Mindful Sparks is a leading provider of mindfulness based training for schools. We teach students, teachers, school staff and the wider school community mindfulness practices that cultivate a more connected and compassionate learning community.

We are committed to creating a sustainable and socially responsible organisation that operates with integrity, transparency, and compassion.

 

Mission

Our mission at Mindful Sparks is to empower school communities to live happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives by cultivating a mindfulness practice that is meaningful to them. 

By promoting self-awareness, connection, and compassion, we can help people to reduce stress and anxiety, cultivate positive relationships with themselves and others, and build communities with a strong sense of purpose. We will accomplish this by providing accessible and engaging mindfulness training, workshops, and community events that are designed and delivered by qualified and experienced educators and professionals.

 

Vision

Our vision is to lead the way in creating and supporting safe, inclusive, and accessible learning environments in schools around the world.

At Mindful Sparks, we recognize the demanding nature of the teaching profession and emphasize the critical need for educators to prioritize their well-being. Our vision is not only to create safe, inclusive, and accessible learning environments for students worldwide but also to extend this support to the educators and school staff. In pursuing our vision, all our training, workshops, and events are led by experienced and qualified instructors with a profound understanding of teaching, education, and mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a practice, a habit and a state.

When we practice mindfulness we connect to the present moment by bringing our attention to our experience right here, right now. We do that by finding stillness.

It is in that stillness that we can begin to notice our thoughts, emotions and/or responses. Finding moments in our day to slow down and be present can have a big impact on how we engage with ourselves, others and the world around us.

With practice it is easier to  maintain a neutral point of view and over time understand how our thoughts, words and/or responses can influence our words, actions and decisions.

Once we have a clearer understanding of our habitual patterns of behaviour, especially we can learn how to navigate these experiences with more compassion and with less judgement.

 

What does it mean “with more compassion and with less judgement”?

Every day we are presented with new opportunities and challenges that we need to navigate and some days this can be effortless and other days it can be a real struggle.

Some days we may feel proud of what we have achieved, we didn’t get as overwhelmed as we have in the past during a tense conversation, we were able to acknowledge our needs and make changes to our day to support our well-being.

Other days we may feel we have been stuck in our habitual patterns of behaviour and not made any progress.

Neither experience is right or wrong, they are both valid experiences and the more we can accept either experience without judging ourselves and with a compassionate and kind outlook, the easier it is to choose to learn from the experience and celebrate our “a-ha!” moments when we gain insight.

Not only when things are all going your way and there is a small bump in the road but on the days where we are dysregulated and overwhelmed. And when we are dysregulated, later, after the event when we are able to reflect on things from a more objective place, mindfulness can help us do that.


How do we practice mindfulness?

The most effective way to maintain a mindfulness practice is by finding a mindfulness practice that resonates with you and is meaningful to you.

It is important not to hold an idea of what a “perfect” practice looks like as every day is different and as we grow, learn and deepen our practice the way we choose to practice mindfulness will naturally change and adapt.

One thing you will soon realise with our approach, we do not align ourselves with the idea that there is one way to practice mindfulness. We encourage everyone who attends our workshops, events, training or follows our curricula to integrate into their practice different tools and strategies that they enjoy and practice mindfulness at a time that works for them, in a place that works for them and in a way that resonates with them. This way you are setting strong foundations for a sustainable and meaningful mindfulness practice to flourish.

At Mindful Sparks we know that there’s no one size fits all, or even one size fits most, when it comes to a mindfulness practice.  However, we did start to notice common threads across different practices, through wider reading, observations and discussions with the community, and this was the beginning of our 7Cs framework. 

The 7 threads that we found make up the foundations of a strong mindfulness practice, spreading from the internal landscape of the individual into the woven web of community and environment. It’s important to remember that these are intricate ideas that manifest, interact and impact in different ways. The 7Cs framework is just that, a skeletal structure on which we can build and begin to understand ourselves and how we relate to the world around us. 

  • Cognition refers to the mental processes of perception, reasoning and understanding. We can flip each process to observe and clarify how we perceive, reason and understand, within the mind itself, and how context affects each response. As we take this more objective look at our thoughts, feelings and responses, we need to bring compassion and curiosity along for the ride. 
  • Curiosity provides room for us to be more open to whatever we find, to be more engaged in the moment as we delve deeper into our experiences. 
  • We need compassion to maintain a gentle touch. If we’re compassionate, we make space to accept and nurture whatever we find within ourselves with kindness, without judgement, rumination or stagnation. 

