Mindfulness for Kids

Mindfulness and Play
For kids 6 – 12 years old
Coming in 2018!

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This program will engage kids ages 7 – 12 in mindfulness meditation and movement, along with fun drama and play-based activities. Kids will explore issues related to conflict, stress, anxiety, self-esteem and self-regulation through experiential drama and mindfulness. These workshops offer a fun and creative way for kids to explore issues they are experiencing, and to identify positive ways to reduce stress and develop deeper self-regulation and self-awareness. Kids will be introduced to a variety of mindfulness meditation techniques to help them practice being in the moment and de-escalating moments of stress.

Mindfulness meditation:

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, nonjudgmentally.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

Kids will be exploring mindfulness experientially as they are taken through a series of mindfulness meditations that include: breath awareness, sitting meditation, laying down body scan, walking meditation, guided visualization and mindful hatha yoga. Through this embodied practice, they will gain experience in paying attention to the present moment and bringing mindfulness to explore dealing with the stress, anxiety and challenges they face.

Mindfulness can help kids to become aware of the internal feelings of stress, as they are arising, and how they are being expressed in their thoughts, emotions and in their bodies. This program offers vocabulary to help kids tap into mindfulness when they need it most – during times when they are experiencing big emotions. These classes offer fun and interactive ways to explore:

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* Self-regulation and focus

* Stress and worry

* Ways to identifying emotions in the body and mind

* Body awareness

* Ways to slow down and become better problem solvers

* Breathing and relaxation techniques

Why mindfulness and drama:

Theatre activities can help students to explore different aspects of their internal and external stressors in a fun and interactive way.

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* Drama, coupled with mindfulness, offers a safe and playful entry into deeper personal learning;

* Through role-playing real-life scenarios, kids are able to explore ways to apply mindfulness and to help others and themselves;

* It offers a playful platform to learn mindfulness activities to help centre and focus.

About the facilitator: Sara Escott is the co-founder and co-artistic director of In Forma Theatre. She has over 15 years of experience as a theatre director, facilitator and educator. In her work, she uses mindfulness, movement and a wide range of theatrical techniques. Sara directs and facilitates community-based theatre projects, and offers children’s programs in schools and community settings.  She facilitates mindfulness programs to adults, youth and children. Sara has a Masters in Adult Education and Community Development (OISE/UT) with a focus on using theatre for peacebuilding, community building and collective change, and an Honours B.F.A. in Theatre Directing (York University). Sara is a qualified Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Instructor (Centre for Mindfulness Studies & Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto)  and has a certificate in Stress Management and Resilience Training (SMART) Education (Mindfulness Everyday and The University of British Columbia).

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