• The Old Church (map)
  • 1422 Southwest 11th Avenue
  • Portland, OR, 97201
  • United States
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A Friendraiser for Peace in Schools
Moderated by Gia Naranjo-Rivera & Featuring Teens from Peace in Schools

We invite you to gather together with us in Beloved Community! Join us for a panel discussion and “friendraiser” to benefit Peace in Schools. Peace in Schools is a nonprofit created to support the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of our youth. We offer for-credit mindfulness classes in ten high schools in Portland—and mindfulness trainings for educators and youth-serving professionals.

Youth in our nation are experiencing unprecedented levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and violence. We recognize the relationship between these crises and the history of inequity, systemic oppression, and institutionalized racism that destroys our social fabric. Youth feel these deep injustices in their bodies, minds, and hearts—undermining their ability to experience healthy, supportive, and loving relationships.

Mindfulness, when taught with the intention of supporting social justice in schools, can give rise to healing, compassion, empathy, altruism, healthy relationships, and a wise heart. It can create empowered school climates and cultures within which students can thrive—and experience safety and true belonging with one another.

We are honored to offer up a space to celebrate the youth and to hear heartfelt stories about how their lives have been transformed by their involvement in Peace in Schools, to share the Wheel of Awareness contemplative practice led by Dr. Dan Siegel, and to open a community conversation around how we can further support our youth and come to a deeper understanding about the relationships between mindfulness and social and ecological justice.

Sliding scale ticket prices:

  • $15 - Supported: for those with currently limited financial resources who will avoid further hardship while benefiting from access supplemented by the community.

  • $25 - Fair: for those with sufficient financial resources who can pay fair value for the experience.

  • $35 - Rebalancing: for those with more than enough financial resources (personal or institutionally supported) and a desire to support access for others to help rebalance systemic inequity.

  • Extra donation: If you’d like to offer an additional donation with your ticket reservation to support the work of Peace in Schools, you may do so with the donate button on the registration form.

    *Sliding scale language borrowed with permission from Rev. angel Kyodo williams.


  • 5:45 Doors open

  • 6:30 Program begins

  • 8:30 Formal presentation ends

  • 8:30-9 Q&A


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Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, founding co-investigator at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities. Dr. Siegel’s psychotherapy practice spans thirty years, and he has published extensively for the professional audience. He serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes over 70 textbooks. Dr. Siegel’s books include his five New York Times bestsellers: Aware: The science and practice of presence; Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.: The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include: The Developing Mind (2nd Ed.), The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, Parenting from the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.), The Yes Brain (also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D). He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx.

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Dr. Sará King is a mother, a UCLA-trained education philosopher, political scientist, critical theorist and neuroscientist who will begin a post-doctoral fellowship in the department of Neurology at OHSU in Portland this fall. She is an internationally recognized thought leader in field of mindfulness and social justice in schools, and enjoys public speaking and advocacy work at the intersection of these fields. Sará is also an author, entrepreneur, and yoga and meditation teacher who founded MindHeart Consulting, a company dedicated to creating cutting edge research projects and community healing experiences through "The Science of Social Justice" — a framework she developed that uses the power of an intersectional understanding of the biopsychosocial impact of systemic oppression on marginalized populations, combined with the application of the science of well-being to understand how to create research and healing projects that serve the aims of social justice in underrepresented communities. She has studied and practiced hatha yoga, Buddhist philosophy and vipassana meditation for the past 14 years, and has completed a 500 hr. Mindful Yoga and Meditation teacher training at Spirit Rock. She is also an artist who uses poetry, contemplative photography, creative writing and painting as her favorite forms of exploring self expression, and blends these into her personal contemplative practice and professional mindfulness consulting work. She teaches corporate mindfulness seminars through WITHIN Meditation in San Francisco, and has been featured in LA Yoga and VoyageLA magazines.


Caverly Morgan is the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Peace in Schools — a nonprofit which created the nation's first for-credit mindfulness class in public high schools, as well as Presence Collective, a nonprofit dedicated to igniting personal transformation and collective awakening. She has been practicing mindfulness since 1995, including eight years in a monastic setting. Prior to her pioneering efforts with Peace in Schools, Caverly formerly worked for nonprofits serving people with special needs. An artist and educator, she brings insight, passion, warmth and humor to her transformative work with students of all ages and experience levels. Caverly leads meditation retreats, workshops, and online classes internationally. She has been a visiting teacher at Open Circle, the Science and Nonduality Conference, Insight Meditation of Seattle and Charlottesville, Against the Stream in San Francisco, MNDFL, and the New York Zen Center of Contemplative Care. Caverly also speaks publicly at conferences on topics including contemplative practice, social entrepreneurship, authentic leadership, and mindfulness education, and has been featured in publications such as Mindful Magazine and The New York Times.

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Gia Naranjo-Rivera is a PhD Candidate in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, with a focus on child and adolescent development, health equity, trauma, and translational research. Growing up in a low-income, trauma- and adversity-affected family and community fueled her passion to ameliorate suffering and promote thriving. She has directed programs for at-risk youth, advanced human rights in the US and abroad, served as a Public Health Analyst at the National Institutes of Health, conducted health equity research, and taught mindfulness and yoga. Gia recently received the US Excellence in Public Health Award from Johns Hopkins University for her research assessing the impacts of the Peace in Schools mindfulness program on adolescent health, with an emphasis on trauma-affected and marginalized youth. She holds Master’s in Public Administration and MA in International Relations degrees from Syracuse University, and a BA in Political Science with a focus on human rights from Columbia University.


Teens from the Peace in Schools program will offer stories about how their lives have been transformed by their involvement with Peace in Schools.