I think the Peaceful Kids training is one of the most worthwhile training workshops that I have attended and can't wait to implement into my schools next year! Emma Middleton, Primary School Nurse, Tasmania
The training was absolutely amazing, well organised and engaging. The presenter was very knowledgeable and she provided some very useful resources. I am happy I participated in the training as I now feel confident in running the program and have been recommending mindfulness to friends and family. Overall, it was a fruitful experience. Prishni Dobee, onPsych Psychologist
I was totally refreshed and inspired from the 2 days. I am bursting to let others know about the benefits of mindfulness and how easily it can be applied in the classroom and in everyday life. Jelena Edmonds, St. Joseph's Port Lincoln
I just wanted to drop you a note regarding our sons participation in the Peaceful Kids program this term. My husband and I have seen a significant improvement in our son’s coping strategies all of which have been learnt through this program. He has struggled from kindy with his anxiety and confidence which manifests through his poor behaviour choices. We have spent thousands of dollars on different methods of help for him and whilst we would spend that money three times over if it worked, it wasn’t. Even though my son still has a long way to go, we have observed an immediate improvement in the way he tries to combat his anxiety, frustration etc before it spills over after completing the Peaceful Kids program. The greatest resource he has is his breathing techniques and I caught him teaching his sister last week when she was worked up over something. We sit most nights at bedtime practising breathing and this has helped him settle to sleep peacefully and quickly. Parent, St. Brigid's Evanston
I found the training excellent and cannot believe all the resources that will make it so easy to plan, initiate & facilitate the program. I have also been using Mindfulness in my life and encouraging my 2 stressed out university daughters to try it too. Thanks again for such a wonderful evidence based training and looking forward to the training day for secondary students later in the year. Janice Deocampo Wedderburn College
Thanks so much for the peaceful kids training. I think you've done a fantastic job. The course is really nicely balanced and varied with a bit of structure. You've given so much attention to making the resources easy to use and have thought of so many details. Thank you so much. I am planning on running it next term at Lilydale West Primary and feel honoured to be part of the roll out. Thanks. Leanne Hyndman Chaplain – OnPysch
The training I got from you changed the lives of many of my students last year and also many families. Thank you for all that you do. I'm hoping to continue the mission this year. With great appreciation.
Loretta Wheeler - Saint Peter Julian Eymard P.S. Mooroolbark
I'd like to say a big thank you for an amazing 2 days last week, I have to say it was one of the best PDs I have ever been to. The whole program is such a credit to you. Everything you have done has been done with such amazing knowledge, insight and thoroughness. You should be extremely proud of what you have created and most importantly the flow on effect of wellbeing to the many many children who will benefit from this. Daliah McLoughney - St. Mary's Hampton
I found the 2 days I spent with you highly engaging and informative. Thank you again, It was one of the best professional developments I have ever done. Courtney Drough, Sacred Heart Kew
The days were paced well, presented in an engaging way and relevant. There was a wide range of simple and easy to apply strategies. I would most definitely recommend this PL to others. The presentation is very user friendly and you walk away with a great package of resources and clarity on how to implement it at a school / class level. I liked the way Georgina and Emma created a very inclusive and welcoming space where you felt comfortable to participate and share but never felt that you had to. Thanks so much! John Bonello, Star of the Sea Pimary, Miranda, NSW
The Peaceful Kids program is great because its practical, easy to use and all the resources are already there – right down to the reminder emails! You can just run with it and start teaching without the delay of some other program where you spend hours making kids friendly versions of everything. Thanks Georgina for all your hard work, it’s much appreciated. Amy Esposito, Watsonia Heights Primary
This 2 day training was fantastic. Best PD I have every done. Not just for my kids at school by also for myself. So many strategies that can be put in place immediately. I love the 8 week program and can’t wait to run it at my school. Would highly recommend to anyone, not just teachers! I felt inspired after it. Ally Clarke, Watsonia Heights Primary
I highly recommend doing the 2 day training. It is an excellent program that has potential to raise student confidence. It is practical and ready to use as the small group (Peaceful Kids) or whole schools (Peaceful Classrooms). Trish Jones, Amsleigh Park Primary
Thank Georgina, the day was wonderful. I have come away from the Peaceful Kids training day with a wealth of knowledge and useful resources. I now feel confident and enthusiastic about implementing this program at my school. What a great program aimed at lessening anxiety and increasing our student’s resilience. Kate Carman, St. Kevin’s College
Thank you for sharing your expertise. The program is well set out and seems easy to follow. I am looking forward to running the program with the children. The mindfulness program is so exciting. I’m excited to share this with the staff. The resources are so beautifully presented and varied. I’ve really gained from your expertise. Therese John, St. Mary’s St. Kilda East
I really enjoyed the interactive days and how both days worked well together. It made realise how I need to change and the benefits it has for the staff as well. We will be using Mindfulness Meditation with staff and students. We will conduct the Peaceful Kids program with small intervention groups. The resources online are very helpful and easy to use. Brianna Morelli, Truganina South Primary
Congratulations Georgina, the program is flawless. There will be so many teachers, parents & children who will benefit. Thank you Georgie for providing the option to do Day 2 (after completing Day 1 in 2014) . I’m exciting that we now have 5 staff (4 today, I previously) trained in Peaceful Kids. Ever since I did the day in June 2014 there has been a growing awareness in our school of the benefits in allowing our students to experience these skills. Let’s hope we can send more staff next year.
