Course Facilitator

Certified Mindfulness Instructor, CMT-P, ABD, MFA Cynthia Garner

After I left the classroom after 7 years of teaching, I navigated deep grief and loss, both professionally and personally. This time included moral outrage at the harm being perpetuated within education, illness and physical injury, and mental illness in my family, all while single-parenting a toddler. I then enrolled in numerous graduate counseling courses, a 2-year somatic psychotherapy program, and professional training in a wide variety of clinically-proven mindfulness-based interventions, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). I also participated in the year-long Mindful Schools Teacher Certification Program and their School-wide Implementation Program, and completed the Inward Bound Mindfulness Education teacher training. I currently work as a school leadership consultant and facilitate professional development workshops for educators and administrators. In June of 2023 I expect to complete my dissertation and to be awarded a Doctorate of Body-Mind Healing from the Parkmore Institute.

It Starts with You

Just a few minutes of kind attention can help you reset your nervous system, and be the change you wish to see.


  • How will learning mindfulness help me to manage my anxiety?

    The skills taught are evidence-based and specifically chosen to support you in regulating your nervous system, changing your relationship to stress, and building your toolkit for responding to challenges and managing reactivity. The core skills we will practice are those of placing attention on an anchor in the present moment, shifting attention with attention, and sustaining attention with curiosity and care. You’ll develop the ability to be the conductor of your own attention, reclaim your power through taking agency, and gain valuable information through inquiry of your own experience.

  • How does my own individual wellbeing affect the people I work with?

    Harvard and other leading research universities have done multiple studies and have concluded that our emotional states, such as happiness and anxiety are contagious, rippling outward up to three times removed. This ripple effect means that in teaching mental fitness and focused attention in trauma-impacted systems, there is an opportunity to not only provide tools for calming the nervous system and cultivating present-moment awareness, but also to investigate social justice and foster the capacities for discernment, attunement, right speech, and wise action in the collective. Our nervous systems are built for co-regulation. And even though we are living in a world and in a society that so often drives us away from each other, connecting with our shared human experience can bring us back to each other and home to ourselves.

  • How much daily mindfulness practice do I need to do to see the benefit?

    Informal practice has a tremendous amount of benefit, so even without formal periods of sitting meditation you will likely see a change, simply by shifting your attention and healing your relationship to yourself. However, you will get out of this course what you put into it. Think of carving out time for practice as an investment in your future self. The invitation is to build this time in as a non-negotiable, rather than try to “fit it in”, and see if you can look at it as an opportunity to give yourself and your community the gift of steadiness, responsivity, and the capacity to stabilize your attention in the midst of high stress.

  • Who is the 6-week course designed for?

    The Mindfulness for School Leadership course is for anyone who works in education who has a leadership role or a sphere of influence. This includes but is not limited to administrators, counselors, board members, superintendents, department heads, helping professionals, instructional designers, outside providers, parent organizers, facilities and custodial staff, building managers, and classroom educators.

  • I'm super busy. How much time will this course take?

    Plan to spend about 2.5 hours per week during the 6-week program. Our calls are 90 minutes long, and will be recorded for later viewing if you are unable to attend live. The recommendation for daily practice is to build in 15-20 minutes per day of dedicated time for slowing down and tending to your own nervous system and wellbeing. Numerous short practice recordings are provided, from 3 to 20 minutes, as well as many informal/applied opportunities to practice without interrupting your work schedule. This program was created specifically with the busy administrator in mind, and is built to be manageable and practical within the fast pace and high demands of your daily job.

  • I like to study at my own pace. Why was this program developed in this particular live, cohort-based format?

    This course weaves together the core components of psychotherapy, trauma-healing, crisis intervention, and clinical psychoeducation programs such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to bring you a pathway that is manageable, restorative, accessible, and most importantly - connective. This program offers a secular framework for healing trauma and building mental fitness with a whole-systems approach, and a group psycho-education format that supports connection, inclusion, and collaboration.

  • I'm just one person. How does me meditating "flip the script" on systemic change in education.

    Beyond simply bringing attention to an anchor, or engaging in intentional self-care practices, mindfulness invites us into relationship, not just with our own experiences, but the experiences of others around us, and the opportunity to investigate with kindness and curiosity how we wish to BE in the world, in our smallest moments and in those that are larger in life. Mindfulness also encourages us to consider what it means to be just, and how systems of oppression work to divide us and isolate us from our shared human experience and from the possibility of human connection. It is in bringing attention to areas of systemic inequality in a compassionate and safe way that we can then begin coming together across our differences in community to support mutual respect, care for each other and for the planet, and access to our shared and authentic human experiences.

25% Early Registration Discount Available Until May 25

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