Highlighting the program will be a Friday evening lecture by Jon Kabat-Zinn entitled “Befriending Your Mind, Befriending Your Life: Mindfulness and the Endless Adventure of Growing into Yourself” as a benefit for the UC San Diego Family & Child Programs.
On Saturday, the program will include a 3-hour workshop on Mindful Parenting by Jon and his wife Myla, who are co-authors of the book on the same topic entitled Everyday Blessings.
This year’s program will also include presentations on recent research on mindfulness with youth, talks by people implementing a fascinating variety of innovative mindfulness-based programs with kids across the age spectrum, and optional workshops focused on learning specific programs and skills related to bringing mindfulness to youth in a variety of ways and settings.
The core focus of the conference is to connect people across disciplines, creating connections between the classroom, the laboratory, the therapy room and the living room, to support and foster the growth, study and dissemination of mindfulness for the good of the next generation.
Register for Bridging Hearts & Minds of Youth here, or find out more about submitting to present a poster at the conference here. (The deadline for submitting is October 31.)