How do you strive to connect with others in your life? What does human connection mean to you? What is a microadventure and how can it benefit you? Mindfulness allows us to be present with our thoughts in order to reflect upon our best selves and sometimes this is only possible when we remove ourselves from the environment that we make routine in our lives. In today’s ‘4 x Mindfulness’ episode, Neila discusses a recent solo trip to Campagnano, Italy that allowed her to put some specific mindfulness strategies into practice thus opening herself to be in a more reflective state. Neila also shares an important message and perspective that is important to embrace when learning something new in our lives in order to take on a more effective mindset when approaching this learning. Andy shares his thoughts regarding a powerful video about human connection and how mindfulness allows us to be more present and open to connecting with others that goes beyond a superficial level. Andy also shares a new podcast that he is listening to that deconstructs how people pursue mastery in their lives.


Neila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 4 different countries over the past 16 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, and China). Andy is a consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being.

Connect With Neila and Andy


Twitter: @neilasteele



Twitter: @andyvasily


Themes Explored:

The Power of the Microadventure, Finding Mastery Podcast, Human Connection, A Learner’s Mindset, Reflection, Self-Awareness

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Looking Beyond Boarders:

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