Mindfulness Connection

Mindfulness Connection
October 12 & 13, 2019
Saturday, October 12 9am-4pm
Sunday October 13 10am-3pm

How to Enroll: Visit the enrollment page

Where: Hummingbird Healing Arts Lodge, 9416 Miller Creek Rd, Missoula, Montana

Instructor: Kate Crouch
Registration: $149 per person for both days or $90 per person per day
Bring a sack lunch
12 OPI renewal units available
Event #18560002
If you have any questions, please contact director@wmplc.org​

​Immerse yourself in the beautiful practices of Natural Mindfulness. Enjoy this 2 day workshop inviting you to develop and explore a mindfulness practice based in nature. Within the comfort of the Hummingbird lodge yurt you will move in your creative body through yoga and guided into connection with the earth through meditation. Following, you will be exploring nature based mindfulness and art practices in the forests of the Miller Creek drainage.

We will delve into the importance of a personal exploration of mindfulness and the benefits they hold for your students and the classroom space. This workshop will provide teachers with accessible arts based mindfulness techniques. These are tools you can use in your personal and professional life. Throughout the weekend Kate will guide you to develop a sense of belonging to yourself, each other and the natural world.

Bring your own yoga mat, journal and hiking shoes. Please be prepared for the elements! Also, any art supplies you would like. There will be filtered water and tea available but no food will be provided. A sack lunch can be stored in a fridge and snacks are encouraged.

About the host
Kate Crouch holds a Master’s degree in Art Integration in Education from the University of Montana where she studied Mindfulness and Art. She has completed the Forest for Every Classroom teaching program through U of M and Montana Natural History Center. Her B.A is in Integrative Studies from Warren Wilson College.Kate is a certified Yoga instructor, with over 300 hrs in education. Currently She is a teaching artist for SPARK! Arts Missoula and conducts yoga classes in the valley. Her passion for teaching is rooted in her belief that movement, mindfulness and nature connection bring us all closer to our truest nature

Itinerary
Saturday October 12
9:00-4:00
Personal Practices of Mindfulness and Nature Connection
9:00: Welcoming, Introductions and materials check
9:30: Core concepts of Mindfulness Arts and the importance of Nature connection
10:00: Yoga practice based on grounding
11:00: Guided Meditation practice
12:00:Developing a personal mindfulness practice
12:30: LUNCH
1:00:: Patterns in Nature. Hike, journaling and observational drawing
2:30: Mindfulness Art activity
3:30 Closing circle

Sunday October 13
10:00-3:00
Bringing an authentic Connection to the classroom
10:00: Welcome and recap
10:30: Allowing the student space to discover
11:00: Elemental Yoga practices to take into the class”room”
11:30: Meditation for children, a little goes a long way
12:00: LUNCH
12:30 YOU are an Ecosystem! How to help kids see themselves as a part of nature-Hike, journaling and mindfulness art outside
2:30: Closing circle

21st Annual AUGUST INSTITUTE: Teaching and Learning Through Technology and other content areas

21st Annual AUGUST INSTITUTE
“Better Together”
Teaching and Learning Through Technology
August 7-9, 2019 at Missoula College
The 21st Annual August Institute for educators will focus on technology integration into core content areas. Sessions may include technology, mindfulness, outdoor science, IEFA, G&T, STEAM, etc. Join us for one, two or three days of the conference. Featuring Jeff Crews and Dean Phillips of Beyond the Chalk.
Register/Apply for Scholarship at https://forms.gle/r8kMjKGXnSEAGEue9
(August 7-8th are full days and August 9th is half a day.)
(IF YOU TEACH AT A BLACKFOOT TELECOMMUNICATIONS MEMBER SCHOOL, GET YOUR FREE REGISTRATION, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, IN THE DROP DOWN MENU OF THIS REGISTRATION FORM.)
Register by June 1st for a chance to win $100 iTunes card from Blackfoot.
Blackfoot Telecommunication member schools should use this registration option to receive their free registrations.
Blackfoot will be providing a limited amount of scholarships for registration to the event. Go to the registration form to see if your school utilizes Blackfoot phone, broadband or IT services.
Conference prices:
Early Bird price $185 on or before June 15, 2019
Standard Price $209 after June 15th, 2019
One day only $109
University students in the Teacher Education Program $99

If you are not a Blackfoot Telecommunications member school, we are offering, on a first come, first serve basis, some discounts/scholarships. Apply here for the scholarship.
If you have questions, please contact director@wmplc.org or call 406-529-1113.

