Healing our Healers

Healing our Healers

Building a Mindful City

About the Initiative

Ivy Child, in partnership with the Boston Public Schools (BPS) and the City of Boston, is developing a system-wide “Healing our Healers” mindfulness training program for city educators, Boston Public School employees, human service workers, and other caregivers to learn strategies that can be integrated into work and life. The partnership’s goal is to foster a system-wide blossoming of culturally and linguistically responsive self-care in schools and in partnership with other city agencies.

Working with BPS leadership and utilizing a train-the-trainer approach, Ivy Child will pilot Professional Learning Communities in the Central Office among staff that are the “front line of the front line” and with faculty and staff on school campuses. These respective Learning Communities will be the proving ground for learning about the effectiveness and principles of mindfulness and compassion as well as for the adoption of an array of mindfulness practices. This work will reduce measurable levels of stress and related negative outcomes amongst our educators and other “Healers” in the community and most importantly amongst our students, improving classroom learning and strengthening relationships within our Boston communities.

We invite all Boston agencies ranging from Law Enforcement to Public Safety and Health and Human Services to expand this work beyond the classroom and into our community, serving the diverse children and families in need.

Launch Event

We invite you to join us on October 2, 2018 to learn more about the campaign and how you can get involved. The morning will feature a keynote, breakout sessions, panel discussion, and the opportunity to practice mindfulness. Registration is FREE – be sure to save your spot by RSVPing on Eventbrite.
The event is open to all educators, caregivers, and those interested in bringing mindfulness to schools and communities.
The Freedom House (5 Crawford St, Boston, MA)


9:30am   Check-In and Breakfast
10:00am Welcome and Keynote
10:30am Breakout Sessions
11:30am Break
11:40am Panel with Q&A
12:25pm Closing and Next Steps

Other Ways to Get Involved

Invite: Share our Facebook event page and flyer with others to attend the Oct 2 event.
Sponsor our event or Donate towards the campaign: View our Sponsorship Package for more details and contact Rose at rose@ivychild.org for more info.
Volunteer for our Oct 2 event: Contact Shan at skoay@ivychild.org for more info.
Bring Mindfulness Professional Development to your School/Workplace: Contact Shan at skoay@ivychild.org for more info.
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