Hello, my name is Isabelle Mary Fitzgerald. At My Peaceful Universe, we are all very passionate about Mindfulness and Meditation as we truly believe a focus on kids creates a solid foundation for health outcomes later in life, making this a long-term investment in the future of our children.
First, I would love to tell you a little bit about myself, I am a mum with two beautiful children aged 9 and 12. I personally have been meditating for 20 years and started practising mindfulness since completing a Mindfulness-Integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MiCBT) program 11 years ago.
Like a lot of children, I suffered low self-esteem and low self-image issues. In my early 20’s I was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa. This was a very difficult time for myself and my family and in my mid 30’s after having my 1st child, I began struggling with anxiety.
Discovering MEDITATION in my early 20’s really helped me manage a lot of my anxiety issues. But it was discovering MINDFULNESS that truly made a significant impact on my mental health transforming my life in every way.
In 2016 my son River was accepted into the opportunity class at Mona Vale Primary School and started suffering anxiety just before his Year 5 school camp. His anxiety caused shallow breathing and started causing serious trouble with his sleeping. River stopped going to his dance classes and didn’t want to go to school. As a parent his struggle was heartbreaking. I decided to introduce River to Guided Meditation, as well as Formal and Informal Mindfulness. River learned to observe his thoughts, and, with breathing techniques was able to calm himself at night to sleep.
Thankfully, with the help of River’s school counsellor, who understood mindfulness, and his caring teacher, River conquered his fears, had a great experience at school camp, and went on to become prefect at Mona Vale Public School in year 6.
Seeing first-hand the positive effects Mindfulness and Meditation can have on a child’s life I made the decision that it was important to create accessible Mindfulness and Meditation resources for children and families experiencing the same struggles I experienced with my own son River.
Today, I am extremely passionate about providing these vital tools to parents, facilitators and teachers in a flexible format, that will greatly benefit all our lives.
I am also personally dedicated to teaching Mindfulness and Meditation to kids in a fun and engaging way, encouraging children to see life as an amazing adventure with new and curious eyes.
Isabelle Mary Fitzgerald
Director: My Peaceful Universe, Mindfulness and Meditation Resources for Children
Administrator: Mindful Educators Australia
Isabelle Mary Fitzgerald, Founder and Director of My Peaceful Universe is a certified Mindfulness Mentor with the Mindfulness Mentoring Institute and holds level 2 certificates in Meditation from Nature Care College. Isabelle also holds certificates in Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance and, Mindfulness and Maintaining a Mindful Life from Monash University. Isabelle is currently teaching Mindfulness and Meditation classes to children, as well as curating courses for Insight Timer the world’s leading Mindfulness Meditation app. Isabelle’s meditations have now been listened to over 100’000 times around the world.
Kye Fitzgerald’s experience in operations comes from his success achieved with internationally recognised non-profit organisations such as Oxfam, Plan and Care Australia. Required to manage fundraising campaigns Kye’s proudest achievement was playing a lead role in training and motivating a team on behalf of Care Australia that resulted in $45,000 worth of long-term donations for children living in poverty. Kye is very excited to now be working on behalf of his wife Isabelle in another roll that will again provide amazing long-term benefits for children.
Over the last 9 years, John Shearer MM has spent 9,000+ hours studying the many aspects of mindfulness. He is an internationally recognised Australian Mindfulness Master, Author and Keynote Speaker who founded the Mindfulness Mentoring Institute and Mindful Educators. John, a former Youth Mentor with Juvenile Justice is passionate about sharing his knowledge and tools to bring mindfulness into the classroom, to teach us about teaching self-care and to help children thrive in life and education.
Our main aim in working with primary school students is to help children self-regulate their emotions, especially difficult emotions such as fear, worry and anger through breathing, mindfulness and meditation techniques.
We are all very passionate about this cause as we truly believe a focus on kids creates a solid foundation for health outcomes later in life, making this a long-term investment in the future of our children
“People who practise Mindfulness and Meditation now have BETTER mental health than 70% of the population on average.” Dr Craig Hassad, Monash University
Isabelle’s most recent project involves curating a 10 Session Audio Course for INSIGHT TIMER. Insight Timer is home to more than 4,750,000 meditators and is rated as the top free meditation app on the Android and iOS stores.
Mindfulness and Meditation teach students how to focus on their breath in the very present moment, just noticing whatever they are experiencing, be it pleasant or unpleasant, without trying to change it, which not only decrease stress but also increases happiness, health, and emotional well-being for everyone in the family.
Since being released online Isabelle's Mindfulness and Meditation Programs have now been listened to over 100’000 times, bringing joy and relief to thousands children, parents and families around the world. SUBSCRIBE HERE
If you believe Isabelle's resources would be a positive step for your practise, school or children’s group. CONTACT Isabelle and be a part of her growing mindful movement.