Teaching Mindfulness-Based Workshop Resources and Information

Mindfulness-based Workshop Resources and Information

Living moment by moment. Seeing, hearing, sensing everything around us and within us afresh without judgement, worry or dreaming. Let it be and let us experience the moment rather than simply rush through everything.

The science behind mindfulness

13. Kids Explain Mindfulness 

14. Calm Down and Release the Amygdala

15. Meditation 101 Beginners Guide to Meditation 

17. Mindful Science (The miracle of wolves)

18. Mindful Eating

19. The Science of Happiness

20. The Science of Compassion

21. The Science of gratitude

22. Mindfulness Exercises, Techniques & Activities For Adults

A website for mindfulness - THE INNER PIECE

1. Mindful School (Bay Area, USA)2. Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence by Rick Hanson, MD (2013).

3. Full Catastrophe Living (Revised Edition): Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Thich Nhat Hanh (2013) 5.  The Super Brain. Deepak ChopraGreat Websites/Networks on Mindfulness in Education

Recommended Readings for Mindfulness
1. Mind of the Meditator - Matthieu Ricard, Antoine Lutz, Richard J. Davidson. Published by ScientificAmerican.com 

Research Driven Books:

1. Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom by  Rick Hanson (Author), Richard Mendius (Collaborator).
2. The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Droidge, MD

Parenting Book:
The Mindful Child by Susan Kaiser Greenland
The Mindful Teen Book by Dzung Vo, MD

Children’s Books (in order: older to younger audience):
Here is a list of “mindfulness” literature for children and students on various topics including mindfulness, kindness, compassion, gratitude, feelings and guided mindfulness stories, that can  be used in school, at home  or other settings.
1.     A boy and a turtle, Lori Lite
2.     A chair for my mother, Vera B. Williams
3.     A Nifflenoo called Nevermind, Margot Sunderland, Nicky Hancock
4.     A sick day for Amos McGee, Philip C. Stead & Erin E. Stead
5.     Affirmation Weaver, Lori Lite
6.     Anh’s Anger by Silver and Kromer (K – 5)
7.     Anh’s Anger, Gail Silver, Christiane Kromer
8.     Any Small Goodness by Tony Johnston (4 – 8)
9.     Crazy Hair Day by Saltzberg (K – 4)
10.  Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners by Laurie Keller (K – 3)
11.  Each Kindness, Jacqueline Woodson
12.  Enemy Pie, Derek Munson
13.  Good-Bye Bumps! – Talking To What’s Bugging You, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Saje Dyer
14.  Have you Filled a Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud (K - 4)
15.  Horton hears a who?, Dr. Seuss
16.  How Hattie hated Kindness, Margot Sunderland, Nicky Hancock
17.  I Am, Why Two Little Words Mean so Much, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer with Kristina Tracy
18.  I think, I Am!, Louise Hay, Kristine Tracy
19.  Incredible You!, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer with Kristina Tracy
20.  Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach (6 - 8
21.  Just me and my Mind, Kerry Lee MacLean
22.  Last Stop on Market Street, Matt de la Pena
23.  Meditation is an Open Sky, Whitney Stewart
24.  No Excuses! How What You Say can get in Your Way, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Kristina Tracy
25.  No Ordinary Apple, Sara Marlowe
26.  Ordinary Mary’s extraordinary deed, Emily Pearson
27.  Peace, Bugs and Understanding, Gail Silver
28.  Peaceful Piggy Meditation by MacLean (K - 3)
29.  Please explain Anxiety to me!, Laurie Zelinger, Ph.D., Jordan Zelinger, MS Ed.
30.  Rude Cakes, Rowboat Watkins
31.  Sam and the Lucky Money, Karen Chinn
32.  Sea Otter Cove, Lori Lite
33.  Starfish On The Beach, Lindy and Tom Schneider
34.  Steps and Stones, Gail Silver, Christiane Kroemer
35.  Take the Time, Maud Roegiers
36.  The “When I’m Feeling” Collection, Trace Moroney
37.  The Empty Pot by Demi (2 – 6)
38.  The Forgiveness Garden by Thompson and Hale (2 – 8)
39.  The Frog that longed for the Moon to Smile, Margot Sunderland, Nicky Hancock
40.  The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein
41.  The Greatest Power by Demi (2 – 6)
42.  The Invisible Boy, Trudy Ludwig
43.  The Listening Walk, Paul Showers
44.  The Smartest Giant in Town, Julia Donaldson
45.  The Three Questions by Jon Muth (3 – 8)
46.  The Tree Questions, Jon J. Muth
47.  Thinking Stories to wake up your Mind, Mike Fleetham
48.  Those Shoes, Maribeth Boelts
49.  Tiger – Tiger is it true?, Byron Katie, Hans Wilhelm
50.  Tiger-Tiger is It True? by Katie Byron (2 - 5; concept for all ages)
51.  Tiger, Tiger by Lillegard and Guevara (K – 8)
52.  Tight Times, Barbara Shook Hazen
53.  Unstoppable Me! 10 Ways to Soar Through Life, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Kristina Tracy
54.  Visiting Feelings, Lauren Rubenstein
55.  We all sing with the same voice, J. Phillip Miller & Sheppard M. Greene
56.  Willy and the Wobbly House, Margot Sunderland, Nicky Hancock
57.  Wonder by R. J. Palacio (4th – 8th and up)
58.  Your Fantastic Elastic Brain, Joann Deak Ph.D.
59.  Zen Shorts by Jon Muth (K – 8)

