THE IMPORTANCE OF MEDITATION

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ith over 35 years of educational experience, Janet is an expert in helping staff and students discover creative ways to practice Mindfulness.

Mindfulness offers boundless positive possibilities for school communities. Calm, compassionate steps to nurture awareness bring gifts to children, teachers and families.  

Learning simple, creative ways to practice mind mastery underpins every aspect of education.

‘Meditation Capsules’ Comprehensive programs for schools include:

  • Staff Training
  • Student lessons
  • Parent Information sessions
  • Parent/Children Workshops
  • Newsletter Articles
  • Resource Materials

 

PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOLS

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    Primary and Secondary Staff

    Janet offers a range of courses that suit all levels of staff and provide the framework for applying what they experience during the presentation.

    Sessions ranging from 90 minutes, to half day or full day presentations are designed to contribute to Professional Development Programs.  Content can be tailored to suit specific requirements and includes the following:

    Theoretical Background

    • Understanding and applying Mindfulness
    • Basic physiology and neuroscience

     

    Mindfulness for Staff

    • Creating harmony and co-operation in the classroom
    • Strategies for energy management
    • Opportunities for personal growth
    • Ways to integrate Mindfulness into the curriculum and school life
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    Administrative Staff

    Sessions are designed to specifically meet the unique needs of administrative staff:  targeting ways to care for oneself with the challenge of long hours of sitting and multi-tasking. Apply the basic precepts of mindfulness to encourage personal development.

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    Primary School Students

    VELS emphasizes the need for students to manage emotions, feelings and moods. The ability to do so creates autonomy and success is enhanced at school, work and life. Mindful Meditation creates a framework for children to develop these skills.

    Janet’s course is structured sequentially to develop the general tenets of self-awareness and culminate in specific practices to enhance subtle focus skills.

    The course includes:

    • Identifying the difference between relaxation and meditation
    • Getting to know the body:  Posture, Breathing, Nervous System
    • Getting to know the brain:  Neo-cortex and Limbic System
    • Understanding the concepts of personal balance and energy management
    • Stress Awareness:  Personal Triggers and Responses
    • Awareness of Words and their emotional links
    • Awareness of the Senses:  Developing Self Awareness
    • Creative Approaches to Meditation: Visualisation and Imagery
    • Stillness Meditation:  Deepening Concentration

     

    Janet’s courses stand out as they utilise a wide range of unique visual props and aids infuse the sessions with creativity, theatre and the unexpected.  Age appropriate analogies, metaphors, exercises, games and experiences are embraced to ensure students fully engage and leave having learned from the experience.

     

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    Secondary School Students

    Self- knowledge is the key focus for sessions with secondary students. Connection to calm, conscious, present moment choices equip students to manage stress and enhance performance.  These techniques benefit students both within the educational and social realms of their daily lives.

    These can be tailored to suit large presentations or individual class sessions.

    Key Focus Areas:

    • Physiological Mindfulness:  posture, hydration, exercise, diet
    • Understanding brain functioning
    • Fostering growth mindsets
    • Refining personal perspectives
    • Developing calming and focusing skills
    • Enhancing memory and visualisation
    • Building  Emotional and Social Intelligence
 

 

EDUCATIONAL TESTIMONIES

Introductory session with staff was  wonderful, so informative about the benefits of Mindfulness and we were all very comfortable about introducing Janet to the students as we realised the benefits they would gain just by being around Janet  –   how right we were! Students were always so engaged during the sessions  – who would think a sultana could sound and taste so great …….. Our students on the autism spectrum have Mindfulness strategies to reduce anxiety levels and relax Our sessions with Janet have reinforced our focus on respect for all and because the sessions are so interactive each student is given the opportunity to contribute Students listening and observational  skills have been heightened through the Mindfulness sessions. The continuity and structure of the sessions suited our students, routines to follow are very important for them also being made aware of what they are learning.
Geri CharlesPrincipalThe Montague School

Learn From Leading Meditation Expert Janet Etty-Leal