3. GLOBART Mindfulness Forum

Mindfulness School – How to keep learning joyfully

With the 2nd GLOBART Mindfulness Forum we placed our focus this year on “mindfulness in schools”. 

After the great success last year GLOBART shifted the focus with the social pedagogue and pioneer on mindfulness Nils Altner as this year keynote speaker to health and education. The abbey in Melk was again the host for over 150 pedagogues.

With practical examples Nils Altner explained, how you are able to control your emotions, how you are able to change anger and aggression into compassion. “The strength of peace and freedom is inherent and we can strengthen it.” Every mindful pedagogue has a positive effect on the relationship to his/her pupils, parents and collegium. Thereby the culture of a school can be changed. Mindfulness also has a big impact on stress and being overworked. Daily exercise, shown in the different workshops, led by Nils Altner, Karlheinz Valtl, Helga Luger-Schreiner, Ingrid Teufel, Dominik Weghaupt, Robert Aichinger and Artemis Katefidis, cultivate mindfulness and compassion as a health promoting measure.  


Meditation & Art

Andreas de Bruin, Hochschule München

  The workshop aimed for an holistic understanding of classical music. No musical notes and hardly any theoretically terms will be used – “tool” is our hearing. We traced the different ambiances, identify the turning point in the movement of music and decipher the architecture of the piece. To further recognize the music, we painted the melodies with simple lines and followed it with our hands. The approach is based on the musicosophia method, a way of hearing, developed for the musical layperson. The main focus lies on the masters of classical music. Since the seventies especially neuro-scientists engaged in the science of meditation and found out, that meditation is not only relaxing for body and soul, but als changes the way your brain functions. Meditation has up and foremost a positive effect on the ability to concentrate and on selective perception. What is the effect of meditation, when we are looking at the masterpieces of artwork? How do we find an approach to the pieces with their miscellaneous parameters, like color, effects of light, expression, emotion, composition, applied techniques, etc.? Which meditative practices are useful regarding guided tours in museums and how are we able to spread it accordingly to different groups? The main focus lied on the masters of painting.

MINDFULNESS FORUM 11. & 12. April 2018

With the first GLOBART Mindfulness Forum in Vienna and Melk in April 2018 we open a dialogue and experimental space with experts in the fields of mindfulness and education. Together with you we will combine theory and practice, experience mindfulness and give new impulses for a kinder world.

Richard Davidson Revisited 22. October 2018

Open Dialogue & Practical Exercises

22 October 2018, 14 – 17.30 Stift Melk / Gästehaus – 2. floor

The open dialogue in context of the first GLOBART Mindfulness Forum provides practical exercises in mindfulness in school pedagogics combined with a discussion about the pedagogical implementation of the neuroscientific research of Richard Davidson. It will be instructed by Karlheinz Valtl, Maria Kluge and Helga Luger-Schreiner.

This dialogue is supposed to be both exchange and laboratory, input as well as output. Every contribution is important – wether of students, teachers or speakers. Just as Maria Kluge with „The Toolbox is You“ we will open the space for a joint process of co-creation.

The seminar can be credited as advanced training at PH Niederösterreich.

It takes place in cooperation with Verein für Achtsamkeit in OsterlohUniversity of ViennaPH NiederösterreichStift Melk and the state of Lower Austria.