I really enjoyed the discussion on how practising mindfulness has the power to physically alter the brain and our potential to build happy lives. I think explaining the science behind mindfulness shows students that there is something in it for each and every one of them, regardless of whether they identify themselves as being worried or needing strategies to calm themselves down. Fiona Fahey, St Francis Xavier Montmorency
Most practical 2 day workshop I have been to. Day one was a fantastic introduction teaching us the meditations. Day 2 was very thorough explaining how we implement the program in our school. The course content in very user friendly and easy to follow. Mindfulness certainly has many benefits for our students and teachers. I look forward to teaching mindfulness and witnessing its many for positive benefits. Guy Toomey, St Francis Xavier Montmorency
The Mindfulness training was valuable and practical. I have taken away the knowledge and tools to effectively and confidentially implement mindfulness at my school. The 8 week program and the meditation sessions will help to assist students who have high anxiety levels. Thank you for sharing your knowledge in such a practical and friendly way. I really enjoyed participating in the training and see the value of implementing mindfulness in schools. Lana Brokenshire, St Francis Xavier Montmorency
I enjoyed everything! I loved the opportunity to learn the mediations. It was great having the opportunity to go into details on each of the weekly activities. I found the positive thoughts and coping strategies useful and the knowledge of mindfulness and its effects on all areas of wellbeing. I would definitely recommend this course. It exceeded my expectations and I feel very lucky to have had this opportunity. I really appreciate all of the content taught to us. It was presented in such a supportive environment that allowed us to interact and get to know those around us. I can’t wait to bring this program back to school. Sarah Goldberry, St. Paul the Apostle Winston Hills, NSW
I enjoyed the ability to reflect and also share not only valuable resources but experiences. I found the mindfulness techniques I can implement into school useful. I would certainly recommend the training and I’m very grateful for the structure and all the resources provided with the course. Thank you! I was a wonderful experience and joyous time on practicing mindfulness, expl0ring self and connecting with others – Thank you! Ewa Brzozowska, Rowland Hassall School, NSW
This training program is very practical with both the Mindfulness and Peaceful Kids program. I liked the different aspects that can be used for personal, at a staff level, community level and of course students. I would recommend this to others because it is practical, user-friendly resources and something that can be easily implemented at a school level. Thank you! Antonia Catalano, St. Mary’s Primary School, Concord, NSW
I enjoyed the whole presentation – it was excellent and interactive and really enjoyed people who connected with me. I found all the different mindfulness activities fantastic and easy to use and child friendly yet so appropriate for adults too. I would absolutely recommend this program to others – it is essential for kids and adults. It is truly about training the brain, it is not something you are born with, identifying feelings / problem solving – all excellent skills. Fabulous resources – ready to run program. Thank you for your presentation and really enjoyed absolutely everything that you did. Walking through the exercises was fabulous. Therese Hughes, OLSS Miranda, NSW
I enjoyed the networking, feeling supported and understood by participants and presenters. I found the meditation techniques, pre-prepared resources and a well-structured program most useful. This program meets the current needs of students in an increasingly stressful world. Nice presenters who were open to contributions from participants. Natasha Spry, Cambridge Park Primary, NSW
I loved both days – thank you! There was great resources and a balance between research and practice. I found the different ways of presenting and the variety of mindfulness exercises and tips of when to use really helpful and found the PD extremely valuable. I loved your style and approach to training very inclusive of everyone in the room and what they had to offer. Thank you! Michelle McCormack, Darlington Public School, NSW
I absolutely loved all of it – from the mindful meditations, theory and going through the Peaceful Kids program. I’ve always wanted to start mindful meditation and I now feel I have not only the skills to do that but to teach others. I would absolutely recommend this to others as I think this is an area that is both growing and needed in schools. This course has opened my eyes to the enormous benefits of mindful meditations. The Peaceful Kids course is fantastic and I love how all the resources are provided. Thank you so much! Nathalie Julita, St. Fiacre’s Primary, NSW
