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Welcome To Mindful NZ Schools

We provide in-school-programmes for students, staff training and mindfulness facilitator courses for educators, social workers and those who want to learn how to introduce mindfulness practices for their students, teachers and others.

At Mindful NZ Schools we seek to change the schools drop- out rate, low achievement, emotional and behavioural problems. We aim to help schools develop a culture of self-awareness, kindness and personal responsibility.

The purpose of Mindful NZ School’s work is to reach as many educators as possible to share these proven and effective techniques and give all children a chance to find their own strengths and connect with their innate ability to self-manage. This doesn’t just creates happier students and children it creates a happier culture in the whole school; for teachers and students.



Why Mindfulness in Schools?

Studies have shown that emotional regulation, social behaviour and academic achievement increase significantly among students who have received Mindfulness instruction. READ MORE

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A QUICK INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS

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“Just watch this moment, without trying to change it at all. What is happening? What do you see? What do you hear?”Jon Kabat-Zin

8 Weeks Lesson plans designed by a teacher for teachers & educators who want to introduce mindfulness to their students and staff.



Improve students and children’s ability to deal with stress and anxiety with proven,
ready-to-use mindfulness lesson plans


Ongoing research points to the need for all students to receive some form
of mental training to fulfil their educational and personal potential.

These lesson plans gives you a resource to improve students ability to deal with stress and anxiety as well as improve attention and focus and cultivate kindness and empathy.
Each week you will find different activities and practices to help engage students in the mindfulness process and assist in internalising the mindfulness process. In addition audio files are provided to reinforce the daily practice.
The lessons are designed by a teacher and complies with the objectives of the curriculum for personal development, including a focus on social and emotional development, personal self-regulation and building resilience- qualities recognised as benchmarks for success in life.
Studies have shown that social behaviour and academic achievement increase significantly among students who have received mindfulness instruction. Mindfulness has been proven to help children make sense of their emotions and the world around them.
In our fast paced world, where the increasing demands of living, places enormous stress on all people, children, teenagers and adults, the purposeful, daily cultivation of connection to self, others and the world around us has been proven to assist mental, emotional and physical balance.

Benefits such as:
• Decreased stress & anxiety
• Better sleep
• Better self-management
• Less reactivity
• Improved mental resilience
• Better focus & attention
• Increased self-awareness

are commonplace when you practice mindfulness regularly.
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This 8 week programme has run extensively in schools for primary and secondary and only needs language-appropriate adjustments to cater ot each group. The lesson plans can be adapted for adult groups also, designed to raise all participants awareness of our relation- ship to our thoughts, feeling, others, the earth and recognising the emergence of the qualities of kindness, empathy and compassion over the 8 week period. The lessons build over the 8 weeks to week-by-week develop a deeper understanding of why mindfulness is such a powerful, effective, self-regulating strategy.





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In this free lesson students will learn the two basic breathing exercises that is part of all mindfulness training.
This lesson links with curriculum achievement objectives for:
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“With mindfulness training you are not adding to your knowledge in the traditional meaning – you are in fact removing the mental clutter that is holding you back from being naturally mindful and in a state of equilibrium”.
Rita Riccola


How to win the battle
for students attention?

With the added distraction from mobile devices, texting and social media, the
challenge of keeping students attention in the classroom has become a whole new ball game.

With these powerful lesson plans you can help students to be more present and stay focused by showing them powerful strategies to intentionally shift attention when the mind wanders.

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“We ask students to pay attention all day, yet we
never teach them HOW”
”.
Dr. Amy Saltzman




Trainer with over 25 yrs experience

Rita Riccola is a professional educator and a trained Mindfulness teacher with more than 25 yrs experience of contemplative practices. She has completed courses with Mindful Schools USA and attended many Mindfulness retreats.

These lesson plans have been designed to meet the growing need for educators and human resource workers to offer mindfulness training to all interested. They cover all the main exercises and techniques that was designed by the original MBSR members who trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn.



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Why Mindfulness in Schools?



Harvard University conducted a study on why some people were more successful than others. They tracked 1,000 people from birth to 32 years looking for reasons that set the successful people apart. At the end of the study they were able to point to one thing that underpinned success.

It wasn’t race, class, gender, rich or poor- it was the ability to pay attention and to have self-control and this was across a wide band of people from many different backgrounds and circumstances.

These two qualities were shared by all successful people in the study; the ability to regulate emotions and thinking and focus.
In short, if you can’t pay attention and focus you will not learn effectively and if you don’t have self control, you can’t work towards goals beyond ‘instant gratification’.

How can Mindfulness help?

One of the biggest causes of dropping out of school is behavioural problems-not learning to manage emotions is dangerous and the problem often escalates when left unchecked leading to under-achieving, poverty and lack of self-acceptance.

Studies have shown that emotional regulation, social behaviour and academic achievement increase significantly among students who have received Mindfulness instruction*.

Previously Mindfulness was available only to a minority of people, those who seeked it out or came across it by chance or in their line of work. We believe that Mindfulness should be available to everyone, everywhere- to alleviate personal suffering and promote self-regulation, increase emotional and social intelligence and develop compassion and empathy for others.
Mindfulness has been proven to enrich lives and to help children make sense of their emotions and their connection to others and the world around them.

Mindfulness exercises are designed to train our attention and awareness of where our attention is, choosing to shift attention when we get caught up in aimless thinking, worry and constant distraction.

