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September 14th through December 7th, 2017

Weekly sessions -Thursdays, 6.00 to 8.00 pm. 

Class Dates: 

  • September 21,28
  • October 5,12,19,26
  • November 2,9,16,30
  • Dec 7
  • 9/14th Class will be rescheduled  


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Riviera Presbyterian Church                                Mindful Kids Miami                                                       5275 Sunset Drive                                                           2nd Floor, Room # 19                                                         Miami, FL 33143  


Parking available in the Coral Gables municipal parking lot. 

A parking permit will be emailed to registrants prior to the class start date.


Dorlie Banbanaste 
Mindful Kids Miami 
(305)-270-3262 Ext. 20

Linda MaKenzie 

Linda McKenzie, Lead MTTP Teacher and Secretary of the Board of Directors  Linda McKenzie has volunteered extensively with community organizations in Miami-Dade County, particularly in the areas of education and wellness. She is a past president of the Miami Children’s Hospital Community Council (the fundraising arm of the hospital), and is a founding member of the Wellness Community of Greater Miami (now the Cancer Support Group), which provides free support services to cancer patients and their families. She has also served in numerous leadership positions and committees in parent-teacher and related organizations. Having attended the IJ-MBSR with Valerie York-Zimmerman she quickly increased her training in mindfulness.  She has participated in two Mindful Teacher Training Program and is now co-leading the course.  In March 2015 she completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 6-day teacher training intensive from the University of California San Diego’s Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute.  Recently she has participated in an MBSR Program and MBSR Teacher Tutorial with Zayda Vallejo.  Aware of the myriad benefits of meditation and committed to a daily practice, she was naturally drawn to Valerie York-Zimmerman’s vision of making mindfulness training available to all children.


Mindful Teachers' Training Program (MTTP)

Thursday Evening Class

Begins September 14th, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Please join us for the Mindful Teachers' Training Program (MTTP), a 12- week series. MTTP  teaches you experientially, didactically and thru discussion, the skills and tools to teach children, grades Pre-K through 12th, age-appropriate mindfulness practices, games, activities and social skills based on social-emotional learning.  Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program is a prerequisite.*

The Mindful Teachers' Training Program is divided into four 3-week modules:

  • Mindful Movement brings children into an awareness of their bodies and changing physical sensations as they move through various poses which take them out of automatic pilot; it also teaches awareness of breathing.
  • Mindful Games & Exercises teaches children how to pay attention and to increase focus.
  • Mindful Relaxation relaxes children through guided awareness of breathing, felt sensations in the body, feelings, which helps regulate over-stimulation and teaches proper breathing.
  • Kindness Practices increases compassion and empathy in children both for themselves and others; leads to increased understanding of differences as well as a sense of connection with themselves, others, and the world around them.

Research demonstrates that mindfulness training for children and teens:

  • Increases Attention & Focus – resulting in higher academic achievement
  • Reduces Stress – allowing kids to learn more and perform better
  • Improves Impulse Control – increasing teaching time in the classroom
  • Develops Emotional Regulation – teaching children to “respond” rather than “react”
  • Builds Empathy & Compassion – cultivating greater understanding of cultural, religious and sexual diversity as well as reducing cruelty, bullying, and violence that create safer and happier school

DCPS Employees Receive 24 Master Plan Points

By registering with Mindful Kids Miami below, M-DCPS Educators will also be Registered on M-DCPS My Learning Plan

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*If you previously completed an MBSR or IJ-MBSR course with two absenses or less, you are eligible to register for the MTTP program.  You will be required to make-up the absenses as soon as is convenient for you.  After registering for the MTTP program, we will send you make-up class options for IJ-MBSR or MBSR classes.  Also, if during the MTTP program you are unable to attend up to 3 classes, you will be invited to make-up those classes at the next MTTP offered.

Thank you and we look forward to this journey with you!

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