Led by Christopher Willard, Psy. D.

Today's fast-paced, connected, and highly charged world is placing unprecedented stress and pressure on kids and teens. Youth need effective skills to cope with the increasingly demanding lifestyle, combat the symptoms, and establish mindful and compassionate living — to last a lifetime. Join one of the world's leading experts on mindfulness techniques for youth and teens, Dr. Christopher Willard, Psy. D., for a new certificate course on Mindfulness interventions for kids and teens.

Growing Up Mindful

This course will add some depth to your mindfulness practice and empower you with the some tools to share and adapt mindfulness for youth in practical and engaging ways. You'll learn strategies and techniques that will improve social-emotional resilience and executive function, proven interventions for ADHD and emotional regulation, and powerful clinical skills to heal trauma and anxiety.

  • Weekend
  • 23-25 August
  • Investment: 230€  (see + bottom page)
  • Handouts
  • Guided Practices
  • Barcelos - Portugal
  • English
  • Certificate

Select the training – Growing Up Mindful

Growing Up Mindful: Essential Practices to Help Children, Teens, and Families Find Balance, Calm, and Resilience

Introducing mindfulness into the lives of our children and teenagers is perhaps the greatest gift we can offer. Mindfulness builds emotional intelligence, boosts happiness, increases curiosity and engagement, reduces anxiety and depression, soothes the pain of trauma, and helps kids (and adults) focus, learn, and make better choices. If that weren’t enough, research now shows that mindfulness significantly enhances what psychologists call “flourishing”—the opposite of depression and avoidance. Growing Up Mindful helps parents, educators, and counselors learn how to embody and share the skills of mindfulness that will empower our children with resilience throughout their lives. With more than 75 accessible exercises and practices...

What to Expect

Join author, speaker and clinical psychologist Dr. Christopher Willard in a fun and interactive workshop for everyone interested in sharing mindfulness with children of all ages.


Now, more than ever, our children need help focusing, getting calm and understanding their emotions. Teaching children mindfulness is now a leading and proven technique for parents, educators, psychologists and other professionals who work with children. Every child can learn and benefit from mindfulness, whether they struggle with stress, attention problems, ADHD, anxiety, depression, traumas, learning difficulties or other challenges.

  • This workshop will emphasize living mindfulness through play, games, eating, movement, song, sports and arts, not just sitting on a cushion. You will learn individual and group activities to use in educational, clinical, medical and other settings. We will discuss ways to encourage kids to practice independently and use mindfulness in their daily lives. We will also learn techniques we can use ourselves as caregivers, to reduce our own stress and be more effective in our work.

Key components and intentions of this highly
experiential weekend training include:

The importance of personal Mindfulness Practice
Adults are considered vital to the program. Most mindfulness programs for adults or children recommend that the facilitator (therapist or teacher) cultivate his or her own personal mindfulness practice. Simply teaching mindfulness activities from a book without having experienced them oneself is like offering violin lessons without ever having played a violin.
Mindfulness and Neuroscience for Healthy Brain Development
The simple science of how mindfulness keeps depression, PTSD, anxiety and aggression at bay.
Playful and practical exercises to explore the mind-body connection.
How to use the breath as a “remote control” for our minds, bodies and emotions.
Managing the Youth Mental Health Crisis
understanding of what mindfulness is and isn’t when working with kids and families facing a crisis of mental health.
Why mindfulness, why now? in managing the mental health crisis
Accessible analogies to explain what mindfulness is and isn’t How to help kids and families slow down, sit still and single-task
Dealing with doubt: whether it’s your own, your colleagues, or the kids’ doubt.
Anxiety, ADHD and Impulse Control: Body Based Mindful Awareness
how to befriend the body as a source of wisdom and healing. You'll discover how to:
Help kids integrate their mind and body to maximize health, mental health, and learning
Make mindful movement and walking fun, funny, and engaging!
Mindful eating — Real world ideas and insights beyond the raisins for anxiety, depression, ADHD, impulse control and more
Make Mindfulness Fun! Arts, Games, Sports and More
Explore creative ways to make mindfulness fun by integrating it into the activities they are most interested in and enjoy:
Bring mindfulness to games for kids who struggle with attention
Create your own visualizations with kids
Make the virtual virtuous with mindful uses of technology
The more the merrier (or mindful-er?): Small group and partner practices
Mindfulness and Compassion in Action
Learn additional compassion based-practices, plus ways to cultivate mindful and compassionate workplaces, schools and communities.
A roadmap for breaking through resistance
Strategies for finding time in busy lives for mindfulness practice and self-compassion
Inspiring and time-tested ideas for creating a mindful and compassionate workplace, school, or family

Building a Teacher Community
Creating a mutually supportive community of teaching will be a core aim of this training, and that includes the creation of an ongoing support system that continues after the training ends.

Participant Guidelines and Prerequisites

To participate it's relevant to have a commitment to an ongoing, daily mindfulness meditation practice.

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In Detail + FAQ

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  • 18:00 – Start arriving
  • 19:30 – Dinner
  • 20:30 – Evening Session

  • 08:45 to 12:30
  • 13:00 - Lunch
  • 14:30 to 7:00
  • Evening session

  • 08:45 to 12:00
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 13:30 – 17:00

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Christopher Willard

Christopher Willard, Psy. D., is one of the world's leading experts on mindfulness with young people, having trained thousands of professionals and young people on the practice and benefits of mindfulness. He is a psychologist and consultant based in Boston, working individually as well as consulting to schools, hospitals and other organizations. Additionally, he is the author of multiple books on psychology, child development, contemplative practice and more. Dr. Willard is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network and serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. In addition to serving on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Willard leads courses and workshops around the world and online. You can find his website at, where you can watch his TEDx talks and learn more about his books and work. Dr. Willard is the author of Child's Mind (2010), Growing Up Mindful (2016) and three other books. He is the co-author of the bestselling card decks Growing Mindful and Growing Happy.

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(Fees + Registration)
$50 “Early-Bird Discount” if you register and book on or before May 15, 2019 On or before May 15 After May 15




  • Upon submission of your registration your application will be reviewed for prerequisites and you will be contacted when it has been formally accepted;
  • The retreat takes place with a minimum and maximum number of participants;
  • In the application form select the Training – Growing Up Mindful.
  • For cancellations up to one month prior to the beginning of the course, an administration fee of 50 Euro will be charged.
  • We are not responsabile for any expenses that you may do to come to this training.
  • if you have any food intolerance or special needs please inform us.

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This training ultimately come together to help us build thriving, happy, and resilient families and communities, regardless of how we categorize them.

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