mindful & well

education for youth,
parents, & educators

VIRTUAL OPTIONS DURING COVID-19

Even as we physically distance, we can remain socially connected. Mindful & Well Education is offering 50-minute virtual sessions to help youth, parents, and educators remain mindful, connected, and well during this challenging time. 

 

Mindful & Well Education serves youth, parents, and educators in becoming their whole, best selves through wellness of the mind and body.

About Mindful & Well Education

Hi! I’m Emily. I created Mindful & Well

Education after years of seeing a glaring need

for more wellness in our education system. As a middle- and high-school history teacher, it was all too common to observe students, parents, & educators suffering from toxic stress and overwhelm. I felt compelled to develop a systemized, yet simple approach to help all in the education system improve wellness of the body and mind.

 

In the Mindful & Well program, youth, parents, and educators learn strategies for self-care and stress reduction. This state of greater well-being sets the foundation for success in all aspects of life: academic, career, and personal.

Mindful & Well offers online or in-person workshops and private coaching. Consulting and teacher training is also available for schools. More below!

In the Mindful & Well program, we practice:

Embodied Movement

Gentle yoga sessions and other mindful movement practices help strengthen the mind-body connection and calm the nervous system

Mindful Reflection

Mindful reflection encompasses mindfulness meditation, discussion, journaling, and mindful games and activities

Heartfulness

Heartfulness is the practice of cultivating positive mind states such as compassion, gratitude, and kindness. We do this through meditations, games, and more.

Connection with 

Nature

Time outdoors and connection with nature is integral to our in-person sessions. We even find creative ways to bring the outdoors to our online sessions, too!

The goal of the program is to help students achieve wellness of the mind and body-- and to have fun in the process! 

Who is this program for?

Everyone can benefit from mindfulness and wellness practices, as we all experience difficult emotions and stress in our lives.

 

Our program helps youth, parents, and educators change the way they relate to stress and other difficult emotions and experiences: we break the habit of repeated negative thoughts, and learn to view life through a more positive lens. 

 

We use simple self-care strategies that are proven to be effective for all youth, parents, & educators. This program is an especially great fit for those who experience:

Overwhelm with academic, career, or family demands

Toxic stress

Anxiety or depression

Addiction to electronic devices and/or social media

Difficulty sleeping

High emotional or environmental sensitivity

Bullying 

Trouble regulating emotions, or a tendency to overreact

Issues with body image

Low self-esteem

Physical tension

Difficulty focusing

Stagnation in achieving personal or academic goals

Unhealthy eating habits or relationship with exercise

Difficulty being still or relaxing, i.e. overactive or “high-strung”

A lack of purpose or connection to the world around them

A tendency to feel guilt or shame, or to be too hard on themselves

**and** those who are well and thriving and just want to take time for self-care!

 

Everyone's experience in the Mindful & Well program is individual, and personalized according to their needs. Please don't hesitate to contact me to discuss specific needs for you or your child/students. Email me at emily@mindfulandwell.org or text (831) 471-7314.

Workshops &
Courses
For youth, parents, and 
educators
Online and in person in Santa Cruz
Mindfulness & Wellness Coaching
For youth, parents, and educators
 
Online or in person in Santa Cruz\​ 
 
Significantly reduce stress
Increase calm, focus, and resilience 
Improve sleep
Nurture positive mind states such as kindness, compassion, and gratitude
Improve self-confidence
Instill a greater sense of purpose and connection with the world around us

So, what exactly is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of becoming aware and accepting of the present moment, without judgment. 

When we are mindful, we become non-judgmentally attuned to what is happening in the momentMindfulness can be practiced throughout our day, whether in a seated meditation or while taking a high-stakes exam. Mindfulness in education has gained in popularity in recent years as an antidote to the unprecedented levels of stress, anxiety, and depression among youth and adults alike.

Mindfulness practice is show to:

Mindful & Well incorporates wellness education, in addition to mindfulness practices into our curriculum.

 

Wellness, or the general state of health and happiness, is also increasingly recognized as essential to a K-12 education. The Mindful & Well program emphasizes self-care of the body and mind through wellness practices such as heartfulness, embodied movement (such as yoga and qi gong), mindfulness, and connection with nature.

 

About Emily Listmann

Founder of Mindful & Well Education

Hi! I'm Emily. I was a middle and high school Social Studies teacher in the Bay

Area for four years after obtaining my Master in Teaching from Stanford University.

Before that, I taught English in the public schools in Spain, SAT Prep at Kaplan, and

I operated my own tutoring business. Through these years of experience working in

the educational system, I became acutely aware of the toxic levels of stress, anxiety, and

depression faced by students, educators, and parents. It was all too common to see my

students show up to school sleep deprived, anxious, stressed, and confused instead of nourished

and self-assured. Similarly, teachers (myself included) were overworked and under-resourced, and parents were overwhelmed with the pressure to help their kids achieve success. 

 

I was compelled to create Mindful & Well as an antidote to this epidemic of toxic stress, and to support students, parents, and educators in a way I wasn't able to do as a full-time teacher. The program is based on four tenets of wellness: mindfulness, heartfulness, embodied movement, and connection with nature. Not only have these helped me immensely, but they are scientifically proven methods for reducing stress and improving wellness of the mind and body.

I truly believe that this state of wellness is the foundation for all positive learning and development. 

My approach to teaching is collaborative, compassionate, and responsive to other's unique needs. It's important to me to build a positive rapport with students and ensure that they feel comfortable, supported, and accepted for who they are. The Mindful & Well curriculum reflects that approach and is inclusive for all types of learners. 

My experience in education includes:

  • Master in Arts in Teaching from Stanford University
  • Graduate of the Mindful Schools Educator Essentials Program, as well as the Mindfulness Fundamentals Course​
  • Creator of a mindfulness course for grades 7 & 8 at Woodland School (Portola Valley, CA)
  • 9th grade mentor and advisor, focusing in social-emotional learning at Summit Preparatory High School (Redwood City, CA)
  • 7th + 8th grade mentor and advisor in social-emotional learning at Woodland School
  • Curriculum Head of the Social Studies Department for grades K-8 at Woodland School 
  • Middle school Social Studies teacher at Woodland School
  • High school Social Studies teacher at Summit Preparatory High School
  • Training in social-emotional education from the Institute for Social-Emotional Learning
  • Over six years of private tutoring experience
  • English Teacher in the public schools in San Sebastian, Spain
  • SAT Test Prep Teacher and Tutor for Kaplan Test Prep
 
Workshops &
Courses
For youth, parents, and 
educators
Online and in person in Santa Cruz
Mindfulness & Wellness Coaching
For youth, parents, and educators
 
Online or in person in Santa Cruz\​ 
 

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