Welcome! Mindful Kids is an organization, a calling, a community, and a movement. Mindful Kids was founded in 2016 by Heather B. Hawk, a counselor, writer, and mom who felt called to create resources to support children in discovering their voices, accessing their power, and connecting to their innate knowing.
Our work focuses on guiding children in their relationship with themselves, emphasizing the freedom inner connection brings.
In our world, children are inundated with the message that what they want, need, and seek, is outside of them.
We teach children the truth - their power comes from within, not out.
We believe in a world where our children can KNOW themselves,
HONOR themselves, BE with themselves, and SHARE their gifts.
Mindful Kids provides revolutionary resources for PARENTS, TEACHERS, SCHOOLS, ORGANIZATIONS, and OUR CHILDREN and TEENS themselves as they navigate this changing world.
Become a part of the Mindful Kids community (it's FREE!) and start learning and exploring social emotional awareness in an expanded light.
WHAT IS A MINDFUL KID?
Navigating our inner and outer landscapes is an integral piece of learning how to thrive in this world.
Children who are aware - of their bodies, their feelings, their thoughts.
Children who are connected to their information, their intuition, who know where to go to access their truth.
Children who are emotionally conscious, who trust their inner guidance and know how to connect to it.
Children who radiate joy from the inside out.
This is what it means to be a mindful kid.
The Mindful Kids mission is to create social, emotional, and spiritual resources for children
(and the adults who care for them) that cultivate and nurture a conscious relationship
to the entirety of their beings, so that they may live a life of freedom and joy,
following their unique voices, power, and truth.
A NEW WAY OF SEEING AND BEING
It is our intention to provide resources to support children BEING in the world in a deep, authentic, and powerful way.
The way they were meant to be here. Their way.
The more we can give space to these big spirits in small bodies the more THEM they can be. This requires something of us.
It can take a great deal of work to unlearn many of the things we were taught about what it means to be a parent, a teacher,
a leader, a coach, a counselor.
And in this way, this work is disruptive.
It disrupts old paradigms and ways of thinking about and relating to our children and ourselves. This work is not a band-aid, or a short term solution. This work is transformational healing for our world.
It is change. Systems change.
It takes choosing to see with clear, conscious eyes,
in order to create a vision of what and why we are doing what we are doing.
It takes courage and bravery
to step out of the molds, stories, should's, or shames.
It takes passion and patience
to pause and respond with our full selves instead of reacting instinctually based on fear.
This takes individuals who are grounded, connected, and present.
This takes people willing to live on purpose,
in each moment, breath by breath, thought by thought, word by word, action by action, with all of themselves.
And it takes discipline, learning, questioning and willingness
to step out into unknown territory.
This is where Mindful Kids comes in.
We are here to guide you as you guide them.
This work is an invitation to deepen in our experience of what it means to be human
and live a full, conscious, connected life. This work is centered around our children,
but this work is for ALL OF US! EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.
Share these tools with our children but let it not be lost on you how important modeling the tools is for everyone.
Live them. Breathe them. Integrate them. Let them change you.
Guide our children and all the while be guiding you.
As you serve our children, let your service shine a light on who you are, so that you may see yourself more clearly and so too, the world. And as your light shines, it will remind all those with whom you come in contact, of their own.
Our founder, Heather B. Hawk, was born in Santa Monica California and called the beaches of Venice her playground for the first four years of her life. Since then, she has lived in California, Colorado, and many other states in the U.S. and even abroad. One of her favorites was the year she and her family lived in Israel when she was thirteen.
Heather has been an educator for twenty five years, and a counselor for thirteen years, but it was her exploration and learning in the world of energetic and intuitive arts which formally began ten years ago, where she was awakened to a level of healing and freedom that was life-changing. She immediately began integrating what she was learning into her work with teens and young adults in the non-profit organizations where she was working and in her private counseling practice.
In 2011, she began her journey into motherhood, which has been the most transformative experience of all. Seeing the world through this new lens, her path began to change and she felt called to work with kids, parents, teachers, counselors and anyone who helps guide our children in brand new ways.
And this is how Mindful Kids was born...
Heather is a thought leader. Her work is focused and grounded in developing and creating tools for transformation in all aspects of life. It is an integration of information she gathered in the worlds of counseling, meditation, mindfulness, and intuitive healing. It is guided by the concepts of energy and somatic psychology, sensory development and integration, and spiritual and universal laws.
Heather has a B.A. in Anthropology, and an M.A. in Counseling and Human Services from The University of Colorado. She held a license as a professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Colorado. She trained extensively at the Inner Connection Institute in Denver, Colorado and is a devoted student of A Course In Miracles. Above all else, Heather is here to learn, and this is how she loves to learn. She lives in Austin,TX with her husband and daughter. You can find her dreaming up her next children's book and sitting by the water.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mindful Kids is honored to have these individuals on our board of directors.
Their guidance, care, expertise and energy holds and nurtures this vital organization.
David Klow, LMFT
David is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, trained Intuitive Healer and Spiritual Guide. He is the founder and owner of Skylight Counseling Center and a Clinical Lecturer through the Department of Psychology for Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy Program at The Family Institute. Combining traditional psychotherapy and spiritual healing, David helps hundreds of people annually to find deeper passion and meaning in their lives.
Claire is a certified English teacher living in Istanbul, Turkey. With a personal exploration of spirituality, yoga and mindfulness guiding her, Claire also works with non-profit and non-governmental organizations to reach out to those in need during the difficult times humanity is currently facing.
She believes service to others reflects our service to our own higher purposes. Claire insightfully guides Mindful Kids in its work with teens and young adults and is our official international consultant.
Deborah has been an educator, formally and informally, for over 40 years. She truly embodies the word "teacher." She began her professional career teaching in New Jersey public schools, and has since worked with children and adults in many areas of growth and development. Over the last five years she has focused her energy on becoming a grandmother and embracing all the opportunities for learning that journey has brought. Her unique perspective and nurturing spirit are a gift to all who know her and to all with whom she shares her time.
Orli is the original 'mindful kid'. Since before she was conceived, she has been in communication
energetically with her family. She learned to meditate in the womb, and practiced each day as an infant, toddler, and now as a young girl you will often hear her asking her mother to be quiet as she 'does her visualization.' She is a highly sensitive being and came into the world with all the wonderful gifts that life entails. Orli enjoys learning and teaching with her mother, Heather. Their agreement to bring this work into the world together is extremely strong and they are both passionate supporters of one another. All the Mindful Kids tools get tested and approved first by Orli.
COLLABORATORS AND CONTRIBUTORS
Jules is a writer, parent, and acquirer of literature degrees living in Austin, Texas. Jules is mom to a 6 and 2 year old, who daily remind her to stay present and alive to the beauty in the world. Jules is also on the steering committee for Austin Jews for Justice where she is able to stay connected to local issues and work in solidarity for a more just society. Jules comes to Mindful Kids with a passion for empowering kids about the value and power of their own experiences. Jules believes that a more peaceful world will ultimately come from teaching the next generation about peace, love, and inner connection.
Erica is the mom of two young boys, who are the light of her life. She works as an assistant guide at a local Montessori school in Austin, inspiring children each day with her grace and compassion. Erica is a writer, musician, and massage therapist. One of her early memories is asking her dad if the meaning of life was "to become a better person." What that means to Erica is to always be striving toward a level of mindful living that involves real connection with others, and a way of moving through life that helps to create peace and good will in the world around her.