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On Saturday January 18 th , 2020 from 8:00am to 4:00pm, educators and parents from the GESD #32 participated in the Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop at Desert View Elementary School.

The participants worked together on group projects combined with individual self-awareness skills during 10 various skill sets.

There was much laughter in working together to build stress balls out of flour, cornstarch and rice.

Hearing and listening skills were challenged during an exercise driven by questions and responses. The nature walk outside proved to be enlightening as everyone came back re-charged and more aware of the outside surroundings. Building of rock cairns presented many challenges and focused concentration. The sound of the pebbles/ rocks crashing on the table signaled a determination to complete it again until all 6 rocks were balanced.

The soothing sound of the Hapi tongue drum balanced out the sounds of tumbling rocks. Working on Personal Peaks allowed time for self reflection to establish affirmations towards enlightenment.

Mindfulness – Part 2 will be offered in the September 2020 and Part 3 will be held in January 2021.