Breathe Outdoors practises the SMART Young Minds model of introducing mindfulness to children and teenagers either in an educational setting or an outside environment. These courses are designed to support children and teenagers towards managing their emotional landscapes without being critical, judgmental or comparing.
‘Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment exactly as it is. It can help improve concentration and focus; creativity and inspiration; calm and peacefulness; joy and appreciation; connection and gratitude; resilience and well-being.’
SMART Foundations, SMART Young Mind Manual
By participating in mindfulness based activities students become more emotionally intelligent by becoming aware of their own inner world and that of others. This in turn builds resilience and happiness through understanding how to navigate positive and negative emotions and life’s natural bumps.
The programmes are experiential, reflective and discussion based in their nature and can be adapted to suit the educational setting or available outdoor environments. A Forest School style approach and activities feature heavily in these programmes.
Weekly sessions of 30 minutes over a 24-week period or longer are recommended for mindfulness based sessions, however day long Forest School sessions are available upon request. These are recommended to last up to 6 weeks.
Links to Key Stage 2 & 3 and PSHE curriculums are available upon request. If you have any further questions, cost estimates or would like to book your school or group onto a programme please get in touch.