Creative Wellbeing: Training for Education, Health & Social Care Professionals

Movement for Wellbeing is a specialist program for School Teachers, SNAs and SEN teachers, Social workers, Key workers, Carers, Nurses, Community Resource Staff working with children and young adults. 

If you are a parent who is home-schooling or interested in the creative wellbeing approach you are also very welcome to attend this training.

No equipment required, accessible to all students, COVID compliant to small classroom spaces and limited contact with pupils in schools.

So what is Creative Wellbeing?

Creative Wellbeing integrates the best of movement and meditation practices to support whole-person wellbeing, nurturing a person’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.

Creative Wellbeing blends the best of:

  • New Science, Neurology, Traditional Yoga, Dance,
  • Clinical Somatic Movement- Hanna and Feldenkrais techniques, 
  • Life and Wellness Coaching, Mindful Self Compassion,
  • Meditation, Energy Healing, Family Constellation Work and
  • Tension and Trauma Release technique.

Free Intro Workshop for teachers interested in the Creative Wellbeing training

September 24th at 4pm + October 6th, 8pm!

You will receive a replay if you cannot attend the live event.

Email laura@healingyoga.ie to register your interest


Participants will gain:

  •  New Skills to enhance your Personal and Professional life
  •  Tension & Stress Release for yourself!
  • Dynamic Wellbeing- Ideas for groups & one to one
  • Movement to Refresh Mind and Body
  • Insight into the role of Motion in Emotion
  • Self-Soothing Techniques for Student Self-Care
  • Introduction to Non-Verbal Communication for Worry and Anxiety Relief

Skills for Life 

A lot is demanded of teachers, carers, and health care providers working with children. They are supporting children with a complexity of emotional, behavioural, and learning difficulties that affect their concentration, development, and social engagement.

Lockdown, COVID regulations, social-distancing, and protocols around contact have added huge stress and strain to family and school life. Children have experienced new pressures and confusion that will require additional sensitivity and support from their teachers on their return to school.

This training offers resources to support child wellbeing through practical and creative techniques to engage interest, support learning, and encourage the healthy development of a child’s potential.

This program supports teachers in designing the wellbeing components of their curriculum.


 Key information:

  • Online, watch anytime from anywhere.
  • Monthly workshops throughout the school year completing in June 2021.
  • Access to a dedicated resource library of course content throughout the year.
  • World-class training bringing wisdom and experience from multiple modalities.
  • Specialist learning in non-verbal communication and methodology for working with people with cognitive, sensory, and mobility needs.
  • An opportunity for personal development, and professional learning that will add value, creativity, and fun to your professional role.
  • Support during the challenging times of the pandemic, changing COVID regulations, and the effect on school policy and the learning environment.

About –

Creative Wellbeing is an accessible program that has developed since 2015 in partnerships with schools, additional needs centres, national health organisations and residential centres for people with profound disabilities.

Expert Trainer –

Program Director, Laura Sarah Dowdall is a professional dancer, movement specialist and wellbeing expert that has worked with individuals and groups of all ages and abilities. She is a professionally trained dancer, yoga therapist, somatic movement educator, life coach and family constellation work practitioner with specialist skills in non-verbal communication working with children and adults with additional needs.

Program Format:

  • Online workshops provide a progressive series of 10 online events- eight interactive learning modules, an introductory workshop, and integration workshop on completion.
  • All workshops are practical and require active participation and experience of all tasks.
  • Workshops provide ample opportunity for personal self-development.
  • Workshops are once a month with online workshops full of experiential learning.
  • All content is recorded so it can be enjoyed and re-watched any time throughout the school year.
  • Participants will have access to a private login area with the program video content and resources readily available.
  • Each workshop will have one assignment associated and learners are required to keep a learning log of reflections throughout the program.
  • A certificate of completion will be given to those who complete the full training modules and complete the assignments for each module.
  • Total learning hours include 17 hours of lecture and experiential learning plus 8 hours of personal reflection, assignment, practice, and additional study throughout the program. The total learning hours are 25 hours.

Program Schedule: September 2020- June 2021

Introductory Workshop:  September 24th + October 6th

Register to attend this live online event with practical demonstration, learning, and discussion.

Register by emailing:laura@healingyoga.ie

If you cannot attend LIVE a replay will be sent to you.


Creative Wellbeing Foundation Program – Monthly Program

Each month a new online workshop will be available from the first Thursday of each month.

Participants will be notified each month of the new learning, practices, and creative tasks available to them.

