Mindfulness and Mindful Movement for Educators, Health Professionals, and First-Responders
Day 1 – Mindfulness and Mindful Movement
Saturday, September 26, 2020

TimePresenterPresentation TitleDescription
8:00-9:00am EST Chris Nentarz Mindful Movement The benefits of both movement and mindfulness practice extend beyond our physical body parts. This interactive session is designed to define and explore the concept of mindful movement from a movement science perspective. We will also discuss the neurological and physiological benefits, and best practices to enjoy those benefits.
9:15-10:15am EST Dr. Ekaterina Denkova Innovative and Scalable Dissemination of Mindfulness Training in High Pressured Settings: An Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Attention Training (MBAT) for Law Enforcement, Military, and First Responders and Its Benefits Mindfulness training (MT) has generated substantial interest from various sectors ranging from public health and education to business and military. The increasing demand for MT has motivated the need to examine best practices for program delivery to increase its scalable access. To address this need, a 4-week MT program, referred to as Mindfulness-Based Attention Training (MBAT), was developed. MBAT is amenable to train-the-trainer (TTT) delivery, which consists in training mindfulness-naive individuals to deliver MBAT. This presentation will review MBAT studies in high-stress groups (firefighters, military spouses, and service members) in which salutary cognitive and well-being effects have been observed.
10:30-11:30am EST Kelsey Bennett Physiology of Mindfulness Discuss the neurological and epigenetic changes that occur as a result of mindfulness practice. The presentation would make note of polyvagal theory and take the group through various coping skills that enhance mindfulness of the present and describe associated physiological changes.
11:45-12:45pm EST Dr. Hannah Fine Power of Presence This presentation is an interactive discussion and demonstration of how what (mental state, heart state, etc) we bring into the room with a client/student can influence the course of the session, how creating presence of self can be therapeutic in and of itself, how our posture influences this state and how to bring awareness to this for self and for others, and ultimately how connecting through presence will leave self and likely others feeling satisfied (leading to less burnout and less dissatisfaction in the long run.)
1:00-2:00pm EST Ms. Sarah Kozarowicz Mindfulness in the Classroom: How to Incorporate Mindfulness in Person and Remotely in the Elementary Classroom As students begin to return to school, they will have to face a new normal. Amid all the new changes and chaos in our world, it is necessary for teachers to cultivate a peaceful, engaged classroom where students can focus not only on academics but their own well-being. This presentation will show you how to incorporate mindfulness within your classroom, whether in-person or virtual and provide you with practical tools and activities that you can use to enhance your mindful classroom.
2:15-3:15pm EST Mrs. Kelly Murphy Incorporating Mindfulness into the Middle/Secondary Classroom in the Time of COVID With so much uncertainty in the world, our students and teachers need ways to cope with the stressors that they are experiencing. This interactive discussion and presentation will include the many activities and resources that I have used with my students over my 23 year teaching career. In training teachers in other school districts, I have shared what has worked and what has been a challenge in introducing mindfulness into the public school curriculums. Activities will focus on the in person and virtual classroom as well as teacher health and well being.
3:30-4:30pm EST Mrs. Marina Naples Calm the Chaos: Right Brain Techniques for Educators, Counselors, and Parents Are we short-circuiting children’s left brain intelligence with information overload that is beyond their coping levels? Have we “come so far” that we left behind right brain creativity where inner-knowledge resides? Today’s world of uncertainty and chaos requires a safe zone. It is not only important but imperative. Join Marina (Liaros) Naples (daughter of famed Carol Ann Liaros) to learn about her “Meeting IKE Series for Children” methods she successfully teaches around the world to children. She is a former N.Y. foster parent and Broward County, Florida “Guardian Ad Litem”, and designs children’s right brain games.
4:45-5:45pm EST Ms. Sally Dwyer Take Good Care of Yourself During Challenging Times - An Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion The rapidly expanding research of mindful self-compassion (MSC) indicates that it is causally linked to reduced depression, stress, an anxiety. At the same time, it has been demonstrated that self-compassion practice enhances positive mood states such as happiness and optimism. This workshop will introduce participants to the many benefits of MSC by means of experiential practices and exercises. The presentation will also include a brief discussion on such topics as the empirically supported benefits of self-compassion, the myths of MSC, and the role of MSC in the management of clinician burnout and caregiver fatigue.
6:00-7:00pm EST Dr. Shannon Hodges Mindfulness-Based Self-Care This workshop involves a hands-on approach to daily mindfulness practice. I will incorporate gratitudes, breath work, self-talk revision, and strategies to assess self-care and well-being. The workshop will thus be interactive with the opportunity to learn simple, validated daily mindful practices participants can use immediately. My approach is built off research and over 30 years in the mental health field. I have presented workshops on four continents to a wide variety of people and cultures.
7:15-8:15pm EST Lee Holden Qi Gong: The Art of Effortless Power Qi Gong mirrors the movement of nature, giving us access to effortless ease, deep healing, and access to flow state. Observe nature and see effortless power in action; the river flowing down the mountain, the waves in the ocean, a tree in the wind. Humans have moved away from ease and relaxation and into stress and anxiety. In this class, learn how to transform stress into vitality, enter the flow state, and move with effortless power.