These three threads guide us as we peer into our inner landscape. Curiosity helps us to open the door wide, cognition helps us to de-fog our lens, and compassion keeps us lifted with kindness and empathy, regardless of what we find. 

This approach allows us to develop a healthier relationship with our thoughts, creating opportunities to interrupt automatic reactions and giving space for more intentional responses, ensuring that we can see clearly and deeply, and take care of ourselves in the process.

  • In order to build and grow, we need cultivation. We know as educators that the learning process is a messy one, with ups, downs, setbacks and breakthroughs. Like training for a sports event, practising for a recital or learning a new language, we get the most out of committing to practice in a consistent but flexible way. We can use mindfulness to get to know ourselves and the best conditions for us to learn, and understand the ways in which this fluctuates. Over time, Cultivation allows these qualities to permeate our daily lives and interactions, leading to genuinely profound shifts in perspective and behaviour. 
  • Hand in hand with cultivation is the next C, Celebration. The work can be difficult, and Celebration allows us to experience joy and gratitude. Through these we can honour our effort and everything external that supports us whilst enjoying the fruits of labour, creating positive feedback loops that keep us motivated when times inevitably become difficult. 
  • Mindfulness is not solely an individual pursuit, and recent evidence suggests that in isolation, the practice is limited. We need each other, and this leads us to the next C; Community, contributing to a more nurturing environment for growth.

In community, we find encouragement, accountability, and diversity. With a more compassionate and curious culture, we can foster a sense of openness and kindness together, whilst reducing judgement and increasing tolerance. We end our journey across the 7Cs with the thread that ties all the other threads together; Connection.

  • Connection is fundamental; it’s how we build relationships, understanding and behaviour. If we can connect to the moment to better connect with ourselves, each other, and the world, we can bridge the gaps that form within, around and between us.

These 7 aspects; Curiosity, Compassion, Cognition, Cultivation, Celebration, Community and Connection, weave together to ignite the spark of mindfulness. 

The 7Cs characterise our Mindful Sparks approach; they show up in all we do, our workshops, training, activities and curricula and most importantly in our day to day lives. We’ve found that using this framework massively influences how we choose to engage and gives us the structure and tools to learn and grow, both as individuals and a community. We’re passionate about sharing this framework with schools so that they too can benefit from developing a strong, healthy, mindful culture.

Our curricula training is accredited with The CPD Certification Service in the UK and on completion of your training, you will receive a certificate of attendance.

In school

We can run training sessions at your school to support your needs, be it the whole school or smaller groups.


Independent 

Check out our Cademy to see when our upcoming online and in person training sessions are.

 

FAQ’s

Do I do the training alone or will I do it with other people?

This will depend on how you are completing the training. If you are doing it through your school or work place then you will attend the training with your colleagues as outlined by your school or work place.

If you are doing it independently, you can join one of our training sessions throughout the year and you can choose whether you would like to join in person or online.

If you would prefer to do the training one-on-one please drop us an email and we will find a time to schedule your training that works for both parties involved. Please note this option will cost more than if you joined a group training session.

Alternatively, if you and your friends would like to do it together, we are able to accommodate that and can arrange a time to schedule your training.


Do we go through the lesson plans in the curriculum training?

Yes, the training will cover the lesson plans as well as the curriculum overview and cross curricular opportunities. You will also participate in a curriculum specific lesson which will be led by your trainer.


Do I get access to the curriculum when I complete this training?

Yes, once you have completed the curriculum specific training, you will get access to the curriculum. You need to do each individual curriculum training to get access to each specific curriculum.

Curricula

Mindful Moments 

  • Ages 3 – 11
  • Daily mindfulness practices that can be easily slotted into your day

Our Mindful Moments curriculum brings joy to the classroom by combining games, play, conversations and creative activities that combine different mindfulness strategies and techniques. Every day we will learn how we can incorporate a mindfulness practice into our day while focusing on each area of our unique approach. Younger students  will predominantly learn through play while older students will play, practice and reflect on their experience.

 

Mindful Connections

  • Ages 5 – 11
  • Weekly lessons that combine science with practices to allow students to develop a mindfulness practice that resonates with them

The Mindful Connections Curriculum is an evidence based exploration of mindfulness and mindfulness practices that combines scientific research with our Learn To Learn pedagogy and accessible activities.