OctoberCreative Wellbeing as a Student Support

Learn dynamic mindful movement practices to balance energy levels in the classroom, focus concentration, release stress and encourage self-esteem.

NovemberCalming Anxiety 

Self-Soothing techniques enable a child to help themselves in moments of worry.

As teachers/carers are limited in their physical contact, self-soothing techniques are critical to replace this lost contact and reassurance.

December: Inspiring Self-Care

Practices to encourage self-regard, compassion + positive perspective.

Learn mindful self-compassion techniques and the role of the heart in self-care.

JanuaryEmotional Health

Creative practices to encourage individual expression through movement, words, sound and harmonic art practices.

Understand concepts of holding and giving space, listening and the role of the observer.

February: Mental Wellbeing

Learn practical techniques to quieten the mind and focus concentration through meditation, mindful movement, breath-work and body-mind centering.

March: The Power of Imagination for Stress Release

Creative movement for the release of nervous tension and anxiety, to help process emotions and integrate new learning.

Understand the language of the body, the role of story and visualization.

April: Inner Confidence + Expanded Potential

Somatic practices to down-regulate, promote safety and relaxation in a group and one to one context.

Learn an empowering technique that can shift mental blocks, emotion and pain.

May: Reassurance & Non-Verbal Communication 

Learn new methods of communicating through movement and contact through informed touch, social haptic communication, and expressive dialoguing through movement.

Non-verbal communication techniques that encourage trust and expression between educator/carer and child.

June: Integration & Celebration with Certificate Award!

Final creative assignments and reflections due.

On full completion of the 8 modules, attendance and assignment completion, participants will receive a certificate stating their participation in this course and the total learning hours.

All assignments and lecture participation if attending by replay- must be completed before June 15th, 2021.


The Creative Wellbeing Foundation Program offers-

  • Online interactive (fun!) learning!
  • Watch anytime from anywhere.
  • Repeat and Review the material as often as you like.
  • Monthly workshops throughout the school year completing in June 2021.
  • Access to a dedicated resource library of course content throughout the year.
  • World-class training bringing wisdom and experience from multiple modalities.
  • Specialist learning in non-verbal communication and ideas for working with those with sensory, and mobility needs.
  • Personal development and Professional learning that will add value, creativity, and fun to your professional role.
  • Support during the challenging times of the pandemic, its impact on children, and the learning environment.

Investment:

This Unique program continues through the school year till June, offering ten specialist workshops and bonus live Qand A sessions throughout the year! 

The content and offering of a single month’s module alone exceeds the value of €300

The total value of this unique program, therefore, far exceeds €3,000!

As it is the first year that this training is online and because I want to make this available to as many people as possible – you can avail of special offers when you, pay & register before certain dates.

Special Offers!

Pay and Register before Wednesday, September 30th: Once-Off Introductory Offer of €595!

Pay and Register before Tuesday, October 6th: Great Value Offer of €795 for the 10-month program!

After October 6th, the program price is €995 for this unique personal and professional opportunity!

Payment Plan:

Five-month payment plans are available on request


Registration for the Foundation Program 2020-2021 closes September 20th, 2020.

Participants will receive a form, schedule of dates, online access to the program, and links to live monthly workshops.

REGISTER: CREATIVE WELLBEING FOUNDATION PROGRAM

Send a receipt/ screenshot of your payment to laura@healingyoga.ie

You will receive a welcome letter, program outline, and login details for the course before mid-October.


Teachers Toolkit: Creative Wellbeing Classroom Resources

Additional Resources available to teachers who have completed the Foundation Program

All practices support mental, emotional, social, and physical wellbeing and inspire children with the skills for self-care.

  • Access all video resources through private teachers’ login area with specialized videos for different topics.
  • Choose from a library of video resources categorized by theme and time duration so teachers can choose the ideal practice to use throughout the school day to support student wellbeing through movement.
  • Make your own playlists and track class progress through the online resource portal.
  • All sessions are short and practical varying from 5-20 minutes in duration depending on the movement practice.

