Building a culture of mindfulness,
social-emotional learning,
and reflective inquiry

a conference for educators

Meet ∞ Make connections ∞ Refocus your practice

May 14, 2016 / 9:30 am  - 4 pm

Hidden Villa Education Center
26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Cost: $95 - $125 (early/late)

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What are the approaches to teaching and learning that emphasize humanity, connection, meaning, and fulfillment? Do these qualities matter in school, or are they taken for granted? How much does the prevailing culture around you and your colleagues support your sense of well being (and that of your students)? What steps can you take to connect teaching with personal development?

In our second year, this gathering is intended to offer you a space to consider questions of real transformation. In the beautiful setting of Hidden Villa, you will hear presentations on various aspects of a kind of education that places awareness at the center of the learning experience. Participants will engage in periods of dialogue and contemplation. You will also have the opportunity to present your own work and experience to eager and thoughtful colleagues.

Featured Presenters

Bill Overton, Project-Based Learning
Anna Bornstein, Dream of the Good, a Swedish program of self-awareness for children

Sponsored by Young Spirit Foundation


Bill Overton

Bill has worked with kids since he was 17 years old. He taught in multiage classrooms for 30 years at Ohlone Elementary School in Palo Alto before moving to the front office and taking on the principal role. Bill has always been an advocate for strong social-emotional programs in schools. He has also been a strong proponent of thematic, project-based curriculum—years before it became a buzzword. Bill's repertoire of “Adventures” have become so successful that schools, families, and private schools still request them. Now doing consultant work as the owner of Whole Child Educational Services, he is also pursuing his EdD. in Leadership for Change at Fielding Graduate University. Recently he became the Clinical Educator for the Jewish Hebrew Union College and continues to provide professional development for schools. Bill sits on the boards of several education-related organizations.

Anna Bornstein

Anna is a Swedish writer and journalist, with a special interest in meditation and existential perspectives. She is the founder of the Dream of the Good, a contemplative peace and health program for preschool and school, with 20 years of development in Swedish schools. The program is widely used at all levels of school in Sweden, and successful pilots have been done in Norway, South Africa, and Spain. Children and young people enjoy stillness practices which create peace in the school environment, greatly improving health, peer relations, emotional balance, and concentration. With a lifelong practice of meditation behind her, Anna has written a dozen books on existential and meditative topics, as well as featured articles in the Swedish daily press. She has created Dream of the Good films with the Dalai Lama, high school students, scientists, and other role models and offered radio programs for several years.


Conference Details

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Theodore Timpson ∞ 650-284-8979


$95 early (before Feb 1)
$110 regular
$125 late (after April 15)

Proposed Schedule (subject to change)

9:15 Registration
9:30 Morning Awareness Activity
10:00 Welcoming
10:15 Panel Speakers
11:00 Break
11:15 Panel Speakers
12:00 Awareness Activity
12:30 Lunch/Break
1:30 Breakout sessions
2:30 Break
2:45 Dialogue/Reflection
3:30 Awareness Activity / Peaceful Journey
4:00 Trail Walk

Catered lunch will be included.