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...than What You Sea. AKA: Mini Mermaids for grown ups. One day workshop - retreat. Learn More!

Mini Mermaids is a social/emotional curriculum of self-discovery, confidence-building, and goal-setting for elementary and middle school-aged students. Through movement, journaling, goal setting, and group activities, kids learn how to stand up for themselves and others, ask for help, offer help, and set steps to reach their goals.

Growing healthy and balanced kids with movement and social-emotional learning is at the heart of our curriculum. 

What is social-emotional learning? 

As defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), SEL is a process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions

 We use running as a catalyst for deeper conversations with girls, and as a result, while working to reach a goal, they will build up their heart, mind, and body strength.





Mini Mermaid Running Club, est, 2009 was started in Santa Cruz, California by Megan Tresham & Heidi Boynton. Megan was searching for an afterschool running program for her daughter that would help her and her peers navigate the inherent challenges we all face. Megan knew that raising up a daughter to be confident, resilient, courageous and brave enough to work hard for her dreams and goals takes focus and intention. Together with a team of amazing writers Mini Mermaid and her story of strength (heart, mind, body) and resilience were born into Mini Mermaid Running Club. Since 2009, thousands of kids (including boys, check out Young Tritons Running Club) around the world have learned the power of moving their bodies, standing up for themselves and having empathy for others. 





During our six-week curriculum, in small groups of 10 -12, we teach self-compassion for self & others, resilience to navigate failure & success, as well as the confidence to reach dreams & goals, through the lens of two characters, Mini Mermaid & Siren. They each represent the two voices we hear in the world and in our own hearts. Telling the difference between the two leads to clarity and mindfulness which leads to greater self-compassion and empathy. We teach the girls the value of exercise and moving their bodies regardless of their size, shape or ability. The workouts are not focused on being first or running fast, but rather on each girl finding HER OWN PACE so that they can run THEIR OWN RACE.  (LEARN MORE)





Finding Your Own Voice - Self Discovery.


Loving Yourself No Matter What - Self Worth.


Writing Your Own Story - Your words are powerful.


Choosing Your Tribe - Building your community.


{Team mermaid for 11 _to 15 year olds 


How can we teach older girls to fail through life's disappointing and stressful moments & take teen Mermaids on a journey to see what’s hidden within them similarly to what we do with Mini Mermaids? Team Mermaid does just that. Our curriculum helps teen Mermaids understand that things like failing, being rejected, making big social mistakes, and feeling betrayed, are a part of life. These are not things that MIGHT happen but WILL happen at some point in their lives. Navigating these moments in life requires tools and strategies to learn how to fail forward and create a more authentic self. Failing forward builds inner courage, inner strength, self-confidence, and the willingness to keep doing the hard work to be everything they can dream of. Learn more by emailing

(Detailed Curriculum Description)



Heidi Boynton, MMRC Co-Founder, TED Talk
Run, Sweat, Love. NBC MMRC Report
Heidi Boynton, MMRC Co-Founder, ESPNW Toyota Award Recipient
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Mini Mermaid Running Club.  Self-development program for girls.

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