Q: Is the Mindful & Well program appropriate for me or my child?
A: The Mindful & Well Education curriculum can benefit anyone, even children or adults who are well and thriving.
The program can also help those with specific challenges, such as:
Anxiety or depression
Overwhelm with academic or extracurricular demands
Difficulty maintaining good grades
Overwork from high achievement
Physical tension or discomfort
Addiction to electronic devices and/or social media
Issues with body image
Bullying or harassment from peers
Unhealthy eating habits or relationship with exercise
High emotional or environmental sensitivity
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
Please don't hesitate to send me (Emily) a message about you or your child's specific needs: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: How many kids are in your workshops or classes? What are the age ranges for each workshop or class?
A: Workshops and classes are intentionally small. We cap enrollment at 8 students, but sometimes have as few as four or five students. To determine age ranges for workshops, we provide 2-3 possible dates for the workshop and ask interested families to let us know which dates work for their schedule. We then assign an age range to a workshop date based on the highest demand.
Workshops and courses are available for grades 2nd-12th, and adults. We typically have no more than 3 consecutive school grades in a workshop together: for example, 4th-6th grade or 9th-11th.
Q: Do you offer scholarships?
A: We do! We reserve one out of every 5 workshop and course spots for scholarship, available to low income students and/or students of color. Please contact for more info on workshop or course scholarships. We also offer a sliding scale for all our services.
Q: How does the sliding scale work?
A: You simply pay what you feel comfortable paying.
Q: What sorts of things do participants actually do in workshops, courses, and private sessions?
A: To answer this question, we will describe a typical session or workshop. We meet in Emily's backyard on the West Side of Santa Cruz. The backyard is set in a small canyon green belt, so we are surrounded by fresh air, trees, and deer. We might start with an introduction to mindfulness, and a couple short mindfulness practices. From there, we would engage in heartfulness activities-- for example, writing down and discussing things we are grateful for. We would then incorporate gentle yoga or other embodied movement, followed by more mindfulness and heartfulness exercises, and journaling. There is a nice combination of fun activities and opportunities for quiet reflection.
Q: Is this going to be too "woo-woo" or overtly spiritual for me or my kid?
A: Hehe- understandable question. Firstly, our programs are 100% secular. We want people from all religious, spiritual, and non-religious backgrounds to feel welcome and comfortable. The Mindful & Well curriculum is based on scientific research and practices that are proven to provide a number of benefits. Many of our mindfulness and heartfulness practices are similar to those utilized today in public school social-emotional learning programs. So in short, although we appreciate the "woo woo," we are aware that it's not for everyone. Even if you have an aversion to it, you will likely still feel comfortable in our programs.
Q: Can I do a session for my whole family?
A: Yes! Private coaching is available for families, parent/guardian and child, and more. Read more about private coaching here.
Q: I'm not so sure my young child can stay focused in a three-four hour mindfulness class. How difficult is it for kids to remain engaged throughout?
A: Emily and Missy have years of experience teaching all age ranges of kids, teens, and adults. We are well acquainted with what it takes to keep young kids engaged and having fun. Sometimes people imagine we have kids sit and meditate in silence for long periods on end-- but we wouldn't dare! Our workshops and classes for kids incorporate games, fun exercises, lots of movement, and discussion in addition to a variety of mindfulness practices.
Q: What do I or my child need to bring to sessions?
A: We provide yoga mats, meditation pillows, and blankets; you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. Please bring a journal and pen to all workshops. Those enrolled in courses or private sessions will be provided with a journal, or they can bring their own. Please wear comfy clothes that you can stretch and relax in.
You may also want to bring a water bottle, and a hat and/or sunscreen if you prefer to be in the sun (though shade is always an option).
Q: Is any experience in yoga, mindfulness, etc. required for workshops or courses?
A: Nope. All are welcome!