Sally Borden School
Summer Program

Summer Mindfulness

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Note: When prompted to enter a grade level, please register as “Adult.”

1. Mindful Communication

Thursdays 9-10:30 | June 22, 29, Jul 6, 13, 20 | $75

This course uses Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication framework (NVC), a simple model for communicating with others and with ourselves. In this course, we will develop empathic understanding of ourselves and others. We will practice speaking in a way that supports connection and harmony, identifying needs and values, making requests that increase the possibility of getting one’s needs met, and navigating challenging and emotional situations with care. 

2. Mindfulness Techniques for the Christian Educator

July 10-21 | 9-10am | $75

Recent interest in mindfulness has been driven largely by science & research. Enhanced cognitive functioning, reductions in stress and anxiety, and improved memory, attention, and mood are some of the benefits of regular practice. This course is designed for the Christian educator. In addition to learning simple mindfulness techniques appropriate for the classroom, we will explore the traditional Christian practices of lectio divina and contemplative prayer for our spiritual growth.  

3. Cultivating Resilience

July 17-21 |10:30-12 | $75

Resilience is the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or stress. This course explores mindfulness techniques that help teachers and students learn from the inevitable challenges and vicissitudes that often come packaged as lessons in life’s curriculum. The insights we glean and techniques we practice were tested in fires of tribulation and transmitted by men and women who suffered exile, crippling diseases, imprisonment, torture, and other grave misfortunes. Yet, they emerged stronger in equanimity, compassion and joy not in spite of their suffering but because of it.

4. Mindfulness Training for the Adolescent Brain

July 24-July 28 | 9-10:30 | $75 

Adolescence is a time of dynamic structural and functional change for the developing brain. Significant synaptic reorganization takes place during this period. Other than the first three years of life, no other developmental stage is as consequential (Steinberg, 2011).  Studies indicate that it is the changing brain which is largely responsible for the dramatic fluctuations in thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. During this sensitive period, experiential input is critical to the development of both executive functioning and social cognition (Blakemore & Choudhury, 2006).  

As thoughts, beliefs, interests, abilities, and skills developed during adolescence often last a lifetime, providing young people simple but powerful tools during this period of reconstruction is critical. Mindfulness trains core cognitive competencies from memory and attention to executive functioning to emotional regulation and inhibitory control.  

5. Transformative Technologies

July 31-Aug 4 | 9-10:30 | $150

Transformative technologies allow us to shine a light into the mind and, by understanding and examining it, train at the root level. Mobile EEGs, breathing monitors, and heart rate variability (HRV) sensors allow us to peer into the workings of own own minds in real time and train the core. Core cognitive competencies are the fundamental skills that promote effective learning: attentional training, meta-cognition, memory and executive functioning. Executive functions are processes that affect inhibitory control, reasoning, cognitive flexibility, planning, and problem solving. From biofeedback tools that measure stress to EEGs that measure brain waves, from apps to online digital resources, we will explore this exciting field that merges ancient techniques with modern hardware.

6. Meditation for People who are too Busy to Meditate

July 10, 17, 24 | 4-530 | $60

Want to try meditation but feel like the daily to-do list is too long? Join Caroline Paradis, founder of Clarity Wellness, to learn how to incorporate simple mindfulness & meditation techniques into your busy lifestyle. This course will introduce you to various types of meditation and provide practical suggestions for establishing a regular practice.

7. Mindful Self Care for Educators - A Wellness Workshop

Wednesday, July 26 | 9-12 | $60

This three hour workshop is a mini-retreat for teachers to reflect on personal and professional self-care and to experience the value of mindfulness for themselves as they reconnect with the essence of teaching. It will introduce mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and to encourage calm and harmony not only in the classroom but in our own personal lives. Teachers will leave with mindfulness tools that they can immediately implement into their work day and home life.

8. Mindful Self Care/Summer Renewal Program

Tuesdays 9-10:30 | Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | $75

A new year of teaching is upon us. Begin with a fresh start. Find more balance in the classroom and at home with mindfulness. In this 5 week course, participants will gain an understanding of the theory, research and practice of mindful self care. Sessions will include experiential activities in mindfulness including: guided meditation, talks on fundamental mindfulness teachings, and time for reflection, questions and discussion. 

9.  Mindfulness and Self-Compassion (with Gentle Yoga)

2 Separate Sessions: 

Wednesday, June 28 (9-12)

Wednesday, Aug  16 (9-12)


Mindfulness and self-compassion go hand-in-hand. One cannot exist without the other. Through deep and experiential awareness exercises like meditation, proprioceptive writing, and gentle yoga we will learn ways to soften our inner critic’s harsh voice, discover the roots of self criticism, and then shift away from habitual self-judgment towards kindness and self-compassion.

10. Yin Yoga Morning & Afternoon Retreats

3 Separate Sessions

June 22, Thursday 930-1230

July 12, Wednesday 1-4

August 2,  Wednesday 1-4


Come and befriend your body, heart, and mind. Explore mindfulness meditation and yin yoga. Discover inner richness in the quiet, still attention you cultivate through both stimulating yet stationary body shapes and practices. Whether you are new to yoga or mediation or a long-time practitioner, this half day retreat is for you. Your morning or afternoon of self-care is designed to recalibrate and balance wayward energies, and ground you in your inner resources.

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga poses are performed seated or lying down using props and slow transitional movements that massage and lubricate the body’s sheath of connective tissue as well as the mind’s power of observation. Sustaining each pose for a period of time pairs intentional stillness with steady compression to signal a “rest and restore” mode for the central nervous system thus promoting digestion, muscle repair and organ detoxification.

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Note: When prompted to enter a grade level, please register as “Adult.”

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