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02/08/16 - CA Call/ Sarwang Parikh "Seeds of Awareness & Mindful Communities"

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02/08/16 - CA Call/ Sarwang Parikh "Seeds of Awareness & Mindful Communities"

Time: February 8, 2016 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Phone
Phone: 1-712-775-7031, Code 719-062-520#
Event Type: phone, conference/, guest, speaker, sawang, parikh
Organized By: Nancy Merritt
Latest Activity: Jan 29, 2016

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Event Description



Invites You to Join Our


Second Monday Telephone Conference on 2/8/16



Program Director

will discuss





February 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Call-in No. 1-712-775-7031, Access Code 719-062-520#

If unable to get through on that number, dial 1-951-262-7373

This call is open to all who are interested.


To teach mindfully we need to be mindful.  There’s no way around it. 

If you are a parent, teacher, therapist, or anyone else with children in your life,

the greatest gift you can give them is your authentic presence.

-       From


Seeds of Awareness is a San Francisco Bay Area organization that facilitates mindfulness-based social and emotional support programs in schools and other settings. 

Mindfulness is:

  • The practice of paying attention in the present moment on purpose.
  • A mental state achieved by focusing on one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Imagine the ramifications of teaching mindfulness in schools, training teachers to integrate mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in their classrooms, and teaching parents positive parenting skills and strategies.  Seeds of Awareness – whose mission is to transform schools and communities by cultivating empathy, connection and awareness—makes such offerings to the community.

Mindfulness brings to children an awareness of self and how they impact others.  Children learn to recognize and deal with feelings.  They learn skills in solving conflicts.  Mindfulness helps build bridges and fosters a sense of peace and calm.  One young student said mindfulness makes her feel more energized and happy.  These skills are the number one predictor of success in the work field and in life, said Sarwang Parikh.  (See

Sarwang Parikh, MA, MFTI, is the Program Director at Seeds of Awareness.  He is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who is preparing for licensure.  He received his MA in Integral Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies.  He has extensive experience and training in cross-cultural and trauma-informed approaches to therapy utilizing somatics and expressive arts modalities.  Sarwang has been working therapeutically with youth, adults and families across cultures and around the world for over the last 10 years in a variety of therapeutic, school-based and community settings.  He currently provides community counseling, youth mentoring and trainings with Seeds.  He is committed to integrating social change and personal healing through mindfulness and related work and believes these holistic resources need to be available to all communities.

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