Sunday, December 1, 2019

Conferences and Retreats in 2020

Mindfulness, SEL, and Contemplative Education

last updated December 21, 2019

photo credit: Christina Morelo for Pexels

posted by Catharine Hannay

Retreats and conferences can be a wonderful way to meet like-minded colleagues and learn about best practices in the field. 

Here's a selection of events in 2020 focused on teacher wellness, mindfulness in education, SEL, yoga in schools, and contemplative higher education. 

Please note: Some of these events may have application deadlines several months in advance. For example, the Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators has a January 31st deadline for applications.


January 12th-18th, 2020 
Komune Resort, Bali (Indonesia) 
Bali Teachers' Retreat 
hosted by Smile Teachers

January 25th, 2020 
Washington, DC (USA) 
Conference on Mindfulness-Based SEL 
sponsored by Peace of Mind


February 14-16, 2020 
San Francisco, California (USA) 
Educating Anxious Brains: Creating Calm, Collected, Mindful, and Trauma-Sensitive Schools 
hosted by Learning & the Brain

February 27-March 1, 2020 
Itasca, Illinois (USA) 
Educating Mindfully Conference 
hosted by the Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully (COSEM)

March 21 - 22, 2020 
Haverford, Pennsylvania (USA) 
Mindfulness in Education Conference 
hosted by the Mindfulness in Education Network (MiEN)


April 17-19, 2020 
Alexandria, VA (USA) 
National Kids Yoga Conference: Yoga, Mindfulness, SEL in Education 
sponsored by yokid

April 22-26, 2020 
Phoenicia, New York (USA) 
Mindful Leadership for the 21st Century 
hosted by Menla


May 18-20, 2020 
Baltimore, MD (USA) 
National Social and Emotional Learning Conference 
sponsored by the Center for Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning (CPSEL)


June 20, 2020 
London, England (UK) 
Teaching Mindfully Conference 
hosted by the Mindfulness in Schools Project

June 24-26, 2020 
Aarhus, Denmark 
International Conference on Mindfulness (ICM) 
hosted by the Danish Center for Mindfulness


July 9-12, 2020 
Damascus, Oregon (USA) 
Mindful Educator Retreat 
sponsored by Peace in Schools

July 13-18, 2020 (application deadline Jan 31st) 
Berkeley, California (USA) 
Summer Institute for Educators
sponsored by The Greater Good Science Center  

July 20-23, 2020 
Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) 
Yoga in Schools Canadian Summer Conference 
sponsored by Yoga in Schools 


November 5-8, 2020 
Madison, Wisconsin (USA) 
Contemplative Research Conference 
hosted by the Mind & Life Institute

If you'd like your event to be listed, or if you have any corrections to an existing listing, you can reach me at mindfulteachers[at]gmail[dot]com. 


Here at, there are many more resources on Practicing and Teaching Mindfulness and on Self-Care for educators and other helping professionals, including: