Making Sense of Mindfulness- An Introduction to Mindfulness Practice

Keith Macpherson

In this dynamic presentation, Mindfulness Coach, Keith Macpherson demystifies the meaning and practice of mindfulness and offers concrete and practical tools and strategies to apply mindfulness to one’s everyday life. You can expect to gain a deeper awareness into how to de-stress, reclaim a proper work-life balance and live the life you are imagining through Keith’s five step framework towards a more mindful and fulfilling life. Keith integrates music, movement and group interaction into his presentations to ensure a dynamic learning environment that will support the projected outcomes and assist the participants in experiencing personal growth. Discover what has been stopping you from living a mindful life and expect to come away with a new outlook on how you can truly convert stress and burnout into successful inner peace and balance.

Expected Outcomes:

  • A deeper understanding of Mindfulness practice and how to apply it to everyday life.
  • Tools, exercises and strategies to de-stress and relax.
  • An understanding of what is blocking you from the life you are imagining for yourself.
  • An introduction to meditation techniques and breathing exercises.
  • Learn new strategies for finding a work-life balance.
  • Integrating and understanding the mind-body-soul connection.
  • Learn tools and techniques to de-stress and re-focus.
Breakout Session 1 – 10:45-11:45am, and Breakout Session 2 – 1:15pm-2:15pm

1-A FULL & 2-A: The ABC’s Of Mindfulness- Integrating Mindfulness Practice into Your Life FULL  
Keith Macpherson

In this workshop, Mindfulness coach, Keith Macpherson explores the ABC’s of Mindfulness and offers participants an accessible approach on how to integrate mindfulness practice into their everyday lives. Keith will provide many opportunities during the workshop to learn new mindfulness techniques and experience the various tools and perspectives available to assist with this practice. Through the use of The ABC Mindfulness Platform, Keith will offer you deeper insight into how to alleviate stress, anxiety and bring your mental health into a state of balance and inner peace.

Expected Outcomes:

– Participants will gain a deep understanding into the 3 major components of mindfulness.

– Deeper awareness and personal insight into mindfulness will be gained through various exercises including various forms of breath-work, visualization, and listening activities.

– A new awareness of how to effectively connect and come into balance with your world.

– Individuals will learn how to practically apply the principles of mindfulness into their lives through various workshop activities.

– A deeper understanding of how mindfulness can bring more balance into all areas of your life.

1-B & 2-B EAL Students and Trauma
Jayesh Maniar

Jayesh Maniar is a Consultant for Manitoba Education and Training. He has many years of experience as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a divisional and provincial EAL Consultant. Jayesh’s passion is helping all students achieve their full potential.

This session will focus on the effects of grief, loss and trauma in the classroom and how teachers can promote student well-being and build resiliency in the classroom. This interactive session will present strategies that support the teacher in the classroom when dealing with students who display grief, loss and/or trauma.

1-C & 2-C: Why Trauma Informed Practice (TIP)?
Colleen Penner Podaima

Colleen is currently a Consultant for Psychology in the Inclusion Support Branch at Manitoba Education and Training. She came to this role with over 25 years of experience as a School Psychologist and has taught in the graduate program at the University of Manitoba.

This session will provide an overview of TIP and its importance for learning in the classroom.

1-D FULL & 2-D: Getting the Brain Ready to Learn – How to Teach Mindfulness in the Classroom. FULL
Jennifer Kreitz

Jennifer Kreitz is a resource teacher with a passion for mental and physical health and wellness. It was through a recently-completed M. Ed. (Special Ed.) program that Jen learned about the significance of the mind-body-brain connection in teaching and learning. She now infuses mindfulness practices into daily lessons with her students at work and in her own personal practices at home.

In this workshop you will learn what mindfulness is and how it supports student learning. You will experience a guided mindfulness practice and learn how to teach mindfulness in your classroom. You will also be given a free resource, Educalme’s Introduction to Mindfulness, which includes lesson plans, guided mindfulness audio recordings, inclusive student reflection booklets and posters. You will even be taught exactly how to use this resource so that you feel confident starting your classroom mindfulness practice on Monday! Please bring a laptop or tablet that can connect to the internet to the workshop. Empower your students to manage their own behaviors and thrive in a calm learning atmosphere with Educalme.

