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Happy Teachers Change the World: A Mindfulness Retreat for Educators
Dates: Aug 13, 2021 - Aug 17, 2021
Online Course

Instructor(s): Kaira Jewel Lingo, Richard Brady

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This course will teach participants how to weave mindfulness practices throughout daily life, nurturing the art of mindful living. As educators, we will slow down and reconnect with our own bodies, hearts, and minds through mindful sitting, walking, yoga and movement, and listening, speaking, eating, and resting. Only when we embody the practice of peace and happiness can we share it with our students. 

As a path of practice, mindfulness promotes awareness of ourselves and our environment, supporting greater compassion, peace, understanding, and happiness, as well as personal and societal transformation and healing. As educators, we will learn self-care practices, ways to resolve conflict, how to work with difficult emotions, and how to support focused attention and concentration, all of which are relevant to classroom and school settings. Buddhist teachings on the nature of consciousness will help us focus on how to cultivate our own practice as individuals and as members of our community.

This course is co-sponsored by Plum Village’s Wake Up Schools program as a Level I training. Participants will be invited to receive the Five Mindfulness Trainings, Thich Nhat Hanh’s rendering of the Buddha’s Five Precepts for lay practitioners.

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Affinity spaces will be offered in this program.

Full time retreat participants who are working in educator roles in school or community-based agencies can apply for 2 CEUs through SUNY Oswego. Information about CE application will be collected on the registration form. If you have questions about CEU’s please contact SUNY Oswego representative bobbi.schnorr@gmail.com.


Online Course: This course will be hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform and closed captions are available. Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and with teachers in our online courses. Please plan to attend as many sessions of this program as possible. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this course (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:


Friday, August 13

7:00 – 8:30 pm: Opening Session


Saturday August 14 – Monday August 16

9:30 – 10:10 am: Meditation/Reading

10:15 – 10:40: Yoga/Movement

10:45 – 11:30 Dharma talk


1:30 – 3:15 pm: Afternoon Session


6:30 – 7:45 pm: Dharma Sharing

7:50 – 8:30 pm: Meditation/Reading


Tuesday, August 17

9:30 – 11:30 am: Morning Session


1:30 – 2:30 pm: Dharma Sharing

2:30-3:00 pm: Closing Session


Please check the time of the group meetings in your timezone here, and please note that sessions will not be recorded.


Registration fees for online courses are nonrefundable after the course start date. Cancellations prior to the start date of the course will incur a $25 admin fee. Thank you for your understanding.


As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming; please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.

  • Kaira Jewel Lingo began practicing mindfulness in 1997 and teaches Buddhist meditation, secular mindfulness, and compassion internationally. After living as an ordained nun for 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastic community, Kaira Jewel teaches in the Zen lineage and the Vipassana tradition, at the intersection of racial, climate and social justice with a focus on activists, Black/Indigenous/People of Color, artists, educators, families, and youth. Now based in New York, she offers spiritual mentoring to individuals and groups. She is author of the forthcoming We Were Made for These Times: Skilfully Moving through Change, Loss and Disruption (Parallax, November 2, 2021)

  • Richard Brady is a retreat leader, writer, educational consultant, and coordinator of the Wake Up Schools Level II Program in North America. He is a founder of the Mindfulness in Education Network, an international organization with 1,700 participants. In 2001, he received lamp transmission from Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh to be a Dharma teacher in his tradition with a special focus on cultivating mindfulness in young people. Richard has led retreats and offered workshops for educators in the US, Italy, and Germany. He is co-editor of Tuning In: Mindfulness in Teaching and Learning (2009).


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