Augusta County Schools
Harrisonburg City Schools
Madison County Schools
Roanoke County Schools
Roanoke City Schools
Staunton City Schools
Waynesboro City Schools
Body Essence L'Idee and Medispa
George Mason University, mindfulness course partner
James Madison University, Graduate Psychology
James Madison University, Nursing Program
Mary Baldwin University, Physician's Assistant Program
I am thankful that I had the opportunity to participate in a mindfulness class with Michele and Tammy. They both have great knowledge of this work and are fantastic at teaching how to incorporate simple steps into daily life. As a busy mom of 3, trying to juggle a household and work part-time can be very challenging. I learned the importance of taking time for myself, even if only 5 minutes at a time throughout the day. I enjoyed the practices of mindful breathing and meditation and I try to incorporate them as often as possible to help myself calm down in stressful situations. I recommend this work to anyone who would like to have more focus and intention in their lives.
Lynn Forbus, Business Professional and Mother
Implementing mindfulness into the Summer Learning Loss Prevention program at the Staunton-Augusta YMCA and Bessie Weller Elementary, had rippling affects on our students. Providing them with new tools to regulate their emotions helped create space between their emotions and their reactions. We are seeing them use these skills during the school year and believe it was a worthy investment in the staff and students to be trained by Choosing to be Mindful.
Ashley Cole-Virani, Program Director at the Staunton-Augusta YMCA
Tammy and Michele created the perfect getaway that pampered my body and soul. The relaxing outdoor and indoor spaces were in a beautiful nature setting, the food was excellent, and there was a balance of yoga, mindfulness and solitude. Their peaceful guidance made it renewing. I would go again!
Patti, Mindfulness Retreat Participant
As leaders, we often suffer from "hurry-sickness," trying to get through the "to-do list" at an unhealthy pace at times. This workshop provided a safe space to reflect personally and professionally on the value of slowing our minds down, pausing before responding and weaving mindfulness into our work and personal lives. It also provided an opportunity to better understand members of our team and how we can best work together for the success of our students and staff.
Rachel Linden, Counseling Director, Harrisonburg High School
It was amazing to hear our teachers discuss how using mindfulness in their classrooms really helped their students to focus and physically be calmer in class. We had several staff members who also loved doing the mindfulness lessons themselves and noticed that it helped them be more present in class.
M. Adams, School Counselor, Kate Collins Middle School
In the fast paced world that our students and teachers are living in mindfulness is more important than ever. Our students were taught that mindfulness is a skill that they can learn and practice. The students really enjoyed learning about their brains and the effects of mindful breathing on their brain development.
Nicole Keys, School Counselor, Waverly Yowell Elementary School, Madison VA
Mindfulness has enabled me to offer something to my students that they might not get anywhere else at home or in the classroom. It is a great approach to students who struggle with attention deficits, depression and anxiety, sleep problems, and much more. It's something that should be included in all educator's tool bags.
M. B., Counselor, Waynesboro City Schools
I have used “mindful breathing” when I’m stressed over something. I’ve used the “body scan” when I couldn't fall asleep. In the future, I could really start using anchor words and recognizing my feelings.
High School Student
I know how to use mindfulness for better self-care. Being more present with my patients allows for a higher quality experience for my patients and for myself as their provider.