Chasing happiness? Feeling real pays bigger dividends.
Mindfulness allows us to experience our lives from the inside-out: the good, the bad, the neutral and everything in between. Instead of forever striving for an idealized state of happiness that is at best unsustainable and at worst, completely unattainable, mindfulness teaches us how to be with what is. You can’t always stop life’s waves, but you can learn to surf.
Mindfulness is the awareness that arises when we pay attention to the present moment without judgment. Research has demonstrated a number of improved behavioral outcomes related to the practice of mindfulness including: lowered blood pressure, increased focus, less emotional reactivity, reduced rumination, decreased anxiety, stress reduction, and improved immune function.
At Forest City Mindfulness, we offer a range of industry-leading mindfulness-based programs that span from general well-being and self-care to the intensely therapeutic. Our space is comfortable and inviting, and we provide everything you’ll need for an optimal learning experience: yoga mats, meditation cushions, blankets. Just bring your own water — and slippers — as no shoes are permitted in the studio.
We are centrally located in beautiful Wortley Village, on a major bus route and have ample, free, onsite parking. The building and studio are fully accessible by ramp and elevator.
All of our programs are evidence-based — which means they are supported by academic and clinical research — and offered by qualified facilitators who have undergone rigorous training. Visit our class schedule for current offerings and availability. Don’t see a time that works for you? Let us know. We’ll do our best to add more classes that work for everyone.
Learn more about our mindfulness programs…
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) $475/nine-session course
Full-Day Silent Retreat $125/six-hour restorative session
Open Mindful Sits $10/one-hour group sit
(All programs add 13% HST)
It’s not about stopping thoughts.
“It was a huge turning point for me when I realized that mindfulness isn’t about stopping my thoughts. I can’t do that if I wanted to. Mindfulness is about learning to discipline myself and not react to thoughts like I used to. I found this simple but hard at the same time, but totally a worthwhile skill to learn. ”
I survived the silent retreat!
“The most terrifying aspect of the entire course for me was the silent retreat. Up until I took this course, I wasn’t able to be alone with my thoughts at all. I was shocked how much I enjoyed the day. I was even more amazed that I was capable of being with myself in a gentle way for an entire day. It was an eye opener. I can’t wait to do it again!”
I thought I’d lose my edge.
“In the beginning I was skeptical about the value of “peace of mind”. I was a doer, and a high-achiever. I worried about losing my edge if I slowed down and focused on one thing at a time. I am struck now by how wrong I was, and by how ineffective I actually was with a constantly divided focus. A transformative learning experience indeed.”