What is Mindfulness?
What is Mindfulness and how can it improve children's well-being?
Mindfulness, meditation and yoga can be extremely effective in developing children's imagination, emotional resilience and overall health.
Here at The Sea Within, we are passionate about teaching children how to achieve moments of peace and calm using the creative forms of mindfulness. This includes: yoga and movement, art, meditation and mindfulness exercises.
Studies show that regular mindfulness practice will improve attention span, feelings of calm, social skills and caring towards others. Through meditation, movement and creative activities children are provided with an opportunity to gain a greater awareness of their bodies, minds and emotions. In turn empowering them with life long tools.
The Sea Within works collaboratively with schools, teachers, parents and other local organisations to provide yoga and mindful art opportunities for children and young people.
Children often struggle to manage the stresses and pressures of exams, busy schedules and social pressures. Also, the transition from childhood to adulthood can be tough emotionally, physically and mentally. The stress of exams, social media and body image can cause anxiety and self esteem issues in many young people.
Meditation and yoga movements built into a child's daily routine can dramatically improve their life and ability to cope with what it throws at them.
"Educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at all"Aristotle
Creative mindfulness teaching throughout the North West.
Helping children and young people to find moments of peace and calm, in an often frantic world .
Mindfulness can help you to slow your thoughts down, calm your nervous system, regulate emotions and connect to your true self.
During these sessions children, young people and families will learn how to experience nature with fresh new eyes, ears and noses, using fun and creative mindfulness techniques.
You will experience meditation, movement, breathing exercises, and group art activities. All inspired by the beauty of our natural surroundings and our personal experiences during the session.
Please get in touch to book a session. I cater for schools, private groups and collaborative projects.
creative Mindfulness for young people
The transition from childhood to adulthood can be tough emotionally, physically and mentally. The stress of exams, social media and body image can cause anxiety and self esteem issues in many young people.
During my sessions students will learn about what mindfulness is and how it can help them to; regulate their emotions, build self-esteem, reduce anxiety and trust their own inner voice.
Themes are often inspired by nature and current issues, encouraging young people to connect with the earth and to find compassion for themselves and others.
Sessions can be delivered both online and in an outdoor setting. Weekly classes available.
Mindful art making
school mindfulness offerings
I work in partnership with schools to offer mindfulness sessions and resources, to help children and young people understand and regulate their feelings, feeling more calmer and grounded.
My sessions include breathing exercises, mindful movement, meditation, creative activities and follow nature themes. Encouraging children to connect with the natural world, their feelings and their most importantly their hearts!
and can be delivered in school settings as well as online if required.
Themes are different for each session and include topics such as:
Hope, kindness, resilience, gratitude and self-compassion.
I teach students from Key Stages 1-5 and am DBS checked as well as
being a qualified school teacher.
Benefits of mindfulness for children include:
Improved focus and concentration
Improved ability to regulate emotions
Development of resilience and confidence
Development of imagination and self-expression
Encourages empathy for nature and each other
Please get in touch for prices of my school programs. Including:
Yoga & Mindfulness
Art & Relax - Creative Mindfulness
Mindful Nature Connection
Children's Yoga & mindfulness
Life is unusual and uncertain at this time and children may be feeling unsettled. Yoga is the perfect chance for kids to release energy in a positive way and connect to their bodies and minds.
Sessions are available for schools, private groups, in an outdoor setting and 1:1
Available for children and young people ages 4-17
Please get in touch for pricing and inquiries.
Benefits of yoga for children and young people include:
Improved focus and concentration
Improved balance and co-ordination
Development of resilience, confidence and self-expression
Development of imagination and creative thinking
Museums & Galleries
I work alongside museums and galleries to provide children's well-being activities. Including The Whitworth Gallery in Manchester, Manchester Museum, Manchester City Art Gallery and Touchstones Museum in Rochdale.
These sessions are designed to encourage children to engage with art and nature in a calm and inquisitive way, using the gallery collections and the natural world as inspiration. Children are encouraged to connect with art, nature and their own bodies and emotions.
Please get in touch with any enquiries and bookings.
Services We Offer
Breathe. Stretch. Imagine. Play. Create
We offer services to schools and colleges, local organisations, charities and cultural venues such as art galleries and museums.
Services include: Yoga & mindfulness for children and young people. School mindfulness sessions. Mindful art workshops. Mindful nature walks.
Sessions are created and delivered by Jess Wilkinson, previous Head of Textiles at a Cheshire Secondary School. Jess has a broad range of experience working with children and young people, in both a creative and academic setting.
After identifying a need for improved well-being services in schools, Jess chose to train as a Children's Mindfulness and Yoga Teacher, accredited by the International Yoga Network. She has since used her own personal practice in yoga, art and mindfulness to develop relevant and effective programs.
Jess has a passion for inspiring both children and adults to live calmer and more mindful lives, helping them to find happiness, contentment and a connection to their intuitive self. She has an infinity with nature and outdoor learning is encouraged wherever possible in her teaching, preferring the forest as a classroom!
With stress and mental health issues being a cause for concern for many, she believes that regular Mindfulness practice can positively improve our lives and give us tools to cope with stress and difficult emotions.
Prior to teaching, Jess has a background in the fashion and creative industries, working as a window dresser and set stylist for some years.
Following completion of her MA in Design in 2009, Jess embarked on a career in teaching Art and Design to 11-18 year old's.
She is the lead teacher at The Sea Within, delivering sessions to children and young people ages 3 -18, as well as parents and staff.
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“I find the mindfulness sessions really therapeutic and relaxing after a tense day at school. I also found that Jess had a really soothing voice, which helped me to connect with the meditation. I shall definitely use these skills in the future to help control stress and my emotions.”
"Jess teaches from the heart and has a calm and imaginative approach to her classes, which really rubs off on the kids"
"I loved the yoga story and I loved putting the stars into my heart at the end. I love yoga!"
“Jessica spent a day at our school delivering 30 minute taster yoga & mindfulness sessions to nine KS1 classes. The children were all shown how they could feel relaxed and calm and shown strategies to help them in the future. Jessica was very professional and had a lovely manner with the children. We hope she can come again for more sessions one day!"
Liz Pattenden, deputy head teacher - Newall green primary school
"It's somewhere my son can come and unwind and relax after a long day at school. He loves it!"
“A well received workshop for our year 12 students, who following the workshop felt that they now have new strategies to cope with the chaos of modern life.”
Ms Hawkins – Head of KS5 Studio School, Knutsford Academy