New Classes Start in April

  • Register now for Mindful Parenting weekend workshop - April 13-14

  • High school teen classes start April 15 in Chimacum, Port Townsend

  • Applications available for scholarship to train as an instructor


8-Week Classes in Chimacum, Port Townsend for High School Students: Sign up by April 8

What: Making Friends with Yourself - Stress Management and Emotional Resilience Skills
When: 8 weeks on Mondays, April 15 to June 10 (No class on Memorial Day)
Chimacum – 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Port Townsend - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m
Who: High school students
Chimacum - Chimacum Grange, 9572 Rhody Drive
Port Townsend - YMCA, lower level classroom, 1925 Blaine Street, Mountain View Commons
Registration deadline: April 8
Cost: $225 standard registration; sliding scale and scholarships available; No teen turned away for financial reasons

This program offered in partnership with Jefferson County YMCA

Adolescence is a time of change and growth, the period of life reserved for rebellion and self-discovery! But as the demands in life increase for teens, they often experience more stress. Teen years can include anxiety and other strong emotional ups and downs.

For many teens these challenges lead to feelings of disconnection or isolation at times. “Making Friends with Yourself” is designed to reduce stress, and increase the sense of feeling relaxed and in control. Through practices and exercises developed just for teens, they will have an opportunity to learn how to navigate the emotional ups and downs of life with greater ease. This class is for high-school age males, females, and other gender identities.

If you would like to experience less stress, then this course is worth checking out. In research studies this program demonstrated a significant decrease in stress, anxiety and negative mood. This curriculum was adapted from the adult Mindful Self-Compassion created by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, and has been endorsed by Neff and Germer.

The class will be taught by experienced instructors Blair Carleton and Macy Ratliff. Learn more about them and the class.

 Parenting with Mindful Self-Compassion

When: April 13 and 14, 9:30 to 4:30 with lunch break
Where: Jefferson Community School, 280 Quincy St., Port Townsend
Who: Parents, guardians, therapists and other adults who live or work with youth
Registration Deadline: April 6
Cost: $200 standard registration; sliding scale and scholarships available. Reduced fee for second parent/caregiver from the same family.No one turned away. $35 for CEUs.
Learn how to develop a warm-hearted connected presence, even during challenging moments with your child. Mindful self-compassion for parents cultivates emotional strength and resilience. Develop skills to care for your children while caring for yourself.
Suitable for parents of any age child, the program will include information on coping when things go wrong and the developing teen brain.
Taught by Lorraine Hobbs, youth and family programs director of the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness, this class is also suitable for therapists and other adults who work with youth. Continuing education credits available for social workers and licensed mental health counselors for an additional $35 fee.
Research shows self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, more satisfying relationships, reduced anxiety and depression as well as healthy habits such as diet and exercise.


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Apply Now to Teach
Mindfulness to Teens

The Benji Project is offering scholarship opportunities to local individuals who want to train to teach our curriculum of mindfulness and self-compassion to teenagers.

The scholarship is valued at up to $5,000, and applications are due April 19.

Read more and download an application here.

We encourage a diverse candidate pool including males, members of the LGBTQ community, veterans, the disabled, and minorities.  A background working with youth in an education, healthcare, or other group setting is desired as well as a personal mindfulness practice.

Please let your network know about this opportunity. Email if you have questions.


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