I enjoyed every aspect of the workshop – the resources, the opportunities to practice the techniques, the discussions/sharing. I found all the tools useful, helpful and practical. I started implementing them immediately for myself and feel enthusiastic about what I will be introducing to students and staff. I had no expectations however this exceeded what I thought I would personally and professionally gain from the course. Great presenters, colourful, practical resources, good balance of activities and non-threatening. Shani, St. Mary’s Primary Concord, NSW
Really worthwhile couple of days. Can’t wait to put the theory into practice with kids who have experienced trauma in their lives. Will definitely recommend. Jake McMahon, Youth Worker
Fantastic 2 days! Can really see how both Mindfulness and the 8 week program will benefit kids at my school. I have learnt heaps! Thanks. Carly O’Neil, St Clare's Thomastown
Thanks for an inspiring couple of days Georgie. The workshops were presented clearly, with enthusiasm and obvious passion for the material. The manual has been presented in a manner that will be easy to follow in implementing. I’m really excited to get going! Thanks so much. Adina, Social Worker
Amazing insights and practical ideas for personal mindfulness and introducing in school environment. Lots of things to try, learn and develop. I feel calm but enthusiastic and excited. Jackie Rushen, St. Peter Chanel Deer Park
Georgina, these 2 days in the Peaceful Kids program was genuinely helpful for me as a teacher, parents and for myself. The steps were clear and easy to follow and the visual guides and aides were practical and use and child friendly. I loved the meditations and actually ‘doing them; to appreciate the benefits. The gentle wave of the lake were a bonus. Meagin Gidley, Ruyton Girls School
I found this program very helpful with lots of ‘light bulb’ moments. Georgie’s presentation is clear, compact and authentic. She offer great support and on-going connection to help make this program work. Marg Hodden
Georgie is well planned, knowledgeable and sees her presentations from a practitioner’s point of view so there is both theory and practice. I would definitely recommend this to other schools as it was well presented, well planned and research based. Student Wellbeing Leader, St. Charles Borromeo Templestowe
So practical and engaging. It has given me the confidence and motivation to start implementing it to both staff and students. I would absolutely recommend this to other schools - you have given every tool needed to take it back and start the training at school Student Wellbeing Leader, Saint Ignatius College, Geelong
What I found most beneficial about today was the skills, resources, activities and understandings and benefits of mindfulness. The presenter was fabulous and informative. I enjoyed the conversation and learning from others. I would recommend this to other schools as there were very good resources to implement straight away into classes and it was presented in a relaxed environment. Deputy Principal / Student Wellbeing Coordinator, St. Francis Xavier Box Hill
Georgina was passionate and knowledgeable and drew on her own experiences which was fantastic. I would recommend this training to other schools as Mindfulness Meditation is a worthwhile program to use with students to develop their social and emotional skills. Student Wellbeing Leader - St. Kevin’s Hampton Park
The presenter was engaging, dynamic and knowledgeable. I gained a better understanding of the science behind Mindfulness. This training will help me to continue and better implement mindfulness in my classroom. - Thoroughly enjoyable! Year 3 Teacher, Caulfield Grammar
Thank you for the 2 day Mindfulness PL. It was exactly what my school needs. Your presentation was very informative with lots of evidenced based information that helped to validate the reason why mindfulness needs to be in every school. The resources you supplied are exactly what a teacher needs: easy to read and follow. Thank you. I look forward to implementing mindfulness into my school. Lina Vescio - Our Lady's Primary School, Craigieburn
Thank you for an amazing PD you ran for the mindfulness for kids program. Both myself and the other teacher from my school walked away feeling really inspired and we can't wait to implement your ideas into our school. Thank you again! Catherine Oldfield – Ruyton Girls School
I have to tell you this has really reignited my passion for teaching and learning and I can see the benefit its bringing to the children, so thank you once again for all your great work developing and sharing this brilliant program. Jennifer Strachan - Western English Language School Braybrook
