Virginia Tech - Invent the Future
Contemplative Practices for a Technological Society - Cultivating Mind Body Practices to Invent Our Future - April 11-13, 2013 - The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center - Blacksburg, Virginia
Preconference Workshops

Register separately for these workshops. Conference attendence is not required.

Bringing the wisdom of mindfulness into everyday life
With Michael Carroll and Patton Hyman
April 11, 2013, 1:30 -5:00 pm
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Join us for this pre-conference retreat and experience how mindfulness meditation and related contemplative disciplines train the mind's natural alertness, clarity, and presence and are invaluable to people from all walks of life, revitalizing careers and managing stress in a rapidly changing technological world. In this retreat learn how mindfulness

  • Opens us up to enhanced creativity
  • Develops our natural emotional and social intelligence
  • Makes us better listeners and collaborators
  • Transforms fear from an obstacle to an energizing principle
  • Helps us to deal with the challenges of multitasking

Open to all, including faculty, students, administrators, k-12 educators, business professionals, non-conference registrants, and the public of the Blacksburg area. New and experienced meditators welcome. Led by Michael Carroll and Patton Hyman, members of the planning group for the Conference, this hands-on practical retreat will include mindfulness instruction and practice, interactive contemplations, and remarks by the retreat leaders.

Michael Carroll is the author of Awake at Work (Shambhala 2004) and The Mindful Leader (Shambhala 2007) and over his 26-year business career has held executive positions with such companies as Shearson Lehman/American Express, Simon & Schuster and The Walt Disney Company. Michael has an active consulting and coaching business with client firms such as Procter & Gamble, Google, AstraZeneca, Starbucks, National Geographic Expeditions, Gilbane, Inc. and others. Michael has been studying Tibetan Buddhism since 1976, graduated from Buddhist seminary in 1980 and is an authorized teacher in the lineage of the Tibetan meditation master, Chögyam Trungpa. Michael received his bachelor's degree in theology and philosophy from the University of Dayton and his master's degree in adult education from Hunter College. He has lectured and taught at Wharton Business School, Columbia University, Swarthmore College, St. Mary's University, Kripalu, Cape Cod Institute, Zen Mountain Monastery, Shambhala Mountain Center, Karmê Chöling, Omega Institute (assisting Pema Chödrön) and many other practice centers throughout the US, Canada and Europe.

Michael is a member of the board of directors of Applied Mindfulness Training, Inc., an educational 501 ( c) (3) nonprofit.

Patton Hyman is President and Executive Director of Applied Mindfulness Training, Inc., an educational 501( c)(3) nonprofit organization, a position he has held since 2005; during that time he has designed, promoted, and presented numerous programs introducing mindfulness to professional and nonprofessional audiences, as well as offering three Applied Mindfulness Conferences at Karmê Chöling Shambhala Meditation Center. These trainings were designed for groups as diverse as lawyers, judges, physicians, nurses, therapists, dancers, educators, business and public sector organizational leaders, mediators, musicians, actors, writers, yoga practitioners, parents, couples, qigong practitioners, and improvisational performing artists. He has personally led mindfulness trainings for physicians, nurses, lawyers, judges, musicians, attorneys, mediators, teachers, executives, couples, and hospice workers. He currently serves as mindfulness instructor for the Key Executive Leadership program at the School of Public Affairs at American University, Washington, D.C. He also designed and taught (on two occasions) a new program for Karmê Chöling called Meditation: Tools for Living. Applied Mindfulness Training, under its previous name of Tail of the Tiger, co-sponsored an Applied Mindfulness Conference at West Chester University (Pennsylvania) in 2011, during which Patton led a workshop on presenting applied mindfulness to professional audiences.

Patton has been a practitioner and teacher of meditation for more than 30 years. He served, with his wife, Carol, as co-resident director of Shambhala Training in Atlanta for nine years, and is authorized to direct all levels of Shambhala Training, including the Warrior Assembly.

Patton practiced law for almost 30 years as a member of the firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, in Atlanta, Georgia, before moving to Vermont at the end of 1998. He has been a member of the Vermont bar since 2001 and practices in the areas of estate planning and business and property transactions. Before moving to Vermont, Patton and Carol spent a year on the road in an RV with their two children, traveling throughout the United States and Canada.

Patton is active in civic affairs, serving as a member of the board of trustees of the St. Johnsbury (Vermont) Athenaeum and as a member of the executive committee of the board of trustees of the Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce, which represents the northeastern corner of Vermont. He is a member of the St. Johnsbury Rotary Club where he serves on the membership committee.

with Charlene Myklebust, Psy. D.
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM, April 11, 2013
at the German Club

The Hawn Foundation's signature educational program is MindUP, a set of social, emotional, and self-regulatory strategies and skills developed for pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students to cultivate wellbeing and emotional balance.

While focusing on the theoretical and pedagogical foundations of MindUP and how to implement the program in the classroom, this workshop is designed to give educators, child advocates, and other interested people the capacity to sustain the growth of the MindUP program, while working in close collaboration with The Hawn Foundation. This is accomplished through interactive learning and presentations.

In the MindUP Workshop, participants will:

  • Learn how to implement MindUP in the classroom;
  • Become familiar with the theoretical and pedagogical foundations of MindUP;
  • Experience first-hand the MindUP curriculum through interactive learning;
  • Develop an acquaintance with how MindUP supports children's acquisition of skills to recognize and manage emotions, develop concern for others, make responsible decisions, and maintain positive relationships;
  • Learn how to integrate the principles and concepts of MindUP into standards-based or core curricula;
  • Evaluate and manage the efficacy of MindUP;
  • Explore a variety of topics and issues focused on SEL, mindful education and The MindUP curriculum.

The Hawn Foundation
MindUP Teacher Training Workshop Agenda

  • MINDUP CURRICULUM I (Lessons 2 & 3)
  • Break
  • MINDUP CURRICULUM II (Lessons 4 thru 9)
  • Lunch
  • MINDUP CURRICULUM III (Lessons 10, 11, 12 & 14)

Important Websites

Dr. Charlene Myklebust, Psy. D., is the Executive Director of Mental Health and Partnerships in Intermediate District 287, a consortium of twelve member districts in the metropolitan Minneapolis area. She supervises four area learning centers, school-based mental and chemical health services, safe schools supports, and contracted grant and county services. Dr. Myklebust speaks internationally about brain-based teaching, mindfulness, neuroscience and learning, and a host of other educational topics. She co-wrote the training manual for the Minnesota Department of Education's “Early Warning Signs of Children’s Mental Health Disorders” course and teaches on-line professional development classes about this subject and other topics relevant to teacher education via Pro Ed Pal (

Dr. Myklebust was the recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Service Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness - Minnesota and also received the 2010 Educator of the Year award from the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health (MACMH). Additionally, she was an author of Scholastic's MindUP curriculum and is the Hawn Foundation's Director of Training - Midwest Region. She earned her educational administration licensure credentials at the University of Minnesota and received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Her current focus is on working with a multi-disciplinary team to develop a model to reduce the school-to-prison-pipeline (MacArthur/SAMHSA grant), to ensure the strategic expansion of the MindUp program (NoVo Foundation grant), and to educate school personnel about alternatives to suspension (LRP webinar).

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