"Uplifting and nourishing.”
"An excellent, enjoyable and useful course.”
Mindfulness for children "as Gaeilge"
1) Summer Courses online
by Derval Dunford and Dr. Ann Caulfield
Almost 9000 teachers have participated in our courses since 2011
Mindfulness Matters Level 1 Online
Mindfulness Matters Level 2 Online
Available from: Mayo Education Centre
Mindfulness Matters Level 1
Developing Mindfulness and Wellbeing in primary school teachers and children (SPHE)
‘A most helpful course to me as a person and I feel I have so much to bring back to the whole school’.
Clare Walsh, Principal
A welcome opportunity for teachers practice mindfulness and relaxation. Teachers need to be nourished before they can be expected to nourish others. ‘You can’t pour from an empty jug’.
Not your typical online course, this course combines audio, video, guided practices, cute clips, mindful walks, and can be completed with an air of ease. With over 7,000 previous participants endorsing the course, we trust that it will be a refreshing yet practical experience for you, providing lots of simple activities to support daily life in the classroom and beyond. The content is clearly linked to the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) programme for schools.
Mindfulness Matters Level 2
Unique creative cross-curricular mindfulness experience
Based on Irish research and feedback from over 7000 past participants on our Level 1 course.
‘Having taught in primary school for 39 years I wish I had this course sooner!! I will use the strategies taught on mindfulness in the classroom…and I will recommend it to all my colleagues’.
Nora Burns, Primary School Teacher
A clear comprehensive course on wellbeing and mindfulness for teachers and pupils. This course is a unique blend of Mindfulness Matters’ creative practices, research, and feedback from extensive interaction with teachers nationally. A unique, practical, and an optimum fit for Irish teachers and schools. This course is full of nourishing practices for teachers, ‘WSE with ease’, clearly defined links to English, Irish, SESE, Art, and SPHE, plus a wealth of resources for whole school implementation, this course is a must!
Note: Post Primary teachers: Many of Mindfulness Matters’ adult practices and children’s practices are suitable for use with teenagers. Teachers’ practices are the same for primary and post primary, the majority of the information on our courses is supportive for teachers and students and can be tweaked to become age-appropriate.
2) Face to Face Summer Courses
Mayo Education Centre 094 9020700
Sligo Education Centre 071 9138700
Cultivates mindfulness and wellbeing in teachers
Encourages introduction of simple practices in the classroom
Enhances positive mental, emotional and physical health
Reduces stress, increases calm and contentment
Supports and enhances the SPHE module for teaching and learning
Encourages a skilful response in challenging classroom situations
Improves concentration, co-operation and group discussion
Increases self-compassion, empathy and understanding
The courses combine video, articles, guided mindfulness practices and relaxations to support mindfulness and wellbeing into daily life for teachers and children. An innovative and enjoyable opportunity to explore mindfulness, wellbeing and relaxation in daily life.
3) Croke Park Hours
An Introduction to Mindfulness and Wellbeing
Providing teachers with simple techniques to reduce stress and to encourage calm in daily life in the classroom and beyond. They provide ‘time out’ for teachers to reflect on their personal and professional self-care and to experience the value of mindfulness.
New skills and ideas to facilitate the introduction of mindfulness to children in the classroom may also be covered.
Sessions are tailored to suit each school and staff team needs. Ranging from full day sessions to shorter two to three-hour sessions depending on staff needs. Workshops for children in the classroom setting are also included.
In a recent study conducted by The Teaching Council of Ireland, entitled ‘Job Satisfaction and Occupational Stress among Primary School Teachers and School Principals in Ireland’, its authors, Merike Darmody and Emer Smyth, found that 45 per cent of teachers and 70 per cent of primary school principals experienced occupational stress. Mindfulness Matters’ role is to assist teachers in reducing stress, maintaining confidence and calm, and in creating a relaxed teaching and learning environment.