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Apr
14
Tue

Managing Mindfully in an Uncertain World

Start: Tuesday, April 14, 2020

This four-session pay what you can series has been designed to help you mindfully manage during these turbulent times.

These live online sessions will take you through practices in an online community that will focus on awareness of our own experience in stillness and in motion, on self-care and how we can use our mindfulness practice to also include others and the world. This program is for anyone who is feeling the effects of our current situation and for those who simply would like to be more awake to each moment. Please join us as we work to maintain our mental and emotional health, enhance our resilience and care for ourselves and all beings.

Each session will have its own theme as we move from self-awareness to interconnection.

  1. Wide Awake: will help you enhance your awareness of the body as a source of information, increasing self-care.
  2. Moving On: we will work with the body in motion and stillness, increasing our ability to listen and give it what it needs.
  3. Compassionate Care: you will increase your ability to bring compassion and ease to yourself and others in these times of need.
  4. Connectivity: feeling supported and giving to others, enhancing health and well-being; knowing that we are interconnected reduces our sense of isolation.
NOTE: we will be asking for your permission to record the sessions. For more information, contact us.
Tuesdays
Session 1: March 31, 2020 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm ET
Session 2: April 7, 2020 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm ET
Session 3: April 14, 2020 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm ET
Registration for Session 3 closes at 10am ET on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Session 4: April 21, 2020 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm ET

Online Format
Please note this will be an interactive web-based course. For technical requirements, click here.

Pay What You Can
A recommended contribution of $25 per session is requested.
We ask you to consider a minimum contribution of $10 per session.
For those facing more severe affordability issues, please email info@MindfulnessStudies.com.

To benefit our charitable initiatives, our facilitators donate their time and expertise. We ask that you please contribute what you can to help us deliver affordable mental health therapies to those in need.

We regret that refunds will not be possible for this workshop series.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Apr
17
Fri

MBCT Online

Start: Friday, April 17, 2020

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy providing tools and strategies for preventing depressive relapse, as well as reducing acute depression, anxiety and stress.
For more details, visit our MBCT page.

Timing
Friday Afternoons
Intake Interviews (via telephone): Thursday, April 16, 2020 | 2pm – 4pm ET and Friday, April 17, 2020 | 10am – 12pm ET
Orientation & Session 1: April 17, 2020 | 2pm – 5pm ET
Sessions 2-8*: April 24 – June 19, 2020 | 2pm – 4:30pm ET
NOTE: June 5th is the 4-hour Silent Retreat | 2pm – 6pm ET
* program skips May 15th
Please reserve June 26th 2pm – 4:30pm ET in your schedule as a make-up session in case of technical difficulties.
Registration closes Tuesday, April 14th at 4pm ET

Online Format
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program. Your full attention and participation will be required.
For technical requirements, click here.

Fee: $550
Registration closes Tuesday, April 14th at 4pm ET
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

If you’re interested in taking this course but don’t see a time that works for you, let us know! Fill out our interest list here.

Facilitator(s):Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.) & Rhea Plosker RSW RP
Apr
22
Wed

Free Online Info Session

Start: Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Learn a little mindfulness
If you’re considering a mindfulness program, join us for a free information session!
For more details, visit our Mindfulness Info Session page

Timing
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 | 6pm – 6:30pm + Q&A

Fee: Free

Facilitator(s):Jeremy Finkelstein RP
Apr
29
Wed

MBSR Online

Start: Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Learn practical ways to manage stress
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for individuals experiencing stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.
For more details, visit our MBSR page

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Intake Interviews (via telephone): Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 6pm – 8pm ET and Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 10am – 12pm ET
Orientation & Session 1: April 29, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm ET
Sessions 2-8*: May 6 – June 17, 2020 | 6pm – 8:30pm ET
Silent Retreat: Sunday, June 7, 2020 | 12pm – 4pm ET
Please reserve June 24th 6pm – 8:30pm ET in your calendar as a make-up session in case of technical difficulties.
Registration closes on Friday, April 24, 2020 at noon

Online Format
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program. Your full attention and participation will be required.
For technical requirements, click here.

