Rio Grande Mindfulness Institute (RGMI)

The July Series | Fridays, July 10, 17, 24, 31
11:00–11:30am MT

Join us for a free series of half-hour drop-ins to support your mindfulness practice.  The format will include a guided meditation and Q&A. “Heart of Teaching” grads are encouraged to attend. No registration is required. Join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85148110670

Heart of Teaching

Our next Heart of Teaching day-long training for educators is scheduled for Saturday, Oct 10, 2020. We remain responsive to the circumstances of these uncertain times and maintain the flexibility to go online. Please plan ahead to join us! Check here for next open registration period.

More About The Heart of Teaching

Our Mission

Ancient wisdom for a stressed-out world
RGMI works with schools, colleges and educational organizations of all kinds, as well as businesses, providing the highest standard of training in secular mindfulness for personal wellbeing, stress management, and leadership development.We support learners at every stage with introductory, intermediate and advanced programs on our historic, 20-acre campus in the foothills of Santa Fe.We also travel to schools, colleges and other institutions for programs customized to local needs, including training in mindfulness, community building, and implementation strategies.


Our Commitment to Diversity

RGMI is committed to welcoming people of color, members of the LGBTQI community, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented communities in New Mexico and beyond. We cultivate diversity of race, class, age, gender and identity in our faculty. We raise funds for scholarships to support people who otherwise would be unable to attend our events. RGMI is a member of the Trauma Informed Collaborative Group of the Santa Fe Community Foundation. Our programs always entail a “challenge by choice” ethic and physical and emotional safety. RGMI welcomes everyone seeking to end suffering and cultivate happiness.


Our Advisory Committee

Stephanie Hubley, Reading Interventionist at Santo Domingo Elementary
Katherine Diaz, Principal of Atalaya Elementary School in Santa Fe
Elizabeth Summers, Special Ed teacher at Volcano Vista High School in Alb
Cindy Montoya, President, NM School for the Arts in Santa Fe
Maureen Torrez, Transformation Coach at Whittier Elementary School in Albuquerque
William Miglino, Dance Department Chair for the NM School for the Arts in Santa Fe
Jessica Koppel, Gifted ELA teacher for Lincoln Middle School in Rio Rancho
Jen Warren, Teacher at Nina Otero Community School
Anne-Marie Emanuelli, Teacher, Mindful Frontiers LLC; Former ELA teacher at Taos Academy
Linda Childers, Sign language interpreter at Hodgin Elementary in Albuquerque
Spree MacDonald, Head of Upper School for Bosque School in Albuquerque
Leslie Clark, K-12 Principal for Magdalena Schools
Kristine Koblentz, Program Director for Healthy Schools Initiative
Ralph Holcomb, AmeriCorps, VISTA Grant Writer/Researcher for Opportunity Santa Fe
Chantelle Delgado, Manager, Teen Court of Santa Fe
Jesse Cirolia, Manager of Community Health at CHRISTUS St. Vincent


Our Services

The RGMI approach to training is informed by long experience with school reform, youth leadership development, diversity education, nature-based learning, and Peter’s Senge’s notion of the “learning organization.” At any age or stage of development, we believe that a grounded mindfulness practice can improve your leading and learning. This includes emotional regulation, stress reduction, mental concentration, curiosity, and creativity. Our programs take into account the unique needs of your learning style, personal culture, and organizational setting. We also have creative ways to support the kind of change you’d like to see. These support systems may take the form of virtual meetings or periodic site visits.

Our current service offerings are:

This lighthearted but serious introduction to mindfulness is our signature program. It has drawn hundreds of teachers, leaders, and youth workers from over 100 public, private and charter schools since 2016.

Our teaching team can travel to your campus, working with faculty and students to reinforce positive school culture and instill mindfulness-informed teaching and learning. We host one day retreats and multi-day retreats.

Similar to our whole school approach, our teaching team travels to you, working in innovative ways with all or selected subgroups of staff to increase interpersonal wellbeing, strengthen community, or to bolster related initiatives.

We offer daylong and multi-day teen retreats that offer skills in stress management, concentration, and interpersonal awareness for leadership and academic success. Since 2016, we have worked with youth statewide and from 15 countries.

Whether keynote addresses or conference presentations, we offer inspiring talks on such topics as the intersection of mindfulness and creativity, how to stay sane in the Culture of Interruption, and mindfulness tools for parenting.

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Why the ancient wisdom of mindfulness?

Scientific studies show that mindfulness results in:

  • Increased kindness and compassion to others, including greater empathy, tolerance, forgiveness and patience, and less anger and hostility
  • Reductions in stress, burnout and anxiety, including a reduction in days off work
  • Improved ability to manage thoughts and behavior
  • An increase in coping skills, motivation, planning and problem solving, and taking more time to relax
  • Better mental health, including less distress, negative emotion, depression and anxiety
  • Greater well-being, including life satisfaction, self-confidence, self-efficacy, self-compassion and sense of personal growth
  • Better physical health, including lower blood pressure, declines in cortisol (a stress hormone) and fewer reported physical health problems

 

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