Sign up for Stress Reduction Course -Taster Session – Mindfulness Classes

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Dodgen Middle School is proud to offer:

Foundations of

Mindfulness Course

–Taster Session–

9:30 am March 10, 2016  


You may have heard of mindfulness or have seen some of the recent media coverage. A great deal of this interest is the result of a large body of research in neuroscience from Oxford University, UMass, Harvard, University of Toronto,  and other institutions worldwide regarding the wide reaching benefits of mindfulness relating to:

  • resiliency to stress (work, school, sleep issues, family life)
    • peak-performance academically and in elite sports
    • anxiety, exhaustion,  and depression
    • job focus and concentration skills (ADD/ ADHD)
    • emotional intelligence/communication/ and leadership
    • productivity
    • well-being; happiness, peace, contentment,

Developed by Oxford and Cambridge Universities, this evidence-based course has been proven effective worldwide. It is based on the core mindfulness principles found within Jon Kabat Zinn’s Mindfulness Bases Stress Reduction (MBSR) course and Mark Williams and John Teasdale’s Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses, however the training sessions and home practices are shorter and designed to be accessible for busy professionals.

Walton PTSA has sponsored Mindfulness in Schools Project “.b course” in the Walton High School Health Classes for the past two  semesters.  Lisa Jones, Mindfulness Instructor, presented the 9-week curriculum and shared highlights of each lesson with parents in the WHS Connections eNewsletter.  The response to the program has been overwhelmingly positive from students, parents, and faculty and we are very excited for her to introduce the program to parents and teachers at Dodgen.

Normal cost for the 90-minute lesson is  $25, but will be waived for Dodgen parents.

Adults who develop a regular practice and feel inspired to go on to teach mindfulness to students could then attend a Teach .b Course or Teach Paws b Course

When we practice mindfulness we’re modelling one of the greatest life skills. Just ONE person practicing mindfulness can calm the workplace, the whole house, the whole classroom. Mindfulness calms without words.

As adults, if we aren’t practicing mindfulness ourselves, we can’t teach it to our children. This doesn’t mean they have to see us meditating every day, but it does mean we need personal experience with the challenges and benefits of mindfulness, understanding it fully before we can teach it to others and helping create mindful leaders of the future.

SIGN UP here to learn more about Mindfulness for Stress Reduction.  The $25 fee is waived for Dodgen parents only.


  1. Neysa on March 1, 2016 at 2:26 pm said:

    So excited to see this great program spread to other schools. It has been fantastic for Walton High School!

    • on March 1, 2016 at 4:20 pm said:

      Thanks Neysa! Taking our time and trusting the process. School by school we can extend our reach to help make Cobb County become a happier, healthier, mindful school district.


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