60.  Zen Ties, John J. Muth

Mindfulness Activities:    
Card Decks: Yoga Pretzels by Guber and Kalish;  
The Kids’ Yoga Deck by Annie Buckley;  
Yoga for Teens by Chryssicas; 
Yoga Books: Playful Family Yoga: For Kids, Parents and Grandparents by Teressa Asencia;  
A Child’s Garden of Yoga by Baba Hari-Dass;  
Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children by Thich Nhat Hanh, Nghiem, and Vriezen

Other mindful leadership writing by Phe Bach


1. Mindfulness in Classroom Project (UK)
2. Mindful Magazine/resource
3. Mindfulness in Education Network (MiEN)
4. BeMindful (Denver, CO)

Be Mindful Online (copy from PlumVillage)

Often when we are on our computers or smartphones, we become completely lost in our work and completely disconnected from our body in the here and now.
You may like to program a bell of mindfulness on your computer or smartphone and every quarter of an hour (or as often as you like), the bell sounds so you have a chance to stop, breath and relax. Breathing in and out three times is enough to release the tension in the body and smile, and then continue your work. If we’re in the middle of a conversation, hearing the bell of mindfulness can be a helpful reminder to practice mindful, compassionate speech.
There are also virtual Sanghas, guided meditations, and other mindfulness tools available online. You may like to check out Plumline if you’d like to find a virtual sangha in the Plum Village Tradition (and don’t forget you can find a local group that meets up near you by checking out our international sangha directory).
Here are some mobile and desktop apps we hope you’ll find helpful in supporting your energy of mindfulness throughout the day.

Desktop Apps

Bell of Mindfulness (Browser Extension)
Operating System: Windows | Mac | Linux

This is a simple bell that reminds us to take a short pause from whatever we’re doing on the computer, and come back to our breathing. As Thich Nhat Hanh has taught, returning to our breathing reconnects us with our body and mind in the here and now. We have a chance to take care of any tension we find there – we can stretch, smile, relax for a short moment. Installing a bell on our computer is one of the surest ways to stay mindful of whatever we are doing.

