Art & Soul: The Art Of Well Being - Teaching Mindfulness In Education

Jan 21, 2021

Mindfulness exercise taught by Dr. Rita Benn.
Credit Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education /

This has been a challenging school year due to the pandemic for Michigan schoolchildren, but there is an Ann Arbor organization that works to bring "mindfulness" to students.

In this week's "Art and Soul," Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Rita Benn, co-founder and acting executive director of the "Michigan Collaborative For Mindfulness in Education" about how their program is more necessary than ever bringing tools and support to students and teachers.

Dr. Rita Benn, co-founder of the Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education.
Credit Dr, Rita Benn / Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education

Mindfulness can build a critical foundation for transforming Michigan school communities.  By developing skills to focus attention, regulate emotions, and relate to others with compassion, mindfulness training promotes a school environment where teachers can effectively teach and students feel safe, calm, and engaged to learn. 

The Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education (MC4ME) is dedicated to fostering the teaching and dissemination of mindfulness practices in K-12 and higher education using best practices, established curricula, and scientific evidence.

They have a number of events and opportunities coming up that can be found here.  You can also follow MC4ME on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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