Transforming Teaching and Learning Through

Mindfulness Informed Restorative Practices

“The most practical thing we can achieve in any kind of work is insight into what is happening inside us as we do it. The more familiar we are with our inner terrain, the more surefooted our teaching—and living—becomes." –Parker Palmer

Welcome to True Nature Teaching

I offer professional development workshops, presentations, consulting, and custom professional development support in three foundations of a vital and transformative learning community—Mindfulness, Restorative Practices and Rites of Passage.

This work as a consultant was not part of any career plan—it rose up out of a deep dedication and love for the students and teachers around me. While one of my strengths is offering practices and approaches that can result in immediate, positive change, I don't offer a magic bullet or the next great initiative. I offer a shift in how we view the act and art of teaching, learning and responding to disruption. This shift is based on the understanding that if we feel connected, respected, relaxed and focused we can learn. This shift can transform schools.

As a consultant, I bring a large tool box filled with 20 years of circle work and rites of passage experience, extensive Restorative Practices training, a M.Ed. in Mindfulness for Educators, 180 hours of clinical training at a therapeutic high school for challenging youth and eight years as an classroom English teacher,

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Upcoming Events & Services

1-Day Seminars

Mindfulness and Restorative Practices: A Powerful Partnership

When: Dec 6 2017 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Where: Hampton Inn & Conference Center, Lower Mountain View Road, Colchester, VT

Champlain Valley Educators Development Center

Graduate Level Courses

Transforming Teaching & Learning Through Mindfulness and Restorative Practices

This class is now full, please email info@cvedcvt.org to be put on a waiting list or to be notified if a second section is created.

(3 grad credits through St. Michael's College)

When: Start Date - Spring 2018

Face to Face Dates: 1/22, 2/19, 3/19 and 4/16, 2018 Time: 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Online Work: 1/15/18 - 4/30/18

Where: CVEDC Classroom, Dupont Hall, 123 Ethan Allen Ave, Colchester, VT 05446

In this course we will explore Mindfulness and Restorative Practices as foundational and interdependent practices central to developing a vital and transformative learning community. While class meetings will be primarily experiential in order to develop an embodied understanding of mindful awareness and restorative work, online material and assignments will challenge participants to become fluent in the principles, science and research that support them.

Email Jeanne at info@cvedcvt.org to be notified when registration is open. Please email me at annie@truenatureteaching.com with any questions about the content of the course.

Custom Professional Development Offerings

Alongside presenting to large groups with the goal of informing and energizing schools and districts, I have a special dedication to supporting teachers and schools with unique professional development goals.

Here are a few of my current offerings:

The Restorative Classroom

A 90 minute to 3 hour training

In this PD offering participants examine their relationship to the core principles of Restorative Practices, learn about the role of Restorative work in working with traumatized and dysregulated youth, and explore how our own habits of communication and reactivity influence our classroom. With longer trainings I include an experiential exploration of Restorative communication.


The Art of Tier 1 Classroom Circles

A 90 minute to 3 hour training

In this training teachers get to experience the simplicity of the community building circle and gain confidence in leading their own.


Introduction to Restorative Practices

Time can vary

In this presentation designed primarily for administrators and stakeholders, I offer an overview of Restorative Practices and why it works, the evidence that it does work, an experiential understanding and an overview of the different ways schools have implemented it.


Mindfulness for Educators

Times can vary

In this training I provide theoretical, experiential and research-based understanding of the importance of Mindfulness in a teacher's life and the classroom. This training often has a powerful effect on the lives of teachers!


Email me at annie@truenatureteaching.com with your questions and needs. For more on services and fees visit here.