The Mindful Parent Series


Where: Whole Yoga and Wellness, 1335 Dublin Rd, Columbus, OH 43215

Cost: $35.00 per session or $120.00 for the series


Modern parenthood requires balancing many commitments: the needs of children and relationship partners, financial obligations, and work in and outside of the home are only some of these.  Amidst many pulls for outward attention, we each carry important inner-needs as well: the desire to feel purposeful, fulfilled, and at peace with where we are in life.  These, too, are very important.

This workshop series hosted by Brandi Lust of Learning Lab Consulting is intended for parents who carry much and seek lives of balance. Those who wish to meet their many responsibilities while also finding space to for cultivating personal wholeness.

Each session will used mindfulness-based strategies to engage a topic of interest related to modern parenting.

Session Descriptions:

Session 1: Self-Care, May 20 from 10:30-12:30 p.m. 

In the whirlwind of parenting, self-care sometimes falls low on the priority list.  However, taking care of others requires a solid foundation of personal care tools in order to prevent negative physical and emotional health repercussions.  Mindfulness, or awareness and acceptance of the moment, is a proven way to lower stress, produce more positive emotions, and help build meaningful connections with others. This session will provide research on how mindfulness changes the brain and how having a mindfulness practice improves health and happiness. Participants will leave with tools and practices applicable to daily life and work.

Session 2: Coping Positively with Stress, June 17 from 10:30-12:30 p.m.

Stress is a normal part of life, and especially of parenting.  However, having positive coping mechanisms to deal with stress can insulate from the negative impact it could have on emotional and physical health.  In this workshop, we will explore how meaning, purpose, and positive coping skills can help us in times of stress.  We will also explore negative coping patterns and create a plan to replace them using mindfulness and other tools.  Participants will leave with personalized toolkit to cope with stress in daily life.

Session 3: Keeping Connected in Relationships, July 15 from 10:30-12:30 p.m.

Connecting with others is perhaps the most important tool for health and wellness.  This includes connecting with our children, but it also includes connecting in personal relationships with other adults in and outside of our families.  In this workshop, we will inventory our own relationships, seeking ways to deepen and strengthen personal bonds through mindful listening and common humanity interventions.  Participants will leave with practical skills for deepening key connections.

Session 4: Being a Present Parent, August 19 from 10:30-12:30 p.m.

One of the most powerful gifts to a child is the full presence of a loving adult. However, we live in a world full of distractions, and it takes conscious, concerted effort to live out this reality.  In this session, we will re-connect with presence as a parent and will learn tools for being in the moment with our children.  Participants will leave with a better understanding of present parenting along with additional tools for connecting in the moment with our children, such as mindful play.


Mindfulness Retreat for Teens

When: June 20 and 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each day

Where: Heit Center, 150 W Main St, New Albany, OH

Cost: $85.00 for a two-day session


Feeling busy, stressed, overwhelmed? Seeking a way to manage all that’s asked of you? This two-day mindfulness retreat will provide sustainable tools to use on a daily basis. You will learn how mindfulness and other tools can help you cope with pressure, build more self confidence, and make wiser decisions moment to moment.  Learn how to train your brain to be a happier, calmer, and kinder place.

To register for session one on Jun. 20-21 click here.


Past Events

On Pause: Mindfulness at the Wex

When: Mar. 29 from 12:00 a.m.- 1:00, Apr. 5 from 12:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., and Apr. 12 from 12:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Where: The Wexner Center for the Arts

Cost: FREE


Need a place to pause? An hour to rejuvenate? Join the Wexner Center’s Tracie McCambridge and mindfulness teacher Brandi Lust in exploring mindfulness in the galleries of the Wex. Participants will learn meditation techniques and experience deep, and perhaps new, kinds of engagement with the art. This program will engage the mind, body, and heart through three, one-hour gallery experiences.

Please plan to gather near the Wexner Center’s coat check at a little before noon. We’ll travel into the gallery space together. No need to bring anything but yourself. Please feel free to contact Tracie ( or Brandi ( with any questions you may have between now and our first gathering.

Please RSVP at this link for one or all of the sessions.

