International Conference on Mindfulness in Education. Wake Up Schools, 9th May to 11th May, Barcelona
International Course on Mindfulness in Education. Wake Up Schools, 12th May to 16th May, Barcelona
From Friday 9th May to Sunday 11th May, Barcelona will host the International Conference on Mindfulness in Education with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and fifty members of the Plum Village monastic community. The event will take place on the Campus Mundet of the University of Barcelona and attendees will receive formal certification from the University of Barcelona, the Department of Education of the Generalitat of Catalonia and Plum Village.
This will be a unique opportunity for all those people interested in all areas of formal and informal education – students; pre-school, primary and secondary school teachers and university professors; educators and social workers; psychologists; coaches and counsellors; therapists; yoga teachers; health, social and business sector professionals; parents; and anyone interested in lifelong learning.
The Conference will take the form of a retreat, and through it we will embark on an experience of conscious learning, inner healing and reflective dialogue to: 1) learn to take care of ourselves and of those with whom we live 2) create compassionate and conscious schools and communities and 3) let ourselves be inspired by innovative action and insight in our personal and professional lives.
As a participant you will gain knowledge based on experience as well as practical methods relevant for educators or professionals from various fields who live or work with children, young people or people at risk or in need of care.
The Conference will be led by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, poet, human rights activist, author of over a hundred books on mindfulness and who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr. in 1967 for his solid fight for peace during the Vietnam War.
The Conference will provide a vegan breakfast, lunch and dinner for attendees; however, it will be non-residential. In the Wake Up Schools website a number of residences near the Campus Mundet will be suggested and each person will have to book their own accommodation.
The Conference will be complemented by an International Course on Mindfulness in Education with the monks of Plum Village, which will include dharma talks, workshops and discussion groups to deepen and explore mindfulness and learn practical tools for personal and professional life. The Course will take place on the Campus Mundet in Barcelona every afternoon from Monday 12th May to Friday 16th May. People who attend the Conference and the Course shall receive a formal certificate which will be regarded as the acquisition of LEVEL 1 of the Wake Up Schools Program of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
The daily program consists of:
– Walking meditation
– Sitting meditation
– Eating meditation
– Dharma talks by Thich Nhat Hanh
– Deep relaxation
– Discussion groups
– Panelist presentations
– Presentations on basic practices (e.g. conflict resolution)
WHEN? The Conference will be held on 9th, 10th and 11th May 2014. The registration period will be from 16h to 17h. The Conference will be followed by the Course which will take place from Monday 12th May to Friday 16th May from 18h to 21h in the afternoon.
WHERE? The Conference and the Course will take place on the Campus Mundet of the University of Barcelona surrounded by mountains and with views over Barcelona and the sea. The venue is ideal for its peace, seclusion and fresh air. The Campus Mundet is in the heart of Barcelona. To get there you can go by underground (Mundet station, line 3), which operates normally and takes you to the Campus Mundet itself. Once you get there, you can walk for three minutes to the higher part of Campus Mundet where the Conference and the Course will take place.
* The Conference will provide a vegan breakfast, lunch and dinner.
* The Conference and the Course are non-residential. Soon we will post a list of residences that are very close to Campus Mundet and each person will have to book their own accommodation. Bookings may be done individually or in groups. Our Organising Team has contacted the residences in advance, taking care to select the best prices and possibilities for all kinds of requirements.
* You can attend the Conference without attending the Course. However, to attend the Course you will need to have previously attended the Conference.
* Those that attend the Conference and/or the Course will receive certification from the Institute of Education Sciences (ICE) of the University of Barcelona and Plum Village as joint organisers. Those that have attended both activities (Conference and Course) will also receive a Wake Up Schools (Level 1) Certificate accredited by Plum Village.
LOCATION: Campus Mundet of the University of Barcelona. We will soon post more information on the site with maps and directions on how to get there.
TRANSPORTATION: Information will soon be available on this site on how to get to Campus Mundet from Barcelona Airport.
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The registration process will be handled by the Institute of Education Sciences (ICE) of the University of Barcelona.
You can sign up here now:
We’ll be in touch soon to suggest various interesting accommodation options close to the University of Barcelona’s Campus Mundet.