the international medical community that has provided a scientific basis for these findings. Mindfulness is known to:

  • increase attention and concentration
  • develop emotional and cognitive awareness and understanding
  • develop interpersonal awareness and skills
  • decrease stress, attention deficiency, depression, anxiety and hostility and enhance inner resilience 
  • promote a sense of well-being

The retreat for Cultivating Mindfulness in Education will focus on bringing practices to educators so that they can use it in their own lives and based on their experience, share it with their students. The workshop will include talks, questions and answers, group discussions, guided meditations, exercises in stress reduction and relaxation, mindful consumption, and practices to restore and maintain good communication.  These workshops stand alone, but can also be treated as Part 1 of a certified Teacher’s training programme in Mindfulness.
Some of the areas of focus would be:

 

  • Mindfulness in everyday life
  • Transforming stress and pressure at work
  • Deep listening and compassionate speech
  • Reconciling difficult relationships

 

  • Cultivating joy and happiness in daily life
  • Helping children deal with strong emotions
  • Mindful songs and games for all ages
  • Making the classroom and the school a family 

We recognize the importance of creating sustainable programmes in schools that support the well-being of teachers, administrators, students and parents; to nourish educational communities that excel in social emotional learning, ethical education and experiential learning. In doing this the classroom and school become a cooperative family environment, enabling participants to lead happy, healthy, and meaningful lives, and successfully addressing behavioral issues. We are dedicated to bringing these benefits to the field of education as a service to the country. 
These retreats follow up on the successful National Retreats for Educators, in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, in schools and colleges such as The Doon School, Vasant Valley School, Sanskriti School, Step By Step School, Bluebells School, Lady Sriram College and Ambedkar University. These have been led by teachers in the tradition of Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
Do watch a documentary on Wake Up Schools in India on https://vimeo.com/98830096  If you would like more information on the international movement of Wake Up Schools please visit www.wakeupschools.org

Please find the Registration form and Logistical information attached. If you are interested in attending either workshop, please fill the attached registration form and send it by post or email to ahimsa.trust@gmail.com by 25th September 2016.
Sincerely,

Pramod Sharma
Principal,
Genesis Global School, Noida

Gunmeet  Bindra 
Principal,  
Welhams Boys’ School,  Dehradun

Shantum Seth
Mindfulness Teacher,  
Ahimsa Trust   

 

Downloads:

Letter to Educators

REGISTRATION FORM

LOGISTICAL INFORMATION

For more details please write to Ms Charu Aindley Das at ahimsa.trust@gmail.com

 

I. Mindfulness in Education

A. Mindfulness Training and Teacher's Training

a). Mindfulness in Education: Workshop/Retreats (October 2014)

b). Mindfulness in Education: Workshop/Retreats (October 2012)

c). Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children

d). Mindfulness in Education: Workshop/Retreat (November 2010)

e). Mindfulness in Education: Workshop/Retreat (September - October 2008)

B. Mindfulness Practice Centre

 

II. Other Educational Project

A. Scholarships to Children

B. Educational projects in Villages in Bengal

C. The Peace Gong Article Writing & Poster making Competition on Peace & Conflict Resolution

 

Education Projects
Ahimsa Trust's educational work offers teachings in Mindfulness to children, teachers and individuals. Ahimsa shares practices of mental training that are developed as part of India 's great heritage of understanding the mind.

 Since 1997 Thich Nhat Hanh books are being printed in India both in English and Hindi. More recent translations of some of these books is going on in regional languages. We have a free distribution of these books to schools and colleges and deserving individuals. We want to publish more books in more regional languages.

Ahimsa Trust is also interested in sharing mindfulness teachings with Buddhists inspired by Dr Ambedkar. As many of you know, in 1956 Dr. Ambedkar, a great spiritual leader of the Dalits embraced Buddhism, thereby encouraging his followers to do the same. He died 8 weeks later. Over the following 50 years, his action inspired five to ten million of his followers to embrace Buddhism in India .

This group today comprises a critical feature of Buddhism's face in modern India . Ahimsa Trust is keen to interact with Dr Ambedkars followers and ensure that their action is a result of a deep and informed spiritual shift rather than a random choice.

I. Mindfulness in Education

“Mindfulness-based Education” is an exciting and important new development in kindergarten to class 12 education.

It develops skills such as:
• Attention and concentration
• Emotional and cognitive awareness and understanding
• Bodily awareness and coordination
• Interpersonal awareness and skills.

Mindfulness is increasingly recognized as an essential support for students, teachers, school administrators, and parents. Decades of research and practice have proved it to be a powerful tool, benefiting one’s health, optimising academic ability, enhancing social and emotional relations, and most importantly, promoting a sense of wellbeing. At the same time, the practice of mindfulness decreases stress, attention deficit issues, depression, anxiety, and hostility. It is a foundation for education, providing the optimal conditions for learning and teaching, supporting all pedagogical approaches. We are dedicated to bringing all these benefits to the field of education as a service to the country.

