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Animation Video on Mindfulness with Children

Get Sen Errrr

For the last thirteen years the community of Kohala and the Wellness Through Movement program have teamed together with Catherine to bring mindfulness and sensory motor integration into schools using the Feldenkrais Method.   Now the foundation of the program is available to all schools on You Tube.  


Click Here Mindfulness Animation video program

 Following the nature of who we are heart and mind,  "Get Sensational Attention" animation video program utilizes attention, Breath, Sensory Body, and Sound to help a children embrace mindfulness from the tangilble feeling in their bodies.  




This program has been proven successful in the last nine years at public and private elementary schools with over 800 children.  Now the mindfulness portion is  free and available for all it is our hope whole schools and their families participate in the program.  Together the tools will improve  and sustain your child for a life time. 


Here's the link to how the program works, tips to help the children personal adapt the lesson to your day-to-day life, and fun games to support the learning in Attention, Behavior and Communication.


Enjoy!  It's all free thanks in-part to our sponsors First Hawaiian Bank and North Kohala Community Resource Center.



Research Conference Presentation on Embodied Development

SRCD Teaching Institute Presentation & Brown University Meeting

Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 2.05.34 PMIMG_1692 - Version 2Catherine Rosasco Mitchell and Carolyn Palmer


We got invited to do a poster presentation at the Society for Research for Child Development (SRCD) and Carolyn Palmer, Vassar College researcher and my partner in crime, whispered to me just before our presentation, “I hope someone comes by our poster.”


“What?,” my brain scrabbled, “I just traveled halfway around the world for this presentation.”


Twenty-two posters were displayed in our session and presenters had an hour and a half to talk to interested spectators. After talking to many people I stood back to take a breather and looked around the room. All the other posters and people were gone except us? People were still there talking to us long after the session ended. People were interested in Embodied Development–how the body influences ambition, perception, confidence, inhibition and attention.




In our presentation we asked people if they wanted to feel a somatic sense of self-awareness. Then we Rosasco-Mitchell SRCD picshared fundamental questions about development, for example: “Does embodiment play a role in development?”; “What would be different in the outcome if lesson plans included sensory self-awareness?”; and “What kind of sample lesson could teachers do for sensory self-awareness?” Flyers of the poster explained how embodiment influences behavior through habitual patterning of behavior. “Lesson Plans” with sensory awareness would inspire future applications of learned material. Finally we gave teachers a sample lesson in “How to Teach Sensory Self Awareness.” “Embodied Development” was a familiar and exciting concept for professionals in the Psychology, Development, and Neuroscience fields but how to feel it and teach it was new to most. Double click this link to see poster presented:Poster_Embodied Development _4-2.



Meeting with Brown University Professor Cathy Kerr

One of the most valuable and thought provoking comments came from a researcher frock5_thumbnailm Brown University, Cathy Kerr. Two days before the conference we met in Harvard Square and she expressed how important it was to reach the community through research. If we didn’t, it would be some timebefore this research could benefit people. We brainstormed ideas for experimental measures and the possibilities of connections between the immune system and embodied awareness. Learning the effects to embodied awareness will change both healthcare and education social systems.


Related Research 

Other researchers are starting to collect data related to how the body influences the brain and perception. At the SRCD main conference these were a few of those researchers: James P. Curley, Rahia Mashoodh, Cate Jensen, Emily Jordan, Zoe Donaldson, Marija Kundakovic, and Kathryn Gudsnuk from Columbia University are looking at stress response, social behavior, learning and memory; Carla Calvin and Karen Bierman from Pennsylvania State University are looking at interpersonal coping skills; George F. Michel from University of North Carolina at Greensboro is looking at motor development and psychological development; and Melissa Clearfield and her team from Whitman College are studying behavior, posture and communication to cognitive development. And the most impressive research was Nina Leezenbaum and her team from University of Pittsburgh who are looking at physical posture and movement to detect early signs of autism.

If you are doing research in the field of the physical embodiment and cognitive development please contact SRCD.  This conference attracts researchers world wide.


These  were the studies presented just in the first day of a five-day conference, with over 10,000 people in attendance. The SRCD catalog had over 300 pages devoted to presentations so I’m sure there were more studies but only three that caught my eye explored the depths of how embodiment influences the brain.


