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Course Date(s):

July 18 - 21, 2022 from 9:00AM-1:00PM
Final Project due July 28, 2022

Unless otherwise noted, course times listed are in EST

Registration Deadline:

July 15, 2022


Face to Face




15 PDPs

Grad Credit:

1 optional graduate credit from Worcester State University for $125, due upon initial registration


$290 TEC Members / $340 Non-TEC Members

Required text: Nestor, James. (2020) Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art. Riverhead Books.

Withdrawals: No credits/refunds will be given unless TEC is notified 10 business days before the first class. All payments processed upon receipt.


TEC Professional Learning Center


All PreK-12 Educators

A Mindful Pause

This course will offer participants the time and space to take stock of their own mental, physical, and emotional well-being as a result of teaching during a pandemic over the past two years. Participants will be introduced to the basic principles of mindfulness and some simple techniques that teachers can use with their students and for their own practice. Additionally, participants will learn self-care strategies for managing the inevitable stressful situations that arise in daily school life. Opportunities for written and creative expression will be provided. Educators and school-based professionals alike will come away from this course with strategies they can call on to help smooth the way and ease a bit of suffering in both their personal and professional lives.

Course Objectives include:

  • Establishing or reestablishing a daily meditation and/or mindfulness practice.
  • Identifying areas where the distraction that technology and social media present is impeding real connection, growth, and meaning.
  • Strengthening the muscles of attention.

About the Instructor

Tracy Affonso, Ed.M, E-RYT 500, has been a full-time yoga and meditation teacher for the past six years. Prior to that she was an elementary school teacher for both the Fall River Public School System and Newton Public Schools. She currently teaches public and private yoga and meditation classes to adults and children in the greater Boston area. She also leads workshops for classroom teachers and other school-based professionals on mindfulness and yoga in the classroom and self-care for educators. When she is not practicing or teaching, she can be found reading, taking long walks, and tending to her many plants.

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