We focus on introducing these practices to teachers so that they can use it in their own lives and, based on their experience, share it with their students.

I A. Mindfulness Training and Teacher's Training
Ahimsa Trust has held Teacher Training workshops and/or Children’s workshops in the following schools: The Doon School (Dehradun), The Shri Ram School, (Gurgaon and Delhi), Blue Bells school, (New Delhi), The American Embassy School, (New Delhi), Step By Step School, (Noida), The Pathways School, Gurgaon Vasant Valley School, (New Delhi), The Heritage School, (Rohini), Delhi, The Indian School, (New Delhi), The Scottish High International School (Gurgaon) and Apeejay, Saket, (Delhi).

a). Mindfulness in Education: Workshop/Retreats (October 2014)
with the Monnastic and lay teachers from the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh in Delhi

A brief report on the Mindfulness workshop and retreats by
monastic and lay teachers from the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh in Delhi & Dehradun, India in Oct 2014

In October 2014, a group of monastics and lay people, who practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village, visited New Delhi & Dehradun, India. Their aspiration was to cultivate mindfulness in schools.

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b). Mindfulness in Education: Workshop/Retreats (October 2012)
with the Monnastic and lay teachers from the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh in Delhi

A brief report on the Mindfulness workshop and retreats by
monastic and lay teachers from the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh in Delhi in October 2012

In October 2012, a group of monastics and lay people, who practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village, visited New Delhi, India. Their aspiration was to cultivate mindfulness in schools. This video was captured during that trip.

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c). Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children
By Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village Community
Edited by Sister Jewel
Foreword by Shantum Seth

Mindfulness in Education is an exciting practice, to be applied from the time a child joins school, to the time s/he graduates. Years of research and practice have proved it to be a potentand enduring instrument foroptimizing one ’s academic, creative and physical potential, enriching social and emotional interaction, and increasing understanding, compassion and self-awareness.  Side by side, most importantly, by diminishing stress, anxiety and hostility, it simultaneously succeeds in enhancing one’s feeling of total well-being, peace, confidence and joy.

It is increasingly being recognized as an essential educational tool, invaluable to all sections of society, Mindfulness is the foundation of the educational process, supporting all pedagogical approaches, and providing optimal conditions for learning and teaching.  It develops skills such as attention and concentration, emotional and cognitive awareness and understanding, bodily awareness and coordination and interpersonal awareness. 

The practice of Mindfulness can not only be adapted for children, but is a key element in their social and emotional well-being. Read more ...

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d). Mindfulness in Education: Workshop/Retreat (November 2010)
with the Monks, Nuns and Teachers from Thich Nhat Hanh's tradition

Mindfulness In Education is increasingly being recognized as an essential educational tool, invaluable to all sections of society. Mindfulness is the foundation of the educational process, supporting all pedagogical approaches, and providing optimal conditions for learning and teaching.  It develops skills such as attention and concentration, emotional and cognitive awareness and understanding, bodily awareness and coordination and interpersonal awareness. 

The workshops were held like a retreat where there were two main purposes. One was to help teachers imbibe a practice to make their own lives more happy and helpful; the other was to share practices that they could share with their children in class.

In November 2010, two Mindfulness In Education retreats for Educators, Teachers and parents across India were held at The Doon School in Dehradun and Sanskriti School in Delhi. The other events included an evening at the Mind & Life conference in collaboration with The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Click here to view the report

Mindfulness in Education: Workshop/Retreat (11-14, November 2010), Sanskriti School, New Delhi
In Delhi the non residential Workshop was open to Delhi teachers and about 170 teachers attended. A schedule had been developed which included various practices including Sitting Meditation, Dharma talk, Walking meditation, Eating meditation, Deep Relaxation, Touching the Earth & Dharma sharing.

 

Mindfulness in Education: Workshop/Retreat (15-18, November 2010), The Doon School, Dehradun
In Dehradun we had about a 150 participants of whom 70 were teachers from various Government schools and colleges of the state of Uttarakhand. Other teachers from private schools came from across India including the southern state of Kerela, the western states of Maharashtra and Gujrat, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi. The outstation guests were provided residential facilities at The Doon school, Welham’s girls school and Mr /s Varma’s home.

