*For 4th-12th graders*
(divided into separate age groups)
October 15-November 20
Two class options: Tuesdays -OR- Wednesdays
Class meets once per week for 6 sessions total
After school (between 3 and 3:30pm) to 5:30pm
In the Mindful & Well after school program, we engage in:
...through getting outside, hiking, and doing yoga.
...through meditation, journaling, and discussion.
-Mindfulness is perhaps the most essential component of the Mindful & Well program; we practice it in every session.
-Introverts and extroverts alike benefit from the blended structure of the program, which incorporates time to self-reflect using journaling, and opportunities for social learning through lots of discussion.
...through the nurturing of positive mind states such as gratitude, compassion, and kindness.
-Themed mindfulness practices allow us to shift our mind set toward a specific positive emotion or behavior.
-Every daily session includes a new topic of the day, such as
resilience or altruism. Students receive direct instruction from the teacher, but mostly form knowledge on the topic collaboratively with the group and through self-reflection.
The goal of the program is to help students achieve wellness of the mind and body-- and to have fun in the process!
We practice yoga, hiking, mindfulness, discussion, and journaling. Each day's activities revolve around a theme, such as gratitude or compassion. Students have plenty of social time to have fun, be active, and just be kids-- while also benefitting from the introspection of meditation and journaling.
About Mindful & Well Education
Hi! I’m Emily Listmann. I created Mindful & Well
because as a teacher, I am acutely aware of the
toxic levels of stress, anxiety, and depression faced by
children in our education system. I want to provide
students with an antidote to these negative feelings. In the Mindful & Well program, students learn to replace harmful habits and emotions with strategies for self-care and positive relationships. This positive mind state is the foundation of all learning: academic, social-emotional, and intuitive.
Warm-Up: Mindful Reflection (Journaling)
Yoga & Mindfulness Practice
Guided Instruction of Topic of the Day (for example: gratitude or compassion)
Discussion on Topic of the Day
Closing Mindfulness Practice
Hiking Days (two classes total)
Discussion on Topic of the Day
Transportation to Nature Reserve
Walking and Mindfulness Practice in Nature
Transportation back to Home Base
Who can benefit from the Mindful & Well after school program?
The short answer: every child and teen!
Everyone can benefit from practicing mindfulness and wellness. This program is an especially great fit for children and teens who experience:
-Overwhelm with academic or extracurricular demands
-Physical pain, tension, or disease
-Anxiety or depression
-Difficulty maintaining good grades
-Overwork from high achievement
-Addiction to electronic devices and/or social media
-Issues with body image
-Unhealthy eating habits or relationship with exercise
-Difficulty with appropriate social responses
-Stagnation in achieving personal or academic goals
-Difficulty being still or relaxing, i.e. overactive or “high-strung”
-A lack of purpose or connection to the world around them
-Trouble regulating emotions
-A tendency to feel guilt or shame, or to be too hard on themselves
**and** children and teens who are well and thriving and just need a fun, relaxing way to fill their time!
Every child's experience in the Mindful & Well program is individual, and personalized according to their needs. Please don't hesitate to contact me (Emily) to discuss specific needs for your child.
Emily will be joined by Missy Bollengier for Mindful & Well Education's fall course and weekend workshops. Missy is also a former classroom educator with a degree in Childhood Development. She is a certified Yin Yoga teacher and will lead Mindful & Well youth through mindful, calming, and therapeutic movement and meditation in our fall programs. Missy runs her own business here in Santa Cruz called "Balance Your Life," supporting people of all ages in increasing self awareness and removing barriers to their happiness. She is a mother of four wonderful children, and her easy-going nature allows her to easily connect with youth.
Missy is awesome, and we are so lucky to have her join us at Mindful & Well this fall!
Mindful & Well is based in my welcoming home. With a private backyard canyon in nature and nearby access to beautiful hiking, the location is ideal for the program. It is conveniently located on the West Side of Santa Cruz.
And an FAQ
TUITION AND SPECIAL OFFERS
Mindful & Well
6 sessions from October 15-November 20
Tuesdays -OR- Wednesdays, After School (3pm-3:30pm) to 5:30pm
Transportation from school to program location is possible. Please inquire!
An additional $40 resource fee applies. This helps provide yoga mats, meditation pillows, and journals.
Refer another family/child who signs up, and both you and the referral will receive $75 off the tuition!