January 02, 2018

Mindfulness Instructor to Visit Andover

Join Alison Cohen to explore mindfulness in daily life on January 9 and 10
by Jenny Barker

For the second year in a row, Alison Cohen, a mindfulness teacher, will lead discussions about practicing mindfulness in daily life and host a community sit at Phillips Academy. Her two-day visit will take place on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, and Wednesday, January 10, and build upon the Tang Institute project Mindful Community by Andy Housiaux. Cohen currently teaches mindfulness at City College in New York and also mentors public high school teachers at the Institute for Student Achievement. Upcoming activities on campus with her include:

Tuesday, January 9

Evening Discussion
"Let’s Talk: An Experiential Introduction to Mindful Communication," 6:30 p.m., Freeman Room. Desserts and refreshments will be served. 

Wednesday, January 10

Community Sit
Noon to 12:45 p.m., Pearson C

Community Lunch & Discussion
"Moment to Moment: A Q&A Session on Mindfulness in the Classroom and Daily Life," 1 to 2 p.m., Pearson C. Lunch will be served.

Evening Discussion
"Reducing the Effects of Implicit Bias: Can Mindfulness Practice Help?" at 6:30 p.m., Freeman Room. Desserts and refreshments will be served.

About Alison Cohen

Cohen is a longtime student of mindfulness who taught English in public schools in Brooklyn for many years. She began teaching mindfulness to students and faculty in her school, and currently teaches mindfulness at City College in New York while also mentoring public high school teachers at the Institute for Student Achievement. She has also taught mindfulness at Teachers College, Columbia University and recently had an article about mindfulness published in the New York Times. Alison has training from Mindful Schools and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher training at UMass Medical Center.

Resources

Research has found that mindfulness training has significant effects on students’ and school staff members’ focus, stress management, impulse control, and relationships. For school staff members, the benefits also include improved classroom management, more skillful interaction with students, and burnout reduction.

What is Mindfulness?

  • Purposefully paying nonjudgmental, compassionate attention to whatever arises in one’s moment-to-moment experience, such as thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and sounds.
  • Becoming more aware of what you are experiencing, strengthening your ability to replace autopilot or impulsive reactions with more thoughtful responses.

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