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From Breath for Change Facebook Page written by Branigan Reed

Since B4C…. I have been presented with countless opportunities to flex my mindfulness and self-care muscles and I have been thrilled to leap at each one! I truly feel that B4C helped me to discover my life’s purpose and I feel endlessly grateful to be able to pursue that intentionally and with love each and every day. At school, I developed and have been implementing an entirely new program at my school that intentionally brings mindfulness and SEL tools into each of the grades classrooms on a weekly basis. Each month we work with a different theme and have participated in several self-development and community service projects already this year. I am also fortunate to be able to facilitate SEL workshops for my colleagues during each of our professional development days throughout the school year, to support collaboration and trust within our community. I have recently joined the B4C training team for the Boston Spring 2020 session as a graduate fellow. In September, shortly after graduating, I also began teaching at a studio near my home on the north shore twice a week.

What’s next? I am thrilled to be able to continue my work bringing this new program to students next year. I am already working toward expanding and building upon the strong foundation we have been able to form this year. I am excited to be presenting on this new innovation, and the results of the program’s implementation at Waldorf Schools’ big AWSNA (Association for Waldorf Schools in North America) conference in June. Approximately 1,000 registrants are expected to attend and I am lucky enough to be able to start the conversation about the implementation of explicit SEL practices throughout the entire Waldorf movement. I also plan to pursue my 500-hour certification so that I can play a larger role as a trainer with B4C in the future.

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