Thank you so much for my professional development today. I have introduced Mindfulness to staff and students at my school and I am eager to introduce Peaceful Kids small group meditation / positive psychology. After the last PD I ordered many mindfulness books as recommended by you and am finding my personal life and professional ife enhance as a direct result. Thank you. Wendy Vitols, Fish Creek & District Primary
The most ‘relaxing’ PD I have ever attended but also very informative. It kept me engaged both days. My ideas brain is excited to get the program up and running at my school. The meditations will be incorporated into my social groups and the Peaceful Kids Program will add another dimension to our curriculum. Can’t wait to get started! Julia Wood, Truganina South Primary
Thanks for 2 great days. Can’t wait to run the program with students in our network. Love that the program is so organised and comprehensive and love the research base.” Lisa Sidoti, Department of Education and Training
Fabulous training structure – Day one tuning in and Day 2 the kids program. I have understood that the better we are tuned in the better we can convey and guide the children through the program. Extremely thorough program accessible, age appropriate, hands on, sensitive to both facilitator and attending children. Appropriate in its flexibility to different style of learners and levels of needs. The resources provided gives immediate confidence to the facilitator to nurture the children. All-inclusive for the family / school / child. Loved it and highly recommend it! Denise Anderson, Roberts McCubbin Box Hill
Really enjoyable workshop unpacking Mindfulness. Looking forward to introducing the program to the kids in at the schools I work in and introducing the staff to the concepts and the benefits. Beautiful resources, crisp and colourful – love them. Great manual with each weekly session clearly outlined so I can work through it and add any of my own metaphors too. Thanks will definitely recommend this to any other chaplains considering mindfulness programs for their schools. Sue Bath, Colac Specialist School & Birregurra Primary School
Practical, relevant, great resources. Excellent professional development, fantastic resources, easy to use, step-by-step instructions. Engaging and practical. Lee Jellis, East Bentleigh Primary
Great delivery, amazing resources. Totally practical, user friendly program with a solid research base. I can’t wait to get started. Thanks for an inspiring 2 days. Mary Lucas, St. Paul Apostle North, Endeavour Hills
What a fabulous 2 days! I can’t thank you enough for future building my understanding and knowledge of mindfulness, and potentially changing my life to view the world in a different light. The program itself is comprehensive and the resources so user friendly. I love that we can take it back and use it straight away. I am hoping to empower staff, parents and students with information. Starting with staff PD and a group of kids for Peaceful Kids. I would without hesitation recommend this program. Thank you ! Emma Kent, Watsonia Heights Primary
Thanks Georgina for a thoroughly engaging two days. Really purposeful and powerful resources with easy to use language. I can see the program having immediate long term impact. I can see the parents lining up at my door to have their children involved. Thanks. Anthony King, Highvale Primary
Thank you for a wonderful PD on Mindfulness and Peaceful Kids. I found the workshop very thorough, accessible, and practical. I think this program has integrated the theory of mindfulness and mindfulness techniques with techniques and activities which children will engage with and understand. I feel confident in running Peaceful Kids after this training and look forward to it! Also appreciate the fantastic resources and readings. Bavani Bannirchelvam, Monash University Psychology Student
The Mindfulness training together with the Peaceful Kids program was fantastic. Both days were informative, practical and engaging. The program structure supported by current research and provided excellent resources and hands on activities. We have been given an excellent foundation of knowledge and resources to commence these programs in our schools. Well done and most enjoyable. Julianne Price, Galilee South Melbourne
Very valuable training. Mindfulness was informative and engaging. Particularly found participating in the activities useful for both days. Resources are fantastic and really thorough so that implementing the program is more likely. I would definitely recommend this program. Paula Sharp, Catholic Care Melbourne
The PD was really enjoyable as the days flowed seamlessly with positive energy. The presenters were excellent communicators and it was varied and interesting. The resource pack will be very useful and it’s clear, simple and concise handout package. A good collection of easy mindfulness strategies. Thank you for your generosity. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in creating an awareness of Mindfulness in a school setting. Barbara Woznick, Plumpton Public School NSW