1-E & 2-E: BE the Peace in the Chaos: Intention to Transformation
Tara Maniar

Tara is a Certified ChakradanceTM Facilitator, Workshop Facilitator and Spiritual Life Coach. She offers sessions in Winnipeg, India, Trinidad, and Guyana. Tara brings active compassion, humility, inspiration, devotion, honour, respect, integrity, love and enthusiasm to her group and individual sessions.

Are you ready to reduce the stress and chaos in your life? It’s easier than you might think… The key is learning simple, yet effective, steps you can implement daily to co-create peace in your little piece of the world: within self, in your home or in your classroom. When you understand that peace is determined by your internal attitude, you can choose to live in peace or in pieces; with joy and compassion or stress and frustration.

As teachers, you are role models for the students in your classroom. In this module “Intention to Transformation” you will learn 3 – 7 minute simple and effective process using your breath and attention to choose how you want to live your day. You will explore how to bring this simple process into your classrooms to help your students learn to choose kindness, right action, peace and joy.

Each day we set the intention for peace, follow through and watch the transformation to peace.

1-F & 2-F Brain-compatible Teaching
Rachael Fecyk-Lamb

Rachael instructs in the University of Manitoba’s Bachelor of Education and Post Baccalaureate in Education programs. She has been teaching English as an additional language for over 25 years in Canada, England, Spain and Pakistan. Rachael has developed a variety of curricula for adult EAL, K-12 EAL and TEAL teacher education courses and programs, and she has experience teaching all ages and proficiency levels of English. Rachael’s professional and research interests include EAL students learning in mainstream classes, literacy learning, anti-racism education, and brain-compatible learning.

Since the 1980s, the idea of “brain-compatible learning” and how to use it with school- age children has been explored, but the field of brain research as it relates to teaching and learning has become progressively more popular in the past three decades as the ability to image and track processes in the brain have improved and become more accessible. Nowadays, many teachers use strategies in their classes which stem from solid brain research, and they experience positive learning results with their students because of these. In this session, we will explore how to increase engagement and understanding in our EAL students based on what brain research tells us. We will also explore the importance of Growth Mindset when learning and teaching. If teachers regularly implement some of these strategies, they will have more successful and self- confident students which in turn will affect the happiness and positive mental health of the teacher.

1-G & 2- G Takeaways from a Teacher’s STEAM experience in a Refugee Camp.
Jennifer Nicholson

Jennifer spent 5 weeks of the summer volunteering with Teach Beyond running a STEAM camp for refugee kids on Lesvos Island in Greece. Come and hear what we can learn about our refugee students from this experience.

1-H (only) Numeracy Classrooms for Newcomers
Cathy Lethbridge and Sara Mahmood

Cathy Lethbridge has taught Math and Computer Science at Fort Richmond Collegiate for 32 years. During the last decade she has created and piloted Numeracy programs for students with interrupted learning.
Sara Mahmood taught for two years at Fort Richmond Collegiate and gained valuable experience teaching Numeracy and Literacy courses. She currently teaches grade 7 Math/Science at Henry G. Izatt Middle School.

Two experienced teachers will share their stories, strategies and what they’ve learned from teaching newcomers. This session will provide insight into the needs of these students and suggestions for effective instruction including resources and lesson plans.

Heather McIntosh

Heather McIntosh teaches in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba.

In this workshop, we will talk about ways to extend the learning and language potential of the instructional resources (digital, print, student, collaborative) we use with English language learners so that we can make the most of our planning and teaching time. Please come prepared to share strategies you have used to maximize learning opportunities for the ELLs in your class.

Breakout Session 3: Wellness Activities – 2:30-3:15pm (or 2:30-3:30pm)

3-A (2:30-3:30 pm) Introduction to Chakradance
Tara Maniar

A playful, spirited, free flowing dance meditation, ChakradanceTM is an experiential activity to re-awaken our creativity, intuition and imagination, for greater wellbeing, happiness, freedom, peace and joy. A moving therapeutic holistic practice using the map of our energy centers of the body, ChakradanceTM guides us back to the fullness of who we truly are. Come, dance barefooted with your eyes closed or downcast to the Rhythm of Your Soul for an inward journey and, create mandala art for continued inner healing to re-connect, awaken and access the wisdom of the body, expand the mind and connect with the soul.

