Oregon Summer Intensive

Damascus, Oregon
Saturday, June 18, 2016


2016 Oregon Summer Intensive 
Movement, Mindfulness, Emotion and Imagination in Education and Therapy

Yoga Calm Founders Lynea & Jim Gillen
Guest Presenters: Rob Roeser, PhD & Caverly Morgan, Founder, Peace in Schools

Still Meadow Retreat Center, Carver, OR
(30 mins south of Portland Intl Airport)

$750 Early bird rate
($795 after April 20, 2016)
Includes 3 delicious lunches, Yoga Calm for Children textbook, party & pre-course online materials

$180 - 3 PSU Grad/Undergrad credits (optional) 

Lodging info below

  • Saturday, June 18, 8:00 - 4:30 pm
  • Sunday, June 19, 8:00 - 4:30pm; Special Dance Party at 4:30pm
  • Monday, June 20, 8:00 - 12:30 (lunch provided, then afternoon off to explore Portland and environs)
  • Tuesday, June 21, 8:00 - 12:30 pm, conclude

Recent advances in neuroscience
have the potential to revolutionize education and therapy. What scientists are discovering validates the importance of whole-child education, while at the same time challenges our current over-emphasis and bias toward cognitive and pharmacological approaches in education and therapy:
  • Physical movement has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, stimulate brain growth and neural connectivity (neuroplasticity), and improve cognition and academic achievement (Ratey, Sylwester). Patterned, relational, repetitive and rewarding moment practices are being recognized as more effective than cognitive approaches for children under stress and affected by trauma (Perry).
  • Mindfulness research suggests that sustained practice can enhance attentional and emotional self-regulation and promote cognitive flexibility. Both staff and youth are can receive significant benefits in education and therapeutic settings (Montgomery, Davidson, Chan, Poulin). 
  • Emotion is a powerful vehicle for enhancing or inhibiting learning. It is the canvas upon which meaning becomes attached and integral to all that we do. Our desires for social acceptance and connection, and for expressing and receiving love, are at the core of what it means to be human. When individuals connect cognition and emotion and adopt a "meaning mind-set" - that is, seeking connections, giving to others and orienting to a larger purpose - clear benefits can result, including improved psychological well-being, more creativity and enhanced work performance (Immordino-Yang and Damasio; Davidson; Myman, Mayer and Salovey).
  • Imagination, positive thinking and cognitive flexibility are key tools for dealing with life's stressors, creating solutions to problems, developing resiliency and encouraging joy and personal enjoyment (Goleman; Sapolsky). Person to person storytelling for time immemorial has taught these skills, supporting reading and writing, social mores and culture, as well as interpersonal and intergenerational bonding. When embedded in context, facts and information have more meaning, and decision-making skills are supported through learning about conflict.  
Through the application of activities that engage the heart, mind and body, we can help our youth to thrive in the 21st century.

Learn How to Engage the Hearts, Minds and Bodies of Youth at the 9th Annual Oregon Summer Intensive
This special four-day event (with pre-course online material) introduces the complete Yoga Calm Wellness System, its principles and all 60 activities in its Integrated Approach to Wellness 1-3 certification course curriculum, including integrative movement, stress-reduction and mindfulness exercises, social/emotional skill development activities, relaxation/storytelling processes and emotional guidance techniques. 

Specifically, you will learn strategies, engaging games and activities for PreK-12 youth that:

  • Reduce stress, self-nurture, and regulate emotions
  • Reinforce student-engagement, intrinsic motivation and positive school climate
  • Strengthen empathy, reinforce student caring and lessen bullying
  • Employ brain-friendly strategies to advance student achievement
  • Enhance communication, trust, teamwork and leadership skills
  • Strengthen the brain's executive function to develop attention, higher-order processing. cognitive flexibility and creative problem-solving
  • Help with anxiety, trauma, sensory integration, ADHD and autism

Storytelling, symbolic language and the complementary aspects of Eastern and Western psychology add richness and depth to your learning, and case histories and collegial sharing will add relevance and context.

Yoga Calm is a college-accredited, research-supported and award-winning PreK-12 wellness curriculum used by thousands of educators and therapists. Developed from over 35 years of classroom, counseling and clinical experience, Yoga Calm has been proven to be effective for a broad range of ages, settings and populations, including special needs children.  

This seminar is appropriate for PreK-12 teachers, counselors, therapists, nurses, administrators, parents and college professors.

 Get Credit! Get Certified!

  • Intensive coursework qualifies for 3 graduate/undergraduate credits (PSU), 36 Clock Hours and clinical CEUs.
  • Coursework also applies toward Yoga Calm Youth Instructor and RYT-200 Certification programs.
  • Wellness 1, 2 and 3 courses can also be taken individually over the weekend. 
  • Certificate of training hours provided.
  • Certified Yoga Calm Youth Instructors can attend for $50/day.

More information on Yoga Calm Youth Instructor Certification program 

Activate, Educate, Integrate!