Excellent workshop – particularly appreciated the resources. The knowledge of activities and the new ideas are great! I would recommend this course as it went beyond my expectations. Thank you, really enjoyed the 2 days. Sue Martinov, Private Practitioner, NSW
I enjoyed taking part in all the meditations and activities. The theory and background information on the brain and all the applications for mindfulness and the different kinds of meditations were useful. I would recommend this course to others and thank you for the fabulous resources. The comment that stood out at the beginning of the Day 1 was ‘making mindfulness a priority and not an add on’. This is my intention for me and my students. Thank you. Louise Stevens, Ascham School, NSW
I loved all the meditation activities. Enjoyed learning about the research attached to mindfulness and networking with others and the hands on approach. There are lots of tools to incorporate into the classroom when teaching mindfulness. Not only was this great in gaining strategies to work with students, but I enjoyed learning the various methods for myself. I think it would be very beneficial in the setting that I work in and developing resilience. The Peaceful Kids manual is so easy to follow and the resources are amazing. Kristina Theodorou, Ajunga School, NSW
I enjoyed the days and loved learning about the meditations and doing the activities ourselves and applying it to ourselves. There was a good reinforcement of ACT theory. I found the 2nd day very helpful and the coping strategies and positive statement cards will be very helpful in therapy as well as in the program. Lots of great resources and activities – very easy and well structured. There are a variety of meditation exercises that are age-appropriate for kids and adults. I will definitely do the program at my school and recommend staff learning about mindfulness. I really appreciate the amount of resources available to help run the program especially the meditation scripts, parent letters, powerpoint for teacher. It’s a fantastic program – thanks so much and I will recommend this program to other counsellors. Megan Williams-Thompson, The Ponds High School, NSW
I enjoyed experiencing the meditations and activities myself to be able to pass on to children more naturally. I enjoyed having all the resources and the 8 week program so clearly laid out and very easy to implement in classes. I enjoyed all the scientific evidence as backup for those adults who are unsure. It was great being able to build up the meditation skills for kids from basic to more involved. Being able to use visuals, art and craft to help kids understand emotions, the brain and coping strategies. I would definitely recommend this PD to others as it more than met expectations. It was professional, in-depth, experience-based and knowledgeable. Thank-you. I loved it. Liz Stride, Private Practitioner, NSW
Thanks for an amazing insight into mindfulness. So much taken away from the two days that will improve myself and therefore be a better teacher in conjunction with how to help my students increase their ability to be mindful. Sarah Tyrrell, Cowes Primary School
Phenomenal course – both days were excellent, but didn’t feel overwhelmed by the all the information. Georgie is a genius – such a clever course and so well designed. Thank you! Margie Ellison, Graduate Primary School teacher
Fabulous course! Practical and life changing learning! Anna Barber, St Catherine's Lalor West
Thank you Georgina. This 2 day presentation has totally opened my eyes and my ‘mind’. I cannot wait to get back to school and share your wonderful work with teachers, staff & students. My mind is boggling with ideas and enthusiasm. Sarah Warbuton – SSN, Weeroona College Bendigo
The Peaceful Kids Mindfulness program is just so exciting. Finally a program that really, truly benefits the whole child. This is what has been missing for a long time from the classroom that I couldn’t put my finger on. Georgina you delivered this two day course just so well. Your warmth, empathy and genuine nature was just so wonderful. I go away learning so much professionally and personally. I look forward to beginning this journey starting now! Bec Bruhn, Cowes Primary School
An incredibly empowering professional development course. Mindfulness made accessible as a tool with which educators can change the lives of children and how they cope with the world. However, the greatest gift is giving these skills to children who as they grow into adults, will be able to manage their emotions and reduce their anxieties. A lifelong gift! Loretta Wheeler, St. Peter Julian Eymard Primary Mooroolbark
Thank you so much. Oh my gosh the resources are unbelievable as a teacher it is user friendly. Soooooo grateful. Thank you I'm so excited about this journey. Therese Hughes, OLSS Miranda, NSW
