“Beginning With the End” – Free screening of the documentary on Harley Hospice directed by David Marshall Harley Parent Council, David Marshall and Bob Kane The Harley School – Theater March 18, 7:00 p.m.
Mandala of Compassion Tenzin Nyignyen The Harley School – Gallery March 24-April 4 (Mon/Wed/Fri); Dismantling Ceremony – April 4.
 Harley Reads Book Club; Mindful Nation, by Congressman Tim Ryan James D’Amanda
 The Harley School, CMEE (Commons 3rd Floor) TBD









Public Viewing of Beginning with the End, Documentary Exploring: Can Empathy be Taught?

The Harley School will host an exclusive viewing of the documentary, Beginning with the End, created by David Marshall, an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker who followed the Harley Hospice class for two years. The film poses the question: Can empathy be taught? The film will be shown in the Harley Theater at 1981 Clover Street on March 18 at 7 p.m. The viewing is free and open to the public.

The film follows the real-life stories of Bob Kane, the founder of the Harley Hospice program, along with four student volunteers their senior year. The students share their profound experiences of providing comfort care for the dying and their families.

The documentary was one of eight documentaries selected from 892 entries to compete at this month’s South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

Following the showing, David Marshall and Bob Kane will be available for a Q&A session.

Harley’s Hospice Program, known globally as Hospice Corps, is a one-year high school course that meets every day. The class utilizes lecture, discussion, reflective journaling, ethical wills, movies/documentary films, speakers, and fieldwork (four-hour shifts at local comfort care homes). The course provides a rich network of knowledge and experience in the art and science of hospice/palliative care.

The documentary was recently featured in Mindfulness Magazine; the article is available online at


Past Events:

The Way of Mindful Education

Daniel Rechtschaffen - Headshot

On Saturday, February 8th, 70 participants from many different backgrounds – classroom teachers, social workers, health care professionals, and parents – traveled from as far as Poughkeepsie, NY for an all-day mindfulness workshop with Daniel Rechtschaffen, MA, LMFT.

The first three hours of the workshop focused on the benefits of personal practice and self-care, while the second half of the program took an experiential look into Daniel’s Mindfulness in Education Teacher Training. See photos and recap on our Centerpeace newsletter.

Reflections from post-event surveys:
“[Daniel Rechtschaffen] teaches from a very real and honest perspective. It was information that will help my classroom and myself.”
“I learned to implement mindfulness not only in the classroom but in my daily life and activities.”
“I cannot believe how much I am learning about myself. I am so excited to practice and learn more.”
“I’m not a classroom teacher but I am a parent; I equally took so much back from this workshop.”


Symposium on Empathy Education. Sept 20-21, 2013

The first-annual CMEE Symposium on Empathy Education was held on September 20-21, 2013, at The Harley School. Nearly 100 educators from many different backgrounds and disciplines gathered in the Lower School Centrum for the event, including many classroom teachers, parents, coaches, mental health professionals and administrators. Led by keynote speaker Linda Lantieri (Director of the Inner Resilience Program), Dr. Ronald Epstein (Co-Director of Mindful Practice at the University of Rochester Medical Center), and Pat Messerle (Developer of South Burlington School District’s Wellness and Resilience Program), this symposium explored the increasingly vital role that empathy, mindfulness, and social-emotional learning strategies play in education. Speakers worked to bring these lofty words down to earth and provide practical applications for one’s personal and professional life. A few quotes from post-symposium surveys: “What a wonderful gathering of people of diverse backgrounds with common goals!” “The fog is clearing and I’m excited to use practical methods with young children.” “I learned how to use mindfulness in my daily life and to extend it to my teaching.”

ESNTREVISTA SOCIEDADLinda Lantieri, MA, has been in the field in education for over 40 years in a variety of capacities: classroom teacher, assistant principal, director of a middle school in East Harlem, and faculty member at Hunter College in New York City. Currently she serves as the Director of The Inner Resilience Program whose mission is to cultivate the inner lives of students, teachers and schools by integrating social and emotional learning with contemplative practice. In 1985, she co-founded the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP), a research- based K-8 social and emotional learning program that has been implemented in over 400 schools. Linda is also one of the founding board members of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). She is the coauthor of Waging Peace in Our Schools (Beacon Press, 1996) editor of Schools with Spirit: Nurturing the Inner Lives of Children and Teachers (Beacon Press, 2001), and author of Building Emotional IntelligenceTechniques to Cultivate Inner Strength in Children (Sounds True, 2008).

messerlePat Messerle is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, M.A., ABSNP, Licensed School Psychologist and Diplomate of the American Board of School-Neuropsychology.  She is currently the School Psychologist for the South Burlington School District.  Previously, Pat was the Director of Youth and Family at the Counseling Service of Addison County and School Psychologist for the Addison Central Supervisory Union.  Pat has been clinically trained in mental health clinical practices, trauma treatment and assessment, school violence, school psychology; including, psycho-educational assessment and risk and threat assessments, and school-neuropsychology.  Pat has been on the South Burlington School District Wellness and Resilience Leadership Committee and a participant in the program since its development in 2008.  She is on the adjunct graduate faculty of Southern New Hampshire University, Program in Community Mental Health and has taught graduate courses for University of Vermont, St Michael’s College and Castleton State College.

epstein-2010-jpgRonald Epstein, M.D., co-director of Mindful Practice Curriculum, is Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology and Nursing at the University of Rochester Medical Center and board-certified in Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He also serves as Director of the Center for Communication and Disparities Research and as Director of the Dean’s Teaching Fellowship Program for junior and mid-career faculty.

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