CARE for Teachers


Tish Jennings, Christa Turksma

June 18-23, 2017
Sunday-Friday, 5 nights

$525 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.


Program Description

As a teacher, you give so much. Now is the time to take care of you. CARE for Teachers is a unique professional development program that helps you handle the stresses and rediscover the joys of teaching.

Developed by the Garrison Institute to meet the specific needs of K–12 teachers for social and emotional well-being, the tools and resources CARE provides are backed by scientific evidence, proven to reduce stress, prevent burnout, enliven teaching, and help you and your students thrive.

This CARE workshop provides 30 contact hours and a blend of didactic, experiential, and interactive learning processes. Through a variety of enjoyable guided practices and self-assessments, intention setting, reflective writing, small and large group discussions, role plays, and short lectures, you will learn:

  • Emotion skills instruction for building reliance and regulating emotional responses
  • Mindfulness and stress-reduction practices to renew inner strength and balance the demands of your work and personal life
  • Listening and compassion exercises to enhance well-being and promote greater life satisfaction.

In addition to learning lifelong skills for self-care, teachers who return their classroom after participating in the CARE program have greater sensitivity to their students, create classrooms that are more supportive and emotionally positive, and experience enhanced productivity.

Come get the support you deserve and take home a skill set (plus CDs and a workbook) that will enhance your classroom experience—and can be applied to all areas of your life.

Faculty Bio

Tish Jennings

Tish Jennings, an associate professor of elementary education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, is an expert in mindfulness and teaching and an internationally recognized leader in the field of social and emotional learning.

Her specific emphasis is on teacher stress and how it impacts the social and emotional context of the classroom and student learning.

As senior director of the Initiative on Contemplative Teaching and Learning at the Garrison Institute, Tish led the team that developed the Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE for Teachers) curriculum, a mindfulness-based program for teachers designed to reduce stress and promote improvements in classroom climate and student academic and behavioral outcomes.

As research assistant professor at the Prevention Research Center at Penn State University, she conducted a federally funded study demonstrating that CARE improves teachers‰ general well-being, health, emotion regulation, efficacy, and mindfulness. A study currently underway is examining CARE‰’s effects on classroom climate and student academics and behavior.

In addition to research, Tish has more than 22 years of classroom teaching experience.

Christa Turksma

Christa Turksma is a clinical child psychologist who received her training and advanced academic degree in the Netherlands. Coauthor and codeveloper of the evidence-based Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE) program, Christa has worked on numerous research and intervention projects that improve the lives of teachers and children.

CARE offers experiences that promote awareness, presence, compassion, reflection, and inspiration—the inner resources needed for teachers to reduce their stress and prevent burnout, and the support students need to flourish socially, emotionally, and academically.

Christa dedicates her time to facilitating CARE workshops and training facilitators in the CARE program throughout the country and abroad. She is also a master trainer of the Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) program, another evidence-based curriculum that provides children the skills they need to find positive, nonviolent solutions to social problems.

Christa has trained thousands of teachers in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, England, and Australia.

Why Attend

  • Enhance personal well-being and access to energy and inspiration with scientifically proven tools designed especially for teachers.

  • Rediscover the joys of teaching by drawing on simple, powerful practices that will nourish and sustain you in and out of the classroom.

  • Connect with other teachers as you restore, refresh, and rejuvenate in a beautiful and supportive setting where you can regain equilibrium.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    All K-12 teachers welcome

  • Special Interest to


  • Special Details

    Tuition includes a workbook and CDs of guided practices for use at home.


Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.

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