Mindfulness and Compassion for All

 

Maxine Swisa

Sample Topics:

B.R.E.A.T.H.E. to Understand

(Breathe, Reflect, Empathize, Accept, Thank, Hearten, Engage)
This comprehensive course focuses on mindfulness, stress-reduction, compassion, understanding, and community building through individual and group experiential and reflective activities.

Intercultural Training
We interact with people from diverse backgrounds on a regular basis. Through the exploration of personal and group cultural identity, including similarities and differences, we gain greater insights into cross-cultural and interpersonal understanding.

Team-building Through Collaboration
Cooperation is an essential ingredient to a harmonious work and home life. These interactive and experiential activities foster mutual support and strengthen a sense of community among participants.


Building Trust
Learning how to trust each other and work together begins with understanding common interests as well as differences. Through a series of experiential activities, participants will strengthen a sense of trust and community.

Active Listening and Enhanced Communication Skills
Participants learn how to actively listen and communicate clearly, resulting in mutual understanding based on non-judgment and acceptance.


The Multicultural Classroom
The classroom provides a unique opportunity for teachers and students to interact with a culturally rich population. This course provides a variety of practical and experiential techniques that foster greater mindfulness, understanding, tolerance, and respect for each other.

Understanding the Language and Culture of Business
This courses teaches participants important, practical skills for navigating the business world, including vocabulary, understanding verbal and non-verbal cues, and successful interview techniques.


Conflict Mediation
Working through conflict is a valuable skill to develop for both professional and personal reasons. By following basic guidelines that include active listening techniques and the use of "I" statements, participants learn how to use conflict resolution techniques to improve interpersonal relationships.

Compassionate
Every human being has challenges and moments of struggle in their lives. When we begin to understand this as part of the "human condition" and our interconnectedness with each other, we are able to feel more empathy toward others and treat each other with greater compassion.This workshop focuses on the use of language that fosters more compassionate communication in relationships, both personally and professionally.


Laughter Is The Best Medicine: Laughter Yoga
Scientific studies have revealed that laughter is good for our health. Laughter relieves stress, strengthens our immune system, and promotes well-being. Laughter Yoga helps through breathing techniques and laughter exercises. These laughter workshops have been extremely successful with professionals, teachers, students, senior citizens, cancer patients, and caregivers.

Relaxation and Stress Reduction
Participants learn practical techniques to relax and reduce stress through breath work, visualization, and movement.

The Pursuit of Happiness
A series of exercises that are designed to promote greater well-being by emphasizing gratitude and positive thinking.

All of the courses listed on the SERVICES page are relevant for ESL teacher training and student learning. These courses are samples in order to give you an idea of the variety of options available. Courses are also available to help with business needs, including understanding the language and culture of American businesses. All courses may be customized to suit your unique needs.

Courses for ESL Teachers and Students are focused on communication and collaboration through the use of experiential activities and reflective learning practices. ESL Teachers receive training to integrate innovative approaches that foster interactive, student-centered learning.

ESL Courses