Connect First Consulting

Transformation starts with Connection

Facilitating Transformational Learning Experiences for schools and nonprofits in Berkshire County, MA.

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Mindful Movement
Mindful Stress Resilience
Mindful Outdoor Experiences

Cultivating Connection in Schools & Workplaces
Experiential Activities for Inclusion & Belonging
Experiential Facilitation Training for Teachers

Our Mission

Connect First Consulting offers experiential workshops and mindfulness training for leaders, educators, and youth that deepen awareness, build resiliency, and create a culture of connection in schools and workplaces.

Lisa Howard ~ Owner

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Mindfulness in Action

Mindful Movement

Mindful Movement sessions include a combination of movement, breathwork, guided visualization and meditation practices that help calm the body and clear the mind. Participants learn practices and tools they can apply in real life to help relieve stress and find deeper relaxation.

Mindful Stress Resilience

Stress Resilience sessions include a variety of mindfulness practices along with interactive activities and lessons that help build capacity for self-regulation in the face of chaos and overwhelm. Learn how to understand your own stress response and improve your ability to utilize skills and tools in moments of high intensity and challenge.

Mindful Outdoor Experiences

Experience the breathtaking beauty and deep serenity of Berkshire County Forests, Mountains, Meadows and Waterways through a mindful outdoor experience. Experience the calming and restorative power of nature through this gently guided, sensory-based mindfulness practice.

*Group and Individual sessions available. All activities can be adapted for setting, age, and ability levels, and all participants are encouraged to exercise personal choice and modification. No previous experience needed.

Experiential Training for Connection & Belonging

Connection builds trust and belonging which increases engagement and empowerment. Our experiential workshops accelerate connection and enhance learning in carefully designed fun, inclusive, and interactive experiences that will have a lasting impact.Contact us to develop a customized professional development plan for your school or workplace.

Team Bonding

Inclusive Leadership

Cultivating a Caring Classroom

Experiential Facilitation Skills for Teachers

Experiential Activities for Inclusion & Belonging

Public events & engagements

Introducing Connect First Consulting

1Berkshire Entreprenurial Meetup
Tuesday, April 30, 2024 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM EST
66 Allen Street
Pittsfield, MA 01202

Mindful Stress Resilience

Project Adventure SEL Symposium
May 20, 2020
Beverly, MA

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What people are saying...

"Lisa Howard is the missing link in Berkshire County. She not only listens very well, she's a dynamic presenter and knows how to bring people together. She is a total inspiration."
~John Pritchard, President - Pritchard Digital Arts

"In our group interaction, Lisa inspired an atmosphere of trust and mutual goodwill while communicating clear objectives such that participants enthusiastically collaborated to successfully accomplish what could not have been accomplished by any one individual. It was a sheer joy to work with Lisa!"
~ Howard Rosenberg, Owner - Anahata Schoolhouse

"Lisa is very kind and full of very good information. She helped me obtain skills at a new level that I could use in the classroom or in the field. Her professionalism and rigor to help others understand and grow is remarkable. I truly enjoyed working with Lisa and would do it again if the opportunity arises."~ Jon Burkholder - Pathfinder Farms

"Thanks again for all you did for our team last month. The training was great because you are great. You fit in so well with our group and you kept us on track which is not always an easy task with this group! Anyway, everyone was raving about it and we are already putting some of the strategies we developed into place. Thank you!"
~ Jonathan B. Project Manager

Meet Lisa

Lisa Howard is a coach, facilitator, and consultant who has over 20 years of experience working with schools and youth-serving professionals. She brings a welcoming, dynamic energy and intuitive wisdom to her approach; incorporating Experiential Learning methods with Mindfulness practices to create an empowering learning experience that lasts.

Training & Certification

  • M.Ed. Experiential Learning & Facilitation ~ Plymouth State University

  • Project Adventure Certified Trainer & Facilitator

  • Navigating Challenging Dialogue® Trained Facilitator

  • Yogaspirit Studios® 200 hr. Certified Yoga Teacher

  • Kripalu® Certified RISE™ Facilitator

  • Kripalu® Certified Restorative Yoga Teacher

My Journey to Connect First

Connect First Consulting LLC opens the next chapter of a professional journey and personal mission to facilitate powerful learning experiences that cultivate connection, inspire personal growth, and support unity in our world. It has been a lifelong quest to align my career with my gifts and strengths while fulfilling my purpose of bringing people together for connection and growth. I believe that each step of my professional journey has been crucial in preparing me for the next. Growing up babysitting and working in daycare settings allowed me to say yes to a Special Education opportunity I hadn’t planned for. Teaching Special Education for 9 years prepared and lead me toward a Master’s degree in Adventure Education and my next role as Trainer & Consultant for Project Adventure, Inc. And in the 13 years since that pivotal change I have continued to take one step at a time facilitation transformational learning experiences while pursuing my own learning and growth.My facilitation experiences deepened my understanding of what it means to be human in this world. I witnessed, in others and in myself, how connection, communication, and leadership are fraught with challenges yet when they are learned and practiced skillfully, the impact is exponential. As I continued my own personal and professional growth I was lead to yoga and meditation; and the practices that have continued to sustain me and strengthen my ability to show up as a compassionate and balanced colleague, leader, friend, and partner. And when I found myself at another crossroads in 2018 seeking to take my work to the next level, I found Navigating Challenging Dialogue®, a framework for healthy communication that has given me the keys to calm, clear, confident communication and freed me from years of dysfunctional, reactionary patterns of conflict avoidance, emotional outbursts, and people pleasing. I believe in this work because it has changed my life.Now, drawing upon this 20-year career journey I am combining my experience, training, and passion into Connect First. By utilizing experiential facilitation methods embedded with mindfulness skills and practices, I help those who are seeking a different way of learning and a freer, more authentic path to healthy connection and communication. I invite you to join me.~Lisa

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