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Greg Graber - Mindfulness
I'm Greg Graber, a long-time educator who teaches mindfulness and meditation to sports teams, schools, and various organizations around the world.
I have worked with many top sports programs, including: the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, LSU, VCU, The University of Memphis, The University of Alabama, and The George Washington University. I've also been contracted by organizations like the Hilton Worldwide Hotels, Shamrock Foods, and the Virginia Department of Corrections.
My work has been featured in the New York Times and on ESPN, and I've presented at Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
As the Head of Middle School at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tennessee, I developed the Unplugged Mindfulness Program for students and teachers, and I consult with other schools on developing similar mindfulness programs.
My book, Slow Your Roll: Mindfulness for Fast Times, was published in 2018.
The Lausanne Collegiate School Middle School practices mindfulness daily, as shown in this video!
The research outcomes of mindfulness training are:
- Better Focus
- Increased capacity for learning
- Improved observation skills
- Emotional development
- Increased self-compassion
- Improved grades and behavior
- Less impulsivity
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If you would like to engage Greg, please fill in the form below or email Lausanne Learning Director firstname.lastname@example.org. Greg’s contact information is below if you would like to talk to him directly.
As a Lausanne Learning Mentor, Greg exemplifies the Lausanne Learning Five Characteristics:
- Student-Centered Character: Lausanne Learning Mentors always keep each student at the center of the conversation in imagining what “could be” from “what is”
- Sustaining Character: Lausanne Learning Mentors are focused on working with the school to implement practices that can be sustained over the long term to support the school’s mission
- Imaginative Character: Lausanne Learning Mentors are expert and thus can imagine different answers as you interrogate the key question or questions that you are being asked
- Independent Character: Lausanne Learning Mentors ensure that their clients become independent of them over time, not co-dependent
- Fearless Character: Lausanne Learning Mentors won’t tell their clients what they want to hear but what, in their professional opinion, should be said
Dr. Daniel Siegel explains what Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is, what its effects are, and how the research supports its practice.
Anxiety among students is higher than ever according to Psychology Today - mindfulness can help.
This Harvard Business Review article acknowledges the hype around mindfulness but also demonstrates the real physical ways in which mindfulness practice changes the brain.
Greg has presented at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on mindfulness as well.
Mindful Work by David Gelles details the incredible impact that mindfulness is having in the world of work.
Greg has appeared on Coach Josh Pastner's Television Show speaking about mindfulness.
Greg can also be heard on ESPN Radio!
Louisiana State University
Mount St. Mary’s University
University of Memphis
Mitchell High School
Virginia Commonwealth University
Hilton Worldwide Hotels
The National Association Of Disability Representatives
Virginia Department of Corrections
“Greg Graber joined our school community for a couple of days to lead interested athletes and coaches in mindfulness exercises to help them reach peak performance. Our student-athletes found him to be incredibly engaging and he provided practical and easy exercises to start improving performance immediately. Greg spoke candidly about his own experience with mindfulness and, in the process, was able to spark the interest of beginners and reach many of the skeptics. He was a total success!" - Samuel Bicknell, Administrator and 11/12th grade Dean at Deerfield Academy
"Greg Graber has been extremely influential in my life by helping me manage my time and stress levels. Because of Greg’s mindfulness training, I’ve been able to find small pockets of time to mentally recharge and maintain focus throughout the day." - Dave Joerger, NBA Head Coach (Sacramento Kings; Memphis Grizzlies)
“Greg Graber is ahead of his time with his mindfulness training. Greg has a special innate ability to improve people mentally and help people better themselves with his mindfulness training. He is a major force in the word of mindfulness coaching.” – Josh Pastner, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Georgia Tech University; 2017 ACC Coach of the Year
“I can say without a doubt that Greg Graber’s mindfulness advice and training helped me to become a Jeopardy! Champion. Even under the lights and in front of an audience of millions, I was able to breathe deeply, to think clearly, and to live in the moment. Despite pressure, I was able to achieve a “flow” state during my games, and I particularly found Mr. Graber’s mindful mental rehearsal exercises helpful.” -Colby Taylor, Ph.D.
“As an educator and a parent of a young child with a learning disability, I have benefited from Greg's mindfulness sessions. The information I have learned in these sessions has enabled me to be more pro-active in monitoring her time with electronics and giving her more opportunities to be creative on her own and live in the moment. As a result, I have seen a difference in her performance in school and ability to focus longer on a single task. Greg's sessions have been an eye opener to me on how to best give our children a good balance in and out of the classroom.” -Julie Cooper, middle school teacher and parent of elementary student,
“Greg Graber has worked with all of my teams over the years. He has had great success in improving my players’ mental toughness and focus with his mindfulness training. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better mindfulness coach and mental performance trainer than Greg” — Will Wade, Head Coach Men’s Basketball, Louisiana State University
“I have had the privilege of twice attending Greg Graber’s presentation “Building a School Culture of Mindfulness.” Both times I found the session to not only be informative but relevant. Teaching today’s students to be mindful and develop self-awareness is more important now than ever before. Greg covers the successful strategies used at Lausanne Middle that can be easily understood and utilized for students and athletes of all ages, grades, subjects, and schools.”- Termie Land, Head of School, Madison-Ridgeland Academy
Head of Middle School
Director of SEL & Mindfulness (beginning Fall 2020)
Lausanne Collegiate School
1381 West Massey Road
Memphis, TN 38120