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Local Film Screening: “Room to Breathe”

Bainbridge School invites the community to join a screening and discussion of the film “Room to Breathe”. A panel of experts on the integration of education and mindfulness will reflect on the film and take questions from the audience immediately following the screening. All ticket sales from the screening will go toward the expansion of Bainbridge School to serve more local children and families.

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Room To Breathe is a surprising story of transformation as struggling kids in a San Francisco public middle school are introduced to the practice of mindfulness meditation.

Topping the district in disciplinary suspensions, and with overcrowded classrooms creating a nearly impossible learning environment, overwhelmed administrators are left with stark choices: repeating the cycle of trying to force tuned-out children to listen, or to experiment with timeless inner practices that may provide them with the social, emotional, and attentional skills that they need to succeed.

The first question is whether it’s already too late. Confronted by defiance, contempt for authority figures, poor discipline, and more interest in “social” than learning, can a young mindfulness teacher from Berkeley succeed in opening their minds and hearts?

Panelists: Thursday, December 5

  • Willoughby Britton, research director, Brown University Contemplative Studies Initiative
  • Jonathan Gold, middle school history teacher, Moses Brown School
  • Fleet Maull, founder, Prison Dharma Network
  • Khipra Nichols, associate professor of industrial design, Rhode Island School of Design; meditation teacher
  • Betsy Stubblefield Loucks, professional facilitator and Bainbridge parent (Moderator)

Panelists: Sunday, December 8

  • Rick Benjamin, State Poet of Rhode Island
  • Joanne Friday, guiding Dharma teacher for the Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness
  • Eric Loucks, assistant professor, Brown University School of Public Health; mindfulness practice teacher
  • Betsy Stubblefield Loucks, professional facilitator and Bainbridge parent (Moderator)
  • Vanessa Weiner, founder, Resilient Kids

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Where: Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main Street, Providence
When: Thursday, December 5 at 7 p.m. or Sunday, December 8 at 4 p.m.
Tickets: $12. Purchase here

About Bainbridge School

Bainbridge is a small home-based preschool on the East Side of Providence. This fall, school director Kate Bothe, along with a board made up of current and former parents, incorporated the school as a Rhode Island nonprofit with the goal of expanding the school to serve more children and families. Bainbridge School offers a true education alternative, incorporating the arts, outdoors immersion, and age-appropriate mindfulness activities into a curriculum that draws on the best practices of progressive school models such as Montessori, Waldorf, and Enki. For more information about Bainbridge, please contact bainbridgepreschool@gmail.com.

Photo Credits: Top “Room to Breathe, Bottom “Bainbridge School”

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Written by Suzanne Cadge