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My Upcoming Events
Sustainable Caring for Teachers
Online Hybrid course starts January 11, 2022 | 3:30 – 4:30pm PST |
Why Sustainable Caring for Teachers?
We know that teaching has always been challenging. But never has teaching been as difficult and stressful as it has been these last two years, with unprecedented changes, demands, remote learning, and mental health challenges arising in the classroom. Burnout rates are at an all time high, with more and more of our teachers questioning their chosen career’s meaning and purpose.
Preserving the mental health of our educators should be a critical priority for all of us.
To this end, Sustainable Caring for Teachers (SCT) was created–to care for the very individuals who are central to the future of our children and communities. Sustainable Caring for Teachers is a six week digital course that focuses on cultivating resilience and preventing burnout, through the development of internal resource tools such as mindfulness, self compassion, and positive psychology.
Sustainable Caring for Teachers was created by psychiatrist and wellness consultant Dr. Monisha Vasa, mindfulness expert Cayce Howe, and Christy Curtis, mindfulness and SEL educator. Together, they will walk you through six weeks of skill building, practice, and experiential learning. At the end, you will have indefinite access to all of the covered information (including audio recordings, readings, videos, and guided meditations) in a digital format.
By the end of the six week course, you will experience:
Improved tools to manage burnout
Improved work-life integration
Improved stress management
Greater connection to purpose and meaning
Development of a personal, sustainable meditation practice
Teachers, we hope to have the opportunity to finally support and care for you in the same way you support and care for your students.
All Classes Meet on Tuesday’s from 3:30 – 4:30PST Zoom (please attend all that your schedule permits)
Class 1 : January 11th
Class 2 : January 18th
Class 3 : January 25th
Class 4 : February 1st
Class 5 : February 8th
Class 6 : February 15th
California Alliance for Health, Physical Education,
Recreation and Dance State Conference
"2020 In Focus"
Hyatt Regency - Orange County
Friday February 21st 8am – 9am
Yoga: The New PE
Ready to provide your students with the life-changing skill of experiencing a body, mind, and heart connection? This interactive workshop will introduce physical educators to the primary tools of integrating yoga into PE as part of a warm up/cool down or weekly class practice. Educators will be introduced to postures that support students in stress-reduction, focus, more energy, empowerment, sense of community and fun. Learn how to adopt a new approach to physical education that serves as self-care for educators and students while increasing attentional stability, emotional regulation, and greater efficiency to the body-mind connection.
Mindfulness for Parents Workshop
Tuesday February 25th @ 6 PM,
2020 Capistrano Valley HS
Mindfulness Tools for Parents & Student Well-Being Workshop – Parents will be introduced to common issues and trends negatively impacting teens today, and how parents can assist their children in navigating the daily stresses and pressures of high school. Parents will learn basic mindfulness tools for themselves and their children, as well as how mindfulness relates to the social-emotional development for students. Additionally, strategies will be shared to create a mindfulness practice at home. Tuesday, February 25th 6:00pm in Cougar Hall
Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” — Robert Fulghum
Presented by: Christy Curtis, Mindfulness and Physical Educator & Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher
Mindful Education Retreat for
Capistrano Unified School District
Saturday January 11, 2020
9am – 12pm
Sign up: Click on Truenorthogic for course details and to register.
Location: Capistrano Valley High School
CUSD Educators: Professional Learning opportunities available in the new year! All employees are eligible to participate in any class relevant to their position. Certificated staff will receive column advancement credit for all classes, and certificated and classified members are eligible for reimbursement on select classes.
Mindful Educator Retreat Information
Immerse yourself in a day of self-care and mindfulness meditation practices that restore a sense of balance, vitality, and overall nourishment to a fragmented and burned out nervous system that has endured the impact of the educational profession. In this retreat, you will directly experience mindfulness and cultivate the skills to:
- Develop a personal mindfulness meditation practice• Enhance personal social emotional development
- Experience the direct effects of gratitude and mindfulness through the practices of gentle yoga, mindful walking, mindful eating, and journaling
- How to incorporate mindfulness into daily classroom setting
- Build a network community of mindful educators through co-learning activities and resources
The intentions of this retreat are to build a capacity of personal support to foster a change in the way educators offer a learning experience by placing student and teacher well-being first in order to add greater connections and meaning to the teaching profession. By developing teachers with social emotional competence, we in turn develop better students with the same qualities.
For more information, please contact me at [email protected]
Mindful Eating Workshop
Wednesday January 22, 2020 6pm – 8pm
Perhaps a love- hate relationship or no relationship with food at all? Eating is a part of our daily experience and an immediate gateway to being present to our daily lives. But the experience and relationship with eating has transformed into a mindless act–eating on autopilot, driving the car, watching tv, etc . We are bombarded with information on what to eat, how much, why, when to eat…but what happens when you learn how to use mindfulness as a gateway to BEing present? Your body and mind deserve a gift of nourishment from the inside out.
6pm – 8pm
Wednesday January 22, 2020
34700 CA-1 Suite 209, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624
Options: Venmo (@Christy-Curtis-2), cash at the door or paypal link
In this workshop you will learn:
- Practical methods of awareness to help break the cycle of mindless eating
- How to distinguish physical versus emotional hunger
- Become aware of food related triggers and acquire the freedom to choose your response
- Experience and acquire scientifically proven mindfulness tools for greater well-being and body-mind health
My journey with food has been a gnarly ride. As an emotional eater, I used food as a numbing device to cope with stress and overwhelming emotions, or would avoiding certain foods altogether only to be triggered by cravings that lead to indulgence, followed by guilt and remorse.
What if there was a way to eat with more awareness and develop a healthier relationship with food?
Since my teen years, I used food as a way to cope with stress and stuff down difficult emotions. Food was a quick fix to feed a hunger that could not be fulfilled by exercise, relationships, my career, alcohol, or any other mindless distractions. As much as I thought of food as a source of nourishment, unhealthy patterns and behaviors developed involving food, which became an outlet to fuel what wasn’t getting emotionally processed in my life. I would eat just to eat or relied upon the clock to determine when or how much I ate. I missed being present to internal cues of fullness, hunger, taste, satisfaction and more. I felt powerless over cravings and guilty for poor choices of treating my body with such disrespect.
The practice of mindfulness and learning tools to develop a balanced relationship with food and eating led to more awareness and appreciation of food.
If you have traveled this path or are ready to have a more positive experience with food, there is a way to be fully satisfied and nourished!
Join me to learn and experience Mindful Eating at Pacific Health & Wellness Center to learn the life changing skill of mindfulness through eating. You will be supported by a community of other individuals who are willing to become aware of choices and empowered by tools to befriend a struggle with food. You hold the keys to a healthier and balanced life! Let it start NOW.
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