Speaker Event

Mindfulness in Schools

An introduction to The Present for Schools and our collaboration

with Sarah Silverton & Faiy Rushton

Monday 8th July 2024 – 7pm to 8pm (UK time)

What to expect?

As part of the MiSP Speaker Series for 2023/24 and to celebrate our new collaboration, you are warmly invited to hear Sarah Silverton, Director of The Present CIC, and our Education & Training Development Manager, Faiy Rushton, discuss The Present for Schools approach and how it works with the MiSP curricula.

As a highly influential international figure in the field of mindfulness, we are thrilled and honoured that Sarah (see full biography below) will be sharing the principles and opportunities of The Present Approach and and how it might complement the MiSP curricula. She will also be discussing the collaboration with MiSP and the potential benefits both organisations feel this will bring to the field of educational mindfulness.

There will also be an opportunity for Sarah and Faiy to answer questions. If you personally have a question for Sarah or Faiy, please email support@mindfulnessinschools.org one week before the event (i.e. by 1st July 2024). We will try to ask as many of these as possible during the session.

This session is set to provide thought provoking reflections from one of the leaders in the field. It will be a chance to come together as a (global) community, including warmly welcoming any familiar and newer faces!

Who is invited?

The webinar is open to ALL so please do invite colleagues and friends.

We are very grateful to Sarah for donating her time to support this MiSP fundraising Speaker Series.


About the Speakers

Sarah Silverton trained as an Occupational Therapist working in mental health services in the NHS and in Social Services for more than 20 years. Sarah also trained as a counsellor to Master’s level. In the mid 1990’s, Sarah was introduced to mindfulness and was trained by Mark Williams to teach mindfulness. Sarah also studied at the Centre for Mindfulness, Masachusetts in 1999 with Melissa Blacker, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Florence Meleo-Meyer amongst others. Other significant teachers have included Ferris Urbanowski, Pam Erdmann, David Rynick and Rebecca Crane.

Sarah was a member of the core teaching and training team at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University for ten years after it was established in 2001. She taught and trained others through the CPD and Master’s programmes. Sarah was a co-author of Paws b and .b Foundations for MiSP.

In 2016 she co-authored (with Tabitha Sawyer and Dusana Dorjee) The Present for Schools and in 2017 Living in The Present, a well-being and mindfulness course for adults. She supports mindfulness teachers through supervision and Mindful Movement Retreats. She is a member of BAMBA and Mindfulness Network.

She published The Mindfulness Breakthrough in 2012, reprinted as The Mindfulness Key in 2016, and contributed to Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy with People at the Risk of Suicide, Williams, Fennell, Barnhofer, Crane and Silverton, 2017.

Sarah is a director of both The Present Courses CIC and Sarah Silverton Mindfulness Ltd.

Faiy Rushton joined the MISP team in 2021; her role includes supporting staff and senior leaders in introducing, developing and embedding mindfulness in educational settings. She is a qualified secondary school teacher, BAMBA listed adult mindfulness teacher and Specialist Leader of Education for Wellbeing and Inclusion. She has trained in a variety of SEL/wellbeing programmes and has a particular interest in supporting educational settings in developing organisational approaches to wellbeing. Faiy has also worked on the training teams for the full range of MISP curricula since 2015 and has been a core member of The Present for Schools training team since 2017.

This event is part of the Speaker Series we are running in 2023/24.