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Apr
1
Mon

Mindfulness Core Concepts Online

Start: Monday, April 1, 2019

Learn about the research and application of mindfulness
This is the first module of our MBSR Facilitation Certificate Program.
For more details, see our Mindfulness Core Concepts page.

Timing
Session 1: Monday, April 1, 2019 | 10am – 12pm ET
Session 2: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 | 10am – 12pm ET
Session 3: Friday, April 5, 2019 | 10am – 12pm ET

Fee: $350
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed RP
Apr
5
Fri

Mindfulness Core Concepts in Montreal

Start: Friday, April 5, 2019

Learn about the research and application of mindfulness
This is the first module of our MBSR Facilitation Certificate Program.
For more details, see our Mindfulness Core Concepts page.

Timing
Friday, April 5, 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location
MindSpace
1310 Greene Ave #500
Westmount, QC H3Z 2B2

Fee: $350
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s): Joe Flanders PhD OPQ
Apr
25
Thu

Inquiry Essentials

Start: Thursday, April 25, 2019

Inquiry is the practice of asking a question to investigate our experience. It is at the heart of MBCT and MBSR. This is the final course module of our MBCT & MBSR Facilitation Certificate Programs.

Inquiry is the practice of asking a question to investigate our experience. It has been referred to as the heart of MBCT because it is such an essential part of this modality and is vital for those wishing to facilitate MBCT groups. It is also the most difficult practice to learn.

Participants Will Learn
• How to examine the principles and practices of mindful inquiry as they pertain to “therapeutic mindfulness”
• This process through its application to the direct experience of mindfulness meditation practices
• The use of inquiry both personally and professionally as it relates to increasing the capacity to regulate affect and attention
• How to develop the ability to use inquiry

Who Should Attend
It is highly recommended that participants have facilitated at least one Mindfulness-Based Intervention (MBI) group and/or received mentorship prior to taking this course.

Apply Before Registering
If you have not already been accepted into one of our Facilitation Certificate Programs, please submit a completed Professional Development Application Form and wait to hear back from the Centre before registering.

Prerequisites:
• If you are in the MBCT Certificate program, this course must be taken after the 5-day Intensive and the Practicum
• If you are in the MBSR Certificate program, this course must be taken after the 6-day Intensive
• It is recommended that participants have facilitated (assisted, facilitated alone or co-facilitated) a group or received mentorship prior to taking this course
• For those not in the MBCT or MBSR Certificate program, this course is suitable for those who have experience teaching mindfulness-based programs

Accreditation
This 3-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 39 Mainpro+ credits..

Timing
Two-Day Course: Thursday & Friday
April 25 & 26, 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $560
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Apr
26
Fri

MBCT Basics in Montréal

Start: Friday, April 26, 2019

Explore the therapeutic benefits of MBCT while looking at its clinical applications
This is the first module of our MBCT Facilitation Certificate.
For more details, see our MBCT Basics page.

Timing
Two Day Course: Consecutive Fridays
Session 1: Friday, April 26, 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: Friday, May 3, 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location
MindSpace
1470 Peel Street, #725 Tower B
Montréal, QC H3A 1T5

Fee: $560 
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Andréanne Elie MD FRCPC
May
6
Mon

MBCT Practicum Intensive

Start: Monday, May 6, 2019

Ontario’s only MBCT practicum accredited by The College of Family Physicians of Canada. This is the fourth module of our MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program

This practicum will immerse participants in the 8-week MBCT program as participants, facilitators and observers. Trainees will take on a variety of roles including teaching, providing and receiving feedback and developing skills of inquiry. Readings and home practice will be an essential part of the program. Relevant background will be provided in the areas of mindfulness, clinical research and CBT. For full course details, visit the MBCT Practicum webpage.

Timing
Monday, May 6 to Friday, May 10, 2019
Morning Sessions: 8:30am – 12:30pm
Lunch: 12pm – 1:30pm (please note that lunch is not provided but there are many restaurants and take-out options nearby)
Afternoon Sessions: 1:30pm – 5pm

Location
The Centre for Mindfulness Studies
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8
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Fees
Early-Bird: $2,375 (until March 31st)
Regular: $2,475
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Remember to apply before registering.

Facilitator(s):Allison McLay DCS RP & Melissa Nigrini M.Ed RP
Jun
3
Mon

MBCT Basics Online

Start: Monday, June 3, 2019

Explore the therapeutic benefits of MBCT while looking at its clinical applications
This is the first module of our MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program.
For more details, visit our MBCT Basics page.

