Mindfulness and Self-Care for Educators
Mindful Fridays: Organizational Mindfulness
April 8, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Speakers: Patric Barbieri, M. Ed., Consultant; Will Kabat-Zinn, MA, Insight Meditation Center, San Francisco, Calif.
Will Kabat-Zinn will join us in this segment for a discussion about how to build a mindful culture. Will and his father have consulted with many companies in developing a mindful practice. The organization's objective is to bring mindfulness practice into their company to benefit their employees dealing with stress and anxiety. What are the characteristics of a “Mindful Culture?” How does your company get there? Do they ever “get there or arrive?” What practices are done consistently? Is there a curriculum for doing this? Are there rubrics we can use? All these topics and questions will be part of our discussion.
About the Speakers
Patric Barbieri has been in the field of special education for 32 years, working in myriad roles including special needs teacher, educational coordinator, and program director. He recently retired as Executive Director of LABBB Collaborative. His strength is in developing specialized programs for students with special needs from pre-school through high school. He has also developed a college program in collaboration with Middlesex Community College for students with disabilities who attend LABBB. Patric is a frequent speaker teaching mindfulness workshops and a new perspective for those struggling with anxiety, which he calls, “Positive Anxiety.” He also teaches workshops on how to develop a mindful culture in schools and organizations both for students and staff. He has been practicing mindfulness for 35 years. Patric has also conducted many program evaluations and professional development trainings for public school districts.
Will Kabat-Zinn, MA spent his early practice years at the Insight Meditation Society with Larry Rosenberg, Sharon Salzberg, and Joseph Goldstein and at Panditarama Forrest Meditation Center in Burma under the guidance of Sayadaw U Pandita. Will was deeply influenced by his friendship with Dr. Rina Sircar who carried the lineage of Mingon Sayadaw through her teacher Taungpulu Sayadaw, and by the fierce compassion of Chan Master Shen Yen who he met and practiced with in New York. He lives in the East Bay with his wife and two sons.
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