An Introduction to Mindfulness for Educators

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


    This popular one-day, NESA accredited workshop is distinctively tailored for school teachers, principals and staff to assist with creating a sense of calm in themselves, students, classrooms and schools. It is a condensed version of the 2-Day Mindfulness: Theory and Practice for Schools workshop.


    The workshop examines a variety of applications of mindfulness in the school environment and how teachers can use mindfulness in the creation and delivery of supportive, safe and effective learning environments that is informative,  practical and engaging.



    Completing An Introduction to Mindfulness for Educators will contribute 6 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.2.2, 4.1.2, 2.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


    Key Information


    24 October 2020 (on campus) |  15 November 2020 (online via zoom)

    Delivery Mode

    On-campus: 231 Nolan Street, Unanderra NSW | Online: via Zoom
    (depending on Covid-19 restrictions)

    Duration 1 day (Saturday) 9:00am - 4:30pm
    Accreditation 6 hours of NESA Registered PD at the level of Proficient Teacher
    Cost Zoom: $180 pp Inc GST | On-campus: $195 pp Inc GST (Discounts apply for group bookings)
    Breaks There will be a one-hour lunch break in the middle of the day at approximately 12:30pm and two smaller breaks throughout the day. 

    (Meals will be provided for on-campus workshops with the choice of a vegetarian meal and gluten-free options available)
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    About the Workshop

    'An Introduction to Mindfulness for Educators' explores the theoretical foundations for mindfulness practice as well as the practical and experiential methods and techniques of meditation. Topics and techniques covered include:

    • Implementing a 'Mindfulness Student Program'
    • Mindfulness techniques and practical application in the classroom
    • Teaching techniques
    • Case studies covering mindfulness in education in a school context 
    • Theory and practical content 

    How can mindfulness help teachers and students?

    Mindfulness is a transformative and experiential life skill, which:

    • Facilitates 'calm' in daily work, study and home life
    • Contributes to a more focused classroom, including supporting behavioural management, conflict resolution, and student and teacher wellbeing
    • Develops effective learning strategies whilst at school and equips children to build resilience early in life by empowering them to deal with stress
    • Prevent onset of mental and physical health conditions that can lead to teenage depression, anxiety and adult illness

    Who will benefit from this course?

    School teachers and staff will be empowered with knowledge, skills and lifelong strategies that benefit children of all ages, along with their families and the wider community.



    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. 




    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 together with 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.

    'An Introduction to Mindfulness for Educators' 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.

    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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