Meet the Couple Bringing Mindfulness into the Classroom
For nearly 10 years, Natasha Rix, 46, and her husband Grant, 44, have been the leaders behind Pause Breathe Smile. They first met in 2001, on a 10-day mindfulness retreat that shaped their whole lives. “We spent our twenties intensively practising, studying and travelling to learn from some of the best mindfulness teachers in the world including training as teachers ourselves,” says Natasha.
Pause Breathe Smile Improving Children’s Wellbeing
Children at a Horowhenua school are building resilience and learning how to deal with their emotions through a charity programme.
Tūpuna Inspire Tamariki
Rāwiri is a kaiako and ngā toi facilitator and began working with the two small rural schools in term 1. A dramaturgy process with teachers saw them drawing and sharing pictures to shift the story from literal to abstract and metaphoric, thus opening different ways to tell the story.
The Breeze Interview on Pause Breathe Smile
Grant Rix talks to the The Breeze about Pause Breathe Smile.
Increasing Wellbeing and Reducing Stress for Kiwi Youth
The good news is that in an initiative delivered by the Pause Breathe Smile (PBS) Trust, supported and fully funded by Southern Cross Group, teachers are being trained to teach mindfulness practices in Aotearoa New Zealand schools and kura, with results already looking overwhelmingly positive and pointing towards continuing positive outcomes in future.
Dominic Bowden is a Big Fan of Pause Breathe Smile
Dominic Bowden speaks to experts from around the world, local legends and our own Grant Rix, to help people feel good and ultimately lead healthier and happier lives. See full show 22/10/22 one hour into the show.
PBS Director Grant Rix Interviewed on Radio NZ
A home-grown programme teaching mindfulness to tens of thousands of school children around the country is bringing more calm and less anxiety to the classroom, according to an independent evaluation.
Boys will be
How can we help mindfulness resonate with young boys, especially if they’re bored, resistant, or suspicious of their feelings?
Taradale Primary School Teachers Learn Mindfulness to Help Kids Cope as Covid Bears Down
It has joined more than 230 schools across the country, embracing the mindfulness-based wellbeing programme, Pause, Breathe, Smile.
Teaching Mindfulness to Our Tamariki
Pause Breath Smile is a special programme which teaches the basic mindfulness and gratitude teachings with children aged 5 – 12 years of age. Grant Rix co-founder of Pause Breath Smile shares the background of the kaupapa, its progress and goals.
Providing Tools to Deal with Life’s Ups and Downs
SELF-awareness, mindfulness resilience, relief form stress and healthy minds are growing in Tairawhiti. Those newly-found attributes are the notable changes that have taken place with Kaiti School students – and others around the country – taking part in the Pause Breathe Smile (PBS) mind health programme.
Health, Wellbeing, Above All Else
Central to the New Zealand Curriculum is the aim of developing young Kiwis who are “confident… positive in their own identity… resilient… and able to relate well to others.”
Creating foundations for lifelong wellbeing within schools can take many forms and can provide priceless ripple effect throughout the school, its community and the lifetimes of its students and staff. What could be more valuable?
Pause Breathe Smile: Teaching Tamariki the Power of Mindfulness
Teaching students mindfulness is even more crucial in such unpredictable times. A programme teaching mindfulness in primary and intermediate schools across the country is giving young New Zealanders the skills to navigate everyday life. Emily Writes talks to the people running the Pause Breathe Smile programme.
Integrating Mindfulness into Learning
Mindfulness practices are emerging as one of many strategies schools and kura can use to support learner wellbeing. The Ministry of Education’s Education Gazette looks at the Pause Breathe Smile mindfulness programme that has recently been scaled up, allowing more schools access.
Last year was my best year teaching and I know it was no coincidence that we were launching into the Pause, Breathe, Smile programme...
Pause Breathe Smile has now reached over 100 thousand Kiwi Kids!
It’s a Wrap on Whakawhiti Kōrero!
Pause Breathe Smile trainings for Kura Kauapapa Māori and Māori Immersion Settings
Creating Positive Change for Tamariki
Whole School Approach
Breathing with Fatigue: The Impacts of Covid on New Zealand Teachers and how mindfulness can help
Mindfulness and Teacher Wellbeing
Working with Pause Breathe Smile – A teacher’s perspective