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Summer Camp: Spirit of the Light Saber - Jedi Mindfulness Training

Learn mindfulness techniques through the rainbow colors of lightsabers: Star Wars characters, guided meditations, discussions, writing, object lessons, demos, costumes, and hands on projects make this a fun way to learn.
Iris Imaginoria (Jessica Gray)
479 total reviews for this teacher
6 reviews for this class
Completed by 32 learners
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Class
55 minutes
per class
4x per week
over 2 weeks
9-13
year olds
3-8
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will learn mindfulness through the philosophy of the Jedi. Each session uses different techniques. 

Session One: Purple Lightsabers
Theme: Balance
2. Self-Management 
The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations and to set and work toward personal and academic goals.
2A Individual demonstrates the skills to manage one’s emotions, thoughts, impulses and stress in constructive ways. 

Session Two: Blue Lightsabers
Theme: Social Justice
3. Social Awareness 
The ability to take the perspective of others and empathize with them, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and to understand norms for behavior.  
3E Individual contributes productively to one’s school, family, workplace, and community.

Session Three: Green Lightsabers 
Theme: Compassion
3. Social Awareness 
The ability to take the perspective of others and empathize with them, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and to understand norms for behavior. 
3B Individual seeks to understand and demonstrates respect for individuals, including those with diverse backgrounds, cultures, abilities, languages, and identities. 

Session Four: Yellow Lightsabers
Theme: Harmony
4. Relationship Skills 
The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressures, and to seek and offer help when needed.
4A Individual uses communication and interpersonal skills to interact effectively with others, including those with diverse backgrounds, cultures, abilities, languages, and identities. 

Session Five: Orange Lightsabers
Theme: Fear
5. Responsible Decision Making 
The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms and to evaluate the consequences of actions and to consider the safety and well-being of others.
5A Individual applies problem-solving skills to engage responsibly in a variety of situations. 

Session Six: Red Lightsabers
Theme: Hope
2. Self-Management 
2D Individual demonstrates a resilient attitude and growth mindset, even in the face of adversity and challenges.

Session Seven: The Darksaber
Theme: Anti-Racism
5. Responsible Decision Making 
The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms and to evaluate the consequences of actions and to consider the safety and well-being of others.
5A Individual applies problem-solving skills to engage responsibly in a variety of situations. 

Session Eight: Closing
Theme: Endings
2. Self-Management 
The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations and to set and work toward personal and academic goals.
2A Individual demonstrates the skills to manage one’s emotions, thoughts, impulses and stress in constructive ways. 
Master Imaginoria (Jessica Gray) has directed year-long Jedi Academy coming of age programs and week-long in person summer camp programs for all ages. She has also trained in nonviolent communication strategies and mindfulness techniques for more than twenty years. Her organization, The Imaginorium, offers "theatre with a side of STEAMM," programs that bring stories into immersive theatrical learning environments. She loves to dress in costume and teach in character to bring pop culture to life!
There is no homework, but padawans are expected to be quite familiar with the Star Wars universe. We talk a lot about the characters from the Skywalker Saga. We also talk about other characters from the Extended Universe, Clone Wars, video games, and more, but it's not necessary to know these in advance as they are more obscure. I don't know them all! Some of the padawans know more than I ever could. 
Also, bringing the supplies to each day's session is important. It's very difficult to fully participate without the supplies.
It is a lot more fun for the padawans if they come to class prepared. It is listed on the class page, but I thought I would copy it here for your convenience:

Session One: 
A lightsaber
Yarn in three colors (contrasting colors can help)
A head band (thin stretchy athletic kind is best)
Scotch tape or masking tape
a flat surface you can tape something to (it will be removed) like a clipboard

Session Two: 
A lightsaber
Building supplies of various types - bring whatever you have - Legos or other blocks
Or crafty building supplies - pipe cleaners/chenille stems, construction paper, felt/foam, popsicle sticks, etc.

Session Three:
A lightsaber
Paper and markers and/or colored pencils

Session Four: Yellow Lightsabers
A lightsaber
Any or all of the following (really, you do not need to have all of these - a bunch of clean recyclables are fine):
aluminum foil, plastic containers, cardboard, water bottles, toilet paper or paper towel tubes for chutes, cereal or cake mix boxes to use like dominoes, beverage cans, soup cans, or batteries to roll, dominoes, funnels, marbles, golf balls, toy cars, string, buckets, cups or bowls, batteries, magnets

Session Five: 
A lightsaber
Supplies: Seaglass or a small, smooth stone. If any of your seaglass can be worn as a pendant, that would add to the object lesson. In that case you should also have a cord on which to wear it. 

Session Six:
A lightsaber

Session Seven:
A lightsaber
A printout of the pdf provided in classroom (or just paper)
a writing utensil

Session Eight:
A lightsaber
An empty soda (or juice bottle or other kind of container) with lid, label removed (16 oz or so). It's important that you have the lid because it will be shaken up once we put the water in.
Colored sand or coarse glitter (fine-grained glitter will not work)
Some small beads, can be different types
Water
A funnel
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
3 hours 40 minutes per week in class, and no time outside of class.
Some of the themes and topics we discuss are deep regarding hopes and fears. The intention of the mindfulness meditations is to give students tools to use to manage their fears, but sometimes just talking about fears does make them rise to the surface. The session on the Darksaber (session seven) brings up many current issues on racism that may be quite personal for students, especially students of color. The goal is to allow students to feel empowered that there are things they can do to change the conversation, even as children. 

Teacher

Iris Imaginoria (Jessica Gray)
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Artist, educator, writer, creator
479 total reviews
292 completed classes

About Me

For more than fifteen years I have created and directed innovative programs that incorporate literature and pop culture into educational experiences through The Imaginorium where I am Artistic & Education Director. Theatre, art, science, cosplay,... 
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