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The Power of the Pause: Self-care and Resilience in Teaching
August 9, 1:00-2:30pm
Vanessa CL Weiner, Executive Director, Center for Resilience

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  • Health & Wellness, K-12, Teachers, Administrators
  • Audience cap: 40

This session will focus on strategies teachers can use to manage their stress in healthy ways by finding moments to pause and infuse mindfulness into each day. We know that how we "show up" affects the tone of the classroom, and is the basis for our relationships with students and colleagues. Together we will learn how to take care of ourselves in order to better take care of those around us.

At the same time, we know educators want effective tools to use with students. We will also address ways to share the Power of the Pause with kids of all ages. 


With a practice that started in adolescence, Vanessa Weiner is passionate about sharing mindfulness practice and tools with people of all ages. She founded The Center for Resilience in 2012 to initially serve our next generation. Now in its 6th year, she and her team have now worked with over 6,000 students in a unique school-based social and emotional learning program, the first of its kind in RI.

Evolving to best serve the needs of the community in which she is a part, Vanessa expanded the mission of the organization in 2016 to bring these trainings and practice opportunities to an increasing number of adults in the workplace and community groups - facilitating classes so that people of all ages can become more empowered, resilient and self-aware.

Vanessa authored a chapter in the recently published book, “Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and Teens”, and is a contributing author for “Best Practices for Yoga in Schools”. She has presented locally at the Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance conference, Rhode Island Occupational Therapists Association conference and the Social Enterprise Ecosystem for Economic Development Summit, and is a regular guest lecturer at Brown and Rhode Island College.

Nationally, she has spoken at the National Kids Yoga Conference and the Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth Conference. She can also be found creating in the kitchen or hanging out with her greatest teachers, her husband and two children.

Vanessa is grateful to be able to facilitate instruction through a wide variety of techniques with different groups of kids and adults every day, and continues to be amazed at just how transformational these practices can be.

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