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
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. My meditation practice started in 1993 in the Zen lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh. More recently, I've been practicing in the Vipassana tradition at Insight LA, where I completed their ten-month adult Facilitator Training and Certification. I’m also a Certified Mindful Schools Instructor, having graduated from the Mindful Schools Mindful Teacher Certification yearlong training in 2017. That same year I was contracted to co-write a mindfulness-based curriculum for POPS The Club, a national high school club for teens affected by incarceration, and I serve on their Advisory Council. I have an MFA from California State University, Long Beach, and 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
As an experienced teacher who has worked with a range of populations and ages, I know how schools operate and understand the pressures school communities are under. Mindfulness programs can be of great benefit to students and teachers at any age or career stage. As a graduate of Mindful Schools yearlong Mindful Teacher Certification Program, I have been fully trained in their curriculum which is age-appropriate, trauma-informed and diversity-conscious. I offer consulting or comprehensive school-based mindfulness programs that include internationally recognized best practices. Full packages include: 1) Fact and practice-based presentations to adult stakeholders (administration, faculty, staff and parents); 2) Teacher training; 3) Weekly or bi-weekly lessons for students. Student lessons include: Recognizing Emotions in the Body; React or Respond? Mindfulness of the Senses; Mindful Walking, Breathing and Eating; Mindful Test Taking; Connection to Others; Finding Gratitude and more. Open Window has provided mindfulness instruction to staff and students at the Brentwood School, The Center for Early Education in Los Angeles, and in 2019 to Culver City Middle School.
Mindfulness practices greatly enhance the client experience in clinical settings, and also support your hard-working staff. As a complement to what your staff already provides, mindfulness can offer your clients tools for mitigating the stress of healing. Additionally, when health-care workers learn mindfulness, there is less burnout as they develop skills for greater resiliency. Although I’m clear about the limits of my expertise, my training includes working with those suffering from trauma, with ADHD and on the spectrum. Mindful approaches to mental and physical health care not only support the work you do, but also provide comfort calm and comfort to patients and staff.
private / semi-private sessions for any age
Individuals or small groups (five or fewer) classes in your home or at my studio. Specially-crafted lessons introduce a range of mindful practices. Classes will also include age-appropriate short readings, videos or research articles. My encouragement for adults to establish their own personal practice is emphasized and supported by personalized, guided meditations, recorded just for you. One-hour sessions are recommended.
workshops and classes
Mindfulness classes for six or more persons of any age may be held in my studio or at your venue. The recommended six class meetings will introduce a variety of activities and instruction in a range of mindful practices. Classes will also include age-appropriate short readings, videos or research articles. My guidance for adults to establish their own personal practice is emphasized. One and a half-hour sessions are recommended.
Creativity and mindfulness have a natural kinship, and I have developed workshops to enhance both. Through mindfulness practices, writing and drawing exercises, visual journals and physical movement, participants work with their "inner critic" to break through to a more authentic, creative voice in their artwork and writing.
Many businesses and non-profit organizations now recognize the benefits of mindfulness for managers and employees. Whether you're looking for a one-time training or an ongoing series of mindfulness sessions, I can offer experiential practices that enhance wellness, address efficiency using mindful communication techniques, or help build group identity.
For all fees and packages, please send an inquiry from the Contact page.
Please tell us about yourself and what you might be looking for in terms of mindfulness facilitation.
You may also email Kate directly at firstname.lastname@example.org