Anima Learning proudly serves as the exclusive stateside partner for the UK-based Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP).
Started in 2009 as a non-profit by educators and long-time mindfulness practitioners Richard Burnett and Chris Cullen, MiSP seeks to help every child develop the skills needed to flourish fully and handle difficulty.
Buoyed by a 6-million pound (@$10M) research grant from the Wellcome Trust, MiSP now ranks as the leading provider of mindfulness programs for young people in the UK and Europe.
MiSP programs include:
The organization’s flagship mindfulness curriculum for 11-18 year olds, .b (pronounced ‘dot-b’, which stands for stop and be) includes an Introduction and nine discrete 40-50-minute lessons, all of which draw on the wisdom and lineage of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Please click here for more info or here to register for our next .b teacher trainings in the US.
Drawing on much of the framework of .b, MiSP worked with teachers Sarah Silverton and Tabitha Sawyer to create Paws b for 7-11 year olds. Using simple exercises and clear explanation, the course introduces younger students to brain science and mindfulness exercises. At this time, teachers wanting to train to teach Paws b need to travel to the UK for training.
MiSP’s most recent course, .b Foundations trains teachers and school staff to begin their own personal mindfulness practice. The course also meets the prerequisite requirements for those who want to teach .b or Paws b.
MiSP now has over 2000 teachers trained to Teach .b , 600 to Teach Paws b and 250 to Teach .b Foundations. MiSP has a trusted team of trainers–including ANIMA Learning–who are experienced mindfulness teachers with extensive knowledge of MiSP’s curricula who deliver the training courses.