It has been forecast that depression will affect 20% of the population by 2020. We know people, including children and students are suffering.

At the same time, research constantly reports Mindfulness leads to increased happiness and improved self-management and impulse control and many other well recorded, evidence based benefits.

So what is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a way of purposefully engaging your attention in the present moment without judging it good or bad and noticing where your attention is;caught up in worry, anxious thinking, over thinking, aimless thinking.
It’s about not wandering off into an imagined future or going over the past but fully engaging right here right now.
Mindfulness is grounded in 30 years of scientific study at Oxford, Harvard, Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology where it grew out of a programme designed to assist people with unmanageable pain and it was very successful.

Why aren’t we teaching Mindfulness when we know all this?

I have spoken to many social workers, councillors and educators who see the benefits and want Mindfulness in their schools but have to get approval, often from people who simply think Mindfulness is another ‘fad’ or ‘flavour of the month’.

Mindfulness is not a ‘fad’, it is not religious or ‘new age’, It is a proven technique that is shown to:

  • Decrease stress and anxiety
  • Decrease over-thinking and aimless thinking
  • encourage impulse control
  • improve memory, focus and attention
  • improve overall well-being
  • promote happiness and mental clarity
  • improve sleep
  • improve executive function
  • increase compassion, acceptance and kindness.

From morning to night we are inundated with distractions: emails, social media, advertising, iphones, computers, ipods, tablets and the never ending inner dialogue that is very draining.

The ability to focus on one thing at a time is a skill and requires practice. Just as athletes, who know their sports, continue training on a daily basis, Mindfulness which really is a mental training requires regular practice.

All day long our minds are throwing up thoughts, memories, emotions. Thoughts and emotions come and go lives waves on the ocean- they rise up, stay awhile then dissolve back into the ocean. Our thoughts are like this too but when we identify with our thoughts and emotions they take over us- we give them power over us.

Pain is inevitable, it’s part of being human but suffering is ‘optional’. We can’t control what circumstances or events life will present us with but we can choose to respond rather than react by learning to not let emotions and thoughts control us.

Mindfulness allows us to be reflective rather than reactive. That’s not about running away from feelings and emotions but it helps us to not be overwhelmed.

Why don’t we teach Mindfulness in schools already?

At Mindful NZ Schools we seek to change the schools drop- out rate, low achievement, emotional and behavioural problems. We aim to help schools develop a culture of self-awareness, kindness and personal responsibility.
The purpose of Mindful NZ School’s work is to reach as many educators as possible to share these proven and effective techniques and give all children a chance to find their own strengths and connect with their innate ability to self-manage. This doesn’t just creates happier students and children it creates a happier culture in the whole school; for teachers and students.

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*results from a low decile school in America.

“Suspensions at our school dropped from 14 last year to 6 this year. We attribute this to the mindfulness programme.”

“I had dreaded this would be my last year teaching until the Mindfulness programme began at my school. Now I am Re-dedicated to my profession.”Quotes from educators

“The thing is with mindfulness is that when you are going to do something bad, you know it and you can stop.”

“I like mindfulness because it helps me feel better and teaches me to concentrate.”

“When my sister gets on my nerves, I tell her to leave me alone so I can take a deep breath. I always use the technique whenever I am mad.”

Quotes from children

“Teaching Mindfulness to school children is fast growing momentum as the benefits become evident. Mindfulness has great potential as a key strategy for a positively impacting on the learning and wellbeing of children and young people in education settings.”New Zealand Mental Health Foundation

“Rita is a fabulous facilitator – she made us feel extremely comfortable, was open minded and encouraged us all to share from our diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise. I came away with many very practical, easy to use exercises that I have since been using with with my classes of various ages. Thank you Rita for gifting me such a wonderful and enjoyable afternoon of learning”.
Louise Dore, Auckland

What Participants Say about Rita’s 2 Day Mindfulness Facilitation Courses


“What I liked best about the 2 day training was the relaxed, knowledgeable approach to Mindfulness”.
-Laura, Melbourne

“I liked the pace, experiential learning and the facilitators sharing her experience”
Alison, Sydney

“I’ve learnt valuable human, approachable ways to bring Mindfulness to my school and my own life”
Peter, Sydney

“ I’ve learnt that you can choose to change. The interaction between participants was especially valuable”
– Jen, Sydney

“Rita is a fabulous facilitator – she made us feel extremely comfortable, was open minded and encouraged us all to share from our diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise. I came away with many very practical, easy to use exercises that I have since been using with with my classes of various ages. Thank you Rita for gifting me such a wonderful and enjoyable afternoon of learning”.
-Louise Dore, Auckland

“I found Rita’s expert and gentle facilitating a wonderful way to explore mindfulness personally, whilst also guiding me to share mindfulness with others”.
-Suzanne Henwood, Auckland

“The Mindfulness Teacher Training 2 day workshop delivered some excellent material and provided participants with some definitive tools to enable them to develop their own teaching programs around. Rita’s knowledge and inclusive manner of facilitating made for an enjoyable experience”.
-Errol Alison, Wellington

“What I liked best about the course was the practical nature and the openness to ask questions”
-Wendy, Sydney

“I’ve learnt very practical strategies and meaningful discussions of experiences”
-Sarah, Christchurch

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