Bringing calm to the classroom

New approach to mediation in schools

Bringing calm to the classroom
byEamonn McFadden editorial@donegaldemocrat @dgldemocrat

A Lifford woman is pioneering a new approach to meditation in schools in Donegal with the aim of teaching children to relax and be calmer in today's fast paced enviroment.

Aoibheann Gallen from Ballylast in Lifford, has over 20 years' experience in meditation and mindfulness and ran a successful wellbeing clinic in Co Kerry for many years, during which time she worked with many famous clients including TV presenter Denise Van Outen and designer John Rocca.

Aoibheann is now back living and working in Donegal and has been bringing her innovative approach to many young people by teaching meditation in schools across the county through her “ReNew You” venture.

She explains: “What I teach is meditation and life coping skills and I have built that up to work with children and schools here in Donegal. I’m passionate about it because I know what it does for me. Today we live a much faster pace for young people. Many children can’t settle and anxiety is on the increase among children. I have devised my own programme for children and teenagers to help plant a seed that they can then fall back on themselves”.

He added that many young people do not know how to simply “be” in the moment and are often distracted by technology.

She said the results of her teachings have been profound for many young people who have taken part in the programme.

“We have had some very good results and the feedback has been great,” Aoibheann stated.

She has many testimonies from, principals, teachers and students attesting to the positive benefits of her course.

She teaches to small groups, schools and on a one-to-one basis.

To learn more about her work visit ReNew You on Facebook or email