Honey for the Heart, Finding Sweetness in the Hive

Description of Workshop:

Inhale.

How fast we move from flower to flower collecting the pollen of of trainings, curricula and workshops!  We fly from our packed schedules of teaching, trainings and meetings into the hives of our schools, hoping to find sweetness in the fruits of our collective labor, honey in the form of a thriving educational community for students and educators.

But if  more skills, techniques, documents and curricula were the answer to our challenges in education, we’d certainly have found the solution.  Instead, we have stressed out kids and stressed out teachers.  As Einstein said, “You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it.”  

We invite you to more of somethings else, something that makes all the difference. 

Exhale.

Presence.     Space.      Community.

Join us in experiencing processes designed to connect children, youth, and educators in the safe exploration, deepening and expression of what matters most to their inner lives, to their community, and to their education and vocation.

Design to Connect processes are holistic and highly participatory. We offer ourselves time alone, inviting reflection, presence and mindful inquiry. In community we invite storytelling, reflection and small group shares. Our pace is graceful an allows for depth and authenticity as well as for play, movement and celebration.

We facilitate, you lead.   

Lucy MacGregor

Lucy is a classroom teacher at Rainbow Community School, leads adventure based programs that empower young women, and offers mindfulness workshops, retreats, and communities of practice for educators in North Carolina and beyond. In her work, Lucy combines her experience as a classroom teacher, her background in education and adventure based learning, and her training in mindfulness and yoga. She calls on the power of nature, storytelling, and the wisdom inherent within groups.

Lucy is holds a B.A. in Sociology/Social Work and is an accredited Montessori teacher. She is a certified Children’s Yoga instructor and a certified Mindful Schools instructor, serving as a mentor for educators currently seeking Mindful Schools certification. She is honored to serve as the Mindfulness Consultant for Rainbow Institute.

Lucy continues to be challenged, inspired, uplifted, and opened by her own journey through life, and is incredibly grateful to the entire community of beings travelling with her.

Jelena Popovic

Jelena Popovic is a mom, peacebuilder, school psychologist, mindfulness practitioner and educator, as well as Mindful Schools mentor for their year-long certification program. She teaches mindfulness in preschools and schools, offers workshops and retreats, and facilitates communities of practice for educators across the world.

In her teaching, Jelena combines her knowledge and background in neuroscience with a variety of mindfulness programs such as Mindful Schools, Relax Kids, and MindUp. Jelena has trained many educators across North and South America in the Relax Kids method and has led South Carolina mindfulness retreats for educators.

She is currently a part of the Mindful Schools pilot program facilitating Mindful Educators Meetups in Greenville, South Carolina. Jelena is also on the leadership council for the international peace organization, The Peace Alliance, where she provides leadership on the best practices in Teaching Peace in Schools. Meet Jelena at her website www.poisedkids.net