last updated September 29, 2020

Why can't I post a comment?

Over the past couple of years, I've heard from three colleagues who tried posting comments but their responses disappeared for no apparent reason. Meanwhile, I keep getting many spam comments every week. 
I've tried several times to fix this, but haven't had any luck. 

So I've finally decided to disable comments. I'm very sorry about this, as I always appreciate reader responses and feedback. I am still available on Facebook and Twitter, as well as by email (mindfulteachers@gmail.com).

How do I sign up for your monthly newsletter?

I had a big problem with the email subscription 'gadget' here on the blogger platform, so I've been sending a monthly newsletter through mindfulteachers@gmail.com, with a brief message followed by links to new posts. 

If you send me a message at that address, I'd be happy to add you to the list. Rest assured, I have no intention of sharing my mailing list with any other organization, and you are welcome to unsubscribe at any time.

Since your message will reach me directly, rather than going through a subscription service, just 'subscribe' is fine, or 'Hey, Catharine, can you add me to the email list?' or however you want to phrase it.

If you think you should be receiving a newsletter but haven't seen it, check your spam folder. (That sometimes happens with bulk emails even when you've signed up for something you want to receive.) If you still don't see it, send me an email and I'll make sure you're on the list.

Who sponsors MindfulTeachers.org?

My name is Catharine Hannay, and I’m a writer and teacher from the United States.
 (See About page.) Much of the content is provided by other individuals and organizations, but I run this site on my own. There is no other organization or publisher sponsoring MindfulTeachers.org. 

Are you on my favorite social media platform?

I'm on Twitter as @catharinehannay and on Facebook as mindfulteachers.



I really appreciate it when you include links to your favorite posts and activities on your social media platforms, and mention this site when talking to anyone who’s interested in mindfulness and/or education.

Do you accept guest posts?

Yes and no. 

I publish guest posts from experts in  teaching mindfulness and in closely-related fields.  I'd be happy to consider a guest post or an interview with you if you're familiar with the types of content I typically publish and you have a specific area of expertise you'd like to share with your colleagues around the world. You can reach me at mindfulteachers[at]gmail[dot]com.

I do not publish sponsored/paid posts, and I do not publish the following types of guest posts:
  • basic introductions to mindfulness;
  • general-interest topics in education;
  • general-interest topics in yoga and fitness;  or
  • freelance writers without training and expertise in teaching mindfulness. (I do some freelance writing myself and wish you all the best; this simply isn't the right venue for you.)

Do you accept advertising?

No, I do not accept any advertising, including covert forms of advertising like sponsored guest posts and paid links. 

(You may notice ads on many of the videos. That's a decision made by the person posting the video to youtube. I don't have any control over that and don't benefit from it.)

Will you review my book/course/DVD/etc.?

I've stopped doing reviews, but I frequently feature guest posts, book excerpts, and interviews. If you're familiar with the types of content I typically publish, and your work seems a good fit, contact me at mindfulteachers[at]gmail[dot]com and we can discuss the best way to promote your work. (Please note that I do not accept any advertising or paid links.)

Can I use one of your activities on my personal blog or organization website?

I never give permission for this.  
First of all, I'm not the creator of all of the activities.  (See below.)  Secondly, posting an activity on another site would take away page views from MindfulTeachers.org. Posting a link to this site means additional page views for MindfulTeachers.org, while your readers still have access to the same content. Win-win.  

Can I use one of your activities in a presentation/curriculum/other context where I would show it in a Powerpoint or print the activity and distribute it?

If no other author, publisher, or organization is mentioned:
I generally give permission for hard copies/printouts to be distributed in educational contexts, as long as you include the URL and are not in any way charging for the materials. 
Please email me at mindfulteachers[at]gmail[dot]com, letting me know which activity or article you plan to use and for what type of audience. (This is very useful information when I’m planning new content.)

If another author, publisher, or organization is mentioned:

I have permission to post this content at MindfulTeachers.org but do not have the authority to make decisions about whether/how it’s published elsewhere. Use the same judgment you would for other content. If you’d need permission to photocopy a page from the book, you should ask for permission to use the post.
Here's a link to information about "fair use" of copyrighted material in academic contexts.

How do I become a 'mindful teacher'?

As far as I'm concerned, if you're a teacher who practices mindfulness and teaches in a mindful way, you're a 'mindful teacher.'  This is different from becoming a mindfulness teacher, which is someone who teaches mindfulness to others.  

If you're interested in becoming a mindfulness teacher, plan on spending at least a full year in a reputable training program. Most programs require retreat experience and a long-term daily meditation practice.

If you're interested in sharing a few informal mindfulness practices and related activities with students you're currently teaching:
  • The Mindfulness Resources page has many activities for practicing mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, and social-emotional skills. 
  • Please establish your own personal practice before teaching mindfulness to others (adults or children). 
  • Depending on your context, you might want to discuss your plans with parents and school administrators before assigning mindfulness activities and homework.  There have been unpleasant surprises for well-intentioned teachers who are asked by parents to stop teaching mindfulness to their children on religious grounds.  Christian mindfulness teacher Dr. Irene Kraegel emphasizes that "It is important to demonstrate empathy and understanding when it comes to these types of suspicions... If parents feel deeply listened to and respected by you, they are more likely to receive your responses." 

That answers most of the questions I've been asked... If there's something you're still not sure about, or if you have a question that isn't covered here, you can reach me at mindfulteachers[at]gmail[dot]com.