Heart-Mind 2016: Cultivating Resilience

Friday, October 21, 2016, 8:30am - Saturday, October 22, 2016, 3:00pm

Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey, British Columbia

Check out the Heart-Mind 2016: Review in Pictures blog, and stay tuned for videos of all the Heart-Mind 2016 presenters, coming soon!


Join the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education for Heart-Mind 2016: Cultivating Resilience, October 21 - 22, 2016. The 4th annual Heart-Mind conference features some of the leading minds in child development, education and mental health addressing the Dalai Lama's question, "How can we educate the hearts of children?"

The theme of this year's conference is Cultivating Resilience, and the program is designed to inform, inspire and engage people who care for and teach children and youth, including educators, practitioners, community members, parents, caregivers, academics and researchers.

Maria LeRose returns as conference Moderator. Keynote Presenters include: Michael Ungar, Linda Lantieri, Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Dzung Vo, Monique Gray Smith, Eli Puterman and Shelley Moore. Registrants can choose between Big Conversation, Small Group sessions hosted by the keynotes, or a selection of professional development Workshops. A morning coffee/light refreshment break and catered lunch are included on both days of the conference.

The conference begins at 8:30 am on Friday, October 21 with a day-long plenary session that focuses on the factors that help children and youth do well when faced with adversity. Some questions we will explore include: Why are some people more resilient than others? How can we cultivate resilience in the children in our lives? What can our schools and communities do to foster environments that help youth overcome challenges and thrive under pressure? In addition to the day's Keynote presenters, there will also be performances and presentations from children and youth, Mindful Moments, and “Reflect and Connect” breaks. Friday's session ends at 2:30 pm.

On Saturday, October 22 conference attendees spend the morning in a plenary session. After a lunch break, participants have the option of taking part in either a Big Conversation, Small Group session or a Workshop featuring a program or strategy that focuses on Cultivating Resilience in children, youth, and/or the adults in their lives. Attendees will learn about new strategies and programs to strengthen resiliency and take away practical skills and activities that can be applied in their interactions with children and youth. Following the workshops, attendees will come together for one last plenary session to review the lessons learned during the conference. Heart-Mind 2016 ends Saturday, October 22 at 3:00 pm.

Please note that conference Check-in and Registration will open at 7:30am and doors to General Admission seating open at 8:00am.


Group Registration - $255 per person (when registering 4 or more people together)

Individual Registration - $279 per person

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