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Languages understood:

English, German, French, Dutch

With which level of education are you involved?

Primary education

What discipline do you teach (mainly)?

N.v.t.

Does your school, college or faculty teach for a specific discipline or is the education more general?

General education.

Are you yourself working with pupils/students or are you otherwise involved in education, (e.g. educational policy)?

Other: headteacher of a primary school

What kind of organisational relation do you have with your educational work?

(mainly) professional / important source of income.

How many years is it since you first started your efforts to integrate mindfulness into your educational work?

5

On average, what age are the pupils/students with who you are working?

Varies widely.

Can you describe briefly what you are doing with your pupils/students to integrate mindfulness in your educational work?

I don't work with the pupils anymore. I practice to be a mindful headteacher, which often is not the case. That is my main practice. and in a beginning stage, I organise workshops and trainings for my team in order to work on stress reduction. I don't use words like mindfulness. My team is very critical. I talk about stressreduction but not about the buddhist background. With some really interested people I tell more about my inspiration.

What is it that would be most helpful to you to (further) improve your work with integrating mindfulness in your educational work, besides deepening your own practice?

I am looking for other people to build a network, to find a way to make mindfulness more common in (primary) schools.I like to exchange experiences and to develop programmes for children and teachers, because I believe that teachers should be a role model. It is not a matter of a program only. Theachers, so Thay once said, should be dharmateachers.

Have you noticed or heard of any changes in the behaviour of your pupils/students?

Not applicable.

What is the base of the mindfulness practise you are using in your educational work?

Buddhist based.