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Feb
19
Tue

Free Online Info Session

Start: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | 6:00pm – 6:30pm

Fee: Free, Registration Required.

Facilitator(s):Jeremy Finkelstein RP
Feb
19
Tue

Free MSC Info Session in Oakville

Start: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Workshop For Adults

An introduction to the concepts and practices of Mindful Self-Compassion.

Location: The Studio at Gairloch Gardens | 1302 Lakeshore Road East | Oakville, ON L6J 1L6 | Canada
Timing: Tuesday, 19 February 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
Fee: No charge. Registration required in order to reserve your seat.
Registration and information at https://mscworkshopfeb19.eventbrite.ca
How do you typically react to difficulties in life such as work stress, rejection, physical problems, or financial hardships? Do you instinctively fight uncomfortable experiences or find fault in yourself when things go wrong? What if, instead, you took a moment to comfort and soothe yourself when you felt bad – as you would do for others? Self-compassion is a skill that can be learned by anyone. It’s the heart of mindfulness. Research has shown that it boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help you stick to your diet and exercise routine. In the full MSC Training program developed by Kristin Neff Ph.D. and Christopher Germer Ph.D., you learn how to:
  •       Stop being so hard on yourself
  •       Understand the empirically supported benefits of self-compassion
  •       Respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
  •       Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  •       Motivate yourself with encouragement rather than self-criticism
  •       Manage caregiver fatigue
  •       Transform your relationships, both old and new
  •       Practice mindfulness and self-compassion exercises in everyday life
Eileen Beltzner SCC BA MSW RSW
Registered Social Worker
Psychotherapist
Certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)Teacher
Making Friends with Yourself (MFY) Teen Teacher
Faculty Member – Centre for Mindfulness Studies
Author of “How to Tame the Tumbles the Self-Compassionate Way..for Parents & Children (Pub. Date winter/spring 2019, Mosaic Press)
Rainer Beltzner FCPA, FCA, FCMC, ICD.D
Business & Board Consultant & Coach
Certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher
Certified Mindfulness (CMT-P) Teacher
Faculty Member – Centre for Mindfulness Studies
Faculty Member – Leaders Beyond
Facilitator(s):Eileen Beltzner
Feb
21
Thu

MBCT in Downtown Toronto

Start: Thursday, February 21, 2019

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

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Intake Interviews: February 21, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: February 28 – April 25, 2019 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, April 14, 2019 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips March 14th

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees
Early-Bird: $520 (until February 6th)
Regular: $550
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.

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

Facilitator(s):Alison Kelford MD & Ian Singer MSW RSW
Feb
23
Sat

MBSR in North Toronto

Start: Saturday, February 23, 2019

Learn practical ways to manage stress

What is MBSR?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for individuals experiencing stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

This 8-week psycho-educational group program helps develop the capacity for greater calm and teaches practical skills to manage stress. The majority of MBSR program participants report lasting decreases in psychological and physical symptoms exacerbated by chronic stress.

Research has demonstrated improved behavioural outcomes including better sleep, lower blood pressure, and fewer worries.

Participants Will Learn
How to develop a different relationship to stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

Who Should Attend
Individuals suffering from chronic stress, illness and pain, who wish to increase their overall health and well-being. See guidelines on whether MBSR or MBCT is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBSR program starting on a different date. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Location
OM Toronto
55 Spring Garden Avenue, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M2N 3G1
https://goo.gl/maps/SomGNrLfaN12

Timing
Saturday Mornings
Orientation & Interview: February 23, 2019 | 11am – 2pm
Sessions 1-8*: March 2 – May 11, 2019 | 11am – 1:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 10am – 4pm at 180 Sudbury Street
* program skips March 16th & April 20th

Fee: $485 

  • 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
  • A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session
  • Review our Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Rose Mina Munjee (Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Rose Mina Munjee RP
Feb
27
Wed

MBCT Online

Start: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

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
Wednesday Evenings
Intake Interviews:
via telephone Monday, February 25th 11am – 1pm ET or Tuesday, February 26th 6pm – 8pm ET
** please note that completed intake forms must be submitted by 5pm ET on Sunday, February 24th **
Orientation & Session 1:
February 27, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm ET
Sessions 2-8*: March 6 – April 24, 2019 | 6pm – 8:30pm ET
* program skips March 13th

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
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Rhea Plosker (Social Worker & Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Rhea Plosker RSW RP
Mar
2
Sat

Half-Day Intro in Downtown Toronto

Start: Saturday, March 2, 2019

Discover the power and benefits of mindfulness from an experienced facilitator
This lively introductory session is a fun and engaging opportunity to learn mindfulness practices and skills. 
For more details, visit our Mindfulness for Beginners page.

