One day Introduction to
Mindfulness for Schools

Covering background, basic neuroscience, activities and practices

One Day Mindfulness Staff Training for Schools
Based on the latest research and techniques

A days training in your school to learn how mindfulness “works”, the different techniques, and how to share with others; in the work place, classroom or one to one.

The course is designed to introduce Mindfulness across the school for all teachers as PD with the aim of reducing stress and anxiety. In addition, teachers will learn simple techniques to demonstrate to students the purpose and function of Mindfulness that will help them internalise the process.
Teachers will be shown the breathing, listening, body scanning techniques.

The course is based on the successful programme Mindful NZ Schools has been running the past four years as well as latest research and techniques on teaching mindfulness designed by the original MBSR members who trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn.

We will cover background, basic neuroscience, physiology of breathing, the brain house (language of emotions) plus activities, practices and enquiry.

Evidence–based research confirms that regular practice of these simple, self-managing techniques lead to;

• decreased stress and anxiety
• improved attention and focus
• increased emotional resilience
• responding instead of react
• improved relationships with self and others
• improved sleep quality

Ongoing research points to the need for all students to receive some form of mental training to fulfil their educational and personal potential.

Established in 2012, this highly -evaluated attention training programme, designed by a registered teacher, complies with the objectives of the Curriculum for personal development, including a focus on social and emotional development, personal self-regulation and building resilience- qualities recognised as benchmarks for success in life.

The course covers:

  • What is Mindfulness?
  • Why Teach Mindfulness in Schools
  • Evidence- based reseach and background
  • Mindfulness Exercises and Activities to assist internalising the process
  • Training Session – How to share with others

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The course is held by Rita Riccola She is a registered NZ teacher and has been a Meditation and yoga practitioner for 25 years. She has completed courses with Mindful Schools USA. More recently she has been training teachers at Diocesan and Dilworth Junior College in Mindfulness to assist them in their effort to take the practices to their students.


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“Rita is a fabulous facilitator – she made us feel extremely comfortable, was open minded and encouraged us all to share from our diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise. I came away with many very practical, easy to use exercises that I have since been using with with my classes of various ages. Thank you Rita for gifting me such a wonderful and enjoyable afternoon of learning”.
Louise Dore, Auckland

What can you expect from this Course?

  • Guidance given by experienced mindfulness trainer
  • The opportunity to learn in a safe, relaxed environment
  • Learning simple practices to help students and children to relax the body, eliminate stress, calm the mind
  • Be empowered by the discovery that you can self-manage your thoughts and emotions
  • Deepen your contact with your natural intelligence and intuition.

What Participants Say

“I found Rita’s expert and gentle facilitating a wonderful way to explore mindfulness personally, whilst also guiding me to share mindfulness with others”.
-Suzanne Henwood, Auckland

“I liked the pace, experiential learning and the facilitators sharing her experience”
Alison, Sydney

“What I liked best about the course was the practical nature and the openness to ask questions”
-Wendy, Sydney

“I’ve learnt valuable human, approachable ways to bring Mindfulness to my school and my own life”
Peter, Sydney

“I’ve learnt very practical strategies and meaningful discussions of experiences”
-Sarah, Christchurch

Mindfulness can’t be learnt by talking or reading about it. Mindfulness is
experiential. To be able to teach mindfulness you need to understand how
it works from the inside out. Teaching mindfulness is more about guiding
people to their own mindfulness practice. It’s about co-creating an
environment where mindfulness can ‘happen’

“With Mindfulness training you are not adding to your knowledge in the
traditional sense – you are in fact removing some of the mental clutter
that is holding you back from being naturally mindful and in a state of
equilibrium”.Rita Riccola


There is no religion, dogma or beliefs attached to Mindfulness. Mindfulness has it’s roots in many contemplative practices but doesn’t require or impose on anyones belief systems. It’s a mental activity that has proven to be of great benefit for maintaining physical, mental and emotional balance.

Evidence Based

The many benefits of Mindfulness have been well documented especially in the past 30 years since Jon Kabat-Zinn established the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programme that has led to the wide-spread, evidence based research and the acceptance of these non-religious, practical exercises anyone can do.


Mindfulness practice doesn’t require any preparation or beforehand knowledge about meditation. Anyone can experience the effect from these simple exercises.