Curriculum

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EXPERIENTIAL AND APPLIED MINDFULNESS FACILITATION

Our objective in the academy is train exceptional facilitators, fluent in the dynamics of facilitating a room- be it filled with children, or doctors (some of the same skills required, some different), as well as to develop facilitators with effortless conceptual fluency in the critical pedagogy behind the work: the theoretical models, the applied neurophysiology, and all of the relevant studies. Although our work goes beyond science, it is always grounded in cutting-edge and evidence-based practices, many of them millenia old.

As a facilitator you will reflect on Preparing Environments, Creating Safety, Introducing Mindfulness, Conceptual Frameworks including: Evolved Developmental Niche (text: Narvaez), Towards Psychologies of Liberation (text: Watkins and Shulman), Neuroplasticity, Stress Physiology, Applied Neurophysiology, Autonomic Nervous System physiology, Triune Brain Theory (text: Maclean), James-Lange Theory of Emotion, The Felt Sense (text: Gendlin), Polyvagal Theory (text: Porges), Trauma First-Aid, Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness (text: Treleavan), Habit Transformation (Fogg), Behavior Design (Bobinet), Authentic Facilitation, Group Facilitation & Relational Mindfulness, Relating Across Difference, Unlearning Racism (Lee), Restorative Practices: Internal, Relational, Nature Awareness, Creativity, Narrative.

SELECTED READINGS

Principles of Applied Mindfulness, Kram

Research Articles:

Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, Felitti and Anda

The Physiology of Meditation, Wallace and Benson

Books:

Selections from The Deepest Well: Overcoming the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity, Burke Harris

Selections from Biased, Eberhardt

Selections from Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy, Gendlin

Restorative Practices: Keywords, Kram

Selections from Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality, Narvaez

Selections from Wisdom Keeper, Merculieff

The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory, Porges

Selections from Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory, Porges, Dana

Selections from Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing, Treleavan

Selections from Towards Psychologies of Liberation, Watkins and Shulman

Selections from What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World, Young