Education in Mindfulness

DruckAcademic Supervision and Reflection of the Mindfulness Project by Pro Juventute and the Verein für Achtsamkeit in Osterloh, e.V.

By choosing to set their focus on the concept of mindfulness, the children’s aid organisation Pro Juventute has selected a methodological concept that has significantly increased in importance for a constructive interaction of people with themselves and with others. Restlessness, stress, fatigue and even burn-out have become commonly used terms, even for children and adolescents. This development is a consequence of permanent overstimulation, a tendency to speed-up our lives’ pace and an increase in performance pressures. The practice of mindfulness has an immense potential to develop inner peace and equanimity, and thus to strengthen people’s own personality and the quality of their relationships to other people. This pilot project on the development of a program for training in mindfulness, which was initiated by Pro Juventute for teachers at Salzburg-based schools and educators at the children’s and adolescent’s homes of Pro Juventute, aims to develop a well-grounded education, which suits the local conditions. The project’s main objective is to establish the practice of mindfulness in local schools and living communities.

The ifz as the Project’s Academic Supervisor

The project’s current pilot phase has a great potential for learning processes. The academic supervision by the ifz allows for a monitoring and a reflection of the project’s development. A final report will later provide recommendations for a planned education program. The analysis of best-practice examples aims to demonstrate how existing structures and resources can best be used to assure the successful realization of the project.

This pilot project on the topic of mindfulness is based on the program “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction” (MBSR). MBSR was developed in 1979 by Prof. Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (USA). The program’s main objective is to reduce stress by practising mindfulness.