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Public Programs

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These ONE TIME PROGRAMS and RECURRING EVENTS  are held online via Zoom.  Download the FREE Zoom application and create an account before the meeting.  If you are looking for Teacher Practice sessions, please refer to the Resources for Workshop Participants page.

Our thanks to the Honorable Andrea Stewart-Cousins.; program costs for have been subsidized thanks to a generous NYS Grant in Aid.



Winter 2020/Spring 2021 WLS-sponsored trainings are being scheduled.  Email outreach@wlsmail.org if you would like to be notified when we post our new schedule.  

You can also go to https://www.breath-body-mind.com/workshops for a list of programs offered around the country.

Introductory Workshop for Westchester County Service Providers – May 29 & 30



This two-day program will be taught by BREATH-BODY-MIND™ originators and internationally acclaimed experts, Dr. Richard Brown and Dr. Patricia Gerbarg.  This program is intended for Westchester County healthcare providers and health educators working with adults, families and children – including social workers, childcare and early intervention providers, and librarians. 

Learn evidence-based gentle breath and movement techniques to relieve stress and improve mood,  empathy, mental focus, resilience, and performance. Benefits have been enjoyed by thousands of adults and children worldwide, including healthcare professionals and individuals with anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, cancer, and other  medical conditions. 

The program will be held from 9-5 on each day.  REGISTER HERE

Teacher Training for Westchester County Service Providers – Three part program: June 19-20, July 10-11, and July 31 & August 1.


A 36 hour BREATH-BODY-MIND™ Level 1 Teacher Training will take in three parts..  Attendance at ball three sessions is required , as well as participation in three one-hour practice sessions held between the sessions.  This program will be taught by BREATH-BODY-MIND™ founders, and internationally acclaimed experts, Dr. Richard Brown and Dr. Patricia Gerbarg. 

The training is intended for those who have participated in an Introductory Workshop and seek to bring their BBM practice into their organizations and communities. 


Don’t forget to check out the resources under LEARN MORE.

ACES Symposium @ LaSalle School May 2019

This sixth annual event at the LaSalle School was a powerful one. Speakers were Dr. Wendy Ellis (Project Director, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University) and J. Stuart Ablon (Director, ThinkKids in the Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital). Both provided insights and inspiration to this packed (sold out, 600-1000 attendee) free Albany event.

Dr. Ellis spoke powerfully about the context in which ACES occur. Using the metaphor of a tree, she spoke about the poor soil in which individuals grow (e.g., inequity, racism, poverty, homelessness). When rooted in this soil, the impacts of adversity are harder to balance with individual resilience. Her Building Community Resilience program is a model that she has used in multiple communities (and local and state levels) to build multi-level understanding and action to improve communities from the ground up. More on her work can be seen here.

Dr. Ablon shared information and his deep experience with a collaborative problem solving approach relevant to both children and adults. At its core, he asks us all to move from the premise that children (do well if they can, i.e., their challenging behavior is more a function of skill, not will. he proposed a problem solving approach that builds their skills and results in behavioral outcomes that can work for all. See more at this ThinkKids site. Dr. Albon’s new book, Change-able: How Collaborative Problem-Solving Changes Lives at Home, School and at Work, is available in the Westchester Library System catalog.

  • E Falcone, 5/11/2019