A variety of in-person and virtual mindfulness and/or self-compassion-based workshops are available to the general public, health practitioners, organizations and workplaces. Introductory workshops offer participants a wonderful way to sample the foundations of mindfulness or self-compassion to determine if they would like to go further with their practice and knowledge in the therapeutic groups. Other workshops of various lengths are also offered and focus on specific themes to enhance well-being or to deepen one’s understanding and experience of mindfulness. An increasing amount of research supports the benefits of mindfulness and self-compassion on mental, emotional and physical well-being; regular practice has also been shown to even change the brain!
All workshops are free from any particular faith or religion and meditation experience is not required; all are welcome!
Below is a list of some of the workshops offered by the centre:
INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS – 2 Hour Workshop
Mindfulness is a gentle and effective way to cultivate awareness of thoughts, emotions and sensations. Mindfulness helps us stay connected to the present moment and break free of automatic, habitual reactions that are often unhelpful for our well-being. This allows for the opportunity to respond in ways that are more skillful and reflect our true desires, values and intentions.
A great way to understand what mindfulness is (and isn’t) and what it has to offer is to experience it. This popular 2-hour workshop introduces participants to a range of short mindfulness practices together with an overview of the core principles of mindfulness and its benefits.
INTRODUCTION TO MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION – 2 Hour Workshop
This two-hour workshop will offer you an opportunity to learn about and experience some of the practices of self-compassion and its benefit on well-being, especially when one is struggling. Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who did not receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It’s a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-denial, or self-absorption.
Some benefits of Self-Compassion include:
- Reduced anxiety and depression
- Increased resiliency and coping with stressful events
- Increased feelings of self-worth and compassion towards self and others
- Improved physical health and feelings of overall well-being
- Experiencing more satisfying personal relationships
SELF-COMPASSION FOR CAREGIVERS – 2 Hour Workshop
This workshop is an adaptation of the more general Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion workshop (above) for those in caregiving roles and who may be experiencing burnout or empathy fatigue. Specific self-compassion practices and guidance is offered to support this meaningful yet often taxing role.
MANAGING STRESS AND BUILDING RESILIENCE – 2 Hour Workshop
Stress is an inevitable part of life that is experienced by everyone. When stress is severe and/or chronic, it can negatively impact our well-being. In this workshop we will explore the nature of stress and be offered a whole person approach* to adapt, overcome and persevere in the face of chronic stress in healthy and life enhancing ways.
*Please note, although mindfulness and self-compassion are included in this workshop, primary focus is on a more expansive cultivation of the four dimensions of resilience: Body, Mind, Emotions and Spirit.
CULTIVATING JOY – 2 Hour Workshop
In this workshop, participants will be provided information and practices scientifically proven to enhance happiness: Savouring, Gratitude, Self-Appreciation, Living in Accordance with Your Values.
EXPLORING MINDFULNESS – 1/2 DAY (4 HourS) Workshop
Mindfulness has been demonstrated to enhance awareness, attention, resilience, compassion and overall well-being. In this 4-hour interactive online workshop participants will be provided:
- An overview of what mindfulness is and isn’t
- An overview of the benefits and obstacles of mindfulness
- A sample of formal (movement* and still) and informal practices to allow for the direct experience of mindfulness (the best way to discover mindfulness!)
- Ways to begin and nurture your own personal practice
- Resources to support your ongoing practice
*Movement practice will take into consideration limitations some may face.
EXPLORING MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION – 1/2 DAY (4 Hour) Workshop
Self-compassion involves treating ourselves kindly, like we would a good friend we care about. Rather than continually judging and evaluating ourselves, self-compassion involves generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect humans, and learning to be present with the inevitable struggles of life with greater ease. It motivates us to make needed changes in our lives not because we’re worthless or inadequate, but because we care about ourselves and want to lessen our suffering.
This 1/2-day workshop will provide an overview of the main components of self-compassion and the central ideas/practices of the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion Program in brief format. Through discussion and experiential exercises, you will learn:
- Simple tools for responding in a kind and compassionate way when we experience painful emotions
- Practical skills to help bring self-compassion into your daily life
- How to stop being so hard on yourself
- How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
- How to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
EXPLORING MINDFULNESS – FULL DAY (6 Hour) Workshop
This full-day workshop is intended to give participants an immersive experience of mindfulness. It will include short talks about what mindfulness is and isn’t, its benefits, common obstacles and how to develop a sustainable, personal practice. To fully experience the transformational skills of mindfulness, a variety of formal and informal mindfulness practices, both movement and still, will be offered throughout the day.
This class will be small (no more than 10-15 participants) and include a 30-minute nourishment break where you are asked to bring a light lunch to eat in silence with the group. Tea and coffee will also be available.
This is a chance for you to discover how mindfulness can help you to self-manage stress and anxiety in a friendly, supportive environment. Other possible benefits of mindfulness include improved sleep, increased health and well-being and living a more intentional, conscious life.
offer is to experience it. This 2-hour workshop introduces participants to a range of short mindfulness practices together with an overview of the core principles of mindfulness and its benefits.
Mindfulness is a gentle and effective way to cultivate awareness of thoughts, emotions and sensations. Mindfulness helps us stay connected to the present moment and break free of automatic, habitual reactions that are often unhelpful for our well-being. This allows for the opportunity to respond in ways that are more skillful and reflect our true desires, values and intentions. Mindfulness also invites acceptance of our inner and outer experiences and meeting such experiences in a compassionate, non-judgmental way.
Mindfulness can calm the mind and slow things down. It has been well researched with scientific evidence mounting for its positive affect on physical and psychological well-being and its ability to produce positive lasting change in the brain.
Some benefits of mindfulness include:
- Improved sleep and increased energy
- Reduced anxiety and feelings of stress
- Reduced symptoms of depression and relapse
- Increased concentration, focus and memory
- Increased resiliency and coping with stressful events including chronic pain
- Decreased feelings of exhaustion, irritability and anger
- Increased feelings of self-worth and compassion towards self and others
- Improved physical health, immunity and feelings of overall well-being
- Feeling more connected with what really matters in your life
Who should attend
The Introduction to Mindfulness workshop is recommend for anyone curious about mindfulness and would like to learn about its core principles and experience some of the practices. This workshop is also recommended for those considering enrolling in the more intensive 8 or 9 week therapeutic programs.
Mindfulness is free from any particular faith or religious belief. Meditation experience is not required. All are welcomed!
Participants can use our meditation Zafu cushions and yoga mats during the workshop or are welcome to bring their own. Chairs will also be available. It is advisable to wear loose, comfortable causal clothing.
Fee: $35 (HST included).
In order to make the workshops accessible to everyone we have a “Generosity Policy”. Should you find the fee an obstacle, please decide what works for you and offer whatever you can upon attendance. We appreciate any contribution you wish to offer. Registration for the workshop is still required as space is limited.
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Enrollment is limited as our groups are small (about 12 people). Pre-registration is required.