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mindfulness and wellbeing for teachers


Imagine living and working with a sense of calm and ease. Mindfulness Matters has created courses for teachers that support a sense of harmony. Our Summer courses for teachers provide simple tools to promote and sustain mental and emotional wellbeing. Our online courses for teachers and our workshops for teachers offer flexible options. Studies with teachers show that mindfulness decreases occupational stress and enhances the classroom environment.


In a recent study conducted by The Teaching Council of Ireland, entitled ‘Job Satisfaction and Occupational Stress among Primary School Teachers and School Principals in Ireland’, its authors, Merike Darmody and Emer Smyth, found that 45 per cent of teachers and 70 per cent of primary school principals experienced occupational stress. As mindfulness practitioners, Derval and Ann endeavour to assist teachers to address stressors and to maintain calm and confidence and to create harmonious classrooms.


Mindfulness is simply ‘paying attention on purpose to the present moment and without judgement’ (Jon Kabat-Zinn). A mindful approach allows teachers to participate more fully in their teaching and children to participate more fully in their learning. It offers an opportunity to build up inner resources to deal with stress and to live life fully and joyfully.


Summer Courses

This is a 20 hour Summer Course for teachers which includes mindfulness, relaxation and building self-esteem. It has been referred to by Teachers as 'the perfect end to a busy school year'. It is linked to the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) programme for schools and offers the opportunity to explore incorporating simple midfulness based approaches into daily life for Teachers and children. Our course provides abundant resources for use in the classroom.


In February 2014 RTE’s Nationwide  crew travelled to Westport and Castlebar to produce a programme tracking the work of Mindfulness Matters with children  in Fahy National School and with teachers in Mayo Education Centre. The programme was televised on the popular Nationwide programme and can be viewed on the home page of this website.


BOOK NOW: Mindfulness Matters Course 1

Developing Mindfulness and Well-being in Primary School Children

INTO: Click here

Mayo Education Centre: Click here

BOOK NOW: Mindfulness Matters course 2

BRAND NEW follow up course Well-being, Mindfulness and Resilience for Teachers and Children

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Developing Mindfulness and Wellbeing in Primary School Children

Face to Face

The benefits of introducing mindfulness and wellbeing into daily life are beneficial and well documented.

This course is especially designed to benefit both teachers and children in the classroom.


  • cultivates mindfulness in teachers and encourages its introduction to children
  • enhances positive mental, emotional and physical health
  • reduces stress, increases calm and contentment
  • enhances the SPHE module for children
  • encourages a skilful response in challenging classroom situations
  • improves concentration, co-operation and group discussion
  • increases empathy and understanding


The courses use videos, articles, guided mindfulness practices and relaxations to incorporate mindfulness and happiness into the classroom for teachers and children. Registerfor an innovative online or face to face course to explore mindfulness, wellbeing, attention, awareness, and relaxation in daily life. Experience the benefits of incorporating simple and powerful techniques into the classroom.



Summer Courses

Face to Face Summer Courses 2017

Mayo Education Centre

Newport - July 3rd to 7th 2017

Castlebar   - July 10th-17th 2017

Enquiries:  Mayo Education Centre 094 9020700


Sligo Education Centre

August 21st to 26th

Enquiries: Sligo Education Centre (071) 913 8700




“it is wonderfully nourishing and relaxing for teachers who spend 10 months of the year giving of themselves to others. I would highly recommend this course”.



“This was an excellent and very worthwhile course. I would recommend it to all teachers”.





How to book sessions for teachers:

Contact Mindfulness Matters;

Ann Caulfield 087 6108144

Derval Dunford 087 2888740




An Introduction to Mindfulness and Wellbeing - Croke Park Hours

These courses provide teachers with simple techniques to reduce stress and to encourage calm and harmony in the classroom. They provide ‘time out’ for teachers to reflect on their personal and professional self-care and to experience the value of mindfulness as they re-connect with the essence of mindful teaching, thought regulation and calm. As teachers learn mindfulness and wellbeing techniques they also experience new skills and ideas to facilitate the introduction of mindfulness to children in the classroom. Many schools are requesting self-care for teachers and are inviting Mindfulness Matters to facilitate this.Sessions are tailored to suit each school and staff team needs. They can be a full day session or shorter two to three-hour sessions to suit the staff group.

For further information contact

Derval 087 2888740    Ann   087 6108144.