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The bamboo homes of Bali

CBS Sunday Morning: Published on May 18, 2014

On the tropical island of Bali, Indonesia, there are homes tucked into the jungle that look like something out of a fairytale. They're designed to have soaring roof lines, few walls or windows - and nearly everything is fashioned from bamboo. Seth Doane reports.

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These beautiful homes are sustainable works of art found on the Island of Bali.  


This expression is rooted in the Green School, a private school built mostly from bamboo.  It's bright bit of hope from Bali for the 300 students who learn there. 

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Room to Breathe

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Room To Breathe is a surprising story of transformation as struggling kids in a San Francisco public middle school are introduced to the practice of mindfulness meditation.


"Room to Breathe", a documentary film about how mindfulness transformed a challenging San Francisco public middle school classroom, airs on over 58% of households across the United States on PBS's World Channel on Wed, Oct. 30 at 7 pm ET, with encores on Oct. 31 and Nov. 2.

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Our Courses - Mindful Schools: Online Courses for Learning Mindfulness and Teaching Mindfulness to K-12 Children and Adolescents

Our Courses - Mindful Schools: Online Courses for Learning Mindfulness and Teaching Mindfulness to K-12 Children and Adolescents | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Courses for learning mindfulness and teaching it to children
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As a classroom teacher I worked at creating a mindful learning environment, especially around my writing workshop.  IF I'd known more about the mindful classroom, I would have been a better teacher.


Now I have a chance to improve! 

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Alan Watts - Still the Mind

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Still the Mind - An Introduction to Meditation by Alan Watts

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The Power of Mindfulness | Child Mind Institute

The Power of Mindfulness | Child Mind Institute | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Mindfulness: How a meditation practice can help kids with ADHD, anxiety, autism and depression become less anxious, more focused, and more in charge of their own behavior
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Jon Kabat-Zinn speaks at Harvard on the power of mindfulness in education | Harvard Magazine

Jon Kabat-Zinn speaks at Harvard on the power of mindfulness in education | Harvard Magazine | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

IN THE EARLY 1990s, scientist, writer, and world-renowned mindfulness expert Jon Kabat-Zinnencountered Cherry Hamrick, a teacher in the small town of South Jordan, Utah, who wanted to bring mindfulness—the act of paying attention on purpose in the present moment—into her elementary school. Worried about how a largely Mormon community might react to such practices, Kabat-Zinn told the young teacher not to do it.

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Healthy Habits of Mind - Mindful Schools: Online Courses for Learning Mindfulness and Teaching Mindfulness to K-12 Children and Adolescents

Healthy Habits of Mind - Mindful Schools: Online Courses for Learning Mindfulness and Teaching Mindfulness to K-12 Children and Adolescents | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Film Summary

Mette Bahnsen, a filmmaker in Denmark, has made a beautifully produced film about integrating mindfulness into education called “Healthy Habits of Mind”, which features:

  • NEUROSCIENCE: leading neuroscientist Dr. Richard Davidson explains the science behind mindfulness and how it can increase happiness and well-being in youth.

  • IN-CLASS INSTRUCTION: see kindergarten teacher Renee Harris (a Mindful SchoolsCurriculum Training graduate) teaching mindful breathing, listening, eating, movement, and heartfulness in her Berkeley, California public school classroom.

  • TRAINING FOR EDUCATORS: the film peeks into a Mindful Schools Curriculum Training course taught by Program Directors Megan Cowan and Chris McKenna.

  • THE VALUE OF MINDFULNESS IN EDUCATION: interviews with Megan Cowan, Renee Harris, and Dr. Richard Davidson explain why mindfulness belongs in schools.

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Schools should be mindful places.  In my experience they rarely are.  What can a teacher do? Create a mindful classroom! 

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Olivia Salas 's curator insight, October 20, 2013 6:30 PM

todo lo que sea mejorar las condiciones para el aprendisaje presta gran utilidad

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Social Emotional Learning and Mindfulness-based Contemplative Practices in Education - What Meditation Really Is

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A Meditation from the Field from Linda Lantieri and Madhavi Nambiar

Mr. Gray, an educator in his second year of teaching in New York City wrote out his resignation letter and left it on his desk. As a final measure, he chose to attend a Renewal and Restoration Retreat for Educators provided by The Inner Resilience Program – a nonprofit organization started right after September 11, 2001 to help teachers in Lower Manhattan begin to heal and recover from the tragic events of that day. He felt he had nothing to lose. “I was so tired of trying to balance the pressures I was feeling, I wanted to quit. After the retreat I went home and ripped up the resignation letter sitting on my desk. I found that place in me that knows why I wanted to be a teacher in the first place.”

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