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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My passion for all things mindful and meditative started over 28 years ago when I was searching for some coping strategies to help deal with some personal health issues. This was on top of surviving the stress that jumps on board with running a Carlton tearooms then my own catering business for 14 years. Meditation became an essential part of my reality and my happiness. In 2016, I took this passion to the next level and studied to become a certified meditation teacher at the Australian Centre of Holistic Studies. Now I work as the Mindfulness Coach at The Geelong College, having developed a mindfulness program for Early Learning and Junior School, as well as staff. Mindnesting is the name of the business I started this year where I run guided meditation classes and workshops.
Jessica Cleary is the Director and Principal Psychologist of multi-award winning Hopscotch & Harmony – Child, Teen and Adult Psychology, the practice she founded in 2013. The practice has 20 clinicians (psychologists, occupational therapist, dietitian) across Werribee, Belmont and partner schools. Hopscotch & Harmony aims to be the premiere Child & Adolescent Psychology Centre in the region in response to, and support of, the over-burdened public child and family mental health service. However, Jessica's most cherished role is as the home-educating mother of three young children. She integrates her lived experience of parenting sensitive children with her knowledge of psychology to promote the understanding of child development and parenting. She supports parents and teachers to become better equipped to respond to children with compassion and empathy rather than unrealistic expectations and frustration. Jessica helps emotionally drained and overwhelmed parents and teachers find clarity and calm within themselves so they can cope with even the most challenging situations with a child.
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 The Potato Shed in Drysdale for a nourishing meal and wholefood snacks available for purchase before the film. Connect with our community and explore what's on offer from our wellness and lifestyle exhibitors.
6pm doors open, nourishing food and drink available, local exhibitors
7pm film commences
8.30pm Q&A panel
9pm event concludes