📷Bonnie Weiss is the owner of The School of Mindful Arts, teaching meditation, art, multiculturalism, and sustainability to children ages 3-18. Her teaching background includes the whole child developmental training of being both a Waldorf and Montessori teacher. As a former educator at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, she is skilled in teaching about environmental and social sciences. Bonnie’s training in teaching meditation includes being led by Tempa Dukte Lama to found the Olmo Ling Youth Sangha, the first Tibetan Bon Buddhist children’s program in the West, and coordinating children’s programming for the Buddhist Society of Pittsburgh.
Her Secular Mindfulness training includes certificates in both Mindful Schools curriculum and MBSR-T (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens), Awaken’s Mindful Connections for Classrooms, NVC, and Path of Freedom.
Her conference presentations in contemplative arts have included The University of Pittsburgh Mindfulness Fair (4 years), Robert Morris Educational Conference, Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children UN-Conference, Building Compassionate Learning Communities Day of Practice, MindBe Preschool Mindfulness Summit, and the STAR Summit for Magellan Health Network. Her work has been featured in Pittsburgh Parent Magazine and an upcoming documentary about the Mindfulness Movement in Pittsburgh. Bonnie is a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies, and the Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully.
“I am passionate about helping children with social-emotional learning through art, world cultures, and environmental studies. I am an advocate for Engaged Mindfulness- encouraging students to use their training in self-regulation and resilience to bring peace and compassion to classrooms, society and the planet.”
Other Teaching Collaborations in Mindfulness:
- Angels’ Place Childcare Center- Professional Development
-Brashear H.S.- Pittsburgh Public -ESL Students
-Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh- Public Programming
-East End Homeschoolers Cooperative
-The Ellis School
-Fairview Elementary, Fox Chapel School District
-The Falk School- Family Mindfulness Nights
-Fox Chapel Country Day School
-Laurie Ann West Community Center
-The Partnership in Education- Duquesne University
-Shady Side Academy Junior School
-Shady Side Academy Senior School- LEAD at SSA
-SPECTRUM Autism Support School- Professional Development
-St. Edmund’s Academy
-Sweetwater Center for the Arts
-Waverly Presbyterian Church- Summer Camp
-Winchester Thurston School City Campus
-Winchester Thurston School- North Campus
-Woodland Hills Intermediate- Professional Development