Timing
Saturday, March 2, 2019 | 10am – 1pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $85
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler RP
Mar
4
Mon

MBSR in Guelph

Start: Monday, March 4, 2019

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
Monday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: March 4, 2019 | 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Sessions 1-8*: March 18 – May 13, 2019 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 11am – 3pm
* program skips March 11th & April 22nd

Location
Chancellors Way Medical Arts Centre
The Studio Room, 175 Chancellors Way (Suite 102)
Guelph, ON N1G 0E9

Fee: $485
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.

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

Facilitator(s):Andrea Alvarez MD & Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Mar
8
Fri

Mindfulness Core Concepts

Start: Friday, March 8, 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, March 8, 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $350
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
Mar
13
Wed

MBCT in Downtown Toronto

Start: Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: March 13, 2019 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Sessions 1-8*: March 20 – May 22 | 5:30pm – 8pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips April 10th & May 8th

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees
Early-Bird: $520 (until Feb 26th)
Regular: $550
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.

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

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Elaine Orsini RP
Mar
14
Thu

MBCT Basics

Start: Thursday, March 14, 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:
 Thursday & Friday
Session 1: Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: Friday, March 15, 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
Mar
17
Sun

MBCT Teacher Training Intensive in Québec

Start: Sunday, March 17, 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.

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.

Based on the research of Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale and documented in their book Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, this program combines the tools of cognitive therapy with the practice and clinical application of mindfulness meditation.

The heart of MBCT lies in acquainting patients with the modes of mind that often characterize depression while simultaneously inviting them to develop a new relationship to these modes. Using your personal mindfulness practice to inform your psychotherapy is a crucial part of this process.

What To Expect
This training will combine elements of a clinical training workshop and a meditation retreat. You can expect to spend some periods in silence and others in active discussion and interaction. The course will follow a concentrated schedule, starting at 7am and ending at 8pm each day. Registrants will not be provided with a detailed agenda beforehand; instead the schedule and time breakdown will be addressed at the opening session of the retreat.

You will be given assignments to complete in the evenings and we recommend that you plan to use any remaining free time for rest, relaxation, and reflection on the day’s learnings.

Who Should Attend
Enrolment is open to healthcare professionals and social service workers who have a clinical background and a regular mindfulness practice. It is recommended but not necessary to have participated in an 8-week MBCT program and to have formal mindfulness training such as MBCT Basics and CBT Primer.

  • Classes are bilingual friendly. The instructors will primarily deliver the training in English. Questions, teach-backs and materials will be offered in both languages.
  • Le cours sera proposé en anglais avec la possibilité de poser des questions, de participer aux discussions, de faire les pratiques d’enseignement, et d’avoir accès au divers documents en anglais ou en français.

Accreditation
This 3-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) for up to 135 Mainpro+ credits. It is also approved for up to 51 CE Credits by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and up to 45 CE Credits by the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ).

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

Timing: March 17-22, 2019

Begins Sunday, March 17, 2019
– Check-in at 3:30pm
– Dinner at 5:30pm
– Session starts at 7pm

Ends Friday, March 22, 2019
– Session ends at 11:30am
– Check-out after lunch

Location:
Kio-O Centre de ressourcement et de créativité
1905 Chemin 6e Rang
Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides, QC J0T 2J0

Early-Bird Fees: $2,575 (double occupancy) or $3,075 (single occupancy)
Early-Bird pricing ends on January 17, 2019
Regular Fees: $2,675 (double occupancy) or $3,175 (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 upgrade waiting list” in case more single rooms become available. If you are offered a single room upgrade, you will be asked to bring the additional $500 to 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


Intensif de 5 jours de formation pour les enseignants de la Thérapie cognitive basée sur la pleine conscience (MBCT) au Québec

Formez-vous pour enseigner la thérapie cognitive basée sur la pleine conscience (MBCT) avec Zindel Segal, un des cofondateurs de cette approche. Ceci est le troisième module de notre certificat pour enseigner la MBCT.

Les traitements actuels de la dépression sont efficaces pour plusieurs, mais il reste des défis pour maintenir la rémission des symptômes dépressifs dans le temps. Ce programme innovateur intensif de 5 jours donné dans un contexte de retraite vous amènera à passer à travers le programme de MBCT reconnu efficace pour prévenir les rechutes de la dépression.

Basé sur les recherches de Zindel Segal, Mark Williams et John Teasdale, et bien documenté dans le livre La thérapie cognitive basée sur la pleine conscience pour la dépression, ce programme combine les outils de la thérapie cognitive et la pratique et les applications cliniques de la pleine conscience et de la méditation.

À Quoi S’attendre
Cet entraînement combine les éléments d’un atelier de formation clinique et d’une retraite de méditation. Les participants doivent s’attendre à certaines périodes de silence et à des périodes d’enseignements par discussions et échanges. L’horaire de cette formation est dense, débutant le matin à 7 heures et se terminant le soir à 20 heures. À noter que l’horaire précis ne sera pas distribué avant la formation, mais plutôt à la rencontre plénière du début de la formation/retraite.

