Upcoming Events

Yoga Class to Support the David M. Affonso Memorial Foundation

Saturday, September 9th 8:30-9:30AM 

Location: 744 Elm Street Somerset, MA 02726

Join me for an hour-long vinyasa flow class to support one of my favorite causes, the David M. Affonso Memorial Foundation. My uncle Dave passed away from lung cancer in April 2009. After his death, my family started a foundation in his name. Its goal is to provide financial assistance to patients in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island who have been diagnosed with cancer. The funds may reimburse recipients for co-pays, co-insurance and/or any deductibles incurred during treatment. 100% of the proceeds from this class will go to support people in need. 

OTHER NOTES:

  • Light refreshments will be provided upon completion of the yoga session.
  • LuLaRoe Kristie Ponte “Buttery” Leggings, Woman’s Tops, Skirts and More will also be available for purchase.
  • The class will be held outdoors.

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Self-Care for Educators

Three Saturdays: October 14th, November 18th, & December 2nd from 9:00-1:00pm

 Location: EDCO Collaborative, 36 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA 01730

Happy teachers teach better. It’s that simple. If you want to teach better, you must practice self-care. As a teacher, you have what is arguably one of the most stressful professions. Left alone, a classroom of students is inherently unstable. As the teacher, you are expected to be a constant source of stability. This is virtually impossible if you don’t take care of yourself. Participants in this course will learn about the four primary domains of personal development that require self-care. Participants will learn how applying principles of mindfulness to their teaching can create a happier classroom. Participants will learn about the science of habit creation and how to create healthy lifelong habits. 

Topics to be Covered: 

  • How taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually can benefit your teaching 
  • How to create habits that last 
  • How to apply basic mindful awareness skills to your whole day 
  • Understanding your negative emotions & the power of positivity 
  • The power of affirmations, intention setting, and gratitude

Target Audience: K – 12 educators

Graduate Credit: At the first class, participants can choose to apply for one graduate through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125.

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Mindfulness in the Classroom

Saturday, February 10th & Saturday, March 3rd  from 9:00-1:00pm

Location: EDCO Collaborative, 36 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA 01730

Each day will begin with an optional yoga session from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. at no additional cost. 

We are in the midst of a mindfulness revolution. Businesses are offering classes for their workers, health care providers are recommending its practice to their patients, and now educators are discovering the benefits of integrating mindfulness in their classrooms. 

The school day is filled with numerous internal and external distractions for both students, teachers, and other school-based professionals. Noticing when these interruptions in the day arise and being able to redirect one’s attention to the task at hand is an important skill for students and teachers alike. Research has proven that when young people learn to be more present and less anxious, they often find they can pay attention better and improve the quality of their performance. Teachers, too, can improve their practice when they are more focused and able to put aside distractions. 

The instructor has extensive experience working with children and has used mindfulness practices with students of all ages. The workshop will introduce participants to the basic principles of mindfulness and some simple techniques that teachers can use with their students and for their own practice. 

 To receive one college credit for this workshop, participants will be required to do an additional lesson/project. 

Day 1 Topics: 

  • Differences between mindfulness and meditation (and the benefits of both)
  • The science of habit creation and how to apply this to your mindfulness and meditation practices
  • Strategies to try in the classroom 
  • Toolbox of resources to consult, including websites, apps, and books. 
  • 3-4 short experiential sessions 

Day 2 Topics: 

  • Strategies to try in the classroom, continued 
  • Small group work on ideas for incorporating in the classroom 
  • Dealing with anxiety 
  • The power of gratitude
  • 3-4 short experiential sessions 

Target Audience: K - 8 classroom teachers, specialists, learning center teachers

Graduate Credit Option: At the first class, participants may choose to apply for one optional graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125, payable to Worcester.

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Everything about this workshop was wonderful ­ the presenter, the group process (both small and large), the resources, the instruction ­I wanted more!
— Past Participant