Sarah Rudell Beach taught high school social studies for 17 years before founding Brilliant Mindfulness, LLC. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota, and is a licensed teacher in the state of Minnesota. She is a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor, and has taught mindfulness to students, teachers, and school administrators.
As a high school social studies teacher, Sarah taught Psychology, AP European History, World Religions, Anthropology, and World History. She served in the Wayzata Public Schools from 1998 to 2015, and was honored as an Esteemed Teacher seven times by the district. Sarah taught many staff development sessions and extended courses to teachers, including her popular Mindfulness: For You and Your Students. Additionally, she writes about mindfulness, mindful teaching, and mindful parenting for the Huffington Post.
Sarah has had a personal mindfulness practice for many years, and describes mindfulness as life-changing. She firmly believes that teaching compassionate attention and self-care to students, teachers, parents, and families can change the world.
Brilliant Mindfulness, LLC, offers innovative programs for schools, families, and businesses in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. Our mindfulness programs help students cultivate their focused attention and regulate the emotional stress that can interfere with learning. Our professional development offerings help teachers reduce chronic stress and burnout, and promote more effective teaching. We help parents find calm amidst the chaos of raising children. We assist businesses in promoting employee wellness.
What People Are Saying…
“Sarah Rudell Beach is one of my favorite sources for knowledge, wisdom, inspiration, and fresh ideas for how to teach and practice mindfulness with children. Sarah’s style is relatable, engaging, effective, and lots of fun, and she knows what she’s talking about!” –Carla Naumburg, PhD, LICSW
“Sarah is the real deal! No gimmicks, no pressure. She guides participants on a journey that is uniquely their own, using the latest scientific research to feed the brain, and gentle mindful exercises that feed the heart.” —Professional Development Coordinator, Wayzata High School
“Sarah is an excellent instructor. She teaches in a really authentic way, and that makes it easier for me to want to try mindful practice myself.” —High School Teacher
“My daily work often requires me to make quick decisions and ‘fix’ things. I am constantly problem-solving and often feel the weight of having to come up with a solution to make things better for others. In the short time I spent in Sarah’s class, I have become much more reflective. I have slowed my reactions and take more time to just listen and process.” — Teacher and Gifted and Talented Coordinator
Brilliant Mindfulness has worked with the following districts and organizations:
- Anoka-Hennepin Schools
- Anoka-Ramsey Community College
- Austin Public Schools
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Minneapolis/St. Paul
- Eastern Carver County Schools
- Edina Public Schools
- Jordan School District
- Metropolitan Educational Cooperative Service Unit
- Nerstrand Elementary School
- Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Schools
- Rushford-Peterson Schools
- South Washington County Schools
- Southeast Service Cooperative
- Spring Grove Public Schools
- Wayzata Public Schools
- The M2 Foundation
- The Bolster Collaborative
- Zumbro Education District
Sarah Rudell Beach
Presentations and Conferences
Mindfulness in Schools. SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA SCHOOL COUNSELORS ASSOCIATION. Winona, MN, October 2016.
Mindfulness and Stress Reduction. MINNESOTA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL PROFESSIONALS. Rochester, MN, October 2016.
Mindfulness for Youth Workers and Young People. SUMMER TRAINING ACADEMY, sponsored by the Bolster Collaborative. Portland, ME, June 2016.
Mindfulness for Youth Workers. POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE. Portland, ME, June 2016.
Mindfulness and Stress Reduction for Teachers. EDUCATION MINNESOTA ANNUAL CONFERENCE. St. Paul, MN, October 2015.
Clarity, Connection, and Resilience: A Mindfulness Retreat for Educators. M2 FOUNDATION. St. Paul, MN, July 2015.
Reduce Stress and Find Balance Through Mindfulness Practices. MINNESOTA ASSOCIATION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PRINCIPALS SUMMER CONFERENCE. Brainerd, MN, June 2015.
Mindful Teaching and Mindful Learning. MINNESOTA COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES CONFERENCE. Minneapolis, MN, February 2015.
Just Breathe: Mindfulness for Gifted Students (and their Teachers!). MINNESOTA EDUCATORS OF THE GIFTED AND TALENTED CONFERENCE. Brainerd, MN, February 2015.
Mindful Leadership. MINNESOTA ASSOCIATION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PRINCIPALS CONFERENCE. Minneapolis, MN, January 2015.
Educational Background and Credentials
Social Studies Teacher, 1998-2015, Wayzata High School, Plymouth MN. Courses taught include AP European History, Psychology, Anthropology, World Religions, Current Issues, and World History.
State of Minnesota Teaching License, Social Studies 7-12, 1998-2020.
Mindful Schools Certified Instructor, October 2015.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, September-November 2014, University of Minnesota.
Curriculum Training, Mindful Schools, May 2014.
Mindfulness Fundamentals, Mindful Schools, April 2014.
M.Ed. in Social Studies Education, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, 2000.
B.A. in History, summa cum laude, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 1997.