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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!

The following is a list of some of the workshops offered by the centre (descriptions provided below):
*Introduction to Mindfulness (2 Hours)
*Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (2 Hours)
*Mindful Self-Compassion for Caregivers (2 Hours)
*Managing Stress and Building Resilience (2 Hours)
*Cultivating Joy (2 Hours)*Exploring Mindfulness 1/2 Day (4 Hours)
*Exploring Mindful Self-Compassion 1/2 Day (4 Hours)
*Exploring MIndfulness Full Day Intensive Workshop (6 Hours)
*Exploring Mindful Self-Compassion Full Day Intensive (6 Hours)

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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 Hours) 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.

 

Completed registrations indicate understanding and acceptance of our Payment, Cancellation and Refund Policy.

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Enrollment is limited as our groups are small (about 12 people). Pre-registration is required.

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