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More Than Mindfulness Conference- Fall 2020


Join many of our presenters at Columbia Teacher’s College this fall for the 2019 conference: 



About: Why More than Mindfulness? 

Rainbow Institute is an arm of RCS 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 identities of all community members by inviting the SACRED into the school experience. Click here to read about some of these methods.

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 (MTM) 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, social, emotional, and contemplative methods. The workshops will offer many transferable lessons and resources to aid in establishing a transformative learning culture.

2018 Schedule

8:30- ­9:00 am  VIP Registration: Coffee and Tea Provided 

9:00- 9:15  Welcome

9:15- 10:20 Observation and Reflection of Classroom Centering

10:25- 11:30  Observation and Reflection of Classroom Centering

11:30- 1:00  Lunch Provided for VIP Ticket Holders: Bookstore Open

12:30- 1:00 Standard Ticket Registration: Snacks Provided 

1:00- 1:30 Opening Remarks and Group Centering

1:30-2:45  Keynote Address

3:00-4:30  Workshops for Session 1

Parenting: An opportunity of a lifetime
What Are You Doing WIth Your Words?
Decolonizing Education: Indigenous wisdom for heart based learning
Rites of Passage: Integrating transformative, coming of age experiences into class & curriculum
Mindful Breath and Movement in the Early Childhood Classroom
Exploring Mindfulness Education
Applying Qi: Chinese medicine to enhance well-being within self & with others
The Sacred in Science

4:30-4:45 Closing Round

8:30- 9:00 Light breakfast provided
9:00- 10:30 Workshops for Session 2

Decolonizing our Hearts Through Mindfulness
Holding Tensions, Finding Balance, Seeking Truth: A journey towards deconstructing the forces that affect our work, & helping learners do the same.
Children’s Perception of Death
Breath, the Key to Mindfulness
Mindfulness of Mind & Body through a Trauma-Informed Lens
The Heart of Resilience: Personal tools for professional educators
Jin Shin Jyutsu for Classroom Teachers: The perfect mindfulness companion

 10:45- 12:15  Workshops for Session 3

 Honey for the Heart: Finding sweetness in the hive
Creating Sacred Space with Secular Ritual
Journey to Joy: Helping children uncover their spiritual gifts
Leadership, Governance & Organizational Health through a Spiritual Prism
The Power of Presence: Expanding interpersonal mindfulness through restorative circles
Grow Together: Wisdom based relationships with children
Soul Stories: Game based exploration of our personal learning history 

12:15-­ 1:15 Lunch (Food Truck On Site)/ Bookstore Open
1:15- 2:15  Afternoon Keynote
2:30 – 4:00  Workshops for Session 4

Positive Discipline in the Classroom
Yoga for Resiliency and Trauma Recovery
Your To-Be List: How the mundane can become miraculous in everyday classroom life
Inner Alchemy
Exploring Meditation: Easy practices to bring calmness to your life and to your profession
Equity in the Classroom: Being mindful about what we teach, who we teach and how we teach it
The Art of Storytelling and The Hero’s Journey

4:00- 4:15 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 piloted its very first holistic education conference. The MTM Conference sold out! Thank you to Mountain Express and Asheville Citizen Times for your reporting on this transformative learning experience.

Education as a Sacred Art

Rainbow Community School Hosts Conference

Graphic Facilitation of 2017 Opening & Keynote

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

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Please contact the event coordinator, West Willmore for more information at

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