Solutions for Mindful Life Transitions

Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment to moment. Jon Kabat–Zinn; founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

Just by becoming aware of what is occurring within and around us, we can begin to untangle ourselves from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. In addition, research focused on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programs conducted over the last 35 years, strongly suggests that mindfulness practitioners experience health benefits and improved quality of life.

Mindfulness is not new. It’s part of what makes us human. It is our capacity to be fully conscious and aware. Most of the time we are in this state only for brief periods of time; we very easily get “busy doing” or reabsorbed into familiar daydreams and personal narratives. The ability of sustained moment-to-moment awareness, especially in the midst of emotional turmoil, is a special skill. Fortunately, it is a skill that can be learned through formal and informal mindfulness practices.

There is a large body of research providing evidence that mindfulness increases resilience (i.e. the work of world-renowned neuroscientist Richard Davidson). Resilience is the ability to effectively cope with adversity — it’s about bouncing back from difficulties.

Following a stressful event, or anticipating stressors impacting our life, our mind very often generates narratives that are negative in nature, and counterproductive to dealing with life stressors. Research provides us with evidence that mindfulness practices, if used on a regular basis, reduce such unhelpful rumination and aid our brain in becoming more resilient to future stressful events.

Introduction to Mindfulness classes and the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program offer an opportunity to learn mindfulness practices and develop routines promoting maintenance of mindfullife style.

Mindfulness is living your life as it really mattered; moment by moment beyond all thinking, simply present but wholly present Jon Kabat–Zinn

Our Mindfulness Programs


4 Introductory Classes (1 hour weekly)

Participants are given an opportunity to slow down and practice moment-to-moment awareness of what is happening in their life. Through the teaching of formal practices like meditation, breath awareness and body scanning, participants gain skills to cultivate greater awareness of the unity of mind and body. These activities, if practiced on a regular basis, have the potential to help manage daily stressors with more positive outcomes.

Upcoming Sessions:

Mondays, November 12 to December 3, 6:30 to 7:30pm

Register five or more days before start date and receive a 10% discount on this set of classes.

For pricing information and to register, visit our Contact Us page.
Location:  TORCHLIGHT TATTOO3-8 REGINA ST. N.WATERLOO


Introduction to Mindfulness II

(prerequisite - Introduction to Mindfulness I)
4 Classes (1.25 hours weekly)

Introduction to Mindfulness II offers further exploration of mindfulness concepts, introduction of more formal and informal mindfulness practices; hence it provides opportunities for solidifying and deepening your mindfulness practice. In this set of classes you will be invited / encouraged to deepen self-reflection by opening yourself to the practice of journaling. Journaling in tandem with mindfulness practices will enrich your journey of self-discovery.

Upcoming Sessions:

TBA

Register five or more days before start date and receive a 10% discount on this set of classes.

For pricing information and to register, visit our Contact Us page.

* Please note that locations of programs vary. Contact us for details and registration


Mindfulness and Relationships

(prerequisite - Introduction to Mindfulness I)
Mindfulness informs the way we are as individuals in our relationships.

Research demonstrates that mindfulness through stress reduction, enhanced emotion-regulation abilities, and honed communication skills can help us cultivate healthier relationships. It can also offer opportunities to reduce judgments of others and ourselves. By cultivating an ongoing mindfulness practice we give ourselves an opportunity to start choosing to become more aware of how we participate in relationships and life in general. Consequently, we can lower emotional reactivity, nurture compassion, loving kindness and forgiveness towards ourselves and others.

Participants will take part in mini-lectures, meditative practices and self-directed exploration/reflection (15 min journaling at the end of each class is encouraged) on our relationships with ourselves and others.

* Please note that locations of programs vary. Contact us for details and registration

Upcoming Sessions:

TBA


Drop in Sessions

(prerequisite - Introduction to Mindfulness I)
Advance registration (at least 48 hrs) is required

Drop in sessions are designed for mindfulness practitioners that have completed some of my programs. It is an excellent opportunity to re-fresh your mindfulness practices, to get you back on track with more regular practice and to enlist motivation to practice on more regular basis by joining a group of likeminded practitioners.

Upcoming Sessions:
Wed, August 8                     7:00 to 8:00 pm
Tuesday, August 14              7:00 to 8:00 pm
Thursday, August 23 .           7:00 to 8:00 pm

*PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION- TORCHLIGHT TATTOO, 3-8 REGINA ST. N.WATERLOO

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Our Mindfulness Retreats


This 3.5 hour workshop is designed to enrich your mindfulness practice while opening your senses to immersion with the nature. Various meditative practices will be employed to help you hone your intuition and experience a garden as you never have before. Walking meditation, guided meditation, eating meditation and periods of silence will be explored.

Upcoming Sessions:

TBA

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Daylong retreat (prerequisite - completion of at least Introduction to Mindfulness I and II)
Location - Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre, Paris, Ontario

This day is designed to enrich your mindfulness practice in silence in a beautiful nature setting. Weather permitting some mindfulness practices (i.e. walking meditation, labyrinth) will be conducted outdoors.

The retreat offers you a chance to slow down and practice moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness for extended periods of time. This is a group activity where practitioners spend a lot of time in silence (guided by facilitator) alongside others. As you relax into the collective stillness, you may discover that being together with others in silence allows for a rich sense of connection that is more satisfying than if we had spent the same time engaged in conversation.

The silence of a retreat offers participants a space, supportive environment in which we can practice mindfulness at deeper level and begin to see themselves more clearly.

Simple snacks and lunch provided *
Upcoming Sessions:

TBA

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Designed by Dr.Monica Mansilla of the Relational Path Institute 

Dates: Oct 28 to Nov  2, 2018

Location: Sri Lanka


7 Classes (2.5 hours weekly) + Silent Retreat (6 hours)

The MBSR program provides a proven framework to replace stress-promoting habits with mindful ones. Through classroom lectures, meditative practices and self-directed exploration/reflection, participants learn how to recognize and work with thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that undermine our emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Participants will receive a workbook and a CD with guided meditative practices for home learning, practicing between classes, and beyond.

The silent retreat will be held on a Saturday near the end of the program. During the retreat participants will practice and strengthen the skills they’ve learned through the modalities of MBSR, in a supportive group setting.


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* This program is modeled after the MBSR program founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn (founding director Stress Reduction Clinic and Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School) and offered at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center since 1979.