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A Weekend Festival of Ideas, Engagement, Music, Play and Food

Featuring panels and workshops on 
Creating the New Story

with Dr. Chris Martenson, Economic Researcher, Futurist, and Econo-Blogger
Charles Eisenstein, Philosopher and Author
Becca Martenson, Community Builder, Healer and Teacher

Friday, June 12 – VIP Dinner at The Graduate Institute, Bethany, CT
Click here to register for Friday 

Saturday, June 13 – New Story Festival at the Unitarian Society, Hamden, CT
Click here to register for Saturday 

 Join us to hear these uncommon voices leading us into the new story of resilience, interdependence, the gift economy, and joyous community.

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The Place for Mindfulness in Education – Unique Approach to Teacher Training

April 16, Webinar

  • 4 to 5:30pm

April 23, Onsite and Webcast

  • Session 1: for Educators - 4 to 5:30pm
  • Session 2: for Non-Educators - 7:30 to 9pm

Urban educators are eligible for partial tuition grants to facilitate enrollment in this highly effective program.

We all know that teaching shapes future generations and a teacher’s influence goes beyond the classroom.

Join us for an Open House and Dialogue as we delve into what makes a teacher’s influence life changing. Along with Mindfulness in Education Master Teacher Lawrence Carroll and TGI President Michael Pergola, we will explore how mindfulness practices can significantly increase “the sweet spot for learning”. You will learn approaches to strengthen classroom relationships, how to increase student safety and encourage academic risks that make the classroom experience relevant to your students’ future.

We will also give you Information on TGI programs that will provide you with the tools you need to implement these changes into your life. Our Learning & Thinking Master’s Degree Program specially tailored for Connecticut teachers seeking a Masters or sixth year degree. Our new certificate in Social Harmony adds 12 credits focused on building emotional intelligence, and the relationship skills that reduce or eliminate bullying issues in the school community.

The RAND Corporation report that “teachers impact student’s achievement two to three times more than any other aspect of schooling” (2014). Dr. Gazzaniga, University of California Psychology Professor, write that “No ability or skill will unfold unless it is given the appropriate environment.”

Please click here to RSVP.

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Oasis in the Overwhelm Official Training Program

Intensive, Personalized Training with OASIS Originator Millie Grenough & her OASIS Team

at The Graduate Institute , 171 Amity Road, Bethany, CT

Day 1:  Thursday, May 7, 8:30 AM – 4 PM

Day 2:  Thursday, June 6, 8:30 AM – 4 PM

In addition to those two full days, two TeleConferences
will keep you on track during your Training.

  • Master Valuable Rewire-your-Brain Strategies to Enhance your Personal & Professional Life
  • Learn How to Share Them  - Easily & Effectively - with Others        
  • Earn CEUs through International Coach Federation, NASW, LMFT, Other Professions

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Recipient of the UCONN Instructor Award for Excellence!

​Dr. Jim Trifone, Lead Coordinator for the Master of Arts in Learning & Thinking program, is this year's recipient of the UCONN Instructor Award for Excellence in Teaching for the Early College Experience Biology course he teaches at Cheshire High School. Award recipients are selected by their students and peers on the basis of their expertise, passion, dedication and commitment to excellence in teaching.

This award recognizes a UConn Early College Experience instructor teaching one or more ECE courses during the academic year. UConn ECE instructors are recognized as University of Connecticut adjunct faculty members.

A UConn ECE instructor must:

  • deliver a University course that replicates the same course taught on a UConn campus
  • adhere to the academic standards and rigor of the University of Connecticut in general and the department specifically
  • teach ECE students at a college level, often introducing them to study skills, curriculum concepts 
  • assessment measures, and grading criteria well beyond the normal high school college preparatory curriculum
  • participate in alternate years in faculty development offered at the University of Connecticut annually
  • maintain a collegial relationship with the faculty coordinator
  • take a leadership role in preparing students for college on the high school campus
  • promote collegial ties with University faculty that can provide valuable opportunities for coherent
  • curriculum articulation efforts between secondary and post-secondary institutions

The award ceremony is scheduled to take place on April 23rd at the Alumni Center on the UCONN main campus in Storrs, CT.

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Dyad Meditation – Mini Enlightenment Intensive

Sunday, April 26, 12 – 6pm at The Graduate Institute

With Jayaprahba Mare, Meditation Teacher and Enlightenment Intensive Master

The Graduate Institute and The Vital Life Center of Plainville, CT jointly present this program facilitated by Jayaprahba Mare, Meditation Teacher, Yoga Instructor, Spiritual and Life Coach and an Enlightenment Intensive Master facilitator. This process inspires a direct experience of the self, utilizing Ramana Maharshi’s self-enquiry meditation, dyad interpersonal communication and the Zen sesshin. Through this process, we will clear our minds and remove long held obstacles and barriers to peace and self-realization.

Cost: $49  
Preregistration required prior to Friday, April 24 at 9pm.​

Please click here to register.


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