This session, The Space Between: The Art and Science of Mindfulness, rounds out our three part speaker series: The Learned Pint!
Join us for this interactive workshop with Hannah C. Mariotti, M.A., LCMHC and her business partner and frequent workshop collaborator, Sarah Wagner, where we explore the
power of mindfulness. The ability to immerse oneself completely in the present, even for as short a time as 5-10 minutes, has an incredibly calming and restorative effect. In fact, there is research showing that regularly practicing mindfulness can actually change the structure of the brain. We'll be exploring activities such as mindful breathing or mindful listening that strengthen the neural pathways in the part of our brain that helps us think logically and control our emotions and behavior (the prefrontal cortex). Stronger connections in this part of our brain help us develop the habit of focusing on the breath in the face of stress or anxiety. This enables us to respond thoughtfully to stressful situations instead of reacting impulsively, as we all have a tendency to do.
About the speaker: With almost 20 years experience in the education and mental health care fields, Hannah has held positions as a private practice clinician, health services director, college professor, coach, wilderness trip leader, and school counselor in programs in New Jersey, New York, Colorado, New Hampshire and Hawaii. She emphasizes a resiliency model and positive psychological approach to provide support to families and schools. Her specialized training includes coaching, adoption issues, attachment, learning issues, neuropsychology and trauma. An avid runner, triathlete and reader, Hannah is always in search of a new challenge on land, sea or the bookshelf! Lessons in humility and humanity are continually delivered by her children.