Our Summer Intensive format also models our "Activate-Educate-Integrate" cycle – a brain-based learning approach that uses physical movement and nervous system regulation techniques to prime the brain for cognitive instruction, and then uses relaxation and reflection activities to provide for integration of learned material and emotional processing. This approach, and the creation of safe and supportive learning and therapeutic environments, support all learners. 

New Hybrid Course Format – Watch, Practice and Teach! 
After your registration you will immediately receive a link to our learning management center where start your learning immediately with online pre-course materials including videos, readings and background material. This allows you to learn the Yoga Calm curriculum at a convenient time and location, to repeatedly watch and practice activities, to test and reinforce your new knowledge with interactive quizzes, and to deepen your learning with supplemental materials.

By completing the pre-course materials we can get right to business in June with the three days to deepen your knowledge with 1) experiential learning sessions with the founders of Yoga Calm, 2) small practice groups to practice and refine your skills with colleagues from your profession, and 4) opportunities to develop integrative lesson plans for the population(s) you serve. 

Relax, Refresh & Renew at Still Meadow Retreat
Still Meadow Retreat is one of Oregon's secret jewels, with beautiful gardens, incredible food and 60 acres of woods, orchards and trails. At the foot of Mt. Hood, 30 minutes from downtown Portland (and Portland International Airport), McMenamin's Edgefield and the spectacular Columbia River Gorge, and 90 minutes to the beach, Still Meadow is the perfect location for seeing the best of Oregon.

Come early or stay late to explore Oregon (Monday afternoon is off). There will also be ample time to renew your spirit with restorative yoga sessions, walks in the woods, great food, and a sauna for relaxation after each day's sessions.

Lodging Options
For those coming from out of town or local participants who would like more of a retreat experience, Still Meadow offers overnight accommodations. And, spouses are welcome to join you (for the cost of lodging + 3 lunches).

The following four-night lodging packages will be available to you during your registration process (prices are per person):
$300 - Dorm Room (three or four beds)
$420 - Double Room (two beds)
$520 - Single Room (one bed)
  • Breakfast and dinner are included with all rooms (beginning with Saturday breakfast, June 18, and ending with Tuesday breakfast, June 21) (lunches are included in the registration fee)
  • Shared bathrooms
  • Four nights' lodging with check-in/out: Fri, June 17, 4:00 PM/Tues, June 21, NOON 

Additional lodging information: support@yogacalm.org 

Celebrate Our Work Together on June 19th!

Enjoy refreshments and appetizers, and celebrate our work together with a special celebration. Yoga Calm has trained over 6,000 educators, counselors and therapists, and certified over 250 Yoga Calm Youth Instructors around the world who support tens of thousands of children everyday. This special event is included in your registration costs. Sunday, June 19, from 5:00- 6:30 pm.


Intensive Faculty

Lynea Gillen, LPC, MS, RYT
Lynea's heart-centered and innovative approaches were developed from decades of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness as an elementary school teacher and counselor. Her methods are used by thousands of teachers, counselors and therapists in schools and therapeutic settings across the country, including Portland Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools, the Mayo Clinic and Masonic Children's Hospital. Lynea was a featured speaker at the 2012 American School Counseling Association conference and teaches counseling and wellness courses as an adjunct faculty member at several colleges and universities. Her latest children's books, Good People Everywhere and Little Banty Chicken and the Big Dream, have won five national book awards.

Jim Gillen, ERYT-500, ACE GFI
Jim is an innovator in whole-child education with an extensive background in yoga, science and educational media. He has four decades of yoga and meditation experience and has taught over 6,000 yoga classes since 1997. Jim has also taught adaptive sports for special needs children, pioneered national youth environmental science education programs for the National Science Foundation, co-developed 14 graduate-level college courses in wellness education, and has received eight national awards as a publisher.

Robert Roeser, PhD
Rob is the newly announced Bennet Pierce Professor in Caring and Compassion at Penn State University in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Health and Human Development! Robert was formerly a professor of psychology and human development at Portland State University. His current intellectual interests focus on introducing mindfulness practices in schools for the well-being of educators and students alike. He also is a research fellow of the Mind and Life Institute and a member of Mind and Life Institute’s Network on Secular Ethics and Character Education.

Caverly Morgan, Founding Director, Peace in Schools
Peace in Schools launched the nation’s first for-credit mindfulness course in a U.S. high school in 2014. Her vision is to make mindfulness a recognized discipline in public education. Caverly has been practicing mindfulness since 1995, including eight years as a monk in a silent Zen monastery. She brings insight, passion, and humor to her transformative work with students of all ages.

More info:

Offered in conjunction with Portland State University, Continuing Education in the Graduate School of Education (CE/ED) the Summer Intensive qualifies for 36 CEU/Clock Hours and/or 3 PSU Graduate/Undergraduate Credits. Course contact hours also applies toward the Yoga Calm Teacher Youth Instructor and RYT-200 Certification programs. Certificate of training hours provided. 

The Course Fees are payable directly to Still Moving Yoga, LLC. PSU Credit registration forms are available at the course; PSU will bill you for those fees after the course.

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