Day 2 – QiGong
Sunday, September 27, 2020

TimePresenterPresentation TitleDescription
8:00-9:00am EST Paul Wang The Dao of Wow The Dao of Wow Cultivating Awe to Reduce Anxiety Generating greater meaning beyond our limiting problems is an antidote to stress. Through intention we can infuse our breath with inspiration. Engage awe as a deliberate practice to shift from negative patterns to empowering change.
9:15-10:15am EST Mr. Sifu Chris Bouguyon  Qigong as a Tool for Self-Regulation The ability to self-regulate is critical to an overall health and wellness strategy. While the stressors of our global, modern environment differ vastly from that of communal societies of 4500 years ago, the way humans process stress within themselves, through the autonomic nervous system, has barely changed. Join Sifu Chris, a Medical Qigong Therapist with over 15 years of experience using fundamental Qigong principles and modalities in behavioral health facilities, for an interactive exploration of how powerful even the simplest of Qigong techniques can be at teaching self-regulation of the autonomic nervous system's sympathetic (fight or flight) reactions. Qigong is a training modality whose origins date back in written text almost 4500 years, let's put all that experience to use in the modern world.
10:30-11:30am EST Mr. Bob Ciampaglia Qigong to Help the Mind, Body, and Spirit  This presentation will demonstrate a simple but effective Qigong practice that can be done by all ages followed by some healing breath work. I will explain the Three Treasures of Chinese medicine and how they can be energized by practicing Qigong.
11:45-12:45pm EST John Platt The Five Element Orchard: Energy from Trees This will present the theory and practice from his recently published book, entitled, The Five Element Orchard: Qigong Practices for Harvesting Energy from Trees. "By connecting with tree energy, we strengthen our own internal life force and form a deeper connection to the natural world." Learning to be mindful of the energy of trees through awareness, breath, and movement, we connect to nature and ourselves in a most profound way.
1:00-2:00pm EST Kelly Whelan Heart Alignment as Physical Reality Learning to listen to the body allows a person to develop a conscious toolbox for building alignment with heart space. Learning simple, basic exercises can give anyone a concrete understanding of how to listen to the body, separate from and stand in observation of the monkey mind and create a new, healthy and balanced mental and emotional reality for themselves. Using Qigong as a foundational context participants will be given basic exercises to understand how to develop their own practice of heart alignment.
2:15-3:15pm EST Phillip Lai Qi Gong for the Organs and Emotions In these times of COVID, social distancing, uncertainty around our personal health and the health of our communities, it’s normal that feelings of fear, anxiety, loneliness, and even anger may be rising. Over time these emotions can lead to illnesses and a disturbed mental state. Five Element Qi Gong theory teaches that each major organ has its own intelligence, wisdom, and associated emotions. Join Qi Gong Master Philip Lai and Yoga Teacher Celina Brady to learn Qi Gong techniques working directly with the organs and their emotions to improve our mental, physical, and spiritual health.
3:30-4:30pm EST Mrs. Michelle Treseler Transforming in Turbulent Times: From Surviving to Thriving with Qigong Qigong can help sustain us during turbulent times – leading to increased energy, enhanced well-being and a greater capacity for compassion. In this session, I offer tangible tools that can help us skillfully shift from surviving to thriving, including: how to create moments of mindfulness throughout the day and how to quickly restore balance or a sense of calm to the body and mind with mindful qigong movement. I will also teach a set of healing sounds for the respiratory system that assists in transforming grief to greater compassion for oneself and others, while simultaneously boosting immune function.
4:45-5:45pm EST Michael Lomax Dancing in Wu Wei - The Neigong Internal Alchemy System approach. Dance in Harmony in the Moment of the Moment This presentation discuss the Stillness-Movement “no-mind” method of tuning in to the ebb & flow of energetics form Heaven to Earth. This involves dampening down the brain waves through several stages while performing movements and sitting/standing meditative practices. It involves what I refer to as “Listening”, which is the direct in the moment of the moment experience of energy. It helps a person to go with the flow instead of paddling upstream. We will discuss the differential between the 3 basic forms of Chinese Medicine and speak of why helping a person find & fulfill their Destiny is the 3rd level called High Level, versus energy medicine geared at the physical or the mental/physical mind-body interface.
6:00-7:00pm EST Dr. Stephen Jackowicz Balancing the Five Emotions of Chinese Medicine This workshop will explore the Traditional Chinese Medical model of the mind and present a useful and powerful meditation method that balances the emotions and allows the mid to come to a higher state of tranquility. We will examine the traditional understanding of the emotions arising from the body and the signatures they manifest when imbalanced. We will practice a traditional method that allows us to honor the emotions and coordinate them into a more integrated whole. All level of experience are welcome.
7:15-8:15pm EST Dr. Ted Cibik Clinical QiGong for the 21 rst Century With the advent of many states trying to regulate and license Medical QiGong and its therapeutic practice, this ancient healing modality has come upon the radar of the American public dramatically. This presentation will define objectively what Clinical / Medical QiGong is, historically how it is used, and what we can expect from this modality in the future of healthcare.