Celebrating Education as a Sacred Art


Celebrating Education as a Sacred Art 








SAVE THE DATE: Asheville, North Carolina  –  10/6/2017- 10/7/2017


School based mindfulness programs are becoming increasingly more widespread in private and public schools throughout our country and research suggests that these programs bolster mental health and well being and have the capacity to improve academic achievement. At MTM we will highlight ways to integrate mindful practices into your school culture but will emphasize MORE than mindfulness by expanding these practices to include holistic and secular methods that nurture the personal and collective spiritual identities of your students, staff and community members.

Schedule MTM 2017

8:45 – ­9:15 am – VIP Registration with Coffee/Snacks (Limited number of tickets)

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

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

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

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

11:45 am -1:00 pm – Lunch Break/ Walkable Restaurants Offering Discounts for MTM VIP Attendees

1:15 – ­1:45 pm – Opening Remarks and Group Centering

1:45-3:15  Keynote Address given by Rainbow Founder Nura Laird- Opening the Heart of Education 

3:15-4:45 – Workshop Session

4:45-5:00 – Closing Round

8:45-9:00 – Coffee and snacks

9:00  – Welcome and Centering

9:30 – ­10:15 am  – Workshop/ Seminar

10:30-12:00 Workshops/Seminars

12:00-1:30 – Lunch (Food Truck available)/ Networking

1:45-3:15  – Workshops/ Seminars

3:30-5:00  – Workshops/Seminars

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.

Get Tickets

Choose between Standard and VIP tickets.

Standard Ticket

  • Friday afternoon centering.
  • Panel and workshop
  • All day Saturday activities.
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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.

A big thanks to our 2016 Sponsors/ Partnerships

Rainbow Community Center

60 State St. Asheville, NC 28806

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