Learn how to have a healthy heart this Saturday in Parksville

The free, half-day session starts at 9 a.m. at Winchelsea Place

  • Apr. 21, 2015 2:00 p.m.

Oceanside Building Learning Together (OBLT), the nonprofit organization behind programs like Munchkinland, Mother Goose and the WOW bus, is providing an opportunity for people who have children in their lives through work, family or friends to explore how they can foster heart-mind well-being.

“Educating the Heart” is a half day, free session open to the public Saturday morning, April 25 at Winchelsea Place in Parksville.

“As a society, we put so much emphasis on children’s academic success that we may forget to pay attention to how a child moves through life with themselves and with other people,” said OBLT manager Judi Malcolm in a news release.

“Compassion, confidence and kindness are traits that actually help a child learn more effectively.”

These insights and the research that underlines the importance of paying attention to the heart as well as the mind will be shared with participants by Tracy Smyth from the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education.

The Dalai Lama Center and the UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership’s work with heart-mind well-being has resulted in an evidence informed, deliberate approach to education that has a positive impact on communities, according to OBLT.

This weekend’s workshop will explore the domains of heart-mind well-being, research that has demonstrated the positive impact of social and emotional learning and how we can create a balance between educating the mind and educating the heart.

The workshop is free but donations are appreciated to help offset costs. Onsite childcare will be available by donation as well.Please register at www.oblt.ca/heart or 250-947-8252.

— Submitted by OBLT

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