Dates: Wednesday, August 7th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.), Thursday, August 8th, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Friday, August 9th, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Where: The Missoula College, 1205 East Broadway Street, Missoula, MT 59802

Coffee will be provided each day and lunch will be provided on August 7th and 8th.

Credit Options:
August 7: 6 OPI renewal units August 8: 6 OPI renewal units August 9: 3 OPI renewal units
or
2-semester credits (pending through the University of Montana) at an additional charge of $155. (not part of Blackfoot’s free registration or the standard registration fee). A separate Semester Credit Registration Form will be provided at the event. The third day of the conference (August 9th) is a half-day session that is required if you choose to take the August Institute for University of Montana semester credits.

Event Number: 18570003

Register/Apply for Scholarship if you are a member school here.

Educators’ Confluence 2019: A Mindful Convergence of Learning, Connecting, and Rejuvenating

Gather together with other PreK-12 educators to increase your resiliency and reconnect with yourself, your students, and your profession. This Confluence combines three themes — or “streams”— that contribute to that resiliency: LearningConnecting, & Rejuvenating.

You’ll leave with a fresh perspective and proven skills to increase student learning, trauma-informed applications, and ways to amplify your personal and professional strengths and satisfaction.

Why should I attend?

Because you are a PK-12 teacher, counselor, administrator, or staff member who wants to: 

  • LEARN how to deepen your practice through critical thinking, creativity, inquiry, and literacy

  • CONNECT by strengthening, broadening, and deepening your connections to students, peers, self, and others.

  • REJUVENATE by reflecting on your practice, growing your strengths, and applying fresh ways and thinking

You can choose a theme that best meets your needs!

Additional details are available on the Educators’ Confluence 2019 website.

 

Mindful by Nature Workshop

The Mindful by Nature workshop is a two-day workshop at the Hummingbird Healing Arts Lodge, led by instructor Kate Crouch.  This 2-day workshop will help you develop and explore a mindfulness practice based in nature. We will delve into the importance of a personal exploration of mindfulness and the benefits they hold for your students and the classroom space. To register, go to https://goo.gl/forms/b7J3PtNVy1CNPiVp2. The cost to attend is $149.00 per person, and the course number to register is 18560001. 12 OPI renewal units are available.

If you have any questions, please contact director@wmplc.org.  Please see the registration form for additional details.

Host Kate Crouch holds a Master’s degree in Art Integration in Education from the University of Montana where she studied Mindfulness and Art. She has completed the Forest for Every Classroom teaching program through U of M and Montana Natural History Center. Her B.A is in Integrative Studies from Warren Wilson College. Kate is a certified Yoga instructor, with over 300 hrs in education. Currently, She is a teaching artist for SPARK! Arts Missoula and conducts yoga classes in the valley. Her passion for teaching is rooted in her belief that movement, mindfulness and nature connection bring us all closer to our truest nature

 

Mindful Resilence for Educators

Course Objectives:
1. To study the science behind resilience, neuroscience, and Mindfulness.
2. To learn and practice the foundational tools that support resilience.
3. To develop a personalized resilience development plan.
Course Description:
Resilient people don’t only ride out the stormy times in their life. They practice for them; they learn from them; and they grow and strengthen after them. This is a research-based training that pulls the research from areas of Resilience, Neuroscience, and Mindfulness and applies it to educators. We’ll take this research and systematically study and practice the qualities of resilient people and the many ways you can become a more resilient individual in all areas of your life.

Instructor Bio: Christine Lustik, PhD is owner of Mindfulness in Organizations, LLC. Christine spent 14 years in the higher education arena, as faculty member, Director of Distance Education and instructional designer. Christine took that passion for learning and supporting people and began studying Mindfulness and resilience. Christine trains individuals across the country and groups within education, non-profit, healthcare, government, and corporate to practice Mindfulness with the goal of decreasing stress and chaos and increasing focus and resiliency.