Frontline Mindfulness

Course Overview

Breath, Safety, Joy, and Resilience

This workshop blends a reflective self-care practice with a community-focused and practical approach to sharing breath-centred resilience with people at risk due to vulnerabilities of violence, poverty, abuse, and more.

Rebel Breath allows embodied mindfulness, classroom & group breathing, body-mind rehab, and more—to be shared with people experiencing histories of trauma, poverty, lost lineage, exclusion, neglect, and other significant challenges.

This course builds on the shared material of the 100 Series.

Belfast, NI, UK

Duncairn, The Theatre Space

Where: The Theatre Space, Belfast
When: March, 2020
Sat 14 Mar,  9:15a-5:00p
Sun 15 Mar, 10:00a-4:30p
The Duncairn is a shared space arts facility that contributes to North Belfast’s cultural, social, political and economic well-being, showcases emerging local artists, and offers a new arts based model of engagement with disenfranchised, marginalised and disadvantaged communities in North Belfast.
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Who Is It For

Rebel Breath as an approach is designed to help frontline workers bring resilience-building directly into the lives of the people they work with. It embodies trauma-smart approaches that can be used in nearly any frontline situation. These practices have been used by:

  • teachers, to help students cope with stress
  • nurses, to help patients feel calmer and safer
  • first responders, to prepare for intense situations
  • social workers, to help families rebuild trust
  • therapists, to help build connection with clients
  • schools, to create stronger learning environments.

About the Course

This course provides an overview of how trauma impacts people’s wellbeing, and how breathing is an effective tool to build resilience. We will cover:

  • Trauma-Smart, Breath-Centred Resilience Building
  • Frontline Breathing & Awareness
  • Everyday Individual Resilience
  • Capacity & Strength Practices
  • Scalable Framework

This 2 day experiential workshop helps professionals and community members alike meet real world needs with breathing practices that bring calm, focus, and help build strength and capacity.

You will be provided with a workbook

About the Trainers

Both Dani and Mark have taught this material scores of times, in many diverse places. No matter the audience, common themes are addressed first, then local needs and on the ground skills flesh out the offerings we co-develop, offering of sharing the practices of breathing well.

Learning Objectives

This first Rebel Breath series moves to assist each of us in expressing our own authentic wisdom and voice, then practice using both to share and teach breath-centered resilience practices with any audience, with special attention to serving vulnerable populations. We will practice self-awareness, timing and cueing, collaboration, word choice, within the framework of Rebel Breath's core teachings. Safety we return to from multiple perspectives over and over again. Participants will:

  • engage in meaningful discussion on topics such as brilliance, self-inquiry, safety, lineage, strength, celebration, and resilience
  • expand professional and personal portfolios in this field
  • have a clearer understanding of individual and collective strength, opportunity, and challenges as they pertain to our self and service
  • contribute to building community
  • have an expanded toolbox of strategies and skills for sharing breath-centered resilience practices with any audience

Our in-person training components explores safe ways to share breathing with people going through huge challenge due to trauma or circumstance, which often overlap. It involves practicing together throughout the workshop, and in developing language for assessing our own sharing, as well as that of our classmates.

We focus on safety and awareness-building for every encounter, from working with the most vulnerable among us to serving high achievers, all while fostering strength and calm in each of us. No one is excluded.

Role play, needs analyses, scenario planning, sustainability and more are all explore in safe, "hands-on" ways; of course, people are free to engage with the material in whatever way suits them. We honour every person's individual journey.