Fully Present and Fully Engaged 

"You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength." Marcus Aurelius, Roman philosopher.

Finding the resources and inspiration to live the life we want to live is an ongoing process. As arts educators, it is vital that we are centered and focused so we can help our students learn, grow and express themselves through their art.  Living our best life helps us guide our students to find theirs. This three-hour virtual workshop for arts educators will cover topics such as mindfulness practices appropriate for the classroom, strategies for strengthening classroom connections, and perhaps most important, self care for teachers. Activities will include simple and practical mindfulness techniques that teachers can incorporate throughout the day to focus, recharge, and heighten awareness throughout the classroom.  Readings, discussions and reflections on the "new normal" of online instruction will hep us discover how to teach in thoughtful and focused ways when we can't actually be with our students. Exploring the topic of Self Care = Their Care will provide us with a variety of tools to pay attention to ourselves so we can better serve our students.  A closing round table discussion will allow us to learn from each other, as well as expand our peer support network. This PD opportunity is presented thanks to a generous grant from Duke Energy. 


This retreat is open to South Carolina's Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts Teachers. Professional development credit certificates provided. 


Saturday, October 17, 2020

9:30am-12:30pm (3 Hours)


This free retreat will be offered online via Zoom. Details will be emailed upon registration. Participants will need internet access and microphone/camera capacity. 

How To Register

For more information or to register, email Elizabeth Henderson, Coordinator of Outreach -  elizabethhenderson@scgsah.org 

About Kathryn Dey

Committed to using music as a tool for social justice, violist and educator Kathryn Dey is active as a performer and teacher in innovative venues reaching new audiences and students. She performs regularly with organist David Turner as The Lila Duo and together they have founded the Haiti Music Project, an outreach program connecting musicians in the United States and the Central Plateau region of Haiti. A creative and committed educator, her teaching has been recognized by American String Teacher Association, Strings Magazine, Music Teachers National Association, the American Viola Society, Palmetto State Arts Education, and the South Carolina Music Educators Association. Ms. Dey is a frequent presenter at music teaching conferences and has been recognized nationally for her interdisciplinary work linking the fields of music, creative writing, acting, yoga and mindfulness.  She is on the music faculty of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, as well as artist faculty of the Swannanoa Chamber Music workshop.  She is co-founder of both the Eastman Viola Workshop and the (almost!) annual Viola Intensive workshop. Ms. Dey earned degrees in viola performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a student of Sally Chisholm, and at the Eastman School of Music, where she served as teaching assistant to John Graham. She is a certified yoga teacher and has presented mind/body sessions at camps, workshops, conferences and clinics throughout the United States. Ms. Dey speaks fluent German, loves riding her bike to work, and together with her husband, cellist Robert O'Brien, has been renovating a historic home in downtown Greenville, SC for the past twenty years. 

About the Governor's School's Outreach Programs

As a part of the Governor’s School’s mission to serve as a resource to teachers across the state, the Office of Outreach provides professional development opportunities to enrich arts education in South Carolina. Learn more.