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Wed, Nov 09


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Mindfulness and Nature Connection Practices to Support Youth with Self-Regulation

Ursula Elsa

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Mindfulness and Nature Connection Practices to Support Youth with Self-Regulation
Mindfulness and Nature Connection Practices to Support Youth with Self-Regulation

Time & Location

Nov 09, 2022, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM PST

Online Event

About the Event

Ursula Elsa

Training Description

Young people are naturally curious, especially about nature. Unfortunately, many settings do not allow for youth to experience the power of the natural world. This workshop teaches engaging and innovative ways to integrate nature-based practices and connect system involved youth with our greatest mindfulness teacher - the natural world. It will provide skills and tools for system-involved youth to cultivate practices and self-regulation skills they can develop and practice from home and in the outdoor space in proximity to where they live. These practices will support system involved youth and their families in managing stressors using nature in an urban setting to help foster a sense of belonging and co-regulation with the earth.

Learning Objectives

● Explain how nature-based mindfulness can be supportive and culturally relevant for system involved youth

● Identify at least 1 mindfulness-based strategy for co-regulation using the natural world

● Identify at least 2 activities for integrating nature connection practices in an indoor setting


10:00-10:20am  Welcome, Housekeeping, and Intros

10:20-10:45am  Mindfulness Practices + Self Reflection

10:45-11:00am  Introduction to Mindfulness and Nature Connection Practices

11:00-11:20am  Sit Spot Practice

11:20-11:45am  Nature Expressive Arts Activities

11:45am-12pm  Break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

12:00-12:15pm  Mindfulness Practices

12:15-1:00pm  Nature Based Expressive Arts Activities Continued

1:00-1:15pm  Facilitating Resourcing and Co-regulation in an Outdoor Space

1:15-1:30pm  Using Nature as Guide Activity + Demonstration Lessons

1:30-2:00pm  Closing and Feedback

Meet Our Trainers

Ursula Elsa (they/she) was born and raised in the beautiful land of the Bay Area, Ohlone Territory. She has been teaching mindfulness and nature connection to youth in the Bay Area for 8 years and is currently leading rites of passage and nature connection programming for Gaia Passages. Ursula is passionate about creating programming for LGBTQI+ and neurodiverse communities. She is also a trained doula and an advocate of parent’s rights in the birth community. 

This course meets the qualifications for (3.75) BBS CE Hours for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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