2017 UnConference: Mindfulness

UnConference: Mindfulness - August 10, 2017, 8am-4pm
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
To register, visit here.

Compassion fatigue is inevitable in the early childhood profession. Teachers and administrators become invested in their children and families.  But, it’s important that you not only take care of your children but also take care of yourself.  

Co-hosted with Let's Move Pittsburgh at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, this UnConference dives into topics related to mindfulness – a state of being present and aware – including: the need for a healthy environment, how different factors affect infant mental health, how to use meditation to help children self-regulate their behavior, the importance of good nutrition, and more.


PAEYC is excited to host this UnConference with our co-host Let's Move Pittsburgh at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The day begins with renowned compassion fatigue expert Patricia Smith.  Watch Ms. Smith's poignant TEDx talk on "How to Manage Compassion Fatigue in Caregiving" here.

Patricia Smith, UnConference: Mindfulness keynote speaker.


  • 8:00 am - Registration
  • 8:30 am  -  Welcome & Keynote
  • 10:00 am - Break
  • 10:15 am - Workshop #1
  • 11:45 am - Lunch & Tour of Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
  • 1:15 pm - Workshop #2
  • 2:45 pm - Break
  • 3:00 pm - Yoga & Wrap-Up
  • 4:00 pm - Conference Ends


After the keynote, participate in two workshop presentations by leading local organizations such as Let's Move Pittsburgh, Women for a Healthy Environment, Highmark Caring Place and more. The day closes with a round table discussion and reflections on how to continue mindfulness beyond the UnConference.

The workshops are developmentally appropriate practice for educators and caregivers working with children ages birth through age nine.  However, many of the workshop offerings can also apply to students in kindergarten through fifth grade.


Please register now to reserve your space!  When the workshops are finalized, you will receive an email from Yu-Ling to select your preferred workshops.  We will do our best to place you in your requested workshop, but this is not guaranteed.  There is limited space in each workshop and workshop placement is based on the date of your registration, so we recommend you register early.  Please register by 5pm on Tuesday, July 25th.

For groups of 6+, there is a 10% discount.  Please email Yu-Ling at conference@paeyc.org if you have a group you're interested in registering for UnConference: Mindfulness.


- 5 PQAS/DHS credits and Act 48

- Light breakfast and lunch

- Networking with colleagues new and old

- Hands-on, interactive workshop sessions

- Refreshed or refined thinking about our work with young children


Attendees can receive refunds up to 14 days before the event start date or July 27th.


Please contact event planner Yu-Ling Behr at conference@paeyc.org or call 412-421-3889. 

For bus information, please visit www.portauthority.org for specific route information. 

A huge THANK YOU to our co-host, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, our series sponsor, PNC Grow Up Great, and to our workshop partners, without whom this would not be possible!