Professor Karen Brakke however may be also making a difference by breaking ground for this new concept of reaching communities by including cutting edge research in University curriculum. We sat in a round table discussion with her and about 20 others and discussed a project initiated by editor of SRCD Monographs and the SRCD Teaching Committee. The intention of the project is to form a board to establish guidelines for Development curriculum at the University levels of education. One of the most important roles Universities must take is the responsibility is to share cutting edge research in development. “Embodiment” is cutting edge research. It is at the Universities most communities find out about new concepts. Guidelines will take shape in the coming year once Brakke takes sabbatical so stay tuned! We are staying in touch.


So Mahalo

This visit to the East Coast was well worth the effort and even more valuable than imagined, so thank you. Mahalo to all people we know (and don’t know) working towards this kind of change in education. A special thanks to our lone donor Duncan Dempster toward the trip, to IT person Andriy Yankovskyy from the Ukraine for the graphics in the poster, and my partner and co-creator of the presentation Carolyn Palmer and most importantly to the Society for Research in Child Development Conference Teaching Institute for inviting us to present. I also want to thank the North Hawaii Community Resource Center again for stepping forward as our fiscal agent… sorry I didn’t have much time to fund raise.


Together we go taking tiny steps towards change in the infrastructure of education… from the bottom up… to the heart and soul of how children think.


Closing Thoughts

What ChangeIf you haven’t heard, the NEW Video animation lesson will be available free for elementary schools in a couple of weeks on YouTube. Please sign up on our mailing list if you would like us to send you the link. See Wellness Through Movement (Double Clink Red)

Child Development Teaching Institute Presentation Invitation

We have been accepted to present at the Teaching Institute for the Society of Research of Child Development (SRCD).  Teaching Institute is held at the preconference of SRCD Biennial Conference  2015 in Philadelphia.  Teaching Institute is designed for teachers of developmental courses of all levels wishing to develop strategies for engaging students, exploring new ideas, and update their knowledge with like-minded professionals.

Presenters professor Carolyn Palmer of Vassar College and Catherine Rosasco-Mitchell of Wellness Through Movement (Feldenkrais Practitioner) are giving simple lessons to build awareness from body-to-the-brain (or a Sensory Self-Awareness).  Lessons will affect self-regulation, listening, attention, and behavior.

Expanding awareness of somatic influence  guides individuals young and old into the uniqueness of how they learn.   Students aware "internally” of somatic sensations influencing perception are more able to fully engage "externally."


To give students an experience of Sensory Self-Awarness  Wellness Through Movement lessons chosen for presentation focus on both  internal and external sensory bodies (embodiment of the body).  Experience the “material nature to the sensory body” is a tool for a life span of learning.

Conference is held at the Marriott in downtown Philadelphia.  For more information contact SRCD Preconference Teaching Institute 2015.

Hello world! Change is A Comin!

Want Change


Change is a comin!

Blue Zones, a community health initiative is here in Kamuela, Hawaii.  200 cities across the nation applied for Blue Zones  come into their community.  We WON! This is an exciting time for BIG CHANGE in the strength of community bonds and social systems of education and healthcare for Waimea (Kamuela).  

It's time for me to pull back from  being in the classroom, and start supporting the whole social systems by focusing on the empowerment of awareness through the Blue Zone support systems.

The focus will be on how to support the programs and systems involved in wellbeing with the Blue Zone model.  Special attention will continued in the direction of the physical sensation of embodiment.  The secret code inside is "talking the same story"  Blue Zones is talking… get back to our roots and the heart of who we are… a very good story not many are living. 

Checking in to oneself is the first step.  Understanding the "story" is the next step.  "Your hearts know in the silence the secrets of the days and the nights" (Kahil Gibran). Moshe Feldenkrais figured out a method how to understand the secrets this story.  Move. Point attention to feeling the sensation of motion and before changing it just witness the adaption of conditioning.  Locked in all sensation of behavior is the muscular skeletal pattern of conditioning called COGNITION. 

To give the power back to the people we need to wake up to the basics.  Responsibility lies within the awareness of the self, sensing the body and hearing its version of the situation before it hurts.  This takes training. If not it will develop haphazardly with life's successes and failures resulting in suffering. 

How we learn and how we heal is a two-way road between the body and brain just as it is a two-way road between doctor and patient or teacher and student.  Feel the sensation of the body behind a thought and you will know what is happening between the heart and head. The dynamic patterns of emotional, mental, and physical behavior is an integration different for everyone.  Thus each person has the responsibility to find his or her "way" and then watch what you choose. 

Look at yourself, feel yourself.  The body is a God given vessel for change.   And maybe the next time you want to change it will be a little easier to do when we do it together.  Waimea are you ready?