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Teachers Toolkit of Classroom Resources includes video supports for:

Morning Movement Practices –

  • Centering: Tree of Life, Tapping, Spirals
  • Grounding: Finding My Feet, Down to Earth
  • Invigorating: Swimming Dragon
  • Soothing: Rainbow Breath

Movement Breaks for Physical & Mental Health-

  • Tension Release: Wood Chopper, Foot Stamp
  • Fresh Minds: Humming Bee, Thunderstorm
  • Wakeful Focus: Brain Gym, Body Puzzles
  • Calming Anxiety and Worry: Counting Breath, Candle Breath, Inner Torch
  • Dexterity and Coordination: Somatic Movement for Kids, All fours

Movement for Wellbeing Activity Session-

  • Kids Yoga: Evolution, Flip Side, Super Hero
  • Movement Meditation: Mindful Walk, Pause-Play, Spring Clean
  • Somatic Movement for Kids: Body Awareness, Spine, Hips, Limbs, Head & Shoulders
  • Dance: Around the World, Chapters, Body Puzzles
  • Contemporary Release Technique: Body Puzzles

Expression Sessions:

  • Creative Movement: Shapes, Indian Hand Dancing, Painting Space
  • Authentic Movement
  • Partner Work: Contact Improvisation, Trio Dance Maps

Rest and Relax:

  • Deep Rest
  • Hibernation
  • Listening Practice
  • Heart Space

Emotional Health:

  • Self Compassion Path, Heart Tent,
  • Body Awareness
  • Focusing In
  • Labyrinth, Mindfulness Meditations in Nature
  • E-Motion Dance

Teachers Toolkit: Movement for Wellbeing Classroom Resources

Subscription: €49 per month

All practices support mental, emotional, social, and physical wellbeing and inspire children with the skills for self-care.

  • Access all video resources through private teachers’ login area with specialized videos for different topics.
  • Choose from a library of video resources categorized by theme and time duration so teachers can choose the ideal practice to use throughout the school day to support student wellbeing through movement.
  • Make your own playlists and track class progress through the online resource portal.
  • All sessions are short and practical varying from 5-20 minutes in duration depending on the movement practice.

Contact laura@healingyoga.ie to arrange your access to the Teacher’s Toolkit.

Toolkit Access is for teachers, SNAs and SEN teachers who have completed the Movement for Wellbeing Foundation Program.


What else is available to Teachers / Schools:


School Testimonial 

Yoga, mindfulness and meditation can be just the antidote to the go-go, technology-saturated lives in which children are immersed. Dowdall aims to empower them with techniques that they can use in decision-making and in recognising and coping with different emotions.

– The Irish Times, Family and Health Supplement, 2017 

“Laura Dowdall’s workshops were a central element in our recent, highly-successful ‘Wellbeing Week’.

Laura’s gift of effective communication, pupil-motivation and enjoyable presentation ensured a positive response from teachers and pupils.

Feedback indicated that many relaxing techniques were learned, which will help us all become more in tune with our bodies and deal with stress.

With the current national focus on wellbeing and the importance of teaching positive mental health strategies to children, these workshops are a timely and valuable resource to any school.”

– Brianóg Brady Dawson, Deputy Principal, Holy Trinity National School

“Students most certainly appeared rejuvenated after the workshop. There most certainly was a calmness for the rest of the day. I will most definitely bring in many more movement breaks into class time. I would definitely recommend Creative Wellbeing as it is a wonderful way to motivate students and teachers to bring wellbeing into the classroom.”

– 1st class Teacher

“Students seemed a lot calmer and happy at the end of the session, they were all very enthusiastic. They seemed very focused the following morning after the wellbeing workshop. I would definitely recommend this workshop! It’s important for children to have strategies to express their feelings and cope with anxiety. Parents should be aware of these too.”

– 2nd class Teacher

“I thoroughly enjoyed the class for the teachers and the workshop for parents. All the content was so useful and relevant and has inspired me to make sure I do more. Thank you so much!” – 2nd class Teacher

“Students felt a lot calmer and seemed a lot brighter in their expressions afterwards. They seemed settled and relaxed. I felt a good energy from them for the rest of the day. I would recommend this workshop, I loved the techniques and will use them for helping children with worries or bad feelings.”

– 3rd class Teacher

“They were really calm and relaxed after the session. They were focused and ready to learn!” – 5th class Teacher

” The children were much calmer afterwards. I’d highly recommend this programme of student workshops and the teachers workshop. The teachers workshop was really useful and gave lots of helpful activities for the classroom. Thanks you!”

– 1st class Teacher

” The class was very calm afterwards. There were lots of nice ideas I will adapt. I would recommend this as it is necessary for all children for concentration and to control anxious feelings.”

– Junior Infants Teacher

“The children were much calmer afterwards. I will do the meditation after lunch to calm the children. I would recommend this programme to schools and parents, it is very insightful and relaxing. It allows parents to get the children to share their thoughts and not to be stressed.”

– Parent and Teacher of 2nd class

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