May I Be Happy reveals the significance of mindfulness practice in transforming the lives of young people.
Through poetic cinematography and sequences of teachers leading sensitive or boisterous practices to kids from different backgrounds, the film brings awareness to the benefits of mindfulness as a way out of violence and suffering, and as an attainable solution for younger generations.
This full-length feature documentary captures the very real challenges American children face, whether in elite private schools, public schools, on the streets, or in juvenile detention centers. Hearing the frustration of dedicated educators who find ways to teach from the heart, and seeing their optimistic work with youth is an uplifting experience. Interviews with teachers and leaders in the field of mindfulness research and education, including Dr. Dan Siegel and Vinny Ferraro, offer insights into the growing practice of mindfulness in education.
Covering varying approaches to mindfulness by a range of San Francisco Bay Area programs, May I Be Happy reminds us of children's natural capacity for wellbeing, resilience and happiness.
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Jaclyn Guest is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, with over 12 years' experience specialising in childhood trauma and attachment. She has a special interest in therapeutic techniques and parenting styles that connect with a child's authentic experience. This often involves supporting children to listen to themselves and their bodies, and teaching parents about the value of co-regulation. Jaclyn is currently completing the certification in Synergetic Play Therapy, which is a cutting edge, therapeutic approach based in the theory of neurobiology and nervous system regulation to make sense of a child's "symptoms" and behaviours. Using the child's language of play, their "symptoms" can be translated into meaningful communications. Jaclyn consults in private practice and at the Australian Childhood Foundation, both in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
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About the event
Through thought-provoking events that inspire action, and using the power of film to illuminate the issues of our time, Suburban Sandcastles is a movement for people seeking to live with their minds opened by wonder, not closed by belief. Join us at Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale, Bayside Melbourne for a nourishing meal, fresh juice, wholefood snacks, beer and wine, all available for purchase before the film. Connect with our community and explore what's on offer from our wellness and lifestyle exhibitors.
5.45pm doors open, nourishing food and drink available, local exhibitors
6.45pm film commences
8.15 Q&A panel
8.45pm event concludes