Past Events

IT’S A WRAP!  These events have already happened, but we like to look back and remember…

Nurture Peace of Mind

Please join us for an online fundraiser for Peace of Mind

Sunday, May 3, 2020

5 pm to 5:30 pm on Zoom

All ages welcome for inspiring stories, advice for turning worry into love, and a chance to help.

Recharge the soul, support Peace of Mind!
Peace of Mind is a teacher-created, evidence-based program that supports mindfulness based social and emotional learning in elementary schools. Our work helps children develop skills to notice and manage big emotions such as worry, practice gratitude and kindness, and solve conflicts peacefully – skills that are needed now more than ever.
Proceeds from this evening provide critical support to Peace of Mind in developing new online resources for educators, students and parents, publishing our Grade 6 curriculum and new Spanish language resources, introducing Peace of Mind into new Title I Schools in the DC area, building a solid organizational foundation, and advocating for more peaceful and inclusive school communities.
 Your support is critical to our work. We welcome your donation before, during or after our event! If your employer will match your donation, even more wonderful!
Peace of Mind Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington DC. EIN: 47-1449614. For more information, please contact Cheryl Dodwell, ED, at .

Peace of Mind returns to COSEM

Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully Conference

February 27 to March 1st, 2020, Westin Chicago Northwest, Itasca IL  (near Chicago)

Join us February 27th, 28th and 29th  for the second annual national gathering of the Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully.  We loved this conference so much last year we are going back!  We found this a collaborative, openminded, positive gathering of educators committed to bringing mindfulness to their schools to foster inclusion, equity and student well-being.

We will be offering a 3 hour, interactive deep-dive workshop on applied mindfulness on Thursday, and a one hour curriculum overview session on Friday.  Other than that, we’ll be enjoying the company and the workshops and getting inspired! Register here!


Cultivating Peace of Mind

Sunday, May 19th, 2019 from 5 pm to 7 pm.  Invitation to Peace of Mind Spring Event

Proceeds from our first fundraising evening will provide support for the development of our new Middles School Curriculum as well as general operating support for Peace of Mind’s work developing and providing resources for educators and parents; building our community of practice and advocating for more peaceful and inclusive schools.

Guests will enjoy Inspiring conversation, tasty fare, and affirming words from our young Peace of Mind ambassadors in a lovely Washington DC setting.

Suggested tax-deductible donation: $200 per person

For more information please contact Cheryl at

Peace of Mind Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington DC.


Peace of Mind at the Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 11 am to 4 pm.

This was a lovely event!  Look for us next year in the Children’s Book area.  We’d love to see you there!


Mindfulness Evening Just for Parents

Wednesday, March 13, 2019  7 pm to 8:30 pm

Lafayette Elementary School, Washington DC, in the Peace Room

Our first PoM Parent Mindfulness evening, organized and led by members of PoM’s Board and Parent Advisory Team, was a warm, informative and supportive event.  Thank you to the parents who came and shared their stories, challenges and ideas and who also shared mindfulness practice together.  Big thanks, too, to our panel of Peace of Mind Alumni and one current student, all of whom shared how the practices they learned in Peace Class continue to serve them every day in middle school and in life.  If you are interested in participating or helping to plan future Parent Mindfulness Evenings, please let us know! .

Invitation to Parent Mindfulness Evening at Lafayette ES


Peace of Mind at the COSEM Conference

It was wonderful – we sponsored and participated in the first annual gathering of the Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully Feb28 to March 2, 2019.

Peace of Mind offered an introduction to The Peace of Mind Curriculum in  Friday workshops and answered questions about implementing the Peace of Mind Program at your school.   For more information about the conference and to register for next year,  go to:

Politics and Prose book Launch for Sergio Sees The Good

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 at Lafayette Elementary School, Washington DC

Thank you to all who came out to celebate the launch of Peace of Mind’s newest book in the Henry and Friends Series, Sergio Sees the Good by Linda Ryden, published by Tilbury House Publishers.  As Linda read the book, students helped to illustrate a gratitude practice we can all use to balance our brains’ tendencies to focus on the negative more than the positive. The real Sergio even made an appearance!  Politics and Prose booksellers were on hand with hot-off-the-presses copies of Sergio that Linda signed for many.  Thank you, Peace of Mind Community!

Peace of Mind’s first annual Mini-Conference was wonderful. Thank you!

Over 70 people gathered to talk about Integrating Neuroscience, Mindfulness and Conflict Resolution for Young Children.  We were so pleased to welcome educators, school nurses, researchers and parents to enjoy the keynotes by Neuroscientist Dr. Elizabeth Hoffman and (virtually) PoM Founder Linda Ryden.  Participants then chose two workshops to dive into on teaching neuroscience to kids and developing our own mindfulness practices as adults.

Everyone left with their own copy of Rosie’s Brain and the Peace of Mind Brain Anchor Chart to help them bring this work to the children they care about.   Stay tuned for the full conference video.  In the meantime, enjoy the photo gallery here. 

Big, enormous thank yous to our sponsors and partners who nourished us, and to the FFC for providing scholarships to educators from Title I Schools.  We could not have done it without you!


Peace of Mind at the National Education Association Foundation Symposium: Keeping the promise of Public Education

Friday, October 5th 2018, Washington DC

Linda opened the conference with a talk about the transformative power of teaching mindfulness, neuroscience and conflict resolution in schools.  Check it out here .  That’s not Linda, obviously, but she starts at minute 5:06 and goes for 15 minutes.