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The more we are able to keep in mind the intrinsic wholeness and beauty of our children - especially when it is difficult to see - the more our ability to be mindful deepens.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Sara Marlowe

Sara Marlowe, social workerI am a mother of a delightful 6-year-old son and 18 month-old daughter. I share this parenting journey with my partner Jonathon and our ginger cat (he is a great teacher of empathy and patience).  I love making music, brewing really good coffee, afternoons in the park, writing stories and Sundays with my family - with absolutely nothing on our calendar.

I adore taking pictures, thanks to my Dad no doubt - who always has a camera in his hand! You can see some of my images at Flickr.com/saramarlowe

As a new-ish mother, I have a special appreciation for mindfulness practice and it’s fit for cultivating attunement with our children and compassion for ourselves as parents.

Here's a bit about about my professional-self:

Sara Marlowe, MSW, RSW is a clinical social worker in both community-based and independent practice, where she incorporates mindfulness into her work with children, youth, families and individual adults. Sara first came to mindfulness as a participant in a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) group for artists and has since continued her own mindfulness practice. She has attended numerous Mindfulness & Lovingkindness retreats - including Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli’s 7-Day “Professional Training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine” and Sharon Salzberg's "Lovingkindness for Scientists & Educators." She has also received training in sharing mindfulness with children with Dr. Amy Saltzman's "Still Quiet Place" training and the "Mindfulness and Yoga Teacher Training" offered by Daniel Rechtschaffen and Jennifer Cohen. Sara has a passion for narrative therapy, expressive arts and social justice, which she also integrates into her practice.  She works in children’s mental health, and brings mindfulness and expressive arts to her work with children and families.

Sara offers workshops for clinicians and educators on ways to bring mindfulness to their work with children and families. She is a musician and uses music as a vehicle to teach mindfulness and relaxation to children.  You can hear her original songs by clicking the ‘Mindful Kids’ tab. Sara's  children’s story, No Ordinary Apple: A Story about Eating Mindfully, was released in June 2013, and is available at Amazon. She is a also regular instructor at Ryerson University in Early Childhood Studies, where she teaches pre-service educators creative arts for children, how to bring therapeutic ideas into their classrooms, and how to cultivate supportive partnerships with families. 

Sara talks about mindfulness practice with children & families in The Globe and Mail (Tuesday, January 21). Read the article here.

Sara Marlowe was interviewed by Courtney Lawrence for the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education. Click here to read the interview.

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