The lessons combine meditation, discussion, reflection and hands-on activities which support students to build a meaningful mindfulness practice in a way that resonates with them.

 

Frameworks

Mindful Conversations

  • Ages 11 – 18
  • A structured approach to setting the foundations to allow diverse and compassionate conversations to take place

Mindful Conversation creates a safe space for students to explore their thoughts, ideas and opinions surrounding relevant and age appropriate contexts. They will be putting their mindfulness practice into action as they learn how to communicate to others with compassion, kindness and actively listen without judgement. Students will be given the skills and opportunities to reflect on their individual learning experiences as well as a learning community.

 

FAQ’s

Are there additional resources?

All resources (worksheets, handouts, etc.) are included in the lesson plans so you do not need to make your own resources.  Each curriculum has been designed to not rely heavily on printed resources as they not only add to your workload to get ready and they also generate more waste.

 

When is the best time to teach the lessons?

This will be influenced by your schedule and the age of your students, there is no “perfect” time to teach mindfulness as every student will be engaging with it differently throughout the day so it might take a little bit of trial and error.

From speaking to our teachers and our own experiences, we have found that directly after snack time or lunchtime to be a popular time as the practices create a nice transition into the next part of the day.

While the beginning and end of the day are lovely bookends to the day, we have found that if students are late it can be disruptive to the practice and if the day has over run then the end of the day practice can be rushed and therefore not enjoyable for the students or teachers.


What do I do if a student is not engaged in the lesson?

Meet them where they are.

Everyone will show up to their day differently and every one has so many other external factors influencing and impacting their engagement on that day in that lesson. That’s ok. There is no need to create unrealistic expectations for them to follow as this will be detrimental in the long run. If they wish to just listen, that’s fine – there is still a lot of learning happening by listening.


What can I do if a student does not want to practice mindfulness?

Have a conversation with the student and take the time to find out why.

There are many reasons why students may be uncomfortable practicing mindfulness and until you understand their point of view you will not be able to adequately support them.

If you are stuck on ideas how to support them, you can always reach out and send us an email at hi@mindfulsparks.org

Our 1 hour after school activities nurture creativity, expression and self inquiry and allow students space to explore different ways they can integrate mindfulness into their day and have a whole heap of fun doing it too!

We provide a range of after school activities (ECA’s) which we can bring to your school or run as a private session at your home. If you are looking for something more bespoke, do get in touch with us, we’re happy to see how we can help.


Mindful Creations

  •  Ages 3 – 11

Mindful Creations draws on core mindfulness practices to develop creative confidence and artistic skill and are encouraged to make friends with their inner artist, nurture their own growth, and experience real joy in creating.

Students are given time to explore key principles of art through play, project based work and further theoretical work, which includes a history of art and artists across different cultures.


Mindful Bites

  •  Ages 3 – 11

Mindful Bites encourages students to get creative in the kitchen by introducing them to age appropriate, accessible and healthy recipes that they can add their own flair to.

Students will build up an awareness of the food that we eat, the journey from ground to plate and all the steps involved in the process and in turn they can put their mindfulness practice into action as they are empowered to make more informed choices about the food they choose to nourish themselves with.

Mindful  Conversation

  •  Ages 11 – 18

Mindful Conversation creates a safe space for students of all ages to explore their thoughts, ideas and opinions surrounding relevant and age appropriate contexts. Students will be putting their mindfulness practice into action as they learn how to communicate to others with compassion, kindness and actively listen without judgement.

Students will be given the opportunity to reflect on their individual learning experiences as well as a learning community.


Mindful Scribbles

  •  Ages 11 – 18

Mindful Scribbles nurtures creativity, expression and self inquiry by opening up the channel of writing. Students are encouraged to develop their language, skills and ideas through a wide range of fun and thought provoking writing challenges, prompts and stimuli.

Students will be given the opportunity to use their mindfulness practice to navigate the complexities and challenges of using language to unravel and communicate our understanding, ideas, and experiences. We’ll be exploring, practicing, and celebrating together, with curiosity, compassion, and awareness.

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COMPANY NAME

Mindful Sparks LTD


COMPANY NUMBER

15044409


COMPANY ADDRESS

71-75 Shelton Street

Covent Garden

London

WC2H 9JQ


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Bank Name: Natwest

Account Name: Mindful Sparks LTD

Account Number: 41224396

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