Les participants recevront des travaux à faire en soirée, et nous suggérons que le reste de votre temps soit utilisé pour le repos, la relaxation et des réflexions sur les apprentissages de la journée

Qui Devrait Participer
La participation à cette formation est offerte aux professionnels de la santé et des services sociaux ayant un background en clinique/psychothérapie, ainsi qu’une pratique personnelle de méditation. Les prérequis de cet intensif incluent la participation à un programme MBCT de 8 semaines, l’équivalent d’une formation Les Bases de la MBCT, et Les Bases de la TCC, et une pratique régulière de méditation.

Ouvrage au programme: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: Second Edition by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, John Teasdale

Dates
Du 17 au 22 mars 2019
Débute le dimanche 17 mars 2019

Arrivée à partir de 15h30
Souper à 17h30
Session en soirée débute à 19 heures

Se termine le 22 mars 2019
Session du matin jusqu’à 11h30
Départ des chambres au plus tard après le lunch

Lieu
Kio-O, Centre de ressourcement et de créativité
1905 Chemin 6ième rang
Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides, QC J0T 2J0

Facilitator(s):Zindel Segal PhD & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Andréanne Elie MD
Mar
17
Sun

MBSR in Downtown Toronto

Start: Sunday, March 17, 2019

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
Sunday Afternoons

Orientation & Interview: March 17, 2019 | 2pm – 5pm
Sessions 1-8*: March 24 – June 2, 2019 | 2pm – 4:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips April 21st & May 12th & May 19th

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees
Early-Bird: $485 (until June 15th)
Regular: $515
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

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

Facilitator(s):Elaine Orsini RP & Trish Sullivan
Mar
20
Wed

MBCT in Ottawa

Start: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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

Timing
Wednesdays
Orientation & Interview: March 20, 2019 | 4pm – 7pm
Sessions 1-8: March 27 – May 15, 2019 | 4:30pm – 7pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 9:30am – 1:30pm

Location
91A Fourth Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1S 2L1

Fee: $590
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session

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

Facilitator(s): Sukhjeewan Basran MD & Karen Sutherland MSW RSW
Mar
22
Fri

MSC in Downtown Toronto

Start: Friday, March 22, 2019

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
Friday Afternoons
Orientation & Interviews: March 22, 2019 | 1pm – 4pm
Sessions 1-8*: March 29 – June 7, 2019 | 1pm – 4pm
** note that the May 10th session is the 4-hour Silent Retreat and it will start an hour earlier than normal (12pm – 4pm) **
* program skips April 19th & May 17th

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees
Early-Bird: $595 (until March 7th)
Regular: $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.

Facilitator(s): Christine McMulkin MSW RSW Certified MSC Teacher & Melissa Nigrini RP
Mar
23
Sat

Full-Day Intro in Downtown Toronto

Start: Saturday, March 23, 2019

Discover the power and benefits of mindfulness in-person from an experienced facilitator
This full-day immersive workshop gives the time and space needed to go deeper in understanding mindfulness and integrating it into everyday life.
For more details, visit our Mindfulness for Beginners page.

Timing
Saturday, March 23, 2019 | 10am – 4pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $150 (participants are encouraged to bring a packed lunch for a mindful eating exercise)
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler RP
Mar
27
Wed

MBCT in Downtown Toronto

Start: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

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

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: March 27, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: April 3 – May 29, 2019 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, May 25, 2019 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips May 8th

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees
Early-Bird: $520 (until March 5th)
Regular: $550
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session

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

Facilitator(s):Susan Hershkop MD & Allison McLay RP
Mar
31
Sun

MBCT in Downtown Toronto

Start: Sunday, March 31, 2019

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

Timing
Sunday Mornings
Orientation & Interviews: March 31, 2019 | 10am – 1pm
Sessions 1-8*: April 7 – June 9, 2019 | 10:30am – 1pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, May 26, 2019 | 1:30pm – 5:30pm
* program skips April 21st & May 19th

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees
Early-Bird: $520 (until March 16th)
Regular: $550
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.

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

Facilitator(s):Sharon Cirone MD & Allison McLay RP
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
2
Tue

MBSR in Downtown Toronto

Start: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

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
Tuesday Mornings
Orientation & Interview: April 2, 2019 | 10am – 1pm
Sessions 1-8*: April 16 – June 11, 2019 | 10am – 12:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, June 1, 2019 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips April 9th & May 7th

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees
Early-Bird: $485 (until March 18th)
Regular: $515
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.

