in Brighton and Hove
When Covid restrictions allow, our team love to teach face-to-face mindfulness workshops in schools across Brighton and Hove.
Typically, our workshops run every week for 12 weeks and last between 30 to 45 minutes at a time.
We teach Paws b [pause be], a leading mindfulness curriculum for children aged 6 - 11 in schools. Paws b was primarily developed in collaboration with experienced primary school teachers, senior mindfulness teachers and researchers, with the aim to kickstart a nationwide discussion into the mental well-being of school children.
In any given workshop, we play mindfulness games designed by Youth Mindfulness, guide children through mindful activities, and generally have fun in the meantime!
The children love to explore how mindfulness can help them to be happier by being present for the good things in life. We have also found that it helps them to be more resilient and cope with stress and difficulty, particularly complex thoughts and emotions.
Each workshop lesson includes mindful sitting, lying and movement practices as well as compassionate enquiry – a powerful way of exploring experience in classroom discussion.
But how do children feel about
What is mindfulness - is it all just a load of hype?
Even after a few short sessions, pupils who've tried it on a regular basis indicated they sleep better, have more focus, and are much more motivated in the mornings.
These same children have also indicated mindful activities help them to:
be objective & non-judgemental so they can manage their emotions effectively
feel more energised in the mornings
and relieve stress during hectic periods, for example during exams.
But who better to hear it from than the students & teachers themselves?
Watch the children recount their positive experiences with mindfulness practices and workshops in the video to the right.
Our attention is often scattered, multi-tasking is the norm, and we rarely allow time to connect with or understand ourselves, our thoughts and our feelings.
Children can have a natural ability to be in the moment, but as they grow up this can slowly fade and worry can set in. We aim to teach children the value of present moment awareness so that they hold on to it as they get older.
Mindfulness is "awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally,” says Kabat-Zinn. If we have the space to watch and understand our own feelings (without judgement or scolding ourselves) then we have the opportunity to truly understand and accept who we are.
What a powerful thing to learn as a child.