collage of teachers working together at the Browne Center

The Fully Valued Educator Retreat

(Practicing Self-Care to Better Care for Others)

Embark on a transformative journey of self-care and community with our mindfulness-based, experiential retreat tailored for educators. Discover the profound impact of the Full Value Commitment (FVC) and its six principles as a guiding framework for fostering safe and effective communities.

In this three-day retreat, we delve into the core principle of "Care for Self and Others," drawing parallels to the airplane safety instructions—urging educators to prioritize their well-being first. Unlike traditional educational initiatives, this retreat places a spotlight on the often-neglected needs of educators, offering insights into personal practices that enhance their capabilities as team members and community leaders.

Explore practices endorsed by established practitioners and grounded in research from various fields. Engage in experiential activities that illuminate key concepts related to self-care, and immerse yourself in time-tested mental fitness practices. The retreat not only introduces you to the Full Value Commitment but also guides you in developing a goal-setting tool to further your exploration of these transformative practices.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the Full Value Commitment as a blueprint for community building.
  • Participate in experiential activities that impart crucial concepts related to self-care.
  • Experience proven wellness practices that contribute to personal and professional growth.
  • Develop a goal-setting tool to encourage ongoing exploration and application of these practices.
  • Relax, recharge, and rejuvenate your love of being an educator.

Join us in this unique Educators Retreat where self-care becomes a cornerstone for fostering resilient and thriving communities. Embrace a holistic approach to education that recognizes and addresses the needs of educators, leaving you inspired and equipped to create safe, supportive, and impactful learning environments. Take this opportunity to invest in yourself and your community, laying the foundation for lasting positive change in both your personal and professional life.

The Challenge of Choice theory will be implemented during the retreat. This theory promotes positive risk-taking, encouraging participants to expand their comfort zones without feeling pressured.

Depending on participants' goals, a combination of low and high-challenge course elements may be utilized during the retreat.

See the "What You Will Learn" tab for more information on the 6 Principles of the Full Value Commitment.



What You Will Learn


The Fully Valued Educator Retreat

Six Principles of the Full Value Commitment
The retreat is structured around the six principles of the Full Value Commitment, complemented by practices designed to support the inner work required for leading safe and effective communities.
Full Value Principles    Practices     Mental Fitness Concepts 
Be Here    Mindfulness     Awareness and attention development
Be Safe    Self Compassion    Physical and emotional well-being
Be Honest    Values Clarification     Integrity and trust
Set Goals    Ideal Self     Intention into action 
Let Go and Move on    Forgiveness     Acceptance and openness 
Care For Self and Others    Loving Kindness     Empathy and compassion 

Travel & Site Information


The Fully Valued Educator Retreat

Accommodations in Durham, NH

Please note that registration fee for the retreat does not include hotel reservations.

We recommend two local options for your stay in Durham: the Holiday Inn Express and the Three Chimneys Inn. Both establishments offer comfortable accommodations and are conveniently located near the retreat venue. It's important to secure your lodging promptly, as availability may vary. For further assistance or additional recommendations, feel free to reach out to us.

About The Browne Center

The retreat days will be held at the Browne Center, from 9:00 am-3:30 pm.

The Browne Center exists based on the belief that human connection is the catalyst for positive change. We do our work through engaging experiential learning programs focused on developing teams and leaders. Situated on 10 acres and adjacent to over 100 acres of Great Bay National Reserve land, The Browne Center has been providing customized programming for a wide range of clients for over 30 years.

Come prepared to:

  • Be open to expansive thinking while overlooking the fields that stretch to Great Bay
  • Connect with colleagues from various schools throughout New England through activities and dialogue held indoors in our seminar room and outdoors within the woods surrounding the building.
  • Be outside for some periods of time each day (weather dependent), dress comfortably to be able to move freely.

Instructor Bios


The Fully Valued Educator Retreat

  • Richard Maizell at UNH

    Richard Maizell

    Dr. Maizell has over 35 years of experience as an educator in the New Jersey Public Schools. He holds a Doctorate in School/Community Psychology. His lifelong passion has been in the area of social/emotional learning. Dr. Maizell founded Project Quest, a diversionary group-counseling program for court-involved youth in Sussex County, NJ. The program served students from nine county high schools, later expanding into middle and primary schools as an after school primary prevention program. In partnership with Project Adventure, a nationally known provider of experiential learning, Dr. Maizell conceptualized and constructed a universal playground in the Sussex-Wantage Regional District (NJ), which allowed for general education and differently abled students to play together on uniquely designed playground equipment.

    In his last district, the Kinnelon Public Schools, Dr. Maizell implemented a district wide primary prevention program called Full Value Schools. As a result of this implementation harassment, intimidation, and bullying referrals and confirmed incidents fell significantly over a three-year period. Students reported, via school climate surveys, feeling far better equipped to self-regulate and confront inappropriate behaviors with their peers. Dr. Maizell’s program has been presented at national and regional conferences. Most recently he delivered a session to educators at The New Jersey Alliance for Social Emotional, and Character Development Conference (2019). He is the co-author of the book, Exploring Islands of Healing (2002) and the principal author of The Full Value School: A social emotional learning community (2019).

  • John Grund

    Mr. Grund has over 28 years of experience in the public schools serving as a member of child study teams, and Student Assistant Counselor and anti-bullying specialist. He holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University and certifications as a New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified School Social Worker, and Certified Student Assistance Coordinator.

    Post-graduate training has included the Institute for the Advancement of Group Studies, UMASS’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Training, the Stanford Forgiveness Therapy Training and Stanford Cultivating Compassion Training, and the Nalanda Institute Contemplative Psychotherapy Training. Mr. Grund is a certified Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapist and Mindful Education Teacher, Contemplative Therapist, Wilderness Medicine First Responder, and Stanford Project Forgiveness Therapy Trainer. Mr. Grund is currently in private practice as a licensed clinical social worker. He is a senior trainer for Project Adventure, Inc. providing workshops for educators and therapists in the areas of experiential therapy. He also works extensively with New Jersey school districts on integrating mindfulness into educational settings, presenting to administrative teams, teachers, parents. He most recently offered trainings to administrators in the Chatham, Montville, North Hunterdon, and Mountain Lakes Public Schools. Mr. Grund has also trained over 150 teachers in the Kinnelon Public Schools in order to implement their Full Value Communities primary prevention program. Mr. Grund was the recipient of the Somerset Hills Schools 2015 Educational Professional of the Year award.

09:00am - 03:30pm
09:00am - 03:30pm
09:00am - 03:30pm
Browne Center
Richard Maizell
John Grund
699.00 Workshop Fee
USNH Tuition Benefit Discount
PDT - 10% Alumni Discount
UNH Extension Discount
New to NH Discount
UNHOCE Discount