5th Annual Mindfulness Fair on March 28th: Engaged Mindfulness for Change

The Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies at the University of Pittsburgh is proud to present the 5th Annual Mindfulness Fair–Engaged Mindfulness for Change–on March 28th from 9:30am – 4pm at the Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School.

Engaged Mindfulness encompasses the movement of mindfulness from practice into action for change in all areas of life, including personal growth, social equality, sustainability and global transformation. Our event will highlight the work of Pittsburgh area professionals and practitioners in various workshop, lecture and practice sessions.

Returning by overwhelming request, Michelle King will keynote our event with a message of love and compassionate action for change.

Michelle King is a learning instigator & love activist. All of her intersectional identities and lived experiences are her “big data” which have deeply informed her practice. She is a lifelong learner and is joyfully in search of ways for us humans to learn to get out of our heads and into our hearts.

The event is free but registration is strongly suggested. you can register in advance at Eventbright. We look forward to seeing you!

Other highlights will include:

  • 20+ sessions in 5 tracks – Speaker, Workshop, Creative, Movement and Meditation
  • Interactive panel highlighting Engaged Mindfulness Work in Pittsburgh
  • Practice Room – short practices offered throughout the day, both led and personal
  • Family-centered activities such as Family Yoga, Mindful Art and Storytelling
  • 20+ information tables with Pittsburgh-based practice groups and non-profits
  • Food truck round-up from 12-3pm with for-purchase lunch options
  • NEW THIS YEAR – BOOK DRIVE! Please consider bringing along a book to support Books for Change. View the recommended booklist here.

Check our Facebook page for the most up-to-date answers or to ask a question!

Transportation and Parking: 

Oakland is experiencing a multitude of tricky construction projects at the moment. We are working on parking accommodations – please check our Facebook page for updates!

Bus line – 83 – Bedford Hill stops at VA Hospital which is right across from Falk

Garage Options – the University’s OC lot is 2 blocks away (we are working on closer options!)

Accessible spots – available on-site for pre-registered attendees (contact lcn6@pitt.edu to save a spot)

Food:

Free coffee, tea and water will be available throughout day (bring your own drinking vessel!) and light snacks will be available in the morning. Food trucks will be on site from 12-3pm and open for attendees to purchase their own lunches. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch and snacks as well!

Sample Schedule:

  • 9:30 – Doors open: Registration & Information Tables open
  • 10-10:45 – Session 1(Choose 1 of 5 options)
  • 11-11:45 – Keynote with Michelle King/Family session
  • 12-1 – Lunch Break (food trucks in front of Falk – will remain open 12-3pm)
  • 1-1:45 – Session 2 (Choose 1 of 5 options)
  • 2-2:45 – Session 3 (Choose 1 of 5 options)
  • 3-3:45 – Session 4 (Choose 1 of 5 options)
  • 4pm – Event Closes

**check our Facebook page regularly for schedule updates!**

 

On-Campus Meditation and Reflection Spaces at the University of Pittsburgh

Interested in meditating around campus? There are several places to meet  your schedule…

The Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies offers unguided, silent meditation space at 3520 5th Avenue, 2nd Floor in the Stoner Conference Room, Mondays and Fridays, 12pm—1pm (excluding university holidays).

Yoga U PGH offers semi-guided meditation, 3608 Forbes Ave. Walk-ins welcome Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:15—12:45. Door locks once session begins at 12:15. Go here for scheduling.

The William Pitt Union Reflection Room, 3959 Fifth Ave, 3rd Floor, is open for silent reflection, meditation, and prayer during all WPU Building Hours.  An ablution station is also available near the restrooms.

Pitt Stress Free Zone offers walk-in services and regularly  scheduled classes at 3959 Fifth Ave, 3rd Floor. All services are for Pitt students only. For the Stress Free Zone schedule, check out the September 2019 calendar.

Center for Integrated Medicine offers evening meditations at 580 S. Aiken Avenue, Suite 310. Sessions are scheduled on a monthly basis. Email greco@pitt.edu to RSVP or request more information.

All spaces are free and welcome everyone unless otherwise noted.

Day of Practice on Friday June 21

The Building Compassionate Learning Communities Project would like to invite you to a Day of Practice on Friday June 21, 2019.

This day of practice will include sitting practices, mindful walking, mindful eating, yoga, and mindful movement. We will provide space for conversations and opportunities to share experiences in personal practice and in bringing mindfulness into our learning communities. Facilitators for the day will include: Tina Raspanti, Michelle King, Leah Northrop, Stephanie Romero and Stephanie Confer.

For more information visit our Eventbrite page or our website!

4th Annual Mindfulness Fair March 23

The Fourth Annual Mindfulness Fair, sponsored by the Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Falk Laboratory School on the Pitt campus. Doors open for this free, all-ages event at 9:30a.m. and it runs through 4p.m. The theme this year is  “Mindfulness in Our Community: Listening, Learning, Helping.”

