Engage in intensive training to understand the science behind mindfulness and how to bring it to your classroom or practice.

Cost: $1,695

Join Us This Summer in Boston

From July 27-31, 2020, Learning & the Brain is offering a Summer Institute in the heart of Boston.

Mindfulness practices have been shown to be key to self-regulation of attention, emotion, and impulses in students and educators alike, boosting academic and cognitive performance across a range of domains, while cultivating happier, more resilient students and staff. This institute will share proven practices that can be used by educators and clinicians looking for creative ways to incorporate mindfulness in their classroom and even clinical settings. You should be prepared for a week of learning and practicing mindfulness through awareness, movement, games, play, and activities. Learning differences, cultural differences, developmental differences, not to mention different settings all impact how children learn and this institute will show you ways to adapt mindfulness to meet those differences and settings, rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach. You will create an outline for your own curriculum, adapted for your school or setting. To ensure that our work remains hands-on and personal, this workshop is limited to 40 participants.

The Summer Institute Is for:

  • Classroom teachers, Special Educators
  • Specials Teachers (arts, health, PE, etc)
  • Social Workers, Psychologists, Learning and Support Specialists
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Administrators
  • Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists

At This Institute, You Will:

  • List practical ways to integrate mindfulness into the school day
  • Describe the basic physiology and neuroscience of mindfulness
  • Explain multiple methods of adapting mindfulness to a range of ages and backgrounds and for specific mental health and learning issues to improve academic performance
  • Create your own customized mindfulness scripts
  • Describe methods to bring mindfulness into academics, athletics, and various classroom and clinical settings
  • Develop best practices to build a school wide mindfulness program while managing student and staff resistance


About the Institute

This Learning & the Brain Summer Institute will be led by Christopher Willard and assisted by Mitch Abblett. Active participation is expected throughout this Institute through group discussion. Participants will be expected to bring in material and questions from their own experiences to share with the group.

The sessions will take place on the campus of Boston University where participants will also be housed.

About Christopher Willard

Christopher Willard, PsyD, is a psychologist, teacher at Harvard Medical School, and an educational consultant specializing in mindfulness. He has been practicing meditation for 20 years, and leads workshops nationally and internationally. Dr. Willard currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He has presented at TEDx conferences and his thoughts have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post,, and elsewhere. He is the author of Raising Resilience (2017), Growing Up Mindful (2016), and Child's  Mind (2010).

Professional Development Credit:

This program provides a total of up to 20 hours toward professional development credit for various professionals. For details on credit offered, visit our CE credit page or call our office at 781-449-4010 ext. 104. Note: credits are not provided by Boston University.

Accommodations and Meals:

Interaction between faculty and participants outside the classroom is an integral part of the Institute. To foster this total immersion learning environment, participants are housed in shared apartments with their own bedrooms in a dormitory on the campus of Boston University in Boston, MA. The apartments contain four bedrooms and two bathrooms and are located at 10 Buick Street. The Institute provides four nights lodging with an arrival date of July 27 and a departure date of July 31. Boston University is located in the city of Boston, close to Kenmore Square and Fenway Park and along the "T" with easy access to all the sites of Boston. The accommodations are ADA compliant. If you are interested in making your own accommodations or would like to plan an early arrival, please call us at 781-449-4010 x 101. There is a small fee reduction for those who stay off campus and we are able to accommodate Sunday arrival for a small additional fee. Please check the online schedule for information on the meals provided.