Mindfulness & the Brain: Interpersonal Neurobiology & Mindfulness in Education

Damascus, Oregon
Saturday, April 02, 2016

Mindfulness & the Brain
Interpersonal Neurobiology & Mindfulness in Education

April 2-3, 2016 | 10am-5pm
Still Meadow Retreat
Portland, OR (30 mins south of Portland International Airport)

with Caverly Morgan & Christine Downs, MEd

$250 Early bird rate ($275 after March 7)
Includes two delicious lunches

$60 – 1 PSU Grad/Undergrad credit (optional) 

Retreat lodging packages available (see below)

How can mindfulness help us connect more fully, authentically and effectively with youth?

In this course you’ll learn the science and practice of mindfulness from Peace in Schools, the nonprofit that launched the first for-credit mindfulness class in a U.S. public high school.
You’ll learn the basics of Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), Dr. Dan Siegel's pioneering field of study. We’ll cover basic brain anatomy, development and function. And you'll learn about the latest scientific research on mindfulness practices. You’ll gain both a theoretical and experiential understanding of the brain-body connection.

You'll be introduced to foundational mindfulness practices and experience directly how they can transform your life. You'll build attentional skills, cultivate acceptance, bring awareness to the inner critic, learn compassion and practice relational mindfulness skills.

We’ll focus on how mindfulness can transform your life, your relationships and your work with youth.
This course is beneficial for anyone who works with children and teens, including educators, parents, counselors, mental health professionals and health care workers. 

Other topics include:
  • Conscious, compassionate communication
  • Working with resistance
  • The nervous system beyond the brain
  • Teacher-Student Attunement
  • The polyvagal theory and Trauma Informed Practices
  • Ways to manage external and internal stress, resistance and student challenges

Online Course Bonus
This weekend will be filmed for the creation of a future online course. In return for participating, you will receive free access to the online course for three years, a great way to review course content and activities. 


Caverly Morgan is the founder and Executive Director of the Portland-based nonprofit Peace in Schools. Peace in Schools launched the nation's first for-credit mindfulness course in a U.S. high school in 2014. This groundbreaking class is now in five high schools and expanding. Caverly leads the Peace in Schools teaching team, develops the mindfulness curricula and works directly with teens. 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.

Christine Downs, MEd, teacher, artist, yoga and mindfulness practitioner, just completed a semester co-teaching the Mindful Studies course at Portland’s Wilson High School. A special education teacher for many years, Christine taught students identified as having socialā€emotional, behavioral, and/or learning challenges. After experiencing teacher burnout, Christine enjoyed 15 years teaching and mentoring special educators in training in PSU’s Graduate School of Education. In 2013 Christine began instructing the IPNB course, Learning and the Brain for PSU, and returned to teaching K-12 students as a substitute teacher.

Get PSU Credit! 
Offered in conjunction with Portland State University, Continuing Education in the Graduate School of Education (CEED), this course qualifies for 12 CEU/clock hours and/or one PSU graduate/undergraduate credit.Certificate of completion 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.

Relax, Refresh & Renew at Still Meadow
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. There will also be ample time to renew your spirit with walks in the woods, great food and a sauna for relaxation after each day's sessions.

Please contact karen@stillmeadowretreat.org for lodging availability, costs and other information.

* Mindfulness & the Brain is a joint-offering of Peace in Schools and Yoga Calm. Please contact info@yogacalm.org for more information.


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