About the Heart-Mind Conference


What is the Heart-Mind Conference?

The Heart-Mind Conference brings together leaders in contemplative practice and the science of child development, with parents, grandparents, educators, coaches, health and wellness practitioners and policy makers – all those who care for and about children.

Through engaging talks, activities and workshops, the goal of the conference is to give the adults who surround children the tools and strategies they need to help those children - and themselves - thrive.

These tools are supported by scientific evidence and can be used in the classroom, at home, on the playground - in any environment where children learn.

Children face bullying, anxiety, self-doubt, isolation and many other struggles everyday. These tools help parents and educators support children through these struggles. 


Heart-Mind 2013

Speakers at Heart-Mind 2013 included Clifford Saron, Goldie Hawn, Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Paul Tough, Adele Diamond, Rob Roeser, Linda Lantieri, Roy Henry Vickers and Shawn Achor.

The theme of this year's conference was how mindfulness can help children thrive. Specific topics included:

  • How children can effectively manage stress and anxiety
  • The many ways that mindfulness can have a positive influence on child development
  • Practical applications of mindfulness in education
  • The science behind mindfulness
  • How parents and educators can prepare for the challenges they face everyday
  • And much more...


Why do we do it?

Around the world there is a growing recognition of the importance of Heart-Mind Well-Being for children. Teachers and parents, and many community organizations, are increasingly aware that we must balance the education of the mind with an education of the heart.

And we now know - through scientific research - that by providing children with safe and caring environments and nurturing relationships we help them develop empathy, kindness and altruism, confidence and the ability to manage strong emotions  - all skills children need to thrive both in school and later in life.



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