Friday, January 23, 2015

Fear and Excitement

What a week! I am putting the first touches on the website for my new project (that I've been hinting about here for a while, now), and it is a lot of work, but it's really fun. You can visit the site here and give  me any feedback you have on what you see/what I might change or add.  The endeavor is called The SELF (Social-Emotional Learning Foundations) Project. The goal is to bring social-emotional education to tweens and teens at schools, after-school programs, and other places where they gather.  The curriculum is divided into six areas:


  • mindfulness
  • living with joy
  • dealing with stress, anxiety, and fear
  • developing self-worth
  • compassion
  • big questions of life
I'm offering one-off events as well as entire workshops based in these areas and hoping to do a few summer camps this year.  I will also facilitate groups for parents and others raising tweens and teens to talk about mindful parenting through this tumultuous time, again either as ongoing meetings or as one-off speaking/facilitating events.  Eventually, I hope to develop the curriculum so that it can be licensed to other people who want to teach it in their own communities.  Each focus area has discussion prompts, worksheets, activities, and guided visualizations/meditations in order to offer different ways of looking at the same ideas.  It is based in research I've done over the past eight years as I raise my own girls and strive to help them develop as whole human beings, and most of the meditations and worksheets are things I created to help my girls through challenging times. If you know of schools or other organizations (YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs, etc.) who might be interested, please pass on the link to the website so they can check it out.   I am happy to travel in the Pacific Northwest to speak and teach.  

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Also, in case you missed it, I had a piece published this week that I have worked on for a while and I'd love it if you headed over to read it - especially if you know tweens or teens that have questions about sex and sexuality.  You can find it here.

4 comments:

thowling said...

This is fabulous!! Wishing many blessings to the SELF project. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

Chris Gilliland said...

Great work! Best of luck with the new endeavor.

Carrie Link said...

YOU ROCK!

Elizabeth said...

Impressive! I just signed my thirteen year old for a mindfulness class taught at a new place here in Los Angeles called Uplifters. I'll keep you posted! Now, I'm off to read your published piece.

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