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Attention, Empathy, and Creativity Skills for Children and their Families


11:55 am  | 25$

Attention, Empathy, and Creativity Skills for Children and their Families

Nalanda Institute Mindful Families Faculty, Bart van Melik, M.A., and Sonia Sequeira, Ph.D.

families1This Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science workshop offers attention, empathy, and creativity skills for children and their families. Thanks to the discovery of neuroplasticity, we now know that our brains are literally sculpted by habits of mind and action, and that attention, executive function, social self-regulation, and imagination can be easily and effectively trained. Mindfulness and yoga have been shown to be among the most potent ways to induce brain plasticity and enhance all aspects of cognitive and emotional self-mastery.
In an experiential learning format for children and their families, facilitators Bart van Melik and Sonia Sequeira introduce three skill sets in a 2 hour family circle: mindfulness and focus skills, empathy and dialogue skills, movement, breathing, and creativity skills.
This workshop is open to children 6-12 years old accompanied by their parents or caregivers, including children with attention challenges and learning differences. For more information on the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, please visit: http://www.nalandainstitute.org
What to bring: All materials provided

Sunday, May 7th, 2017 from 12 noon – 2pm
$25 per each parent and each child with 10% discount to THUS members

Image top right courtesy of Kerry Lee MacLean


Tibet House US Gallery
22 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States

About the Presenters

Sonia Sequeira, Ph.D.

Sonia Sequeira, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist and Manager of the Drug Development Program for Clinical Trials at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC.  Sonia is also interested in using rigorous scientific methodologies to study how meditation practice, in its many forms, can be used to improve health in diverse populations. She spearheads the Advances in Meditation Research Conference Series and the Institute for Meditation Sciences. Sonia has been teaching yoga since 1997 and is a certified Instructor in Hatha, Kundalini and Naam Yoga.

Bart van Melik

Bart van Melik has been teaching personal and interpersonal meditation since 2009, with a specific focus on working with diverse populations. He is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader Program at Spirit Rock and is currently in the Spirit Rock/IMS teacher training program. Among other places, Bart teaches at NY Insight Meditation Center and is a senior teacher at the Lineage Project—an organization offering mindfulness-based practices for youth facing challenging circumstances. Bart holds an MA in Psychology of Culture and Religion from the Nijmegen University in The Netherlands. His passion is supporting people to discover how they can find new ways to relate to the stress created by our life circumstances.