A Facilitator’s Mindfulness Practice: Awareness and Connection
October 9, 2020
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Face-to-face or online, facilitators must maintain an awareness of themselves and their participants to fully engage and be present. When facilitating in person you read body language, interact personally, walk around and engage in conversations, and make necessary adjustements based on this information. Online facilitating, while still effective, diminishes this type of information and causes you to strain your attention to “read” the group. You may feel stilted online and this may take a toll on your effectiveness as a facilitator and on your body.
Mindfulness practices have the ability to increase focus, a sense of well-being, connection to others and resilience in the face of challenges. In this session, we’ll explore several mindfulness practices, reflect and discuss ways to bring mindfulness into your facilitations and your life.
Shawn Y. Holmes, DMD, PhD is a mindfulness meditation teacher fostering well-being and interconnectedness for all who attend her sessions. She has over 300 hours of training and will complete a two-year teacher certification program in mindfulness meditation with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach in February 2021. Shawn has over 25 years of experience in education: teaching from middle grades through post-graduate degree programs in science education, education research and dentistry. Shawn has consulted, collaborated and co-designed learning experiences within academia and the British Columbia provincial government. Her strategic analyses, multidisciplinary approach and mindful inquiry set her apart as a trusted advisor for her clients.
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