SUMMIT SESSIONS

Argos S. González

Mindfulness as the Foundation for Change

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What You'll Learn

  • Learn simple practices that you can use to teach kids of different ages

  • Hear small things that you can do to make your mindful teaching more culturally-responsive and representative, and understand how to set the stage for real transformation

  • Follow along in a guided practice to simply be where you are and stay present for difficult and important conversations

About Argos S. González

Argos González is a teacher, lecturer, educational consultant, and mindfulness and yoga instructor. He has 14 years experience teaching high school in the Bronx and teaches pre-service and in-service teachers at Hunter College School of Education in NY. Argos currently serves as Director of Professional Development for The School Yoga Project, a program of Little Flower Yoga and as a Lead Teacher for Mindful Schools. His passion for empowering children and adolescents, while supporting other professionals to do the same, is evident in all his work.

To learn more about Argos' work with youth and educators, check out Mindful Schools and Little Flower Yoga. Additionally Argos offers online training, retreat, and practice support through his organization Embodied Wisdom.

About Chris Willard, PsyD

Dr. Christopher Willard (PsyD) is a father, psychologist, author and consultant. He has been practicing meditation for 20 years, and has led hundreds of workshops around the world, with invitations to more than two dozen countries. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the past president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He has presented at TEDx conferences and his thoughts have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, mindful.org, and elsewhere. He is the author of Growing Up Mindful, (2016) Alphabreaths (2019) and multiple other books for parents, professionals and kids. He teaches at Harvard Medical School.


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20 Comments

  1. E Witt October 22, 2019 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Argos, your closing words during your meditation were incredibly genuine, in your non verbal and verbal expression. Thank you for the vibrational change agent that you are.

  2. Iva October 22, 2019 at 9:23 am - Reply

    One thing that I’m already using in work is telling students that being bored is OK, sometimes it seems that greatest fears for some kids are boredom and no wifi connection. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience!

    • ARGOS GONZALEZ October 23, 2019 at 9:32 am - Reply

      Being bored is so challenging to children and adults! Thanks for supporting your students in this way.

  3. Irene Kenison October 22, 2019 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Thank you for candidly sharing your passion and commitment to mindfulness in a holistic and equity approach. Thank you for encouragement to keep going, keep connecting, keep practicing – that sometimes showing up is enough. This presentation exudes hope for trasition to better schools and a better world.

  4. Valerie Kelly October 22, 2019 at 4:31 am - Reply

    Argos! Such a pleasure to be back on line with you. Your knowledge and heart shine through in your powerful message of acceptance and examination of the inner scape. Thank you for your amazing heart and dedication! Empowering vulnerability. Cultural responsiveness!

  5. Sue October 22, 2019 at 3:48 am - Reply

    Very powerful interview thank you. Just showing up is very powerful. I am enough as I am is really trasformative to learn and teach.

    • ARGOS GONZALEZ October 22, 2019 at 6:47 am - Reply

      🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 Thanks Sue! Showing up in authentic ways is so powerful in particular when doing this work 💗💗💗

  6. Micheline Boureau October 22, 2019 at 3:35 am - Reply

    Than you so much for sharing. That reminds me to be more mindful all day long

  7. Val October 22, 2019 at 1:29 am - Reply

    Mahalo Argos and Chris for sharing this important information for teachers and mental health workers. Argos was my Guiding Teacher for the course Mindful Teacher Essentials through MindfulSchools.org last year. I incorporate mindfulness daily in my 2nd grade classroom and my 3rd grade religion class(my 2nd graders from last year). It’s wonderful to observe my students being mindful on their own or utilizing the tools I have taught them in class in other areas of their life. Chris I did not read the bio’s before I started watching and read them later and I was wondering why your name sounded familiar. Now I know because I have your book Alphabreaths which my class loves! Thanks for the reminder of Self Nurturing which is so important for our field. Thank you both for all that you share with children and adults to help make our world a better place. Aloha

    • ARGOS GONZALEZ October 22, 2019 at 6:44 am - Reply

      🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 Thanks Val for your kind words and for your work with your students.

  8. Barbara October 21, 2019 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    So many of your ideas resonated with me and my teaching of graduate students. I especially loved “throw a dance party”! In Hawaii we have an expression LIVE ALOHA! Listening to your presentation I realized that it means LIVE MINDFULLY! For a break in a long class my students would turn on the music and one student would teach hula. Great movement activity, the laugher engendered breathing and energy, and we all celebrated the beautiful cultural diversity of Hawaii. I want to thank the University of Hawaii medical school for bringing mindfulness training to our program and I want to say mahalo to Argos Gonzalez for shoring your passion! LIVE ALOHA!

  9. Regina Scudellari October 21, 2019 at 7:16 am - Reply

    I have enjoyed both this summit & the Mindfulness In Healthcare summit and as I work in hospitals- teaching art : the wisdom of both summits blended together have been of great benefit to me / the patients that I work with and the multiple hospital teams that I am apart of.
    My lasting takeaway from this talk is ” just showing up with a compassionate heart is enough ” . Thank you both for the work that you do for our world.

    • ARGOS GONZALEZ October 21, 2019 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      🙏🏼 And please continue doing the worm you’re doing!

  10. Isabel Arline Duque October 20, 2019 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing your experiences with Mindfulness, I personally enjoyed the last exercise, I will share it with my students. I also understand your passion for Mindfulness because I’m like you….
    Greetings from Mexico City.

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