Heart-Mind well-being

Heart-Mind Well-Being Workshops

The Heart-Mind Workshop aims to build capacity in organizations and communities to promote the Heart-Mind well-being of children and youth. Since 2014, the workshop has been presented to dozens of organizations in British Columbia, and demand for the workshops has grown steadily.

Integrating the Heart-Mind Well-Being Framework into Teaching Practice

This week I have been thinking about how to integrate something like the Heart-Mind Well-being Framework into my own practice. My thoughts and conceptualizations of social and emotional learning and teaching have become a two-fold approach to teaching such qualities and concepts.

Community Field Experience at the DLC

This week I started my Community Field Experience at the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education (DLC) in Vancouver. While it is an organization that is well known, and that makes a significant contribution to the community of social and emotional learning, the DLC operates with a small team of experienced educators, consultants, and non-profit experts.

Learning a Language and its Culture in a Mindful Manner

Just under ten months ago, I packed my bags in Toronto and made the big move across the country to Vancouver to start the Bachelors of Education program at UBC. Having studied French and English for over six years I felt I knew a lot and was well versed in the languages I would soon be teaching, but I knew very little of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Heart-Mind Well-Being. Excited and eager to start the program, all UBC teacher candidates undertook classes such as classroom support and inquiry, and quickly became familiar with the transition happening in BC to the new curriculum. But the true test for us all came in February when teacher candidates started their practicum at secondary schools throughout the province.

Educating the Heart in 2016

We at the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education wish everyone a happy New Year and hope your 2016 is full of joy and compassion. 

We are looking forward to continuing our work to educate the hearts of children and promote Heart-Mind well-being in homes, schools and communities across British Columbia and around the world. Stay tuned for announcements about our Heart-Mind 2016 conference in October 2016, which will be focused on how to teach resiliency and develop the five positive human qualities of Heart-Mind well-being in the children we care for.   

Heart-Mind Well-Being Promoted at StrongStart Conference

Friday October 2nd, 2015 was the Regional StrongStart Pro-D Learning Together conference in Metro Vancouver. Eight Districts that included Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Sunshine Coast and West Vancouver promoted an area of interest to StrongStart Facilitators. In total, 98 facilitators attended the Conference.

Spreading the Word about Heart-Mind Well-being

Maria LeRose at Burnaby Neighbourhood House

Since the start of the New Year, the Dalai Lama Center, led by Program Director Maria LeRose, has been promoting Heart-Mind well-being in a series of workshops with various community groups in Metro Vancouver. The goal of these workshops is to provide parents, educators and caregivers a framework for teaching and developing social and emotional competencies in children. 
 
In the workshops, Ms. LeRose presents some of the research that shows how intentionally cultivating positive human qualities from an early age can benefit children throughout their lives, not only in their relationships and well-being, but also academically.

Heart-Mind Well-being

 
Heart-Mind well-being refers to creating a balance between educating the mind and educating the heart. The focus of most formal education systems is on teaching cognitive skills such as reading, writing and arithmetic.