Pause, Breathe, Smile

Professional Learning and Development in New Zealand’s only researched school-based mindfulness programme.

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Pause, Breathe, Smile mindfulness in schools

The Pause, Breathe, Smile programme has been running in New Zealand for seven years and is achieving great results for children and teachers at schools around the country.

Results show that participation in Pause, Breathe, Smile:

  • Improves focus and attention for better learning outcomes
  • Increases calm and student wellbeing
  • Enhances self-awareness and pro-social behaviour
  • Reduces test anxiety and boosts resilience
  • Decreases teacher stress and burnout

Internationally recognised published research

Pause, Breathe, Smile (PBS) leads to statistically significant increases in wellbeing.


Become a Pause, Breathe, Smile school

Develop the key competencies while meeting curriculum achievement objectives in Health, Social Sciences and Science learning areas.

PBS Educator Training

PBS Educator Training is our 3-part professional learning pathway for teachers to implement this evidence-based hauora programme in the classroom. Price for all
three parts of the training pathway (GST inclusive)

$495 Standard Rate
(Membership Schools can apply discount coupon upon registration)


More PBS Educator Training workshop options will be added shortly

Auckland Quality Hotel Parnell 19 March – is full and no longer taking registrations

PBS Educator Training Pathway

Part 1: Breathe online mindfulness

  • Comprehensive introduction to mindfulness
  • Designed to help reduce participants stress and burn-out and boost overall wellbeing
  • Online video sessions: self-paced, access 24/7
  • Each video lesson can be reviewed anytime for up to six months
  • Expert instruction with guided practices
  • Understand the key concepts of mindfulness before teaching PBS

Part 2: Professional Learning and Development Workshop

  • Receive your copy of the PBS Educator’s handbook of lesson plans, a thorough peer-reviewed resource. Te Reo Maori version available.
  • Expert mindfulness trainers lead participants through practical exercises
  • Overview of lesson plans including sample scripts and classroom activities
  • Each PBS lesson is aligned to the NZC and incorporates Te Whare Tapa Wha
  • Workshop can be delivered in-house at your school or organisation by arrangement

Part 3: Annual School Membership Resources

  • Unlimited access to high-quality PBS print, audio & video classroom resources
  • PBS tutorial videos: practical instruction on lesson delivery
  • Teacher’s evaluation tools
  • Professionally recorded classroom guided practices
  • Student’s learning journals
  • Guided practices for staff personal practice
  • Supporting documentation, research & evidence that informs Pause, Breathe, Smile
  • Mindful movement videos
  • New content added regularly

Structured lesson plans based on wellbeing science and neuroscience

Lesson 1: Coming home
Introducing core mindfulness practices for mind-body integration. ‘At home’ in our bodies with a sense of being ‘at home’ in the present.

Lesson 2: Happiness here and now
Exploring happiness and learning how our actions impact wellbeing.

Lesson 3: Everything for the first time
Using creative role-play for looking at the world with the important wellbeing and learning characteristics of curiosity and interest.

Lesson 4: All things rising and falling
Recognising that emotions are felt in the body and learning how to self-regulate with mindfulness.

Lesson 5: Neurons that fire together wire together
Learning about the brain and how to settle scattered and unhelpful thinking.

Lesson 6: Kind heart, happy heart
Fostering kindness and compassion toward self and others.

Lesson 7: Everything is connected to everything else
Exploring the relationships between self, others and the natural world.

Lesson 8: Touching base, touching stillness
This lesson encourages student reflection, group sharing, and an agreement to continue fostering presence, kindness and curiosity in the classroom.

With around 300 schools participating in PBS so far, our membership is growing all the time. Members include state schools of all deciles, rural and urban, from Northland to Southland, and a number of prominent independent schools. Check out our News page for success stories from some of our member schools

Our school values include an approach to hauora (holistic wellbeing) that is integrated across everything we do. We had done some initial investigation into mindfulness and “flourishing” as well as neuroscience based thinking around how to best support the development of a well person. To us the evidence was clear that we needed to, at a bare minimum, investigate mindfulness as a pathway to this. PBS was the only program we could find that had local research, an Aotearoa/New Zealand context, and experienced practitioners and trainers – as well as an ethos of development and ongoing practice based learning and research (in other words – unquestionably high quality!)Kat Liu-Asomua, Leader of Learning, Ormiston Junior College