Mindfulness for Children and Teens


Learning to Breathe: A Winter Experience

Who Says Teens Can’t Be Mindful? 

A mindfulness class for adolescents, ages 12-17. Based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and tailored to adolescents, the empirically-based curriculum for this course, entitled Learning to BREATHE, was developed by mindfulness expert/clinical psychologist Dr. Patricia Broderick and has been endorsed by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Adolescence is a time of change, growth and all too often, struggle.  This course is designed to help teens cope more effectively with the ongoing challenges of their day-to-day life

“These skills can help teenagers navigate effectively through a time in life that can be confusing, filled with uncertainties, and exceedingly stressful. These life-skills form the basis for building successful relationships, beginning with oneself.” Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of MBSR, from forward of Learning to BREATHE.

MIDDLE School Session

Dates:  Thursdays, February 9-March 16, 2017. (Please note that an extra week has been added in case of snow)

Time:  5:30-7:00pm

Instructor:  Kate Murphy

Location: Center for Rehabilitation Care of Chapel Hill, 1807 North Fordham Blvd (on 15/501 in the former Borders building) Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Registration Fee: $300

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Question?   Email us at mindfulness@med.unc.edu or phone 919-966-8586.

High School Session Pending

Dates:  TBD

Time:  TBD

Instructor:  TBD

Location: TBD

Question?   Email us at mindfulness@med.unc.edu or phone 919-966-8586.

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Mindful Art for Teens

Mindful art connects the process of creating art with mindfulness practice. In this workshop, participants will draw and apply color while being guided through a number of exercises to heighten their awareness of the present moment. The participants will use line and shape for pattern making, along with markers and colored pencils. By focusing on the process with conscious awareness, students will be able to see their work with fresh eyes. In the practice of mindful art, process bears an equal, if not greater, weight to the actual product. No prior art or mindfulness experience is necessary.  Materials will be provided, though students may bring their own materials. 

Mindful Art Workshop for teens 12-17

When: Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 12-4:00PM

Instructor: Kate Murphy

Location: Center for Rehabilitation Care of Chapel Hill, 1807 North Fordham Blvd (on 15/501 in the former Borders building) Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Question?   Email us at mindfulness@med.unc.edu or phone 919-966-8586

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Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens

Adolescence is a time of change, growth and all too often, struggle.  This course is designed to help teens cope more effectively with the ongoing challenges of their day-to-day life. Mindful Self-Compassion brings together the benefits of mindfulness and self-compassion:  Mindfulness teaches us to be present with difficult emotions, and self-compassion helps us to respond to these emotions with greater kindness and self-care.  Through developmentally appropriate activities and meditations, teens learn specific tools which help them navigate the emotional ups and downs of this life stage with greater ease.  A preliminary research study on this program has demonstrated significant decreases in depression, anxiety, perceived stress and negative mood from before to after taking this course. Making Friends With Yourself has been adapted from the adult Mindful Self-Compassion program (created by Kristin Neff, PhD and Christopher Germer, PhD) by Karen Bluth, PhD,  Associate Director, Mindfulness Program in the Program on Integrative Medicine at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Lorraine Hobbs, M.A., Director, Youth and Family Programs, University of California, San Diego Center for Mindfulness. To learn more about their work with teens, please follow this link: www.mindfulselfcompassionforteens.comFor more information about self-compassion, please see Dr. Neff’s website at www.self-compassion.org, or Dr. Christopher Germer’s website: http://www.mindfulselfcompassion.org. . For more information about the adult Mindful Self-Compassion course, please see http://www.centerformsc.org/


Mindful Self-Compassion for Middle School

Date: TBD

Instructor: TBD

Location: TBD

Mindful Self-Compassion for High School

Date: TBD

Instructor: TBD

Location: TBD

Mindfulness for Youth - 3rd to 5th Grade

The Mindfulness for Youth Training program (MYT), designed specifically for children ages 8 to 10, consists of 6 one-hour, weekly group classes.

In this course, children will learn mindfulness practices that help them to feel centered and calm. Children report that developing these skills has helped them to better cope with stressors in their lives and to navigate difficult situations.

MYT was designed and created by Dr. Sarah Short of the UNC Department of Psychiatry and Macy Lawrence Ratliff, principal mindfulness instructor for the 2015-2016 Mindfulness and Memory Study at UNC. Course materials and principles are based on the well-regarded curriculums from Mindful Schools and Still Quiet Place and incorporate many of the mindfulness practices from Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training program for adults.  MBSR has been shown to enhance concentration, decrease stress and improve overall well-being.

Mindfulness for Youth

Date: Tuesdays from 5:00-6:00 pm, from March 13 through April 24, 2017.

(classes will not meet during the Spring Break week of March 27th)

Instructor: Macy Ratliff

Location: Binkley Baptist Church- 1712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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Question?   Email us at mindfulness@med.unc.edu or phone 919-966-8586

The class will be taught by Dr. Karen Bluth, an experienced mindfulness instructor and educator with 18 years formal classroom teaching experience with children and adolescents. Dr. Bluth’s research is focused on improving adolescent and family well-being through mindfulness interventions. She began practicing mindfulness when she was an adolescent.