Our face-to-face workshops for 2020 have been cancelled. Stay tuned for virtual offerings of these workshops coming soon.
The practice of mindfulness, with its emphasis on cultivating a non-judgmental and present moment orientation towards experience, has been scientifically linked to improved life-satisfaction, enhanced cognitive performance, and better interpersonal relationships. Through these workshop intensives, we will explore how mindfulness can benefit you in personal, interpersonal, artistic, and professional settings. We will learn about mindfulness through readings, discussions, and through engaging in selected group and individual practices.
These workshops are geared toward music educators and performers in K-12, private studio, and collegiate settings. Participants will gain a practical understanding of the scientific and philosophical foundations of mindfulness and develop strategies for applying these foundations in their personal and professional lives.
Professional Development Credit
Upon completing the workshop you will receive a certificate indicating 15 hours of professional development credit.
These workshops will be led by Dr. Frank Diaz, Director of the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Wellness and Pedagogy, and selected faculty. Click here for a list of our affiliate faculty.
Spring Workshop Dates: March 20 – 22, 2020, CANCELLED
Summer Workshop Dates: July 9 – 11, 2020, CANCELLED
The initial stages of MBWP are focused on developing physiological regulation and embodied grounding as a means of aiding meditative practice and artistic expression. Working with our breath and bodies helps to calm our nervous system, facilitating our ability to anchor our awareness in the present moment.
During the middle stages of the curriculum, concentration and awareness are cultivated through mindful and deliberate exploration of our senses, emotions, and patterns of thought, leading to greater clarity, stability, and equanimity.
As we non-judgmentally examine our habitual ways of feeling, thinking, and acting, we gain insight into how our perceptions color reality, giving us the opportunity to let go of unfruitful ways of experiencing and responding to ourselves and others. We then work on reframing our experiences such that they are aligned with our personal values.
During the final stages of MBWP training, after reducing our reactivity through mindful awareness, we develop the capacity to act intentionally in the world, using our experiences, aspirations, values, and ethics as a compass for wise and compassionate action.