Sep
23
6:00 PM18:00

Mindful Practice Sit

Designed for those who have already received a foundational training in mindfulness, this 90 minute community-building session offers practitioners the opportunity to enhance their practice while staying connected with other members of the mindfulness community.

Practice sits are open to anyone with an established mindfulness practice. At this level, more silence and less instruction is offered to support the deepening of a personal practice.

This 90-minute session will adopt the following basic format:

Arriving and Socializing — 30 minutes Formal Practice — 55 minutes Tidy Up — 5 minutes

Guided practices will change from week to week and may include: Breath Awareness, Body Scans, Loving Kindness, Thought/Emotion Awareness, Open Awareness, and Mindful Movement. They may also include intention-setting and guided visualization practices.

Participants must register for Practice Sits, as space is limited.

Due to the short duration of these sessions, only cash will be accepted as payment. For convenience, 5-Sit Punch Cards may also be purchased.

Yoga mats, meditation cushions, pillows and blankets are provided, however, participants are more than welcome to bring their own equipment. Slippers and socks are advised, as no shoes are permitted in the studio.

These sessions are currently $10/sit cash or 5-Sit Punch Cards may be purchased for $50.

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Sep
30
6:00 PM18:00

Mindful Practice Sit

Designed for those who have already received a foundational training in mindfulness, this 90 minute community-building session offers practitioners the opportunity to enhance their practice while staying connected with other members of the mindfulness community.

Practice sits are open to anyone with an established mindfulness practice. At this level, a bit more silence and less instruction is offered to support the deepening of a personal practice.

This 90-minute session will adopt the following basic format:

Arriving and Socializing — 30 minutes Formal Practice — 55 minutes Tidy Up — 5 minutes

Guided practices will change from week to week and may include: Breath Awareness, Body Scans, Loving Kindness, Thought/Emotion Awareness, Open Awareness, and Mindful Movement. They may also include intention-setting and guided visualization practices.

Participants must register for Practice Sits, as space is limited.

Due to the short duration of these sessions, only cash will be accepted as payment. For convenience, 5-Sit Punch Cards may also be purchased.

Yoga mats, meditation cushions, pillows and blankets are provided, however, participants are more than welcome to bring their own equipment. Slippers and socks are advised, as no shoes are permitted in the studio.

These sessions are currently $10/sit cash or 5-Sit Punch Cards may be purchased for $50.

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Oct
7
6:00 PM18:00

Mindful Practice Sit

Designed for those who have already received a foundational training in mindfulness, this 90 minute community-building session offers practitioners the opportunity to enhance their practice while staying connected with other members of the mindfulness community.

Practice sits are open to anyone with an established mindfulness practice. At this level, a bit more silence and less instruction is offered to support the deepening of a personal practice.

This 90-minute session will adopt the following basic format:

Arriving and Socializing — 30 minutes Formal Practice — 55 minutes Tidy Up — 5 minutes

Guided practices will change from week to week and may include: Breath Awareness, Body Scans, Loving Kindness, Thought/Emotion Awareness, Open Awareness, and Mindful Movement. They may also include intention-setting and guided visualization practices.

Participants must register for Practice Sits, as space is limited.

Due to the short duration of these sessions, only cash will be accepted as payment. For convenience, 5-Sit Punch Cards may also be purchased.

Yoga mats, meditation cushions, pillows and blankets are provided, however, participants are more than welcome to bring their own equipment. Slippers and socks are advised, as no shoes are permitted in the studio.

These sessions are currently $10/sit cash or 5-Sit Punch Cards may be purchased for $50.

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Oct
10
to Dec 19

MBSR 8-Week Program

Orientation & Interview: Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Thursday Evenings: October 17, 2019 — December 19, 2019 | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM (No Classes October 31st and December 12th )
Silent Retreat: Saturday, November 30, 2019 | 9:45 AM – 4:00 PM

Note: While it is important for participants to attend all nine sessions, Session 4 on November 14th is mandatory. If you are unable to attend this session, please consider another program offering.

Who Should Attend

MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) is designed for anyone suffering from chronic (ongoing) stress, illness, or pain, who wishes to increase their overall health and well-being through the cultivation of a daily mindfulness practice. MBSR has proven beneficial to individuals experiencing the following issues:

  • Stress relating to work, finances, family, and relationships

  • Anxiety and panic attacks

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Stress-related illnesses

  • Depression

  • Living on auto-pilot

  • Compassion fatigue

  • Chronic pain

  • Burnout

Format

The MBSR program consists of eight 2.5-hour weekly sessions and a full-day silent retreat. Prior to the start of the course, there is a mandatory orientation session. This is an opportunity for participants to determine their suitability for undertaking the program. A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are also expected to attend the day-long silent retreat.

