Eline Snel

Eline Zeeland CUEline (1954) established the International Academy for Mindful Teaching in 2008, to train professionals from education and (mental) healthcare in the ‘Mindfulness Matters’ method, mindfulness for children and adolescents. She developed this method from practice. As a mindfulness trainer, she also gives eight-week MBSR training courses to private individuals. For children, adolescents and their parents she has written several books: ‘Sitting still like a Frog’ (2012), ‘Breathe through this – Mindfulness for Parents and Teenagers’ (2014) and ‘Sitting still like a frog; your mindfulness matters workbook (2018). Currently, more than 600,000 copies of ‘Sitting still like a Frog’ have been sold in 33 countries.

Since 1980, Eline has been working as an independent therapist and trainer. From 1990, she has been developing meditation and awareness courses. As a certified mindfulness trainer and compassion trainer, she has been training adults, children and adolescents for many years.

The training courses are given in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Latin America and Hong Kong. She works with an amazing team of professional and dedicated trainers. She is also guest teacher at the Radboud University Medical Centre for Mindfulness.

Eline Snel has developed several training programmes and four handbooks for different age categories, from 5 to 19 years of age. Because children aged between 4 and 7 proved to need different meditations and work formats to children aged between 8 and 12. This is also true for the differences between 13-year-old adolescents and 19-year-old youths. These handbooks for trainers are used in many schools. Both in primary and secondary education, and in mental health organisations, revalidation centres and private practices. Thousands of children have now followed the ‘Mindfulness Matters’ training. Eline also developed the Mindfulness in Education (MiE) program for parents and teachers.

Her book, Sitting still like a Frog, Mindfulness for children (5-12 years old) and their parents, has been published in 33 countries and more than 600.000 copies have been sold. An international bestseller. In 2014, Eline published the sequel to ‘the frog’, ‘Breathe through this – Mindfulness for Parents and Teenagers’. In 2018 her newest book came out: ‘Sitting Still like a frog – Your mindfulness matters workbook’. Since 2017 children are able to listen to the frog on all long-distance flights from Air France (Flying Frog).

The “frog” method  has been scientifically researched and different pilot studies showed positive influence on well being – behaviour – mood swings- learning processes- fear of failure- executive functions .


Conscious, kind attention is special, valuable and fragile. It’s gone again before you know it. But fortunately, you can always come back to this moment. Now. This moment, and every following moment, in which you notice you are breathing, feel the wind in your hair, feel the uncertainty somewhere in your body and see the children that you live, work or play with as they really are.