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A Beginner's Mind and Creative Mindfulness with multidisciplinary artist Alana DaCosta

Friday, April 7, 2023 | In-Person 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Sandrell Rivers Theater | 6103 NW 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Join AKI for an interactive, engaging & mindful morning!

This in-person interactive session will explore the beginner’s mind through creative mindfulness activities and thought-provoking dialogue that will inspire innovative action steps in and out of the classroom. The creative process can ease us into an experience of focus, concentration, immersion, and flow, and is naturally mindful. Most of our troubles could be solved by one simple practice. Genuine joy and happiness could be found with the same practice. And it is simple: practice seeing life with a beginner’s mind. A "Beginner's Mind" or "Shoshin," refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when learning, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner would. Open to a world of possibilities, unsure of what is or isn’t possible, this practice can help foster better experiences, relationships, reduce anxiety and help give us an opportunity to embrace being present and finding gratitude in the moment.

This session will give us the opportunity to tap into that inner child, whose imagination runs wild, free, and overflows with questions. Because children are always beginners at something, they’re natural at this process. However, it’s easy to lose touch with these characteristics that once came so instinctively. Join Alana DaCosta of KR8TiVE Uprising, Inc. to tap in your inner child and experience this creative practice. 

Workshop participants will have a chance to win an Amazon gift card or full scholarship to attend the Kennedy Center's Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference or The 25th Annual Family Cafe.

Space is limited - you must be present to win!

MDCPS TEACHERS: To earn CEU credit you must register for the workshop through the MDCPS - Professional Development Management System (PDMS). If you have already registered through PDMS you do not need to re-register through All Kids Included.  The name and number listed in PDMS is:  AKI PD Workshop "A Beginner's Mind and Creative Mindfulness” with Alana DaCosta, Session Code: 2-000-325 Session: 6443.

Participants will need the following:

  • A beginner’s mind
  • This is a participatory workshop.  Wear comfortable clothes and bring a sweater or light jacket.
  • Yoga mat or large towel.

AKI professional development trainings provide a hands-on approach to learning about inclusive strategies and adaptive techniques for including every learner, together with the knowledge of universal design.  Educators gain a sense of excitement and renewed energy, as well as practical skills on how to use the arts to inspire learning and include students with disabilities in a variety classroom and community settings.

Who should attend:

  • Educators
  • Teaching Artists
  • Youth Arts Program Administrators
  • Clinicians

AKI professional development workshops provide knowledge of:

  • People First Language
  • Disability Awareness
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Adaptive Techniques
  • Inclusion Strategies
  • Behavioral Strategies
  • Interactive Case Scenarios
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders


MDCPS TEACHERS: You must register for the workshop through the MDCPS - Professional Development Management System (PDMS) Session Code: 2-000-325 Session: 6443.

ALL OTHERS:  Click the link at the bottom of this page to complete the registration form for each person attending the workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact:  Ivette Dominguez
Para obtener ayuda en español, comuníquese con Ivette Dominguez