Connected Teachers – Online

9-Week Online Course for Teacher-Flourishing
with Fiona Clarke
Thursdays 7pm to 8.30pm, 26 January to 30 March (Irish Time)

Connected Teachers explores evidence-based tools for well-being, including mindfulness, empathy and compassion exercises. These tools help protect against stress, and boost resilience and emotional intelligence. The course is experiential and interactive – we progressively build our capacity to care for ourselves and others. And we experiment with practical, fun ways to share well-being tools with children and young people.

Dates: January 26; February 2, 9, 23 (mid-term break 16th); March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 with the opportunity to be reviewed guiding a practice once the course is completed.’ (Date and time to be arranged with Fiona)

WHAT TOPICS WILL I COVER?

  • Investigating stress, wellbeing and their causes
  • Recent scientific research
  • Changing our relationship to challenging thoughts and emotions
  • Building stability amidst chaos
  • Staying relaxed while functioning at our best
  • Cultivating self-care and emotional health
  • Empathy and Healthy Relationships
  • Mindfulness in the classroom

WHAT WILL I ACHIEVE?

  • By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…
  • Identify the causes of stress and wellness in your experience
  • Practice mindfulness and connection exercises
  • Establish a ‘go-to’ practice that is effective in your life
  • Access tools for finding calm and communicating with emotional intelligence
  • Reflect on your role as a teacher and how you wish to engage your students
  • Embody a more mindful and connected presence in the classroom

Watch a short video testimonial from two teachers:

Content Summary – What to expect

WEEK BY WEEK

WEEK 1: TAKING CARE OF MYSELF

Exploring wellbeing: what are the causes of stress and wellbeing?

Introducing mindfulness; analogies for the mind

Qualities of mind: Relaxation, Presence, Awareness, Kindness

WEEK 2: CONNECTING WITH MY BODY

Connecting with the body: deepening discovering of physical sensations

Mindful mandarin

Two types of happiness

WEEK 3: NOTICING REACTIONS

Mindful speaking; mindful listening

Connecting with feelings

The brain: three brains in one and neuroplasticity

WEEK 4: RECOGNISING THOUGHTS

Identifying thoughts

Mindfulness using thoughts; changing our relationship to thoughts

Compassion exercise: remembering kindness

WEEK 5: DEVELOPING EMOTIONAL HEALTH

Recognising emotions (in ourselves and others); the work of Paul Ekman

Mindfulness using emotions ‘R-A-I-N’

Abstract art and states of mind

Week 6: BEING A FRIEND TO MYSELF

From self-criticism to self-compassion

Exploring nourishing and depleting activities

Compassion exercise: loving kindness for myself

WEEK 7: CONNECTING WITH OTHERS

‘Educating’ our connection with others, developing emotional and social intelligence

Guiding a mindfulness exercise for others

Compassion exercise: ‘Just like me’

Week 8: BECOMING A ROLE-MODEL

How to introduce mindfulness to children & young people

Deep listening: Communicating in tough situations

Compassion exercise for a challenging person in my life

WEEK 9: STRENGTHENING SCHOOL CULTURE

Guiding students

How to continue personally and professionally

Mindfulness exercise: Simply Being

WEEK 10: OPTIONAL CERTIFICATION SESSION

Mind With Heart Certification in guiding students

How to prepare for the online event

To prepare for the live streaming please see here.

We look forward to seeing you on-line!

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Fee €190
Concession €110

Dzogchen Beara has a policy of not turning anyone away for financial reasons.
Please email info@dzogchenbeara.org to request assistance from our retreat fund or to discuss flexible payment options.

 

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Fiona Clarke
Fiona Clarke
Fiona has practiced mindfulness for thirty years and loves sharing it with others. Since 2004, she has been holding retreats and courses in mindfulness and compassion. Fiona is a senior trainer at Mind With Heart – an international charity, sharing well-being tools with young people and educators. She was born in Ireland, worked in Europe and Asia, then moved to Australia to raise her three children. Fiona now lives in England where she studies, practices and teaches. She loves cold-water swimming, hiking and the creative arts.