Celebrating Education
As a Sacred Art

2018 MTM Keynote Speakers

Josette Luvmour, PhD and Ba Luvmour, MA

About: Why More than Mindfulness? 

Rainbow Institute is an arm of Rainbow Community School that seeks to inspire a holistic education movement through transformative learning experiences, resources and research. The work of RI is inspired by the holistic educational model known as the Rainbow Seven Domains approach. This approach values healthy development in all the domains and considers the spiritual domain the elixir that breathes life into the other developmental domains.  RI strives to help individuals, educators and institutions nurture the spiritual identities of all community members by inviting the SACRED into the school experience. Mindfulness is just one of the sacred practices.

School based mindfulness programs are becoming increasingly more widespread in private and public schools throughout our country.  Research suggests that these programs bolster mental health and well being and have the capacity to improve academic achievement. The More than Mindfulness Conference workshops will highlight ways of integrate mindful practices into your school culture but will emphasize MORE than mindfulness by expanding these practices to include a wide variety of heart centered, holistic and secular methods. The workshops will offer many transferrable and adaptable lessons and resources to aid establishing this sacred culture.

Schedule MTM 2017

8:30 – ­9:00 am – VIP Registration: Coffee and breakfast items provided 

9:00- 9:15 – Welcome

9:15- 9:45 am  – Observation of Classroom Centering

9:50- 10:20 am- Centering Reflection Led by RCS Faculty Member

10:25- 10:55 am- Observation of Classroom Centering

11:00 – ­11:30 am  – Centering Reflection Led by RCS Faculty Member

11:30 am -1:00 pm – Lunch Break: Bookstore Open

12:30-1:00– Standard Ticket Registration 

1:00 – ­1:30 pm – Opening Remarks and Group Centering

1:30-3:00  Keynote Address given by Rainbow Founder Nura Laird- Establishing A Heart Centered School 

3:15-4:45 – Workshop Session 1

  • Yoga For Resiliency and Trauma Recovery
  • Mindfulness as Playfulness: Experience the first-hand transformative power of play
  • Theater as a Transformative Practice: Image and applied theater in the classroom
  • Rites of Passage: Integrating these transformative, coming of age experiences into class culture and curriculum
  • Mindfulness and Movement: Grounding learning in the body by weaving mindful practice into active learning
  • Raising Brave and Engaged Human Beings: Applying the Mindfulness Component of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

4:45-5:00 – Closing Round

8:45 – 9:00 – Coffee and breakfast items provided 

9:00 – Welcome and Group Centering

9:15 – ­10:30 – Workshop Session 2

  • The Sacred in Science
  • Inner Alchemy
  • The Heart of Diversity: Bringing Compassion and Mindfulness Into Diversity and Inclusion
  • How Does Heart-centered Education Impact Our Own Lives
  • Awakening a Deep Nature Connection: Exploring the magic and mystery of natural world
  • Beyond Mathematics and Linguistics: Blending the spiritual and mental domains (Workshop sessions 2 and 3)

10:45 – 12:00 – Workshop Session 3

  • The Art of Storytelling and the Hero’s Journey
  • Breathing In and Breathing Out: Meaningful song, movement and rhythm in the classroom
  • Character Strengths to Optimize Life Fulfillment
  • Spirituality: A Catalyst for Transformative Learning and Advanced Human Development
  • Beyond Mathematics and Linguistics: Blending the spiritual and mental domains (Workshop sessions 2 and 3)
  • The Art of Environmental Design in Holistic Education 

12:00 – 1:15 – Lunch (Food Truck On Site)/ Demonstrations/ Exhibits/ Bookstore Open

1:30 – 3:00  – Workshop Session 4

  • There Is No Mindfulness Without the Heart: Sufi perspectives on awareness, love, and the message of unity
  • The Heart of Learning: A 90 minute dialogue with John Johnson, a Rainbow founder
  • Creating Sacred Space with Secular Ritual 
  • The Tree of Life: Intentions, gratitude, coloring, active mindfulness and introspection
  • Mindfulness and Race Part 1 & 2: The creation of whiteness and how we show up (Workshop sessions 4 and 5)
  • Leading With Compassion: Techniques that empower compassionate collaboration among teachers, families and students. (Workshop sessions 4 and 5)

3:15 – 4:45  – Workshop Session 5

  • Creating Heart Spaces for Learning: The brain science of mindfulness, compassion, and learning
  • Resourcing for Bolstered Resiliency: Mindfulness of movement and body
  • Learning Through a Holistic Lens: Exploring how teaching the whole child enhances the learning path of all children
  • Mindfulness and Race Part 1 & 2: The creation of whiteness and how we show up (Workshop sessions 4 and 5)
  • Leading With Compassion: Techniques that empower compassionate collaboration among teachers, families and students. (Workshop sessions 4 and 5)

5:00 – 5:30 – Closing Remarks

I am really excited to grow as a community with mindfulness in education. I loved meeting other people who have similar interests and passions. It was great to make new connections.

-Samata Amy DeCori, K-8 Educator

On October 12, 2016, Rainbow Community School (RCS) piloted its very first holistic education conference. The More Than Mindfulness (MTM) conference was an extraordinary success. This event sold out and RCS staff, faculty and students was able to host over 50 private, public and higher education educators, mental health professionals, community members and parents. Thank you to Mountain Express and Asheville Citizen Time for your reporting on this transformative learning experience.

Education as a Sacred Art

Rainbow Community School Hosts Conference

Attendee Comments

I will be bringing our entire staff next time! Thank you so much!!! Deborah DeLisle


Thank you and blessings to you all! Katie McDaniel


Seeing centering in action, rather than simply discussing what centering is, was really helpful for me. Engaging in the actual classroom gave me a chance to see, firsthand, how mindfulness can be integrated into the classroom (and can correlate with content!). Summer Drum


Thank you for welcoming us into your beautiful school! Kim Allison

K-12 Special Educator

Thank you for offering this opportunity! Susan Stigall

University Professor

Thank you! Please let me know if there is any way I can partner with Rainbow to be a contributing member to your worthy mission. I’ll be in touch!l! Sarah Shoemaker

Mindfulness educator, administrator, MS/HS teacher, parent

Need Accommodations While in Asheville?

Please note that Asheville is a happening place in October! The weather is incredible and the fall colors are beautiful- to that end booking accommodations ASAP is advised. There are some affordable ​housing options- check out these places. Sweet Pea Hostel , Bon Paul Sharky’s Hostel Mountain Lights Sanctuary AirBnB. Additionally, we have RCS families who are willing to accommodate you in their homes. If you have this need, please contact directly and I will set you up with a host family.

Rainbow Community Center

60 State St. Asheville, NC 28806
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