Mindfulness for a Creative Life: A Workshop Series

When: Mar. 13, Mar. 27, Apr. 13 and Apr. 24 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Where: Studio 614, 2487 Summit St, Columbus, OH 43202

Cost: $35.00 a session or $100.00 for the series, for registration click here


Following your passion while also seeking to enjoy the moment and find balance? This workshop series will help. Every workshop in this four-part series will provide practical tools for designing a creative life with the right blend of personal happiness and professional challenge.

Finding Balance Through Mindfulness, Mar. 13 from 7:00- 9:00 p.m. Feeling stressed? Struggling with self-care? This session will focus on balancing personal passion with the need to recharge.  We’ll make rejuvenation maps, identify stress “tells,” and plan for times of high stress together.

Following Purpose and Passion, Mar. 27 from 7:00- 9:00 p.m. Let’s uncover what’s important to you and design a life based upon what matters most.  We’ll identify core values and link them to activities in your average day for greater purpose and deeper passion.

Seeking Growth From Challenge, Apr. 10 from 7:00- 9:00 p.m. How can your biggest challenges become your best assets and resources?  Let’s reframe obstacles as times of growth.  We’ll explore how past challenges were opportunities to transform and learn how to reframe current difficulties as well.

Building Connection and Community, Apr. 24 from 7:00- 9:00 p.m. Building a network of support is crucial for being a happy, creative human.  How can we bring our best self to this process?  We’ll do a personal and professional relationships inventory and think about what we gain and what we give to the people in our lives and how connecting more and better can improve our networks for everyone.


Getting Better Writing: Workshop Series

When: Feb. 21, Feb. 28, Mar. 9, and Mar. 16 of 2017

Where: Ashland University, 1900 E. Dublin-Granville Road (sponsored by the ESC of Central Ohio)

Cost: $159.00-189.00 per session or $499.00-$599.00 bundle price

Description: Looking for ways to enhance your students’ writing and analysis skills across all content areas? This series will highlight targeted concepts and explore tools and techniques you can take back to the classroom.

Feb. 21 – Writers Workshop; Feb 28 – Argument, Literary Analysis & Developing a Thesis; Mar. 9 – Creative Writing & Research; and Mar. 16 Assessment & Grading.

Click here to register.

Pivot To Your Passion

When: Feb. 20, 2017

Where: The Wonder Jam, 1145 Chesapeake Ave

Cost: $10.00

Description: Whether your next pivot is a slight shift, a new project or a full-blown career change, join entrepreneurs Brandi Lust (Learning Lab Consulting) and Autumn Theodore (Autumn Theodore Photography) for a discussion and workshop session based upon Jenny Blake’s Pivot Method.

Click here to register.

Mindful Connection and Compassion

When: Dec. 16, 2016

Where: (through the ESC of Central Ohio) at Northern Lights Library, 4093 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH 43224

Cost: $159.00-189.00

Description: Educational communities today are aware that students’ mindsets are a key factor to growth. Recently, “Education Week” Research Center shared teacher survey results, 98% believed that “growth mindset has great potential for teaching and learning.” So how do we go about building these mindsets in meaningful ways? In the same survey, 92% of teachers agreed that social and emotional learning, climate, and feeling a sense of belonging were associated with students’ ability to develop a growth mindset. And 51% of teachers said the most significant challenge faced in trying to foster a growth mindset is connecting with struggling, apathetic and resistant students Teachers know intuitively that the quality of the community we build is extremely important. At the same time, they admit that connecting with students in order to build this community is the number one challenge. Join expert Brandi Lust, as she engages participants in how mindfulness can be a tool for building connected and compassionate community, which in turn can help teachers to build the bridges necessary to help students’ develop mindsets needed to learn. This will include training on mindful listening and addressing implicit bias among other resources.

Click here to register.

Follow Your Bliss: A Pop-Up Ritual Exploring Personal Myth

When: July 24 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Where: Under Aurora, 923 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43223

Cost: $15.00


“Follow your bliss. If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.” 

– Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

Mythologist and writer Joseph Campbell, famously known for the advice to “follow your bliss,” said that one purpose of myth is to “awaken in the individual a sense of awe and gratitude for the ultimate mystery of being.”

