Mindfulness: Theory and Practice for Schools

NESA Accredited Mindfulness Workshop for School Teachers
[Continuing Professional Development]


‘Mindfulness: Theory and Practice for Schools’ is a two-day workshop distinctively tailored for school teachers.

This NESA accredited course looks at the variety of applications of mindfulness in schools and examines how teachers can use mindfulness in the creation and maintenance of supportive, safe and effective learning environments.

Key Information



4-5 Jul  |  26-27 Sep  |  28-29 Nov

Delivery Mode On-Campus: Nan Tien Institute, 231 Nolan St, Unanderra, NSW 2526
Duration 2 days (Sat. - Sun.), 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Accreditation 14 hours of NESA Registered PD at the level of Proficient Teacher
Cost $390 pp  Inc GST (Discounts apply for group bookings)
Breaks There will be a lunch break in the middle of the day at approximately 12:30 pm (a choice of vegetarian meals will be provided. Gluten-free options will be available).

There will also be two smaller breaks throughout the day

Why Learn Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a transformative and experiential life skill, which develops:

  • Self-regulation of attention
  • Awareness of the present moment
  • The ability to be open, curious and accepting of yourself
  • Taming and shaping your mind in tune with your body
  • Strong, clear cognition
  • Collectedness – a foundation for recollection
  • Non-interfering and non-reactive observation


Highly regarded Principal, Denise Lofts, staff and students at Ulladulla High School on the South Coast NSW, chat about their experiences of using mindfulness practice at school. 



About the Workshop

'Mindfulness: Theory and Practice for Schools' explores the theoretical foundations for mindfulness practice as well as the practical and experiential methods and techniques of meditation.

Teachers will explore several techniques and their application in the school environment, examining how to use each technique in the following areas:

  • Behavioural management
  • Student well-being
  • Teaching techniques/lesson craft
  • Fostering positive environments
  • Conflict resolution
  • Teacher well-being
  • Promotion of harmonious, balanced and productive environments


A teacher, parent and student from NSW's South Coast share their own personal experiences of mindfulness in schools, including the outcomes of undertaking NTI's workshop, in this interview on ABC Radio.

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More Information and Learning Outcomes


Practical mindfulness teaching tools will be explored and how teachers might use these tools to establish and maintain an orderly and workable classroom environment, with a focus on moment-to-moment awareness and learning.

The application of mindfulness as a tool for behaviour management and the establishment of an environment where there are clear expectations of student behaviour will be addressed. The connection between mindfulness and the relationship between teachers and students, and conflict resolution will be explored; thus, providing teachers with a unique approach to classroom management, through promoting harmony, balance and productivity in the school environment.

The course aims to promote mindfulness as a teaching strategy which encourages students’ strengths and the individual and diverse needs of students to meet cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.


'Mindfulness: Theory and Practice for Schools' involves training both students and teachers in Buddhist meditative techniques and determining the personal and environmental benefits.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and explain Mindfulness through an Introduction to Mindfulness
  • Identify and understand the application of Mindfulness techniques in well-being systems in the school environment and as a personal practice for teachers
  • Understanding of current research in Mindfulness and how this research can assist in the development of school-based Mindfulness programs
  • Opportunities for teachers to plan and brainstorm Mindfulness  initiatives for their individual schools
  • Exploration of a variety of Mindfulness techniques and their application in a variety of school situations
  • Practical instructions and practice in a variety of Mindfulness techniques
  • Exploration of Mindfulness techniques as an effective behavioural management tool
  • Understanding of the issues in the implementation of Mindfulness-based programs in the school environment.


Completing Mindfulness: Theory and Practice for Schools will contribute 14 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.1.2, 1.2.2, 1.3.2, 4.1.2, 4.2.2, 4.3.2, 4.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


About Nan Tien Institute

Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is Australia’s first government-accredited tertiary institution grounded in Buddhist wisdom and values, offering Continuing Professional Development Courses and Postgraduate Degrees in 'Applied Buddhist Studies', and 'Health and Social Wellbeing'.

NTI operates from its own, state-of-the-art Campus, opposite the Nan Tien Temple – the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere. This location fosters an environment for holistic learning, allowing students to contribute to the advancement and integration of knowledge, culture and ethical understanding.


NTI recognises that in this continuously changing world, teachers are frequently challenged to develop new skills, knowledge, and cultural and religious perspectives to contribute to a world-class education.

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Nan Tien Institute Wollongong Campus

231 Nolan Street, Unanderra

NSW 2526, Australia

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*To request a group booking please contact us at study@nantien.edu.au or +61 (0) 4258 0700