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Mindfulness in Schools (MiSP - Paws b) and BREATHE courses in Devon  


Gentlemind is pleased to offer Mindfulness in Schools (MiSP - Paws b) and BREATHE courses to young people in Devon.  A great deal of media interest has arisen as a result of the growing body of rigorous research evidence regarding the potential benefits of mindfulness for young people. These include randomised control trials and neuroscientific studies. The classroom-based mindfulness curriculum Gentlemind offers are called ‘Paws b’ and BREATHE.


‘Paws b’ is a 6-12 session curriculum for children aged 7 -11 and is offered formally as a series of standalone lessons, and informally through integrating the learning and practice of mindfulness in all National Curriculum subjects and in the children’s everyday lives. Paws b is also suitable for older students with a SEND diagnosis.


For adolescents and young adults I offer the six week BREATHE programmme comprising of six 40 minute sessions.  Each week covers different themes including Breath, Reflections (thoughts), Emotions, Attention, Tenderness, Habits (to reduce stress and increase inner strength)

During these courses pupils will be learning about many things, including:

  • Specific areas of the brain and how these affect our ability to focus, make good choices, recognise when we need to steady ourselves when our body or mind is busy or out of balance.
  • Ways that mindfulness can support them in many day-to-day activities, including concentration and memory, behavioural self- management, and in relationships with family and friends.
  • Ways to respond rather than react – and therefore make better choices and take best care of ourselves and others.

The feedback from children who have taken part in Paws b is very positive. They report enjoying the lessons and find the learning supports them in a broad range of situations from being able to concentrate and focus more easily in school to helping them feel calmer in exams and competitions. Many have described sharing the learning with other family members and finding it helps them with their relationships with family and friends.

If you would like to learn more about the Mindfulness in Schools project and how it could be implemented in your organisation, please simply follow this link to the Mindfulness in Schools Project Website.


Also, I would encourage you to view the the following videos where you can hear pupils speaking movingly about their experiences of developing mindfulness skills:

From the UK:

From New Zealand:

Should you be interested in reading more about the body of research evidence around mindfulness, you may find this document by Professor Katherine Weare useful.

Further research studies regarding the benefits of mindfulness for young people and also school staff can be here found on the Mindfulness in Schools Project Website.

To listen to Professor John Kabat-Zinn explain further about what Mindfulness is, please visit our Home page.

Book a course

If you are interested in introducing the Paws b or BREATHE curriculum into your school then please don't hesitate in contacting me.  The fees for both courses is £500.00 which includes the delivery of the six modules and all supporting materials over six consecutive weeks.  Each Paws b module can be delivered as two half hour sessions or a single session of one hour. The BREATHE programme is delivered in six 40 minute sessions over six weeks.