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Summer Course

Mindful & Well Education

2020 Summer Course

Tuesdays and Thursdays


10am - 2pm

Open to ages 8-18

(separated into different age groupings)

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In the Mindful & Well program, we practice...

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Embodied Movement

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

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Mindful Reflection

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

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

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Time Outdoors

The more fresh air, the better! We try to hold all sessions outdoors in our spacious, forested patio space. 

The curriculum includes regular hikes and mindfulness practice in local nature preserves.

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

We incorporate yoga, hiking, meditation, games and activities, 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. 

Course Schedule

Tuesdays and Every Other Thursday

Yoga & Mindfulness Practice

10am - 11:15am

Activities on Topic of the Day (ie. Gratitude)

11:15am - 12:15pm

Lunch Break


Discussion on Topic of the Day


Mindful Reflection (Journaling) on Topic of the Day


Closing Mindfulness Practices

1:40pm - 2pm

Every Other Thursday

Guided Instruction on Topic of the Day (ie. Mind-Body Connection)

10am - 10:30am

Transportation to Nature Reserve


Hiking and Mindfulness Practice in Nature


Lunch Break & Discussion on Topic of the Day


Hike Back to Car, Drive Back

12:30pm - 2pm

Who can benefit from the

Mindful & Well Summer Program?

The short answer: every child and teen!

This program is an especially great fit for children and teens who experience:

Overwhelm with academic or extracurricular demands

Toxic stress

Anxiety or depression

Difficulty maintaining good grades

Overwork from high achievement

Physical tension or discomfort

Addiction to electronic devices and/or social media

Difficulty sleeping

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

...and children and teens who are well and thriving and just need a fun, relaxing way to spend their summer!

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.

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The Setting

Mindful & Well is based in my welcoming home. With a private backyard canyon in nature, the location is ideal for the program. It is conveniently located on the West Side of Santa Cruz. 



Mindful & Well

2020 Summer Program

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About Mindful & Well Education

Hi! I’m Emily Listmann. I created Mindful & Well because as a teacher, I was 

acutely aware of the toxic levels of

stress, anxiety, and depression

faced by youth, parents, and

educators. I wanted 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.

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