Timing
Mondays & Wednesdays
Week 1: June 3 & 5, 2019 | 10am – 12pm ET
Week 2: June 10 & 12, 2019 | 10am – 12pm ET
Week 3: June 17 & 19, 2019 | 10am – 12pm 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: $560
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed RP
Jun
21
Fri

Inquiry Essentials in B.C.

Start: Friday, June 21, 2019

Inquiry is the practice of asking a question to investigate our experience. It is at the heart of MBCT and MBSR. This is the final course module of our MBCT & MBSR Facilitation Certificate Programs.

Inquiry is the practice of asking a question to investigate our experience. It has been referred to as the heart of MBCT because it is such an essential part of this modality and is vital for those wishing to facilitate MBCT groups. It is also the most difficult practice to learn. For full details, please see the Inquiry Essentials webpage.

Accreditation
This 3-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 39 Mainpro+ credits. It is also approved for up to 12.5 CE Credits by the Canadian Psychological Association.

Timing
Two-Day Course: Friday & Saturday
June 21 & 22, 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location
University of the Fraser Valley
Indigenous Gathering Space
Building A, Canada Education Park
45190 Caen Avenue
Chiliwack, B.C. V2R 0N3

Fees
$675 early-bird (until April 15, 2019)
$725 regular
Please Note: lunch is included in the registration price

As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Jun
26
Wed

Mindfulness Core Concepts

Start: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Learn about the research and application of mindfulness
This is the first module of our MBSR Facilitation Certificate Program.
For more details, see our Mindfulness Core Concepts page.

Timing
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $350
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Gwen Morgan MA MSW RSW RP
Sep
22
Sun

MSC Teacher Training Intensive in Ontario

Start: Sunday, September 22, 2019

APPLY NOW to obtain the registration link.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported 8-week program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on pioneering research by Kristin Neff and integrated with the clinical perspective of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult emotions with care and understanding.

The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to others, so that we know we aren’t alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warmhearted, connected, presence during difficult moments in our lives.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t 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. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, motivate ourselves with kindness, care for others, and be fully human.

Rapidly expanding research clearly demonstrates that self-compassion is related to emotional wellbeing, lower anxiety and depression, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.

MSC Teacher Training
The MSC program has been in development since 2009, and a MSC training manual is scheduled for publication in 2017 (Guilford Press). The UCSD Center for Mindfulness will coordinate MSC teacher training in the USA, in collaboration with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. The Centre for Mindfulness Studies will coordinate MSC teacher training in Canada, in collaboration with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

MSC Teacher Training is an intensive, 6-day, residential program facilitated by a team of senior MSC teachers. The training is built around the eight weekly sessions of MSC with each half day dedicated to a condensed, experiential review of one of the sessions, followed by small group activities designed to give attendees opportunities to practice teaching, guiding and facilitating discussion in that session with the close consultation of one of the Teacher Trainers. In addition, the training includes short talks, group exercises, discussion, and periods of silence. Participants will be provided with the essential materials to teach MSC programs.

Please see MSC Certification Pathway on the UCSD website to learn more.

Participants Will Learn To

  • Deepen their personal practice of responding to difficult emotions with mindfulness and compassion
  • Summarize current basic theory and research on self-compassion
  • Identify the core themes and be able to implement practices presented in each of the eight group sessions of MSC, plus the retreat day
  • Develop the skills necessary to facilitate MSC groups, including how to guide meditation, teach from each participant’s direct experience, and facilitate group cohesion
  • Apply advanced mindful self-compassion principles and practices in teaching patients, students, or clients
  • Engage in real-time interactive sessions to demonstrate teaching skills and receive feedback and assessment from instructors
  • Identify obstacles to mindful self-compassion practice and strategies for overcoming them
  • Embody a mindful and compassionate stance toward students of the MSC program as they confront challenges to their practice

Who Should Attend
This 6-day intensive is intended for those who wish to teach the MSC program, those who would like to integrate mindfulness and self-compassion in their ongoing professional activities (i.e., psychotherapy, coaching, nursing, teaching, etc.), and individuals who have a professional interest in the field (i.e., researchers, administrators, etc.).

