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Vashi workshop 5After a Rotarian gave Dr. Marguerite (Marga) Theophil  a copy of How To Be BrainWise, Marga immediately saw how teaching the  program’s 10 Wise Ways  would enhance the work she and other educators were doing with children and families across a wide spectrum of populations in India.  She raised funds, purchased course materials, and held training workshops for them.  Attached are pictures taken at a recent workshop she held in Vashi.
Marguerite Theophil, PhD, is training educators in India to teach BrainWise CPR to children, youth, and adults in urban and rural communities. She reports that the teachers love the BrainWise approach and find it complements the Mindful Practices sessions they teach. Teachers find that adding the 10 Wise Ways gives them a powerful and effective teaching tool that helps them, as well as their students.
Dr. Theophil is the founder of WEAVE, an organization that helps individuals by teaching, learning, and connecting. Here is what she says about why she started teaching BrainWise:
I work as a Personal Growth Coach with clients in one-on-one sessions and also teach Mindfulness Practice to groups. I learned that so many of them do not use any form of thinking skills in their decision making! I found that BrainWise it helps them realize they could be more in control of events and strong emotions, rather than let those things control them. I found the two ways really did feed into, nourish & support each other.
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Girls in Lakakh, Kashmir

Girls in Lakakh, Kashmir

Street Scene, Lakakh

Street Scene, Lakakh

Serendipitous connections involving Rotary, and Indian educator, and a Tibetan Buddhist nun have resulted in BrainWise being taught in five schools for girls in Ladakh, a remote and desolate area of India.  Linda Sue Shirkey, a member of Denver Mile High Rotary Club, met Indian educator, Marguerite Theophil, Ph.D., on a trip to India.  She learned about Marga’s work, including efforts to help improve education for girls in the Kashmir/Jammu area where Ladakh is located.

Linda Sue was familiar with BrainWise from her Rotary club’s teaching of the program to inner city children and teens, and knew Dr. Li taught BrainWise to girls in Kunming.  She sent Dr. Theophil a copy of How to Be BrainWise and told her the program was taught to girls in the U.S. and other countries Dr. Theophil gave the book to one of the Buddhist nuns who was connected with five schools for girls in Ladakh, and was asked if she could help them add BrainWise to their curriculum.  Together, they raised funds to purchase five sets of the three curricula. BrainWise discounted the materials and sent them to Ladakh via FedEx.  We look forward to hearing more when the project gets started!