Workshops

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Scroll down for program information for schools, Kindergarten and Child care.


Upcoming Community Events:

The Month of March…

Mindful March

Mindful March is a month-long event throughout The City of Maribyrnong, surrounding suburbs and online. All sessions and activities will support families and community members to learn about mindfulness and other tools that enhance their sense of well being, connection to the people in their lives and thus celebrating the gift of being present together. Read on at mindfulmarch.org.au 


School and Early Learning Workshops

Mindful Storytelling

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1. Mindful Storytelling;- Mindfulness, Social and Emotional Learning through Collaborative Storytelling

Kinder – Year 4

One session per week for a 6 to 10 weeks. Intensive programs available.

  • Reflects current and best practice for student wellbeing
  • Connects to the capabilities curriculum
  • Supported by high impact teaching strategies

Self-regulation builds social and emotional capability, and is central to student success and wellbeing. Students who have self-awareness, and effective strategies to manage thoughts and feelings, will do better at school.

This is a playful but purposeful program that gives students explicit self-regulation strategies, develops self-esteem, and seeds good relationships with the people around them.

Mindfulness, movement (yoga postures and dance), drama, and storytelling are used to engage younger children with key themes, including:

  • Kindness
  • Friendship
  •  Regulating our Emotions
  • Ethics of good and bad, right and wrong
  • Gratitude
  • Growth mindset
  • Areas that apply to specific groups or classes

*Follow up activities are provided for teachers, educators and parents to incorporate the tools presented into daily life.

Testimonials:

My child absolutely loved the mindful storytelling. I think this type of activity / teaching to our children is imperative. Of course; maths, science, literature etc are all extremely important but I believe the social and personal development outcomes of such programs in addition to physical education are not focused on enough in schools. Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn mindfulness based practices and move their bodies purposefully every day and from this we would see great change and improvement on a number of levels.

Parent

2. Mindful Storytelling: supporting students to take charge of their present and future

Mindful Storytelling supports students to be confident, kind, creative and promotes understanding and compassion.

Year 5 to 12

One session per week for a 6 to 10 weeks. Intensive programs available.

  • Reflects current and best practice for student wellbeing
  • Connects to the capabilities curriculum
  • Supported by high impact teaching strategies

This workshop series explores through drama. Movement, music and collaborative storytelling, themes and tools that will support them to believe in their own potential, regulate their emotions, work collaboratively with others and feel connected to their peers.

This program that gives students explicit self-regulation strategies, develops self-esteem, and seeds good relationships with the people around them.

Mindfulness, movement (yoga postures and dance), drama, and storytelling are used to engage students with key themes, including:

  • Kindness
  • Friendship
  • Active listening
  • Choices and change
  • Gratitude
  • Growth mindset
  • Collaboration

*Follow up activities are provided for teachers, educators and parents to incorporate the tools presented into daily life.

Testimonials:

My daughter’s favourite class at school is Mindful Storytelling. She immediately felt comfortable with Cathy and was excited to explore all the various themes each week. I am so pleased that our school recognises the importance of helping nurture children’s ability to be not only mindful, but to be kind and grateful. I think the tools learnt in these classes will be invaluable throughout their lives in our now crazy, often chaotic, world!

Parent

Some mindfulness sessions with Cathy in the summer break, before starting prep really helped our learner build her confidence, gave her tools she uses daily to calm and focus herself when faced with challenges. Then having Cathy in school running classes during the year strengthened the lessons and strategies learnt and gave our little prep a real sense of belonging to a caring mindful community.

Parent

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A Mindful Planet

Collaborative Storytelling based on topics of learning or inquiry that focus on making our world a better place. Mindfulness is not just about ourselves. It prepares and encourages us to look at the world around us and determine how we can take positive proactive action to improve things. 

Stories are driven by students prior knowledge and wonderings then brought to life through drama and movement. 

Kinder – Year 6

One session per week for a 6-10 weeks. Intensives also available.

  • Flexible content focus for interest lead curriculum, Inquiry learning or Concepts
  • Develops more effective, engaged and creative classrooms
  • Collaboration- create connected tribes and classroom communities
  • Unlocks creative capacity across multiple domains
  • Prepares learners for a changing world

In a fast-changing world, students who can create and innovate will succeed. The ability to confidently make transdisciplinary connections, experiment, and reflect is vital.

This program supports students to develop strategies to focus, be present, regulate emotions, and be open to creative possibility. All of these strategies are key to supporting student engagement, Well-being and general outlook on life.

*Follow up activities are provided for teachers, educators and parents to incorporate the tools presented into daily life.

Testimonials:

My son has absolutely loved Mindful Storytelling and in-fact its the only activity/lesson he can actually recall at the end of the day. He absorbed so much from it and was able to bring the learnings home. Lovely to see this workshop run.

Parent

Books ALIVE

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We put a twist on picture books and stories, using music, drama, props, movement (yoga and dance) and the brilliant ideas of the students.

Age appropriate programs for schools, kinders and child cares

  •  Inspires confidence, creativity and problem solving
  • Incursions or Term programs with weekly classes available
  • Facilitators- are Primary Trained or Performing Artists
  • Flexible content for interest lead curriculum
  • Great for author studies
  • Promotes Literacy comprehension, knowledge and understanding
  • Follow up activities

Testimonials:

Great Fun and so good to see the kids warm up so quickly!

Educator

Very inclusive of my ASD son… was able to engage him in activities and listening.

Parent

This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience!

Cathy was GREAT! Very enjoyable from a retired retired English Drama Music and special Ed teacher.

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