Wellness Community

Mindfulness Community of Practice

Meetings are held once a month on Mondays from 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM EST, on Zoom, on the following dates:
September 26, October 31, November 28, December 19*, January 30, February 27, March 27, April 24

Wenger (2016) defines a community of practice as a group of people brought together regularly by a common interest and desire to learn from and contribute to the community. It is through the process of sharing information and experiences with the group that members learn from each other and have an opportunity to develop both personally and professionally.

This monthly Mindfulness Community of Practice meeting is open to teachers, educators, teacher candidates, and teacher educators interested in being a part of an ongoing community of support focused on: (1) cultivating and deepening a personal mindfulness practice; (2) sharing understandings and experiences; (3) engaging in critical inquiry and reflection; (4) exploring applications of mindfulness in and as education; (5) engaging in opportunities for discussion and ongoing connection.

In each meeting, we will have:

  • an opening and closing mindfulness practice
  • a theme or focus each month to help us deepen understanding of a particular aspect of mindfulness practice and education
  • an opportunity to share and discuss experiences, challenges, and questions related to mindfulness practice

Shelley Murphy, PhD, is a former classroom teacher and a faculty member at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. She is a certified trauma-sensitive mindfulness teacher and has been a mindfulness practitioner and educator for over 20 years. Shelley developed and teaches the Mindfulness in Education course at OISE and is the recipient of A Mindful Society’s 2019 Michele Chaban Spirit of Leadership Award for her work and research in the field. Her book on mindfulness for children in classroom settings and beyond, Fostering Mindfulness, was published by Pembroke in 2019. 

Monthly Mindfulness Community of Practice Meetings will be held from September until April on the last Monday of each month* from 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM. Please register for each session.

*Please note: The session on December 19 is on the 2nd last Monday of the month.