People are always asking me to teach mindfulness to their kids. I am actually qualified to do this. I trained with the Mindfulness in Schools Project to teach their programme for teens ‘.b’ (in 2010) and also teach primary age kids ‘Paws.be’ (in 2016). This the training I recommend to anyone who is interested in teaching mindfulness to kids and I would recommend you send your kids on these programs if you can find them
The thing is, the way my business goes is that I like to ‘go with the flow’ and so far the flow leads me to teach adults in organisations, companies and in private classes… I just don’t seem to have the space to dedicate to teach youngsters (the picture above is me teaching my gorgeous niece and nephew Daisy in Ollie in Australia last year…). Though I am intending to be part of the Oxford Centre for Mindfulness MYRIAD programme next year. http://oxfordmindfulness.org/projec…
So to sign-post the people who ask me if I can teach mindfulness to their kids I have complied this rough list of local people who are actually out there doing it now! I include mindful movement as part of mindfulness so there are some Tai Chi and Yoga teachers listed…
However an important point I usually tell my students (who are often the ones asking me to teach their kids) is ‘mindful kids begins with you’
. Ultimately are the person who will teach your kids how to respond and behave mindfully – even if their school is teaching them how to relax… I like what Orlaith, Dublin-based mindfulness teacher says on the subject: https://www.orlaithosullivan.com/bl…
When I put the call out for teachers an american friend, Judith Toy also offered this for kids to say before meals: “Five Contemplations for Kids: This food is the gift of the whole universe–the earth, the sky, the rain and the sun. We thank the people who have made this food, especially the farmers, the people at the market and the cooks. We only put on our plate as much food as we can eat. We want to chew the food slowly so that we can enjoy it. We want to eat in a way that nurtures our compassion, protects other species and the environment and reverses global warming. This food gives us energy to practice love and understanding. We it in order to be healthy and happy, and to love each other as a family.”
I have not personally checked or verified the qualifications or experience of any of these teachers, please do that for yourself. If you know anyone who should be on this list tell them to message me and I’ll up date it. If you’re a teacher and you want to be listed on this note, send me a message and I’ll up date it asap. I’ve organised the teachers in alphabetical order by location.
* This blog post was originally created by me as Facebook note so it will be held there and updated… see this link
1. Oonagh Nelson Linden, Bangor
Children’s mindful art and yoga classes.Venue: live. Love yoga Bangor
Please contact: Gayle Keenan @ live. Love yoga ( yoga centre owner) firstname.lastname@example.org phone number 07977291799 or Oonagh linden ( Yoga teacher) 07974654475
We offer weekly term time classes and summer camps.
2. Sinead McGoldrick, Belfast
3. Veronica Ellis, Belfast and North Down.
Mindfulness and resilience building .b 1:1 mindfulness coaching. also teaching mindfulness to children and young adults with severe learning difficulties
4. Julieanne Reel, Sliverbridge, Crossmaglen
Paws.b Mindfulness Teacher, Mindful Kids Ireland, Northern Ireland & Southern Ireland – North/North East Regions.
5. Paul Fitz, Down Arts Centre or one on one
Tai chi for adults and kids
6. Ita Manderson, Hillsborough
yoga4kids at hillsborough village center , attached to downshire primary school
7. Joanne Callen, Newry
Relaxkids.com – we have coaches other coaches in Newry and also in Belfast, Derry, Omagh, Fermanagh, Antrim and other parts of Co-Down also.
I am a relax kids coach but also their trainer for ireland and we have coaches running classes both North and South there are also lots of free downloads and resources that can be purchased our website
8. Liz Kavanagh, East-Coast, Wicklow, Dublin, Ireland
working with teens 7 yrs now, in schools and out. Happy to travel for workshops 😊