3-B (2:20-3:15pm) Art with Xavier FULL
Xavier Mutshipayi

Xavier Mutshipayi is an artist originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since moving to Winnipeg in 2015, he has participated in several exhibitions and worked with different galleries and organizations. His interest in drawing started at a young age. Xavier attended “Académie des Beaux-Art” where he studied fine art from 2003 to 2006 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In this session, the participants will unleash their inner artistic talent and white canvases will become masterpieces with laughs along the way. Additionally, the participants will:
• Be introduced to different painting materials and methods of use;
• Be guided step-by-step in creating original paintings;
• Be able to complete their masterpieces during the scheduled time

3-C (2:15-3:15) Yoga: Self Care for the Caregiver FULL
Shell Andrea

Shell believes that our Yoga practice uncovers and reveals our True Self, which can only hold Love, Freedom and Bliss. Now with over 1,000 hours of training and 10 years of teaching, her passion lies in sharing forms of Yoga that all ages and abilities can join in on. Shell is known for her light-hearted classes where she sprinkles in a little joy and laughter to teach us adults the importance of play and exploration.

Join Shell Andrea for a 45 minute gentle yoga session to connect the mind, body and breath. A practice for all ages and abilities, this session will include a blend of gentle yoga movements and shapes to loosen tight muscles and increase mobility, and yin yoga poses for deeper stretches and mindful moments with breath.

3-D (2:30-3:15 PM) Mindfulness Meditation FULL
Roslyn Sutherland

Roslyn is currently enrolled in Serene Yoga Studio’s Advanced Teacher Training. The healing she experienced though Yoga & Meditation encouraged her to learn more about the art and share her knowledge with others. What defines Roslyn as a Yoga and Meditation teacher is her pragmatic approach combined with her enthusiasm and expertise.

Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment non-judgmentally. Learn how to let go of the past and not worry about the future. Mindfulness Meditation is helpful in reducing stress, dealing with heavy workloads and conflicting work demands. Participants will experience some gentle chair yoga and a guided meditation. Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation and tips on how to develop a home practice will be shared.

3-E (2:30-3:15pm) Zumba
Poppy Nybole-Kilbrai

Poppy Nybole is a certified Zumba instructor. She also takes ballroom and Latin American dance classes. She is the mother of two teenaged girls and is a substitute teacher.

A Zumba class combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body using principles from aerobic and fitness to achieve cardio and muscle-toning benefits.

3-F (2:30-3:30 pm) Storytelling and Journaling: A Healing and Learning Process FULL
Eunhee Buettner

Eunhee Buettner teaches “Multicultural Education, “Supporting and Teaching Refugee and Immigrant Students”, and “Intro TEAL” courses at the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg. She also taught English as Foreign Language in South Korea for many years and English as Specific Purposes courses at the University of Winnipeg. Her research interests include the impact of linguistic and cultural power on social integration and marginalization, intercultural communication, storytelling and journaling as a language learning tool, and bridging between K-12 and adult EAL education.

This session explores storytelling and journaling as a mindful language learning tool. It will provide various ways to do storytelling through art and music. During the session, participants will have an opportunity to discuss benefits and impact of storytelling and journaling on language learning and mindfulness practice. They will also have an opportunity to experience the storytelling activities. Storytelling through art and music activities is designed to facilitate communication, healing, learning, and advocacy. Therefore, it helps our EAL students engage in mindfulness and build resilience.

Membership and Conference Fees

Register online here: https://memberlink.mbteach.org/Event.axd?e=1064

MTS Member and Non-MTS Member Conference (including TEAL Membership) $70
EAs/Retirees/Volunteers/ Full-time Students Conference and TEAL Membership $25
Conference only (without TEAL membership) Full day $90 Half day $60
TEAL Membership only MTS members and non-MTS members $25 EAs/Retirees/Volunteers/ full-time students $15
Online payment is accepted using credit, debit and PayPal
Please have your MTS ID number ready when registering. Non-MTS members can request a number here MTS ID info
Registrations after Oct 19 will be charged $20 late fee

Refunds will be granted before Oct. 23 with a $10 processing fee and no refunds will be granted for no-shows.For assistance with online registration through MTS, please email TEAL registrar Scott Donnelly