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Calming Retreat

Calming Retreat

Calming Retreat


Spaces appropriate for SEL and self-regulation need to be made accessible. Whether for meditative reflection, guided self-regulation, or simple “brain breaks,” these spaces serve as a resource for the school to build resilience and mindful practices.


Distribute dedicated spaces for individual reflection, mindfulness practices, and emotional regulation. Specific aspects of these types of spaces include the following: views to outside, comfortable seating for up to three people, space for personal movement, proximity to communal spaces for ease of access, and partitions for privacy and group activities.

Related Patterns Student Lounge, Low Sensory Space, Cave Space

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