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Upcoming TrainingS

October 8–13, 2017

A LINEAGE PROJECT IMMERSION: Serving Vulnerable Populations With Yoga & Contemplative Practice

Join us for a five-day training at the beautiful Omega campus in Rhinebeck, NY. This immersive program will help you develop the teaching skills and organizational structure to effectively offer mindfulness or yoga to vulnerable kids and adults, whether you are just entering this field, or already serving this population and want to increase your impact. Read more

WINter 2018

Lineage’s 20-hour training intensive prepares you to effectively incorporate mindfulness techniques into your work with vulnerable young people, whether you work in a school, homeless shelter, foster care, youth justice agency, or are simply interested in exploring whether this field of work is for you. 

We have over ten years of experience providing trainings for schoolteachers, yoga teachers, social workers, justice-system staff, parents, caregivers, and other youth-serving professionals. 

These certificate-granting trainings are offered four times a year, and usually take place in January, April, July, and October (schedule subject to change). Through a partnership with Teachers College, Columbia University, our trainings usually take place on the Columbia University campus. 

Please check back for dates. The schedule will also be posted on Facebook and Twitter as soon as it becomes available.


“I’ve worked for four years as a social worker in a high school in the Bronx. I provide therapeutic support to kids and families with a lot of trauma. In my daily social work meetings, I’ll now often rely on mindfulness methods when working with kids dealing with high emotions. I use mindfulness to increase their awareness of what they’re experiencing and to come to a more relaxed state from which we can approach a difficult issue.” —Training participant Stefanny Andujar, LMSW, School Social Worker, H.E.R.O. High School

Our training curriculum includes

“Lineage Project stands out as an organization that uses a social justice lens. As a Mindfulness Mentor, I train teachers in private and public schools to bring mindfulness into their classrooms, and I also work with youth. The Lineage training was hugely beneficial for me in that it offered a trauma-informed model for working with people who’ve experienced the trauma of racism, poverty, and marginalization.”  
—Training participant Shea Riester, Mindfulness Mentor, Mindful Schools NYC 
  • Mindfulness-based techniques for stress reduction, increasing focus/attention, and emotional regulation
  • Trauma-informed teaching techniques 
  • Cultural competency on issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, and physical ability 
  • Mindful classroom and behavior management techniques 
  • Diversity training 
  • Resiliency Theory 

Your training experience

Lineage’s training intensive is an active learning experience that meets you where you are. It supports the personal mindfulness you bring to your work, while enhancing your professional skills. Prior experience with yoga or meditation is not required.

The training attracts a range of participants, enriching our dialogue. Whatever your professional background, you’ll acquire new tools and skills for working effectively with youth. Schoolteachers will learn how to create trauma-sensitive classrooms, increase student focus, and incorporate wellness practices into classroom routines. Yoga teachers will deepen their understanding of culturally responsive language, and learn how trauma presents itself and can be addressed through embodied practices. Social workers will learn how to reduce secondary trauma, while incorporating mindfulness techniques into their therapeutic practices. Justice-system staff will acquire tools to avoid trauma triggers, and develop new strength-based approaches for working with vulnerable young people. Caregivers will learn to identify stressors and respond more skillfully to challenging youth behaviors. 

You will practice Lineage’s unique, three-part mindfulness model, and learn how to plan and teach components of this model in a way that is informed by an understanding of trauma and its impact. Working in small groups allows time for thoughtful co-planning, practice-teaching, role-playing classroom management scenarios, and engaging in reflection and discussion. Drawing on your particular set of skills and strengths, you’ll learn to facilitate contemplative group discussions, and play mindfulness games that develop concentration and unity. You’ll learn how to teach simple relaxation techniques, and guide basic movement practices that can be adapted for diverse populations. 

The foundation of the training is mindfulness and self-inquiry. Together, we create a supportive space in which to bring awareness to issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and class. By exploring our own cultural identity, unconscious biases, and views about difference, we’ll develop tools for cultural competence in working with individuals of all backgrounds. We’ll also become more attuned to trauma-informed practice by observing our own somatic response to triggers, while recognizing the historical context for traumas such as racism and poverty. We’ll acknowledge the ways in which various communities have been systematically oppressed, while honoring their resilience.

You will leave the training with reinvigorated intention, a robust toolbox of skills, and a new community of like-minded professionals. 


Training FAQs

Q: Can I say that I am a Lineage teacher once I’ve received my training certificate?
No. You can say that you are a graduate of the Lineage Project professional training. Lineage teachers are defined solely as teachers employed by Lineage Project.

Q: Will this training guarantee me a spot as a volunteer Lineage teacher?
No, although we welcome experienced volunteers in many areas of our organization, and encourage you to inquire about volunteer opportunities. 

Q: Where can I stay during the training?
If you are traveling from out of town and need a place to stay, we suggest checking out 

Q: Can I miss a day of the training?
No. You must attend all days. The training is an intensive 20 hours and each day is integral to your overall training experience. Key portions of the training take place in small groups, and your absence will also negatively impact your classmates. 

Q: Who comes to the training?
Our trainings are diverse and inclusive. We welcome people of all ages, physical abilities, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and professions, who wish to enhance their work with vulnerable youth.

Q: Do I need to be a yoga teacher or have a mindfulness practice to participate in the training?
No. We welcome those for whom these are new practices. 

Q: What if I change my mind about taking the training after I’ve paid?
Your $250 deposit is non-refundable. The remainder of your payment is fully refundable until two weeks prior to the training. After that time your payment is non-refundable. 


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