A 20+ hour live course created by Harvard psychologist
Dr. Christopher Willard

While the need for mindfulness in children has never been greater, the available resources lack adaptability, creativity, and relevance, making it challenging for parents, educators, and therapists to effectively impart this vital skill.

You are in the right place if you...

have experienced moments where you wished you had a more adaptable, creative approach to instill calmness, resilience, and presence in kids, whether it's in a noisy classroom, a hectic home, or a therapeutic setting

have felt frustrated by the general mindfulness resources available, sensing that they don't address the unique challenges and intricacies of today's young minds

believe in the transformative power of mindfulness but find it challenging to translate its age-old wisdom into a language and method that resonates with kids and teens

have seen children and teens close to you grappling with modern-day stressors - be it social media pressures, academic challenges, or personal traumas - and feel compelled to offer them a lifeline that anchors them to their core


"Growing Up Mindful"

A Comprehensive Mindfulness Training

for parents, educators, and professionals like you

Join author, psychologist, and father Dr. Christopher Willard in this online training for anyone interested in creative new ways to share mindfulness with kids and teens.

The Growing Up Mindful Summer Intensive Program is a live program created by Harvard psychologist Dr. Christopher Willard.

Over the course of five days together, we will discover proven practices that can be used by teachers, therapists, parents, and others looking for creative ways to share mindfulness with young people. We will explore mindfulness through awareness, movement, games, play, and creative activities for all ages.

In the Summer Intensive Program you'll also have access to the pre-recorded videos. 

Learning differences, cultural differences, developmental differences, and more all affect how children and teens learn best, and this course explores ways to adopt mindfulness, rather than approach with a one-size-fits-all approach.

We will discuss tailoring techniques to a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, executive function challenges, trauma, and stress. Different practices will engage different learning styles through arts, sports, games, music, technology, and more, for attention spans ranging from 30 seconds to 30 minutes!



You'll get access to all materials and videos as soon as you sign up. You can watch at your own time before the summer intensive begins. 

During the summer intensive, we will gather live online in a group of about 25 students with Dr. Willard leading live lectures. We will also review and discuss themes, explore questions to deepen our practice and teaching skills.

Meetings will take place via Zoom from July 22 to July 26 from 11:30am to 3:30pm ET

Participants will gain a certificate from Dr. Willard by the end of the course attesting to their knowledge and attendance.



1. Introduction to each other and mindful awareness
  • An introduction to child and teen mindfulness
  • Setting community guidelines and intentions
2. Defining
  • Mindfulness and the neuroscience of healthy brain development
  • Playful and practical exercises to explore the mind-body connection
  • How to use the breath as a “remote control” for our minds, bodies, and emotions
3. The power of your own practice
  • Why mindfulness will make you a better and happier therapist, teacher, parent, and person
  • Presence, countertransference, and decision-making techniques to sharpen your intuition
  • Self-compassion, appreciation, and relaxation exercises to avoid burnout
4. Adapting mindfulness for all minds
  • Developmentally appropriate adaptation ideas
  • The simple science of how mindfulness keeps depression, PTSD, anxiety, and aggression at bay
5. The neurobiology and research on mindfulness
  • Simplifying neuroscience to empower brain and behavior change
  • Mindfulness, mental health, and learning. The state of the research
6. Mindful eating in the real world
  • The state of the research on mindful eating
  • Kid-friendly formal and informal mindful eating practice
  • Integrating informal mindfulness
7. Mindful walking and movement in the real world
  • Research-based mindful movements
  • Developmental adaptations of mindful walking and movement
8. Buy-in and Teaching Tips
  • Practical and effective ideas that will generate buy-in from kids
  • How to make mindfulness fun and accessible even to stressed, anxious, depressed and distracted kids
  • Dealing with doubt: whether it’s your own, your colleagues, or the kids’
9. Mental Health, Trauma and Equity Perspectives and Considerations
  • Accessible analogies to explain what mindfulness is and isn’t
  • How to help kids and families slow down, sit still, and single-task
10. Creating our own practices, visualizations, and adaptations
  • Comfortably adapt mindfulness to all kinds of minds, bodies, and backgrounds
  • Tips and tricks to build your confidence when teaching mindfulness
11. Creating mindful community in schools, hospitals, clinics and beyond
  • Systemic approaches to culture change in schools, clinics, and families
  • Inspiring and time-tested ideas for creating a mindful and compassionate workplace, school, or family
12. Integrity and equity-mindful "business"
  • Research-backed compassion practices
    Teaching with integrity
  • A roadmap for creating a mindfulness consulting business




*Payment plan available

  • Lifetime access to the program materials
  • LIVE and INTERACTIVE lectures with Dr. Chris Willard
  • Over 40 insightful videos 
  • Supportive Community
  • Q&As within the portal
  • All group calls are recorded and uploaded to the course library!

Enroll before
July 10 to get Early Bird price!











Are you interested but can't join the Summer Intensive?

Join the waitlist for the next cohort starting September .