Learn to Teach The Mindful Edge
Teacher Training Program

Dates and Times: Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:30 PM ET

Unit 2 SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) May 4 - June 1, 2022

Unit 3 Mindful Leadership TBD

This course is specifically designed for those who have a strong interest in sharing mindfulness with teens in a classroom setting, either in-person or online. It is recommended that teachers interested in implementing this program have some experience with mindfulness.

Learn how to help teens and young adults:
· Manage stress
· Increase positive coping skills
· Improve overall mental and physical health and well-being
· Find the balance between stress and coping skills
· Develop emotional regulation strategies
· Manage transitions in life, i.e. to high school/post-secondary
· Develop communications skills to foster improved relationships

The Mindful Edge® is a specially-developed program to provide Stress Reduction and Life Strategies for Teens. It is based on the principles of the MBSR Workshop program created by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The Mindful Edge™ combines the practices of mindfulness with knowledge of brain science, positive psychology, movement and healthy living skills to create a program that benefits teens and young adults socially, emotionally, physically and academically.

Delivery Method:

Learn One Teach One Every week, one lesson will be delivered in real time as it would be taught to students (grades 9-12, and can be adapted for 7-8). The participants will then be invited to teach the session to their class / group / individual clients. The following week, there will be an opportunity to debrief on the previous lesson and receive guidance, mentoring and suggestions before moving on to the next lesson.


Meet Your Facilitators

NATALIA FISTER is a yoga and mindfulness teacher. Natalia pioneered a CREDITED yoga and mindfulness course in high school for the York Region District School Board. She taught a Grade 11 “Mindful Yoga and the Art of Happiness” course 6 years in a row and Grade 12 “Mindful Yoga and the Philosophy of Wellness” course for 4 years.She is a certified facilitator for SMART: Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques. She is on staff at the University of Toronto Continuing Education Department, teaching a course on “Mindfulness in Education” twice a year. Natalia currently teaches a 200 hour Mindful Yoga Teacher Training, uniquely applying the attitudes of Mindfulness to the teaching of hatha yoga. Natalia is committed to sharing the benefits of mindfulness and yoga to students and teachers alike in the conviction that it will transform their lives as much as it has hers.

HEIDI BORNSTEIN, RP, co-founder and director of Mindfulness Everyday, has an extensive background in mindfulness, yoga and meditation. She is the co-creator and teacher for The Mindful Edge®— Stress Reduction and Life Strategies for Teens delivered as part of the curriculum in high schools. Heidi is certified in MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction), Hatha Yoga, Meditation, SMART education – Stress Managements and Resiliency Techniques for Educators (SMART) and is an Instructor for the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies.