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About

Our intention is to bring more kindness, courage and well being into our world. We provide  evidence based tools and practices for students, teachers and parents as we promote the growth of flourishing lives and healthy minds. Click here to read an article.

 


 

What is going on for our kids?

Leading psychologists agree that the 21st century is the most challenging time to be a young person.

Some common issues present in all schools include:

  • Inability to pay attention
  • Reactivity leading to behaviour management challenges
  • Increasing curriculum demands involving testing and performance
  • Busy school world culture and Stress
  • Bullying and Peer Pressure

As anxiety and depression in our young people are on the rise, there is a fast growing community awareness of the importance of mental health for young people. Concurrent with the academic focus on what children are taught, we must provide a balance and ensure that they are prepared to learn, be happy, kind and resilient.

The New Approach to Life’s Challenges

Instead of habitually resisting or running from difficulties, mindfulness is fast becoming the new approach to life’s challenges for our young people.

Mindfulness empowers youth with the practical tools of mindfulness to intentionally turn towards difficult emotions and approach problems with openness, kindness and curiosity.

In this way, ‘being kind to yourself’ means developing this kind of relationship toward the inner life of emotions, thoughts and sensations and then extending this kind way of being to the outer world.

About Mindfulness

After decades of research and modern scientific findings, Mindfulness has become a powerful influence in the fields of medicine, psychology, the corporate world, and now education.

Mindfulness involves learning to direct our attention to our experience as it is unfolding, moment by moment, with open-minded curiosity, kindness and acceptance. Rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen, mindfulness trains us to respond skilfully to whatever is happening right now. This includes paying close attention to inner states such as thoughts, emotions and physical sensations, as well as to what is happening in the outside world.

Mindfulness creates a small space, transforming an impulsive reaction into reflective decision making and thoughtful choices.

The simple but powerful methods of Mindfulness empower students with the practical tools to be able to grow this space. In this way, students are given the opportunity to cultivate greater choicefulness and increased respons-ability for improved attention, learning, emotional regulation, empathy and conflict resolution.

After decades of research and modern scientific findings, Mindfulness has become a powerful influence in the fields of medicine, psychology, the corporate world, and now education.

 

What Mindfulness is not

  • Soft, fluffy, hippy dippy
  • A disciplinary technique
  • Buddhism by the back door
  • Relaxation
  • Visualisation
  • Adult mindfulness


 

Evidence that Mindfulness works for Young People

Mindfulness is proving to be effective for adults in helping to address a wide range of physical and mental conditions, and improve well being and the ability to think clearly.  The evidence for its effectiveness with young people is showing similar results, and although this evidence base is as yet smaller having only been developed recently, it is very promising and growing rapidly.

 

The Philosophy of Kind

Kindred – a natural relationship, connection or belonging

Intelligence – the faculty of understanding

Nature-Centred

Development

Kindred Intelligence is the understanding that all of life is interconnected. Such intelligence is demonstrated in Nature; the web of life is based upon relationship where all beings are interconnected and depend on each other.

The quality of the one’s relationship to the world of physical sensations, thoughts and emotions is directly linked to the quality of one’s relationship with the outer world.

To cultivate compassionate relationship, KindKids brings mindfulness education, the latest science and nature-centred wisdom to the lives of young people.

Our vision is to teach the rising generations this KINDness to themselves, one another and the Earth.

Kind Mind – Kind Kids

About Rachael

Rachael is a qualified teacher and has been involved in the field of education for over 20 years. She has spent many years cultivating her own practice and researching methods such as Mindfulness.

She founded KindKids Project in 2010, with the aspiration of bringing Mindfulness and kindness tools  to schools and communities. Her intention is to deliver cutting edge programs to assist young people to positively relate to their inner world of emotions and thoughts and become courageous choice-makers.

Rachael also feels a deep connection to Earth-loving indigenous cultures and is passionate about inspiring children to become caretakers of themselves and responsible custodians for the Earth and all creatures.

Her training includes:

  • .b Certification (Mindfulness for 11-18 year olds)
  • Mindful Schools Curriculum Training for Primary children and Teens
  • Stanford University’s Compassion Training
  • Mindfulness Fundamentals with OpenGround, Sydney
  • KindKids Project

    provides schools and communities with practical training in the skills of Mindful Awareness blended with the explicit teaching of values that underpin all learning and wellbeing. We draw on the leading studies of neuroscience, positive psychology and mindfulness education, to strengthen well being, awaken resilience and empower youth with the tools to thrive in their personal and academic lives.