Thanks so much for the wonderful training last week. I have absolutely raved about you and the course to everyone I have seen since last week! Thanks once again for creating such a positive experience. This honestly was the greatest PD I have attended after ten years of teaching and I look forward to attending others courses in the future. Take care and thanks once again. Sarah Goldberry, St. Paul the Apostle Winston Hills, NSW
I would absolutely recommend this to other schools as it is easily implemented and ready to go program. Assistant Principal, KIlbreda College
What I enjoyed about the training was the theory, practical resources and guides to implementation. I enjoyed the mix of theory, practice and discussion. Your openness and approachable nature. Thank you for all of your advice and information. I would recommend this to other schools and I will! Student Wellbeing Leader – Sacred Heart Fitzroy
The step by step guidelines to introducing meditation to staff and students was excellent. I would definitely recommend this to others – it’s a great mix of practical and theoretical reasons to support its value. Student Wellbeing Leader – St. Joseph’s Boronia
The training was very practical – the benefits are so obvious. Everything is there now ready to go – there is really nothing to prepare – just need 1 – 5 minutes to implement it. I honestly enjoyed everything about the day – a great mix of theory and practice. The resources are excellent. There was a great mix of theory, research as well as the opportunity to practise the mindfulness meditations throughout the day. I would definitely recommend this training – I wish I had someone else from my school attend as well. Student Wellbeing Leader – St. Francis Lynbrook
I enjoyed learning about the personal strategies, practical strategies and meditations to take back to school. Georgina was very personable and knowledgeable. I would recommend this training to other staff as it was very useful and the children need this! Student Wellbeing Leader – St. Thomas More Hadfield
Once again thank you for an amazing 2 days last week. I came away feeling so enthusiastic, excited and grateful for meeting you and participating in the course. Andrea White, Assistant Principal St. Brigid's School, Evanston SA
Thank you for such an inspiring workshop - not only left feeling re-energised but also more focused with how to better support both colleagues and children. Colleen Lada, Prep Teacher Cygnet Primary School TAS
What I found most beneficial was the explanation and evidence behind Mindfulness Meditation and how to implement this with the staff and students and being able to experience this first hand. The presenter was very relaxing, non-threatening and supportive. Everyone’s ideas and understandings were acknowledged. The mixture of theory and DVD movies was great. I would definitely recommend this to others – as a student wellbeing leader and teacher – a great resource! Student Wellbeing Leader, St. Martin’s Rosanna
I would recommend this to other schools because of the benefits and the practical approach. Deputy Principal, St. Christopher’s Glen Waverley
Peaceful Kids Testimonials from Kids
Peaceful Kids is the best !
I am always looking forward to the week because of Peaceful Kids.
You get to share your feelings with other people.
It feels good to get your feelings out.
You get to share your emotions.
The best thing about Peaceful Kids is that you share your worries and we get to do mindfulness.
Children from St. Patrick's Stratford Victoria
Peaceful Kids Testimonials from Parents
We feel this program has been very beneficial to our whole family. Sometimes we struggle with a work / family life balance and this has been a great opportunity for us all to make time to be more mindful and create a positive change for our whole family.
I really appreciate you taking my son into your first round of this program. What a great program to implement into your Wellbeing program. Highly recommended to all. Hope to see it in all the classrooms – I think all children could benefit from it.
Thank-you ! my son really enjoyed the program. He got to know some other kids and is now a lot more relaxed and happy.
I would highly recommend this program. Weekly communication was great.
I have noticed my child using the strategies and he enjoys listening to the meditations. He seems to have been a lot calmer lately too and anxiety has reduced (not gone away altogether but can see a difference). He was very excited about mindful eating! (chocolate)
My child can identify with his own siblings when they are stressing out and tells them what do do, how to look at things differently using his new strategies.
My child has used the meditations often to wind down for sleep with good outcomes – sleep and settling has been an issue since birth.
I have definitely noticed my child using the strategies. We’ve noticed my son doing his belly breathing when stressed / anxious. He is less emotional and is more open about how he is feeling.