Mindful Clock
Operating System: Windows | Mac | Linux

Another “mindfulness bell” app inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. You can download the entire program or just the bell sounds. You can set the bell to sound on a time interval, an exact time, or a random interval.
Download the program first, then download the bell sounds into your c:\Program Files\MindfulClock directory. Once the files have been downloaded, open the MindfulClock control and select the new sounds by double-clicking on the sound file names.
Download Mindful Clock (for Windows only)

You can also access an online version of the Mindful Clock on the Washington Mindfulness Community website or the Awakening Bell website.
Stillness Buddy
Operating System: Windows | Mac

Stillness Buddy is helping thousands of people around the world to live in the present moment, feel less stressed and happier, alive and more at peace.
Using key quotes and inspiring words from leading spiritual teachers, Stillness Buddy is like having a friend that, every now and then, gently reminds you to stop, breathe, center yourself again and then continue.

Time Out
Operating System: Mac

Time Out offers you easy break reminders, with flexible customization. You can set the whole screen to blur or change colour to encourage you to take a rest from time to time.
You can configure how long each kind of break lasts, and how long between breaks, and the breaks can be set to count backwards when you take a natural break, e.g. when you go away from your computer.
Stay Focusd
Browser extension

Thich Nhat Hanh has said that we need an intentional strategy to manage our media consumption in a mindful, awakened way. StayFocusd is a free app which empowers you to stick to your intention by limiting the amount of time that you can spend on time-wasting websites. For example, you could set a “healthy” time limit on news sites, of, say 5 or 10 minutes per day. There is also a new, paid version for phones and tablets.

Install browser extension for Chrome | Firefox

Browser extension

Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us that “appropriate attention” is essential to being mindful. We need to be aware of the right things, not the wrong things.

If we want to cultivate a high quality of presence and concentration, we don’t want our attention being taken from us by unwanted advertisements. Ads are usually trying to sell us things we neither want nor need to be happy – or that are even toxic for body and mind. Adblock is a free app that replaces online ads with blank space.
Browser extension

If you like Adblock, you can also try Intently, which replaces unwanted ads with inspiring quotes and beautiful natural images of your choosing.

Mobile Apps

Operating System: Android

MindBell rings periodically during the day, to give you the opportunity to stop, breathe and smile. Stopping with the sound of the bell is an essential practice developed by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village community, and is at the foundation of cultivating mindfulness, presence, and self-compassion throughout the day.
Additionally MindBell can be used as a meditation timer.
Spire: Mindfulness, Breath and Activity Tracker
Operating System: Android | iOS

Spire is a wearable breath and activity tracker that vibrates as soon as your breathing becomes irregular or tense, or if you’ve been sitting for longer than you wish. It’s a wonderful way to remind yourself to take a break, or stand up and stretch your legs. It also tracks “calm streaks” so you can learn to understand which times and places are calming for the body, and which are relaxing.

The Spire App now includes a full set of guided meditations and relaxations from Plum Village Dharma Teachers.

Insight Timer
Operating System: Android | iOS

Insight Timer is a fun, connected way to support your meditation practice. It includes free guided meditations from Thich Nhat Hanh and other leading meditation teachers. For those new to meditation, there are introductory guided meditations and a supportive community to help you get started.

Operating System: Android

Menthal provides feedback on your mobile phone usage, so you have the information you need to cultivate a strategy for how you use technology. It tracks the full range of interaction between you and your phone. Running in the background, it records, for example every time you unlock your phone, every time you start an app, and every time you receive a call. The app can tell you the total time you spent with your phone in a day, or the number of times you used a particular app, so you can make informed choices about how you would like to spend your time, and what habits you’d like to transform.
Headspace: Guided Meditation & Mindfulness
Operating System: Android | iOS

Headspace helps you cultivate the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness. If you subscribe, you can access to hundreds of meditations on everything from stress and anxiety to sleep and focus. There are sessions to help you build healthier relationships with the people you love, and SOS sessions to help you find a place of calm and relaxation during meltdown moments.

For recommendations on selecting mindfulness apps, you might also like to read this 2016 article from the Huffington Post.

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