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See what experts are saying about Self-Compassion for Educators

“We live in a difficult time for both students and teachers, and this insightful book comes at just the right moment. Lisa Baylis shows how self-compassion can grow resilience, enable both adults and children to thrive in an ever-changing world. A must-read for every educator.”

— Raffi Cavoukian, C.M., O.B.C., singer, author, founder of Child Honouring

“A lifeline for educators during these difficult times, Self-Compassion for Educators meets you where you are and supports your step-by-step path toward resilience and sustainability. Lisa Baylis draws from her experiences as a teacher, counselor, and self-compassion trainer to provide you with an easy-to-understand framework and practical guide for well-being and self-compassion practices. This book will give you the support and courage you need to get back to your love of and passion for teaching.”

— Catherine Cook-Cottone, PhD, RYT, C-IAYT, author of Mindfulness and Yoga in Schools

“Clarity, honesty, and wisdom. These are the words that are conjured up by Lisa Baylis’s book Self-Compassion for Educators. Lisa is an articulate educator with a unique capacity to express herself with clarity, good humor, and warmth and to cut through the potential ‘woowoo factor’ of books about compassion and mindfulness, and tell it like it is in a manner that is accessible, practical, and engaging. This book is perfect for those who really want to know how mindfulness and self-compassion can make the noble profession of education a more rewarding and joyful experience. Read this book, practice what Lisa teaches, and rediscover your passion for being a teacher.”

— Steven Hickman, PsyD, clinical psychologist and executive director of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

“Lisa Baylis’s timely new book offers powerful practices and perspectives that educators could use now more than ever.”

— Chris Willard, PsyD, author of The Self-Compassion Deck

“Self-Compassion for Educators is an invaluable resource for anyone that works with young people. Baylis shows us why self-compassion must be central and offers guidance on how to concretely cultivate and practice it. This book provides a plethora of resources and a roadmap for educators to make self-compassion an integral part of their practice and their lives.”

— Meena Srinivasan, author of SEL Every Day and Teach, Breathe, Learn

“Lisa Baylis has crafted a wonderfully timely and accessible resource for teachers feeling the pinch of stress, fatigue, and burnout in today’s educational climate. With the simple and straightforward practices in this book, teachers can harness the power of self-compassion to nurture their resilience and reclaim their joy in teaching.”

— Theo Koffler, founder of Mindfulness Without Borders and author of The RETHiNK Kit and Card Deck

“I just read the first 20 pages of Self-Compassion for Educators. It feels like I am sitting having tea with Lisa. Her voice shines through in every line. It flows so naturally. I love finding a book that allows me to hear her heart sing off the pages. This is a book that needs to be in the hands of every educator!”

— Kristin Wiens, educator, illustrator, and inclusion coach

“Self-Compassion for Educators is an essential guide to self-care for teachers or any childhood provider! Lisa Baylis brings together practical ideas and tools based on proven techniques to reduce stress, increase self-compassion, and promote well-being.”

— Mona Delahooke, PhD, author of Beyond Behaviors

“Our families and our society rely on the often underappreciated, demanding art and skill of educating our children. Teaching can be both a joyful and an exhausting experience. In her wonderfully written and accessible book, Lisa Baylis guides you towards the resilience and self-care that will allow you to remain connected to your own best intentions … and to your students too.”

— Mark Bertin, MD, developmental pediatrician and author of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for Teen ADHD and Mindful Parenting for ADHD

“With a voice imbued with wisdom, compassion, and humor, Baylis offers stories of her own and other teachers’ struggles, and how tools of self-compassion and mindfulness can help to overcome the stressful experiences that all educators face—because they care. Throughout are an abundance of practices that teachers can do anywhere stress starts to mount—in the classroom, in a parent conference, or on the drive home. Reading this book is like having your best friend at your side. It’s a gift to educators everywhere—I so wish I had it when I was a classroom teacher!”

— Karen Bluth, PhD, author of The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens

I am so grateful for your interest in this book.

This book is a manifesto—a call to action—that puts educator well-being at the forefront of healthy school culture. It serves to awaken the well-being of educators by helping them understand the “why,” “how,” and “what” of sustainable wellness. Throughout my journey, I have learned some essential techniques that have helped me remain resilient—practices grounded in mindfulness and self-compassion—that I will share with you throughout this book.

Prioritizing educator well-being has to start now, and we need to get loud about it. We need to permit ourselves to care for ourselves as a priority so we can be present and resilient enough to care for others.

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