Successful implementation of Restorative Practices begins with mindful awareness. Moment to moment, nonjudgmental awareness is at the heart of any successful restorative approach. Whether it a restorative conversation, circle or conference, the ability to let go of assumptions, biases and emotional attachment are key. Conversely, the structure and practices provided by Restorative Practices create the conditions in which students and staff can feel safe enough to practice mindful awareness.

Finally, when mindful awareness and restorative practices are implemented in a school many other challenges to education can be resolved collaboratively and more effectively. Some examples include: creating a trauma-informed approach, working with high needs students, bullying, harassment, anxiety and depression. Visit our Resources Page for research and articles about these approaches.

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

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

When: Start Date - Spring 2018

Face to Face Dates: TBD

Online Work: TBD

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.