Exploring Mindfulness Education

Description of Workshop:

What does mindfulness education really mean? What are its core methods? What skills and aptitudes are emphasized in different programs and approaches for children and young people?

In this workshop, participants will experience, learn about, and discuss varied mindfulness education techniques and possibilities.

Intended audience: Educators, administrators, parents, and school counselors

Aostre Johnson

Aostre Johnson, a founder of Rainbow Community School, is an educational consultant and Professor of Emeritus of Education at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont where she founded and directed the master’s programs concentrations in Curriculum and in Integrating the Arts into Education.

She also taught/teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in child and adolescent development, early childhood education, curriculum theory and practice, integrative curriculum, spirituality and education and mindfulness education.

She has published articles, co-edited several books and given many conference presentations relating to spiritual, contemplative, and creative development and education.

In 2013 she spent six months in Ireland as a Fulbright Scholar researching contemplative education in Irish schools, and in 2017, she was a visiting Professor of Holistic and Contemplative Education at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. She has given invited talks /consultations in many other countries, including Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Greece, Northern Ireland and Malta.

She previously founded, directed and taught in early childhood schools in Massachusetts, New York, and North Carolina. She received her B.A. from Harvard University, her M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her Ed.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Currently, she is learning much about development and education from her two year old granddaughter.