Fee: $520
Registration closes on Friday, April 24, 2020 at noon
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

A valid OHIP card is required for this program.

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

If you’re interested in taking this course but don’t see a time that works for you, let us know! Fill out our interest list here.

Facilitator(s):Joanna Shapiro MD & Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
May
7
Thu

MSC Online

Start: Thursday, May 7, 2020

Learn to manage difficulty with more ease and kindness
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our emotional well-being.
For more details, visit our MSC page.

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Intake Interviews (via telephone): Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | 6pm – 8pm ET and Thursday, May 7, 2020 | 10am – 12pm ET
Sessions 1-8: May 7 – June 25, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm ET
Silent Retreat: Sunday, June 7, 2020 | 9am – 1pm ET
Please reserve July 2nd 6pm – 9pm ET in your calendar as a make-up session in case of technical difficulties.

Online Format
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based course. Your full attention and participation will be required.
For technical requirements, click here.

Fee: $625
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

Strongly recommended reading:
The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength and Thrive by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer  (available on Amazon.ca and Guilford.com)

Recommended readings:
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer, Ph.D.
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

If you’re interested in taking this course but don’t see a time that works for you, let us know! Fill out our interest list here.

Facilitator(s):Christine Grace McMulkin MSW RSW Certified MSC Teacher & Rose Mina Munjee RP Trained MSC Teacher
May
19
Tue

MBCT Online

Start: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy providing tools and strategies for preventing depressive relapse, as well as reducing acute depression, anxiety and stress.
For more details, visit our MBCT page.

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Intake Interviews (via telephone): Thursday, May 14, 2020 | 6pm – 8pm ET and Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | 2pm – 4pm ET
Orientation & Session 1: May 19, 2020 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm ET
Sessions 2-8*: May 26 – July 14, 2020 | 5:30pm – 8pm ET
NOTE: June 30th is the 4-hour Silent Retreat | 5pm – 9pm ET
Please reserve July 21st 5:30pm – 8pm ET in your schedule as a make-up session in case of technical difficulties.
Registration closes Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Online Format
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program. Your full attention and participation will be required.
For technical requirements, click here.

Fee: $550
Registration closes Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

If you’re interested in taking this course but don’t see a time that works for you, let us know! Fill out our interest list here.

Facilitator(s):Alison Kelford MD & Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Jul
20
Mon

MSC Intensive in Niagara Falls

Start: Monday, July 20, 2020

Learn to manage difficulty with more ease and kindness

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our emotional well-being. While mindfulness increases our awareness of the present, self-compassion encourages greater kindness and understanding of periods of suffering. It also helps us accept our flaws and better understand our challenges.

MSC is a research-supported program developed by Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer. Research on self-compassion have shown that it boosts happiness and improves relationships while reducing anxiety, depression and shame. Increased levels of self-compassion can transform empathy fatigue into wholehearted engagement with others.

Participants Will Learn
To befriend their self–critic, develop self-compassion skills, and foster goodwill towards themselves and others. The 5-day intensive explores typical responses as difficulties arise.

Who Should Attend
All are welcome. It is especially beneficial for graduates of mindfulness-based programs, such as MBCT/MBSR. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required. This program qualifies as the prerequisite for training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher.

Timing
Monday, July 20, 2020 – Friday, July 24, 2020
Check-In: July 20, 2020 | 11am
Departure: July 24, 2020 | 5pm

Daily Schedule
Group Sessions: 9am – 12pm and 1pm – 5pm
Group Meals: 8am breakfast, 12pm lunch, 5:30pm dinner

Notes
There is an evening session scheduled for the first day – Monday, July 20, 2020 | 7pm – 8pm
Plan on some informal early morning and evening activities during the week (to be scheduled).

Fees:
Residential (includes tuition, private room, meals, snacks): $1950
Commuter (includes tuition, meals, snacks): $1250
Registration closes Sunday, July 12, 2020
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

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Strongly recommended reading:
The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength and Thrive by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer  (available on Amazon.ca and Guilford.com)

Recommended readings:
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer, Ph.D.
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

Facilitator(s):Eileen Beltzner MSW RSW Certified MSC Teacher & Rainer Beltzner Certified MSC Teacher