Online private coaching for kids, parents, & educators
Even as we physically distance during this COVID-19 chapter, we can remain connected.
Mindful & Well Education is offering 40-minute virtual sessions to help youth, parents, and educators remain mindful, connected, and well during this challenging time.
Parents & guardians: if you need a break from home-schooling, these sessions both occupy some of your kids' time and help them feel more grounded during the current uncertainty. Or, take this opportunity to give yourself some much-needed quiet time and self-care with your own private session sans the kids.
Private virtual sessions are also open to families and educators.
There is no better time than now to begin or deepen a regular mindfulness and wellness practice.
In the Mindful & Well virtual sessions, we practice:
Individual Sessions (one person)
40 minute sessions
Sliding Scale: $35-55
Family/group Sessions (2-4 people)
40 minute sessions
Sliding Scale: $45-65
Each session is personalized to meet the needs of the individuals. Mindfulness and wellness coaching includes any combination of meditation, mindful movement, heartfulness practices, written reflection, goal-setting, discussion, and other practices.
Students are introduced to mindfulness through different activities and modalities of practice.
No previous yoga experience necessary. A gentle yoga session helps students release the physical impacts of stress, and reset their nervous system.
Heartfulness practices help nurture positive mind states such as compassion and gratitude.
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We are all heavily influenced by societal messaging we have picked up throughout our life. By examining these beliefs and shedding those that don't serve us, we embrace our "true self."
The process of getting to know our true self fosters confidence, fulfillment, and self-trust.
For youth ages 11+, and adults
Online and in person in Santa Cruz
About Emily Listmann
Founder of Mindful & Well Education
Hello! 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 was keenly aware of the toxic levels of stress, anxiety, and
depression faced by so many. I saw how students, teachers, administrators, and parents
were struggling to find equilibrium in their overstretched daily schedules. My heart ached for
my students who were suffering and overwhelmed instead of feeling nourished during a crucial time
of development. 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. I truly believe that a state of mindfulness and wellness is the foundation for all positive learning and development. The Mindful & Well program enables children, parents, and educators to become their whole, best selves.
My approach to teaching has always been to work collaboratively with my students to meet their unique needs. It is of paramount importance to me to build a positive rapport with my students and ensure that they feel comfortable, supported, and accepted for who they are. The curriculum I created for Mindful & Well 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
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It is of paramount importance that children are well in mind and body, as this is foundational to the development and learning that carries children into their adult lives. Unfortunately, students today experience unprecedented stress, negative emotions, and health problems. In a survey of 22,000 high school students conducted by Yale University, students reported feeling negative emotions such as stress, fatigue, and boredom an average of 75% of the time (Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence). These feelings of stress and other negative emotions early in life has been shown to adversely impact memory, physical and mental health, behavior, and learning ability for decades to come (Harvard University Center on the Developing Child). How can we expect children who are physically and emotionally malnourished to think deeply about a problem, or creatively navigate a large project?
But that can change, if we choose to invest in education and practical strategies for our children's health and wellness. Multiple clinical studies have proven that mindfulness and wellness education increases positive brain responses in children and teens. In addition to the benefits listed above, this includes improving children's ability to focus and pay attention, show care for others, increase calm and self control, and decrease depressive and anxiety symptoms. Additionally, an improved immune system, stress response, strength, and balance are just a few of the physical benefits of activities like yoga and hiking in nature (Harvard Medical School).
Everyone can benefit from a mindful & well education.
Significantly reduce stress
Increase calm, focus, and resilience
Nurture positive mind states such as kindness, compassion, and gratitude
Instill a greater sense of purpose and connection with the world around us
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 youth ages 11+, and adults. For youth workshops, we typically have no more than 3 consecutive school grades in a workshop together: for example, 5th-7th grade or 9th-11th.
Q: I'm not so sure my child can stay focused in a three-four hour mindfulness class. How difficult is it for kids to remain engaged throughout?
A: I have years of experience teaching all age ranges of kids, teens, and adults, so I am well acquainted with what it takes to keep young kids engaged and having fun! Sometimes people imagine I have kids sit and meditate in silence for long periods on end-- but I wouldn't dare! My workshops and classes for kids incorporate games, fun exercises, lots of movement, and discussion in addition to a variety of mindfulness practices.