Highfields’ Mindfulness and Meditation program is designed to help individuals in any setting. Through various techniques, this program encourages being present in your own life whether it’s at home, in school, or the workplace, to promote a better understanding of your world and how you react to things around.
Here’s how Highfields Mindfulness & Meditation Program can help you…
What is Mindfulness?
The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
Becky Womboldt (She/Her)
After working with children and families for over 15 years as a Licensed Masters Level Social Worker (LMSW), I noticed a common theme of stress and trauma negatively impacting my own life and the lives of those I worked with. When I began practicing mindfulness, a process of healing and nurturing support began. It was at this time that I knew that the way in which I would continue my passion for helping others would now focus on bringing mindfulness and meditation to as many people that I could.
Becky is a certified mindfulness instructor and a Licensed Masters Level Social Worker (LMSW). She has been practicing mindfulness and meditation since 2018 and has completed the 300-Hour Mindful Teacher Certification Program through Mindful Schools, a leading organization in the International Mindfulness Movement. Becky is also a certified instructor of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) through Gina Biegel, researcher and founder of Stressed Teens. She has also received certification as a Workplace Mindfulness Instructor through Mindful Leader.
Since 2018, Becky has offered mindfulness to youth and adults in various settings including schools, after school programs, community groups, non-profit organizations, businesses, and parent groups. Becky has additional training in the areas of mindful communication and trauma-informed instruction.
Highfields supporter, Steve Zynda, has been practicing mindfulness and meditation techniques since he was a stressed-out law school student. Zynda had an idea to bring a mindfulness and meditation initiative to Highfields. He met with Highfields’ President and CEO, Brian Philson, to share his vision. Philson took the idea and ran with it.
With Becky Womboldt spearheading the program, Highfields’ staff is being trained on mindfulness and meditation techniques so they can teach clients how to practice in their daily lives. The techniques will enhance treatment for clients and help them cope with challenges.
What are you interested in?
Professional Development for Teachers
Mindfulness in Schools K-12
Educators and students in today’s world face an enormous amount of stress. Mindfulness addresses the overall health and sustainability of learning environments and supports the well-being of every person in our educational environments. Bringing mindfulness to schools also helps students and staff manage their stress more effectively and work through it more quickly. Frequent mindfulness practice—even micro-sessions of a few minutes or less—imparts health benefits. Research suggests that mindfulness programs can improve cognitive performance as well as resilience to stress.
Mindfulness in the Workplace
Lunch & Learns
Introduction to Mindfulness
Mindfulness to prevent Secondary Traumatic Stress for Helping Professionals
Employees today are more stressed than ever; often resulting in increased absenteeism, higher medical costs, burnout and even turnover. Companies large and small have been reaping the benefits of healthier, happier employees who’ve learned that training their mind can lead to greater focus and productivity, less stress, more creativity, improved communication and teamwork, increased job satisfaction and overall well-being.
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Mindfulness practices can help us to increase our ability to regulate emotions, decrease stress, anxiety and depression. It can also help us to focus our attention, as well as to observe our thoughts and feelings without judgment.
Meditation Retreat at the Dart Center
Retreats are a powerful tool to disconnect from daily routine and reconnect with yourself. Highfields Mindfulness Retreats aim to educate and further evolve your knowledge and understanding of mindfulness, meditation. The practices you learn and the deeper understanding you may gain on your retreat can be taken home and implemented into your daily life.
“My staff was appreciative of the ‘hands on’ style of Becky’s presentation. She shares important information about how to provide self care for yourself and your students in small bite sized chunks that actually feel doable and make a difference!”
-Jewell Muller-Gornick, School Counselor, Wilkshire Early Childhood Center, Haslett Public Schools
“The Mindfulness Workshop gave my congregation the opportunity to both learn about the benefits of mindfulness practices, and experience them in relevant, easy to apply ways. Becky did an amazing job relating to the group so they felt comfortable, and she adjusted the experience for our needs. Every participant came away with something positive and practical, thanks to what they learned!”
-Rev. Betsy Aho, Haslett Community Church, United Church of Christ
“She was an outstanding presenter, and everyone I talked to said it was very helpful, and they will use what they learned, including me. Thank you!”
-Haslett Public School teacher
Below you will find links to resources that many find useful in their own mindfulness journey.
Have more questions about Mindfulness or our programs?
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