MINDFULNESS INITIATIVE

IN COLLABORATION WITH THE LATINO ACADEMY OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

The Mindfulness Initiative is curated by Primordial Multicultural Healing Community in close collaboration with the Latino Academy of Workforce Development. Together we created the first educational program that combines English language learning with the practice of mindfulness. Our aim is for the immigrant community to have access to health and to provide opportunities for the cultivation of mental and physical well-being.

MINDFULNESS FOR ESL LEVEL 3 

Description: First educational program that combines learning English with mindfulness 

Language: Spanish

Schedule: Every Saturday during the Spring and Fall semester 

Duration: 30 minutes of mindfulness during English classes and one half-day retreat per semester 

Format: Online

FACILITATOR

Sylvia Eugenia Ruiz, CMF

I am Latina and director of Primordial, an organization that connects our community with their own capacity to increase their well-being. My purpose is to create healing spaces through mindfulness and self-care techniques.

WHAT DO ESL 3 STUDENTS SAY ABOUT MINDFULNESS AND ITS PRACTICAL BENEFITS?  

“With the practice of mindfulness during my English classes

I learned to relax my body and mind at moments when I felt tense.” 

 

“I realized that by taking breaks during the day I can be more productive at work.” 

 

“I understood the difference between living life on autopilot

and being present in the moment.” 

FREE OPEN COMMUNITY COURSES AND RETREATS FOR SPANISH-SPEAKERS 

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Course participants explore self-care and mental training techniques, such as mindfulness, yoga, and somatic movement (based on body perception). These ancestral practices are scientifically proven to generate multiple benefits for individuals’ work, family life, and relationships. Come take time for yourself: Play, get to know yourself, and manage stress! 

FINDING BALANCE BETWEEN GIVING AND RECEIVING 

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Balance your day to day by taking time for yourself. This full day of mindfulness offers a special opportunity to slow down and experience cultivating the balance between giving and receiving.

In community, we will explore personal and group practices, chair yoga, periods of stillness and somatic movement (based on the direct perception of the body). If you are interested in options to find a better balance during these times of confinement and uncertainty, this day is for you.

Description: Half-day mindfulness retreat

Language: Spanish

Schedule: Third Saturday of March and last Saturday in October 

Duration: 5 hours from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm 

Format: Online 

 

FACILITATORS

Carmen Alonso, PhD

I am a clinical psychologist and I teach martial arts (Taekwondo) and meditation (in the community and in various prisons in the state of Wisconsin).

Gabriela Tavera

Dancer and teacher of classical and contemporary dance, graduated from the National Institute of Fine Arts of Mexico. Since 1999, I have been teaching yoga classes, founding the schools Anjali Yoga, Lakshmi Yoga, Inspira Yoga and Yoga en la Cueva.

Sylvia Eugenia Ruiz, CMF

I am Latina and director of Primordial, an organization that connects our community with their own capacity to increase their well-being. My purpose is to create healing spaces through mindfulness and self-care techniques.

COFFEE AND CONVERSATION ABOUT ESSENTIAL SELF-CARE 

Description: Community conversations to identify and start replacing stress-provoking habits 

Language: Spanish

Schedule: One session per semester 

Duration: 1 hour 

Format: Online 

These courses are for free thanks to the Mindfulness Initiative, which is administered by Primordial Multicultural Healing Community in alliance with the Latino Academy of Workforce Development and generously supported by the Kataly Foundation