Each class is comprised of mindful practices, some didactic instruction, and group discussion. Above all, emphasis is placed on developing an individual mindful practice that is both formal and informal, and that will serve as a strong foundation for practitioners beyond the course.

Mindfulness practices include, but are not limited to: sitting meditations, body scans, mindful movement and gentle hatha yoga, and mindful eating.

Fee:  $475 (+HST)

EARLY BIRD PRICING: Save $50 when you register on or before September 26th

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Oct
15
to Dec 3

SMART for Educators

Timing

Tuesdays: October 15, 2019 — December 3, 2019 5:00 PM — 7:00 PM

Silent Half-Day Retreat: Saturday, November 23rd 8:45 AM — 1:00 PM

Who Should Attend

SMART (Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques) is designed for education professionals including teachers, educational assistants, child and youth workers, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, audiologists and speech-language pathologists, physiotherapists, student support staff as well as administrators and office staff. The program is also suitable for healthcare professionals who work with children and teens. Previous experience with mindfulness is not required.

Learning Outcomes

  • Manage stress through a greater understanding and control of emotions

  • Employ self-care techniques to cultivate personal and professional resilience

  • Create effective strategies for relating to challenging situations

  • Enhance concentration and executive function (planning, decision-making, and impulse control)

  • Revitalize purpose, personally and professionally

  • Improve your overall mental and physical health

  • Promote happiness through healthy habits of the mind

Course Format

This 20-hour program is delivered in a workshop setting, consisting of eight 2-hour sessions, a 4-hour silent retreat, and requires home practice. Classes are limited to 12 participants.

Certificate of Completion

Successful participants receive a certificate of completion from UBC’s Faculty of Education.

Fee: $350 (+HST)

Cancellation Policy

You must provide a minimum of 5 business days’ notice prior to the program’s start date to receive the full tuition less a $50 fee. If you provide less than 5 business days’ notice prior to the start date of a program, no refund will be issued. Once the program has begun no refunds will be issued.

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Sep
16
4:00 PM16:00

Stress Relief for Teens (MBSR-Teen)

Monday Afternoons: September 16, 2019 — November 11, 2019 | 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Note: There will no class on Monday, October 14th due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Course Description

Teens are facing mental health challenges in increasing numbers. In this adapted version of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program by Gina Biegel, LMFT, teens are taught practical stress reduction techniques and skills for relaxation in an educational group setting. Named MBSR-Teen, this eight-week, evidenced-based program teaches teens how to respond rather than react by learning to direct their attention to the positive and toward better self-care. This is achieved through a greater awareness of their thoughts, feelings, and senses. MBSR-T is secular in its application of mindfulness meditation, and focuses on shorter, age-appropriate mindful practices aimed at fostering informal, moment-to-moment awareness.

Format

The weekly sessions are 90 minutes in length and begin with a mindful check-in of thoughts and feelings, followed by a review of homework practices. The rest of the session will introduce new concepts and practices, comprising a mix of practices and discussions, both as a group and in partners. The concepts build from week to week with early sessions aimed at developing an understanding of stress in addition to an awareness of thoughts, feelings, and sensory inputs or sensations. The next sessions focus on bringing mindful awareness into daily living, both formally and informally, and on applying mindful techniques in situations that are challenging or stressful. The remaining sessions are designed to cultivate mindful resilience in relationships with others and the self. Bringing mindfulness into communication and learning to implement self-care practices (use of technology, social media, eating, sleeping and exercise patterns) are also discussed, and teens are taught how to modify practices to suit their needs after the program is over.

Benefits

Mindfulness is a not a cure-all or magic pill. It is a skill that can be developed and, like most skills, it only benefits those who apply it. This program is considered a psycho-educational intervention and is not intended to replace therapy or other forms of treatment. It may be used as a complement to existing regimens or treatment plans. Like a muscle that grows stronger with exercise, mindfulness develops mental muscles that promote emotional regulation and self-awareness. When practiced regularly it can provide participants with a more realistic appraisal of stressful situations, which in turn decreases stress and suffering. Many participants report improved mental and physical well-being, states that are sustainable with ongoing practice.

Who Should Attend

The course is designed for teens between the ages of 12-18. It is aimed at those who have an interest in learning how to cope with and manage stress, and those looking to bring mindfulness techniques and practices into their lives.

Fee: $250 (+HST)

Cancellation Policy

You must provide a minimum of 5 business days’ notice prior to the program’s start date to receive the full tuition less a $50 fee. If you provide less than 5 business days’ notice prior to the start date of a program, no refund will be issued. Once the program has begun no refunds will be issued.

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