Prerequisites

  • Established daily mindfulness practice of at least two years.
  • Ongoing, daily, sitting meditation practice
  • Ongoing practice of loving-kindness and self-compassion in daily life
  • Attendance in at least one 5-day silent teacher-led residential meditation retreat of any kind, at a location of your choosing.
  • Experience teaching meditation in groups, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, or in clinical settings
  • Previous participation in a Mindful Self-Compassion personal program (8-week or 5-day Intensive) at least 6 months beforehand. Two-day Core Skills Workshops, Online MSC and shorter workshops do not satisfy this requirement.

What To Expect
Our ability to teach others depends largely on discovering the power of self-compassion in our own lives and embodying the practice. Since the core principles and practices of the MSC program are taught through experiential learning, participants are encouraged to focus on their felt experience during teacher training. Ample time will also be allocated for professional dialogue and the nuts and bolts of teaching.

The MSC program is a journey—an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness. Loving-kindness and self-compassion training helps us soothe and comfort ourselves as it paradoxically reveals emotional distress we may have been unconsciously holding inside, often for many years. Therefore, some difficult emotions are likely to surface as we grow in our capacity to embrace them. This is intrinsic to the process of emotional transformation through self-compassion.

Self-compassion thrives in an environment of safety, support, privacy, individual responsibility, and a common commitment to presence and compassion. Self-compassion practice should also be easy and enjoyable. The teacher trainers are dedicated to creating such a learning atmosphere for all workshop participants and their future students.

Required Reading
Before applying to the MSC Teacher TrainingOn Becoming a MSC Teacher: A Mountaineer’s Guide to Building the Resource of Mindful Self-Compassion by Christine Braehler, Steven D. Hickman, and Christopher Germer
Before participating in the MSC Teacher Training: The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength and Thrive by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer

Highly Recommended Reading
Before participating in the MSC Teacher Training: Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff
Before participating in the MSC Teacher TrainingThe Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions by Christopher Germer

Apply Before Registering
If you have not already been approved to attend this MSC Teacher Training, but meet the above prerequisites, please apply now. Once you are approved to attend, you will receive the registration link via email along with your notice of acceptance. If you have been approved but did not receive the URL, please contact us.

Timing
September 22-28, 2019
Sunday Check-In: 4pm – 5pm
Friday Departure: 1pm – 2pm

Location
St. Francis Centre
208501 Highway 9
Caledon, ON L7K 0A8
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Fees
Early-Bird: $2,975 (until July 15th)
Regular: $3,175
Please note that all rooms are single occupancy with an ensuite washroom.

As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Scholarships
Contact us to inquire about scholarship availability. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2019.

MSC Scholarship Details
We are pleased to offer a number of scholarships to attend the MSC Teacher Training Intensive. The scholarships (ranging from $1000 to $250) are available to all potential participants with special circumstances requiring financial assistance in order to attend.

Applicants for the scholarships are asked to apply for the intensive (you can register after notification of the award) and submit a one-page essay to scholarship@mindfulnessstudies.com.

The one-page essay should address the following questions:
– Why do you wish to attend this training?
– What are the specific financial or other barriers to your attending?
– How do you imagine implementing or integrating MSC into your life?

Scholarships may be awarded on a rolling basis, and retreat space may be limited, so please apply early. We will decide on the final awards and notify remaining scholarship applicants within 2 weeks of the deadline.

Facilitator(s):Steve Hickman Psy.D & Michelle Becker LFMT & Dawn McDonald MSW RSW
Sep
26
Thu

CBT Primer Online

Start: Thursday, September 26, 2019

Enhance your understanding of MBCT by familiarizing yourself with the foundations of CBT
This the second module of our MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program
For more details, visit our CBT Primer page.

Timing
Thursday, Friday

Session 1: September 26, 2019 | 9:30am – 12:30pm ET
Session 2: September 27, 2019 | 9:30am – 12:30pm 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: $350
Payment, cancellation & refund policies

Facilitator(s):Joe Flanders PhD OPQ & Rhea Plosker RSW RP
Oct
4
Fri

Inquiry Essentials in Montréal

Start: Friday, October 4, 2019

Inquiry is the practice of asking a question to investigate our experience. It is at the heart of MBCT and MBSR.
This is the final course module of our MBCT & MBSR Facilitation Certificate Programs.
For more details, visit our Inquiry Essentials page.

Timing
Two-Day Course: Friday & Saturday
Session 1: Friday, October 4, 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location
MindSpace
1310 Greene Ave #500
Westmount, QC H3Z 2B2

Fee: TBD
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Susan Woods MSW LICSW & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Oct
7
Mon

The Dharma with a Twist: Silent Retreat

Start: Monday, October 7, 2019

This retreat will explore the intersection between the Dharma (the ancient wisdom teachings of the Buddha) and mindfulness-based interventions (predominantly Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy or MBCT).
For more details, visit the Dharma with a Twist webpage.

