Featured Speaker: Dina Amsterdam
Nurturing Well-Being, Spirit, & Evolutionary Growth in Montessori Educators
The first essential is that the teacher should go through an inner spiritual preparation. — Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori emphasized the spiritual preparation of the teacher, even over the academic aspects of learning. She encouraged her teachers-in-training to recognize their own personal limitations and how their inner attitudes impact their outer approach as well as the environment they create. However, this is not easy to do, let alone maintain in or beyond teacher training. In positions of great responsibility it is easy to fall into habitual reactive patterns and coping behaviors that are disconnected from our true selves, our authentic selves. In these times, we have all experienced how we can impact our environment for better or for worse, even subtly, depending upon our inner state.
It is essential that we have practices, integrated into our daily work life, that support inner attunement and invite us to nurture our spirit actively. Engaging this inner work individually and in community allows us to be connected to our true selves and to be of greatest service.
In our time together, you will have the opportunity to practice utilizing tools that support greater inner ease and attunement. We hope you will depart feeling relaxed, enlivened, and inspired as to how you can better invite yourself and the teacher at your schools to more effectively and consistently practice self-care and spiritual preparation.
Dina Amsterdam has been leading mindfulness-based offerings for over 20 years. She is currently a visiting scholar at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA, and works privately with a variety of organizations as an executive coach and head of leadership training and development through her company Leadership Within.
Dina’s Leadership Within mission is to transform workplace and educational environments into cultures of evolutionary self-awareness, embodied presence, and inspired collaborative creative purpose. For the last several years, she has been honored to do this work in support of the Wildflower Montessori network of schools, an open-source approach to Montessori learning developed at the MIT Media Lab. Additional current and previous clients have hailed from Google, Founders Fund, Expedia, the New Yorker, and Innovation Endeavors—to name a few.
A yogi and meditator of over 20 years, Dina is the founder of InnerYoga, a therapeutic approach to yoga that invites deep inner listening and awakens the 4 foundations of awareness, kindness, breath, and ease within those who practice it.
The philosophy and methodology of InnerYoga is deeply rooted in a variety of ancient wisdom practices as well as psychoneuroimmunology—the scientific understanding of the body-mind as the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems.
To date, through both Leadership Within and InnerYoga, Dina has supported well over 100,000 people, in person, on their path to embodied mindful well-being and evolutionary living.