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Educators together at MorningSun

Arriving at Morning Sun I not only realized that I was welcome but that I was home. I was at home with myself and I was at home with a community of beautiful, grateful, inquisitive, curious, loving people. A place where everyone can be their most authentic selves… – participant Held in June 2019, this […]

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The way out is in

Upper Hamlet, 28 December 2019 – 4 December 2020 The community of Upper Hamlet invited teachers from around the world to join them at New Year for a week’s retreat. It was a week to live simply – and to simply live – in community. The teachers were not responsible for learning objectives or successful […]

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Days of Mindfulness for Educators in Japan, April 2019

On 28th and 29th April 2019, Wake Up Schools offered two Days of Mindfulness (DOM) for Educators in Japan. They were held at Waseda University and Kaetsu Ariake Middle School. About 100 people took part, including sangha staff members and eight monastics from Plum Village. This marks the third year that we hosted a Day […]

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Sharings from ‘Happy Teachers Change the World’: part one

📙 Our book ‘Happy Teachers Change the World: A guide for cultivating mindfulness in education’ is filled with practical mindfulness exercises and sharings from teachers around the world.  📙 We’ll be offering some of our favourite highlights over the coming months.  📙 You can buy the book at:http://www.parallax.org/product/happy-teachers-change-the-world-a-guide-for-cultivating-mindfulness-in-education/

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Ireland Hosts Its First Retreat for Happy Teachers

In March 2018, we held our first Happy Teachers retreat in Ireland. About 35 people arrived at Creagh Castle, Co. Cork to practice together for four days. Some were seasoned practitioners and others were experiencing the practice for the very first time. Br Phap Lai, with the support of Br. Dai Dung and Br. Duc Han, opened a space of such kindness and authenticity. It was very easy to come home to ourselves.

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Starfish Practice – Getting in Touch with Your Breath

This practice is inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village Community’s teachings on getting in touch with our breath. Through her personal practice and five years with the children’s sangha in Dublin, Orlaith O’Sullivan narrates this variation called ‘Starfish’.

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Mindful Eating in Manila

Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.  This was a prayer that I kept close to my heart during a time of discernment.   I knew my prayer was answered with an opportunity to join a mindfulness retreat with the Plum Village monastics.   Listening to Thich Nhat Hanh talking about the […]

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Sunny Days

My name is Javi and I work in a Secondary school in the Basque Country, near Bilbao. I have been teaching for over twenty years and I have no doubt encountered a decent amount of the same challenges anybody in such a position may come across. I have made so many mistakes during this process that I would need a whole book to briefly describe them, but as I just have the space of an article I would like to share with you a bit of the good stuff I have experienced as a teacher in the light of the Plum Village practice.

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Mindful Sharing in the Classroom: a meaningful way of teaching English

I have been practicing meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh for quite some years and I am especially grateful to my sangha in Berlin-Zehlendorf. Without my sangha it would have been so much more difficult to follow the path to inner freedom and peace. Being continually reminded by dear friends keeps my practice […]

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