This year we will explore ways in which mindfulness – the conscious awareness of the moment- can help our community heal, find peace, and move us into action to make positive change.  Keynote speaker, Michelle King, fellow love activist, social change facilitator, and innovative mindfulness educator will be featured, along with breakout sessions, mindful movement activities, “all ages” activities, and a special panel of mindful action first responders who set the pace for positive change in our city after the events last year.

Our meditation room will feature a variety of meditation techniques led by local practitioners. Information tables highlighting the work of regional non-profit and campus organizations will also be available throughout the day.

Light refreshments and snacks will be available throughout the day.

We invite the greater Pittsburgh community to gather together to mindfully listen and learn from each other as we all find ways to help bring peace, healing, and change for all.

Download the 4th Mindfulness Fair program for a speaker listing and schedule.

For more information, and to register, go to our Eventbright page.

 

 

Mindfulness for Educators on February 19th

Please join us at Falk School for an evening focusing on self-compassion for educators.  As a group we will discuss empathy, compassion and wellness and supplement the discussion with practice, as always.  This session we will be joined by regional mindfulness expert and director of the Building Compassionate Learning Communities Project, Tina Raspanti.

Tina is lifelong learner and has 27 years in the education field. Tina is currently at Mt. Lebanon School district where she teaches psychology. She earned a Certificate in Positive Psychology from the Flourishing Center, has engaged in coursework, and holds several certifications related to mindfulness, compassion, and social emotional learning programming for both students and teachers.

Date: 02/19/2019 (Tue.)
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm EST

Sign up here.  Or contact Leah (lcn6@pitt.edu) with any questions!

Mindfulness for Educators event January 22nd

The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies and the Pittsburgh Alliance for University Schools are hosting a Mindfulness for Educators evening.  This group brings together Pittsburgh area teachers who are practicing mindfulness, who are hoping to practice or who would like to introduce mindfulness to their students.

The event will take place Tuesday, January 22nd from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at Falk School and will include a group practice, a chance to share, and professional resources.  Sign up now!

Women in Medicine and Science Forum fosters inspiration, empowerment in workplace

From Pitt News

Research has shown that happier employees are less stressed, more productive and altruistic, and better at leading teams and solving problems.

Tanner LeBaron Wallace, associate professor in the School of Education and center associate at the Learning Research and Development Center, recalled having been chosen ‘most likely to succeed,’ but yet feeling lonely and misunderstood.

But what does this mean in tangible terms? And what steps and simple activities can be incorporated into already-busy schedules without adding to — or getting in the way of — our actual work?

These questions were among those discussed on Nov. 28 and 29 at the Office of Academic Career Development Health Sciences’ annual Women in Medicine and Science Forum. Nearly 200 registrants — mostly but not exclusively women — attended each of the sessions held at the University Club over the two-day event.

Building on the success and momentum of last year’s Year of Healthy U initiatives, the forum focused on the academic research and scientific findings related to wellness, including using mindfulness meditation to reduce stress, practicing breathing exercises to enhance rest and refining communication styles to better suit audiences.

Read the full article.

Center for Mindfulness helps sponsor inaugural conference: Building Compassionate Learning Communities

Please join us to build, grow, and support compassionate and resilient learning communities at the inaugural conference of Building Compassionate Learning Communities (BCLC).

Thanks to the generosity of the Grable Foundation and with support from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies, we are excited to bring educators together with the best teachers, researchers, and practitioners in the fields of social emotional learning (SEL) and contemplative practices – mindfulness, resilience, and the science of human flourishing.

W H E N & WHERE?

Monday, October 8, 2018 – Mt. Lebanon High School, Pittsburgh, PA (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

W H O ?

We welcome all stakeholders from Pre-K through Higher-Ed, including school counselors, health professionals, principals, administrators and other school leaders, superintendents and assistant superintendents, professors, pre-service teachers, and Intermediate Unit leaders. (Act 48 credits will be offered.)

W H A T ?

A day filled with learning, connection, and practice as we explore how we collectively can Build Compassionate Learning Communities through social emotional learning, mindfulness, and resilience. The conference will begin with an expert panel of Keynote Speakers, including:

  • Dr. Mark Greenberg, Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development and Founding Director of the Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, Emeritus Board Member of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).
  • Dr. Robert Roeser, Bennett Pierce Professor of Care, Compassion and Human Development at Penn State University, Fulbright Scholar, and Senior Program Coordinator for the Mind and Life Institute.
  • Dr. Brian Galla, Assistant Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. (Please see our website for more information on our Keynote Speakers.)

After lunch we will have a series of concurrent breakout sessions from a variety of organizations. The cost of registration includes breakfast, lunch and ACT48 credits. Tickets begin at $30, register now to take advantage of pre-sale and/or early bird pricing.

We have a wonderful, dedicated team working on the conference to provide you an exciting day filled with learning and practice. We look forward to having you join us and deepen our understanding of SEL and mindfulness; together we can foster compassionate learning communities!

Kind regards,

Tina Raspanti, Chair Conference Team Stephanie Confer, Jessica Peconi-Cook, Natasha Dirda, Roddy Gibbs, Michelle King, and Leah Northrop

Find out more at https://www.bclctogether.org/