Mindfulness Teacher Training

A training to support teachers to care for themselves and each other to avoid burnout and manage stress well. We plant wholesome seeds that nourish wellbeing for children and classrooms.

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4-Day Retreat at Shambhala 

We are very excited to be offering a 4-day retreat at Shambhala Retreat Centre in Golden Bay.

This is a fantastic opportunity to deepen your practice in a supportive environment, and immerse in mindfulness for a sustained period of time.
Shambhala is a beautiful Eco-friendly retreat centre near Takaka in Golden Bay. Here is a video that captures the natural beauty of this place:
We have coordinated the dates of the retreat so that they fall in the term one holidays, so there will be no conflict with work schedules. 

The cost for the retreat is $450. This includes everything; teaching resources, accomodation and food. For any local teachers wanting to take part, Opening Minds is offering a scholarship.

  • If you book before February 1st, you will pay a subsidised rate at $180. That is $270 off the total cost.

  • From February onwards, local teachers can still receive a 50% subsidy, bringing the cost to $225.

There are however only 25 spaces available, so register your interest early.

Click Here to register

Any questions, please email Dan at:


“This course came at just the right time for me - part way through my first year of teaching which I was finding very overwhelming. Calm, Clear Creative provided me with a tool box and supportive group in which to learn from. Not only did this help me personally but I know that my students have also benefited hugely from me being more calm in the classroom, but also being able to use the tools themselves during class and at home! I've had parents thank me for sharing my knowledge -knowledge that was only made possible by being part of such a fantastic, open and supportive group. By far the best PD I have ever received!”  

Josie Orr - 1st year teacher at Tasman School 2018

Josie Orr - 1st year teacher at Tasman School 2018


Watch this short video about the project

The Doctors Motueka were awarded the National Care for our Community award for initiating Mindfulness within our local schools, our successful initiation was led by Dr Richard Fuller and Jaime Howell from Opening Minds.

The aim was to provide teachers and their pupils with an additional toolkit for dealing with the stresses and challenges of everyday life that can affect concentration, behaviour and emotional wellbeing, using simple mindfulness techniques and games. A mode of attention characterised by openness, acceptance and an enhanced ability to respond to the present moment. Being mindful allows for a clearer understanding of how thoughts and emotions impact on our health and quality of life.

Voices of the teachers…


“On a personal level, mindful practise has helped me to cope with the huge amount of stress I have in my job! It has been amazing to find something that really has helped me feel more grounded, calm and also something that I can teach my students that will support them. Having the sessions with Jamie and other teachers has been invaluable.”

Sarah Coup - Team leader, classroom teacher Parklands Motueka CCC 2018 Participant

“I cannot believe the energy I had for my work and the clarity of mind to just type and be confident with what I was writing. I am attributing this to my amazing weekend and my newly calm and focused mind. This was truly an unexpected bonus.”
— Words of an Associate Principal who attended the weekend training.




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