Timing: October 7-11, 2019
Begins Monday, October 7, 2019
– check-in at 4pm
– dinner at 5:30pm
– session starts at 7pm
Ends Friday, October 11 2019
– session ends at 11:30am
– optional lunch at 12:30pm

Location
Ecology Retreat Centre
308046 Hockley Road
Mono, ON L9W 6N2

Early-Bird Fees (available until July 31, 2019)
$880 double occupancy
$1,180 single occupancy*
Regular Fees
$980 double occupancy
$1,280 single occupancy*
* Please note that only a limited number of single rooms will be available for immediate registration. Once these spots are sold out, you can register for a “double room – single waiting list” in case more single rooms become available. If you are offered a single room upgrade, you will be asked to pay the additional $300 online before the retreat.

Costs & Donation
The fee below covers the cost of room and board only. The teachers will not receive any payments from the organization. The facilitators, following the teachings on the practice of generosity of the ancient Buddhist tradition, will be offering their time and their facilitation skills to the retreatants. Participants are invited to consider this deeply and invited to consider making a donation on top of the fees in appreciation of the facilitator’s donated time and skills and to support them in their well-being and livelihood. There are opportunities to donate in person at the retreat or online here.

As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Pascal Auclair Core Teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts
Oct
17
Thu

MBCT Basics in Toronto

Start: Thursday, October 17, 2019

Explore the therapeutic benefits of MBCT while looking at its clinical applications
This is the first module of our MBCT Facilitation Certificate.
For more details, see our MBCT Basics page.

Timing
Session 1: Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: Friday, October 18, 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $560 
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s): Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Oct
20
Sun

MBCT Teacher Training Intensive in Ontario

Start: Sunday, October 20, 2019

Train to facilitate MBCT programs with guidance from Zindel Segal*, one of its co-developers. This is the third module of our MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program.

Current treatments for depression provide relief for many people, yet they face significant challenges maintaining the benefits of treatment. This innovative 5-day intensive training and retreat will lead you through the program designed to prevent depressive relapse among people with a history of depression.
For full details, please see the MBCT TTI webpage.

Required Reading: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: Second Edition by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, John Teasdale

Timing: October 20-25, 2019
Begins Sunday, October 20, 2019
– Check-in at 4pm
– Dinner at 5:30pm
– Session starts at 7pm
Ends Friday, October 25, 2019
– Session ends at 11:30am
– Optional lunch at 12:30pm

Location
Ecology Retreat Centre
308046 Hockley Road
Mono, ON L9W 6N2

Fees
Early-Bird:
$2,500 double / $3,000 single (until August 20th)
Regular:
$2,750 double / $3,250 single
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Remember to apply before registering.

* due to Zindel Segal’s limited availability and schedule, his involvement in this teacher training will be dependent upon registration numbers

Facilitator(s):Zindel Segal* PhD C.Psych & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Nov
10
Sun

MBSR Teacher Training Intensive in Ontario

Start: Sunday, November 10, 2019

Train to facilitate MBSR programs with Susan Woods. This is the second module of our MBSR Facilitation Certificate Program.

This 6-day training intensive will provide participants with the opportunity to study and experience the foundational underpinnings, mindfulness practices and specific exercises that are the framework of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. The themes, rationales, intention and practice skills of each MBSR session will be reviewed and practised. For full details, please see the MBSR TTI webpage.

Required Reading: Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Timing: November 10-16, 2019
Begins Sunday, November 10, 2019
– Check-in at 4pm
– Dinner at 5:30pm
– Session starts at 7pm
Ends Saturday, November 16, 2019
– Session ends at 11:30am
– Optional lunch at 12:30pm

Location
Ecology Retreat Centre
308046 Hockley Road
Mono, ON L9W 6N2

Early-Bird Fees (available until September 9, 2019)
$2,825 double occupancy
$3,325 single occupancy
Regular Fees
$2,925 double occupancy
$3,425 single occupancy
Please Note: only a limited number of single rooms will be available for immediate registration. Once these spots are sold out, you can register for a “double room – single waiting list” in case more single rooms become available. If you are offered a single room upgrade, you will be asked to pay the additional $500 online before the retreat.

As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Please remember to apply before registering.

Facilitator(s):Susan Woods MSW LICSW & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Melissa Nigrini M.Ed RP