What is “mindfulness”?
Simply put, mindfulness is intentionally paying attention to what is happening in the current moment, developing clarity and broadening our view of whatever arises. Mindfulness can open the window of experience to greater balance, compassion, joy and calmness. Research into mindfulness has exploded recently, and evidence of the benefits is growing. Possible downstream effects include greater concentration and empathy, reduced levels of stress and anxiety, enhanced emotional regulation, and more resilience. The word, “mindfulness” seems to be everywhere these days, but underneath the trendy buzzword is a set of well-established practices and skills that can benefit everyone at any age. I invite you to join me and try it for yourself.
I employ various approaches to mindfulness that stay true to the origins of the practice, but with flexible innovations that meet my clientele wherever they are. I offer secular mindfulness instruction to adults , teens and children backed up by the latest science-based research. Balancing depth with accessibility, I offer traditional, creative and interactive practices to help participants make the most of the wellness benefits of mindfulness. In school and group settings, empathy and mindful communication are also emphasized. More than mere self-help, I facilitate from a socially-conscious, ethical basis that honors individual differences with compassion and respect, while honoring connection and interdependence.
About Kate savage, CMT-P
My meditation practice started in 1993 in the Zen lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh. Over the past five years I've studied the Vipassana tradition at Insight LA where I completed their adult Facilitator Training. I received my CMT-P in 2019, and I’m also a Certified Mindful Schools Instructor, having graduated from their Mindful Teacher yearlong training in 2017. Over my decades-long teaching career I've taught adults, university students, those in at-risk youth programs, and students in public and independent schools. I’ve designed mindfulness curriculum and led retreats and classes for Brentwood School, Center for Early Education, The People Concern, Safe Place for Youth and POPS The Club, a national high school club for teens affected by incarceration. I earned my MFA from California State University, Long Beach, and I maintain a studio practice and exhibit my artwork regularly. My studio practice as a visual artist (see Kate Savage Art) enhances my teaching of art in much the same way that my meditation practice informs my teaching of mindfulness