Our vision is to encourage young people to explore and deepen an awareness of self through mindfulness training. We teach a curriculum that is designed to support social and emotional learning and cultivate awareness of stress reactivity in children and adolescents. Mindfulness-based practices inspire discernment in decision-making and lead to healthier and happier choices. These experiential programs offer youth, and the families who care for them, an opportunity to discover their capacity for a deeper purpose and more meaningful connection to themselves and the world around them.
~ Mindfulness is the new ABCs of education: Attention, Balance and Concentration
~ Susan Kaiser-Greenland
The Center’s Youth, Family & School-Based Programs
This 8-week program is designed for kids ages 7-9 and 9-12. This skill-building program utilizes a combination of age-appropriate exercises - mindfulness, yoga/mindful movement, art, meditation practices and multimedia - to cultivate kindness, encourage insight, build skills of self-awareness and empathy, and strengthen the capacity for greater emotional regulation and stronger emotional resilience. Focused attention and sustained concentration are just a few of the benefits of mindfulness. Kids can easily experience what is commonly known as "monkey mind," a mind that jumps around, and is continually distracted by thoughts and ruminations about the past and future. Neuroscience research provides strong evidence that when practiced, mindfulness can help to calm the mind and body, alter the structure and function of the brain/pre-frontal cortex, and promote a greater sense of well-being. One of our pre-teen students stated, "I may not always understand my feelings, but I know if I name it, I can tame it. I can choose what is important to pay attention to and can focus better when I need to." By building the capacity to become more self-aware, kids develop greater resilience and emotional strength in the face of adversity. Mindfulness and self-kindness help to cultivate the skills to respond with greater kindness and generosity to the needs of others as well as their own.
Held on the premises of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, these weekly programs are designed for Teens aged 13-19. The Mindfulness for Teens program utilize a combination of age-appropriate exercises, that include yoga, art, meditation practices and multimedia to encourage insight, self-awareness and strengthen the capacity for self-regulation. Neuroscience research provides strong evidence that these mindfulness practices can alter the structure and function of the brain to improve quality of life.
Adolescence is a time of change and growth. It is the period of life reserved for rebellion and self-discovery, but as the demands in life increase for teens, this time is often fraught with confusion, anxiety or depression. For many teens these challenges lead to disconnection and isolation. This course in Mindful Self-Compassion is designed to facilitate awareness, self-kindness and stronger connections in response to these growing challenges. Through developmentally appropriate activities and carefully crafted practices and meditations, teens have an opportunity to learn how to navigate the emotional ups and downs of life with greater ease. This course creates an opportunity for adolescents to construct a healthier and more equitable world-view and gives rise to greater compassion and empathy toward self and others. In a preliminary research study, this program demonstrated a significant decrease in depression, anxiety, perceived stress and negative mood. This curriculum was adapted from the adult model of Mindful Self-Compassion created by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer.
Making Friends with Yourself: Mindful Self-Compassion for teens ages 13-19:
$425 for an 8-week program. Fee includes a workshop in Mindful & Compassionate Parenting Graduates of this course may re-enroll for a reduced rate of $150.00 upon completion of the course. (Not applicable for Mindfulness program re-enrollment.)
A Mindful Education curriculum designed for the classroom. These programs, offered to elementary, middle and high school students, use age-appropriate training materials and practices that inspire exploration and curiosity. The result is higher levels of concentration, organization, and the ability to attend to problems with greater patience and empathy. In some cases, it may be appropriate (and preferable) to train classroom teachers in the methods and practices of mindfulness to facilitate implementation of the curriculum.
A 4-week program for parents who are interested in learning Mindfulness practices, to help them navigate the parenting process and deepen their connection to their family. Through these workshops, parents will be exposed to methods of problem solving and communicating that help build emotional resilience in their children.
This is a two-day core skills training, a combination of empirically based practices from the Mindful Self-Compassion Course and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction along with developmental and attachment research. It is designed to teach parents the art of being fully present with their child with greater kindness, consideration and compassion.
The Mindful Schools Project is designed to offer a foundation of mindfulness and self-compassion training to faculty and staff from k-12. These workshops/intensives and courses are intended to teach the value and benefits of mindfulness and self-compassion for teachers as they serve in their capactiy to meet the emotional and educational needs of their students.
If interested in any of these services inquire with Renee Lewis:
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few”~ Roshi Shunryu Suzuki
Lorraine M. Hobbs, MA
Founding Director, Youth, Family & Educational-Based Programs
UCSD Center for Mindfulness
Acting Director, Youth, Family & Educational-Based Programs
UCSD Center for Mindfulness