In this Pop-Up Ritual, we will learn about personal myth and activate the myth in our own lives in order to connect with the sense of wonder and joy that is always available on our journey.

Please join us for meditative practice, writing, reflection and sharing. Participants should bring a notebook or journal and a writing utensil. The event is limited to fifteen participants, first come first serve.

Click here to register

Relationships First: Cultivating a Caring Classroom

When: September 16 from 8:30-3:30

Where: The ESC of Central Ohio

Cost: $159.00-$189.00


Students won’t care what you know until they know that you care. Research shows that stable, warm, and trusting student-teacher relations are a prerequisite for learning. 

  • How can teachers can nurture relationships-even with oppositional students, struggling students, and those who prefer to hide. 
  • What are fresh strategies for getting to know kids and their passions as well as their cultures and families? 
  • How can we handle tough discipline issues while preserving students’ trust? 
  • How can we affirm the strengths of strugglers even as we push them to stretch to reach standards? 
  • How can we give more than lip service to improving social and communication skills – so that students and teachers alike can cultivate a caring classroom community?

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Shirin Yoku: A Pop-Up Ritual for Spring

When: May, 14 from 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Where: Highbanks Metro Park, Lewis Center, Ohio

Cost: $11.60


As bright green leaves emerge from the stark of winter, so we too emerge and reconnect with nature as the season changes to spring.  Join us in the Japanese healing practice of Shinrin Yoku, otherwise known in the West as forest-bathing, to celebrate season of rebirth.  This mindfulness practice involves silently walking in the woods while engaging in sensory immersion, noticing all that is around us in the natural environment.

We will begin with a tea service and introduction to the science and practice of Shinrin Yoku, followed by a silent meditation before beginning the walk. We will then immerse ourselves in the forest via a guided walk, and finally close with reflection and community.

Two paths will be available for the Shinrin Yoku- one family friendly and one silent.

Tickets are $10.00 and children are free. A portion of the proceeds will go to a charitable organization.

This event is the first Pop-Up Ritual.  More to come.

Mindfulness in the Working Lives of Educators

When: May 13 from 11:00-1:00

Where: the ESC of Franklin County

Cost: $39.00


The landscape of education is transforming in unprecedented ways. As a result, teachers and school leaders are feeling the pressure like never before: changing working conditions and public scrutiny all take their toll on the mental, physical and emotional health of those wishing to do the work of educating. How can we reconnect educators to their passion? How can we enhance resilience in our learning communities? How can we see challenges as opportunities to transform and grow? Using articles from this ASCD Educational Leadership issue, “The Working Lives of Educators”, we will begin to explore these questions and more, taking an innovative and invigorating look at what it means to be an educator today using the tools and current science available through mindfulness, brain science and mindset research. Please join facilitator, Brandi Lust to take some time to recharge and reflect Please bring this latest issue of ASCD and/or bring a digital device to access these articles. Lunch is provided.

Here is a link to register.

Mindful Play for Parent’s Lives and Children’s ”Work”: Exploring Play Mindfully with Children

When: April 11 and 19 from

Where: First Community Church, Parent Growth Program

Cost: $5.00

Description: Workshop 1 will focus on research and strategies for incorporating play into parent’s lives.  Workshop 2 will focus on the importance and development of children’s play for wellbeing and will provide strategies for supporting play.

The Power of Ritual and Metaphor: Diving into the Unconscious via Writing

When: Saturday, April 23

Where: Writer’s Conference: Columbus State Community College

Cost: Free

Description: Humans are always meaning-making creatures- even if unwittingly.  In this context, ritual and metaphor are powerful tools for facilitating the meaning we create from daily experiences.  This workshop will look at the research behind ritual and metaphor in order to examine their influence and explore how they can be used to facilitate the writing process.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to enhance inspiration and facilitate engagement between art and life via an exploration of metaphor and ritual.  We will mine our own lives for rich metaphors and embedded rituals via refection and discussion, explore and practice the writing of rituals together, and experience how ritual settings and effective metaphors can shape experiences in purposeful ways.