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e). Mindfulness in Education: Workshop/Retreat (September - October 2008)
with the Monks, Nuns, Teachers and Thich Nhat Hanh

A National Workshop for Teachers 'Towards a Compassionate and Healthy Society' - 26th-29th September 2008, The Doon School, Dehradun

Partner Organisations with Ahimsa Trust: MAX India, The Doon School, Pallavan, Vasant Valley School, Kasiga International School

Programme details: A 4 day workshop was organised at The Doon School where 550 teachers attended from all over India ranging from the north- east  India to Kerala.  The participants included a number of Principals, teachers, some administrative staff from both private schools as well as Government schools like the Kendriya Vidyalayas, NCERT and the SCERT schools and residents of Dehradun. The workshop was inaugurated by the Governor of Uttarakhand on the 26th evening. A very full schedule followed in the next 3 days including talks, discussions, walking and eating meditation and introduction to various practices. The feedback forms from the workshop were extremely positive with participants requesting follow up workshops in the future.  A report was written by some of the American embassy school teachers. Click here to view the report

Inauguration of the Mindfulness in Education Centre land in Dehradun - 30th September 2008
Thich Nhat Hanh inaugurated and blessed the land which has been bought by 5 people, a part of which will be used to set up a Mindfulness in Education Centre in the future.  He planted a Banyan tree  along with the other monastics who planted the Sita Ashok tree, Peepal tree etc. For more details please click here.

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I B. Mindfulness Practice Centre

Inspired by the example of the community of mindfulness practitioners led by Thich Nhat Hanh and other intentional communities in India and around the world there arose a strong urge to develop a similar base in India that will allow people to touch peace within themselves and live in aware and peaceful coexistence and harmony with each other and nature while serving the community around them.

This would be a spiritual social and educational community that would share the practice of mindfulness in everyday life. A place for retreat and study the centre would run courses workshops and retreats and be a fourfold community home for those who want to live in the beauty and magic of mindful awareness.

A place that does not emphasise religion, but spirituality. A spirituality that is engaged in the sufferings of people, nature and society.
 A place that will help with bringing the  Buddha Dharma back to India, the land of its birth, not in a religious way, but  by offering  Buddha's teachings on how to understand the functioning of our mind in order to protect ourselves and our planet. This is primarily through an opportunity to train to be mindful while walking, drinking, eating, speaking, and acting, teacher training and the introduction of mindfulness practices in schools. AT has many good contacts in the education system and have already experimented with introducing the practices to some schools with good success.

Ahimsa Trust would also like to be engaged in the community outside the centre by offering support and mindfulness practice in the fields of education, environment to the underprivileged.

The Place

After an extensive search over the years we felt that the most appropriate place that seems ideally suited to our requirements for a Mindfulness Practice Centre in India is around Dehradun.   Dehradun is the capital of the new hill state of Uttarakhand ( North India ). The name Dehradun, literally means "home in the valley" and is situated between the Himalayas and the Shivalik ranges and also between the Ganga and Yamuna rivers. It is an area of many spiritual centres and also has a number of environmental institutes.

A beautiful place, Dehradun has a pleasant weather, clean air and no significant political turmoil. Trains and buses are abundant and there is an airport close by. It is 5 hours away from Delhi by train .
Dehradun is also known as the educational capital of India and has arguably the best residential schools in the country. Rajpur, the village where the centre will be situated is 12 kilometers from the centre of Dehra Dun . It is a multi- faith community of Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Muslims. It has a fine Yoga centre, a Tibetan Children's village school and an orphanage for destitute girls. People come over the hills each morning bringing fresh milk and organic produce on their mules.

The Site

The site is very conveniently located in the village of Rajpur as mentioned earlier, and yet within easy access to the city. It is quiet and a good place for ' mindfulness practice '.
The site is between around four and a half acres (27 bighas). It is partly terraced land on a hillside, reaching down to a confluence of rivers on one side and on the other side a meadow like terrace that overlooks the river. The land is east facing in front, so it gets the first rays of the sun. In the north there is a beautiful 'hidden' valley.  In the south, there is an open valley. The land is predominantly forest land, with some lovely trees, including a couple of big mango trees. In the hidden valley below is a beautiful 'ashram' within a forest. Close by is the main Shakya temple and a wonderful library.

Help us to make this centre a success.

 

II. Other Educational Project

A. Scholarships to Children

Through Ahimsa Trust, individuals have been sponsoring the education of the girl child. As of now, we are supporting the education of 6 underprivileged girls whose ages range from 4 – 12 years.

 

B. Educational projects in Villages in Bengal

 

C. The Peace Gong Article Writing & Poster making Competition on Peace & Conflict Resolution

Ahimsa Trust, New Delhi and the Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Foundation, New Delhi has initiated The Peace Gong Article Writing & Poster making Competition on Conflict Resolution for school students. The aim of the competition is to promote critical thinking abilities amongst children on non-violent methods of resolving conflicts, understand the causes and impact of conflicts in their own communities and how resolution of these conflicts leads to a culture of peace. Read more...

Final Results for Article writing Competition 2012

 

 

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