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

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD & Rose Mina Munjee RP
Apr
3
Wed

MBCT in East Toronto

Start: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

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

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: April 3, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: April 10 – May 29, 2019 | 6pm – 8:30pm

Location
Beach United Church
140 Wineva Avenue
Toronto, ON M4E 2T4

Fee: $520
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

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

Facilitator(s):Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
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
7
Sun

Half-Day Intro in Downtown Toronto

Start: Sunday, April 7, 2019

Discover the power and benefits of mindfulness from an experienced facilitator
This lively introductory session is a fun and engaging opportunity to learn mindfulness practices and skills. 
For more details, visit our Mindfulness for Beginners page.

Timing
Sunday, April 7, 2019 | 1pm – 4pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $85
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler B.Mus RP
Apr
9
Tue

MSC in Oakville

Start: Tuesday, April 9, 2019

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 8-week program 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. Please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of seven sessions.

Location
The Studio at Gairloch Gardens
1308 Lakeshore Road East
Oakville, ON L6J 1L6

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Mandatory Intake Interview:
to be scheduled
Sessions 1-8:
 April 9 – May 28, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat:
Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 1pm – 5pm

Fees
$595 early-bird (ends February 27th)
$695 regular
* please note that registration closes March 27th

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

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Eileen Beltzner (Social Worker). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Eileen Beltzner SCC, BA, MSW, TITC-CFST, RSW (Certified MSC Teacher) & Rainer Beltzner FCPA FCA FCMC ICD.D (Certified MSC Teacher)
Apr
14
Sun

MBCT in North Toronto

Start: Sunday, April 14, 2019

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

Timing
Sunday Mornings
Orientation & Interview: April 14, 2019 | 11am – 2pm
Sessions 1-8*: April 28 – June 23, 2019 | 11am – 1:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, June 15, 2019 | 10am – 4pm at our main location (180 Sudbury Street)
* program skips April 21st & May 19th

Location
OM Toronto
55 Spring Garden Avenue, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M2N 3G1

Fees
$520
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.

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

Facilitator(s): Laura Lee Copeland MD FACEP & Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
Apr
17
Wed

MBCT in Downtown Toronto

Start: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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

Timing
Wednesday Afternoons
Orientation & Interview: April 17, 2019 | 1pm – 4pm
Sessions 1-8*: April 24 – June 19, 2019 | 1pm – 3:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, June 9, 2019 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips May 8th

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees
Early-Bird: $520 (until April 2nd)
Regular: $550
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.

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

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD & Rhea Plosker RSW RP
Apr
18
Thu

MBCT Online

Start: Thursday, April 18, 2019

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
Thursday Afternoons
Orientation & Interview: April 18, 2019 | 1pm – 4pm
Sessions 1-8: April 25 – June 13, 2019 | 1pm – 3:30pm

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
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini RP
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
25
Thu

MBCT in Downtown Toronto

Start: Thursday, April 25, 2019

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

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: April 25, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: May 2 – June 20, 2019 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, June 9, 2019 | 10am – 4pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees
Early-Bird: $520 (until April 10th)
Regular: $550
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.

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

Facilitator(s): Joanna Shapiro MD & Melissa Nigrini RP
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: Friday & Saturday
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
Apr
27
Sat

Full-Day Intro in Guelph

Start: Saturday, April 27, 2019

Discover the power and benefits of mindfulness in-person from an experienced facilitator
This full-day immersive workshop gives the time and space needed to go deeper in understanding mindfulness and integrating it into everyday life.
For more details, visit our Mindfulness for Beginners page.

Timing
Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 10am – 4pm

Location
Karma Yoga Studio
404 York Road
Guelph, ON N1E 3H4

Fee: $150 (participants are encouraged to bring a packed lunch for a mindful eating exercise)
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
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
Map & Directions

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
May
9
Thu

MSC in East Toronto

Start: Thursday, May 9, 2019

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 webpage.

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Intake Interviews: May 9, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: May 16 – July 4, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, June 22, 2019 | 10am – 2pm

Location
Beach United Church
140 Wineva Avenue
Toronto, ON M4E 2T4

Fee: $595
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.

Facilitator(s):Christine McMulkin MSW RSW Certified MSC Teacher & Eva Hahler C.Psych & Cassandra Cornacchia MSW RSW
May
9
Thu

Graduate Program in Mindfulness-Based Skills Development

Start: Thursday, May 9, 2019

Essential Skills for Mindfulness Meditation & Living a Mindful Life
Deepen and develop your practice of mindfulness in this 8-week program especially designed for graduates of MBCT, MBSR, or MSC. Whether you’ve found it challenging to maintain a daily practice since your initial program concluded or you are simply ready to take the next step toward mastering the core skills of mindfulness, this program will build on the foundations of what you have already learned and help you to integrate mindfulness into your life more fully and consistently. A signature focus of this program is on extending the discrete skills of mindfulness meditation as transferable skills, directly applicable into everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Past participants of mindfulness programs who would like to deepen their understanding and enhance their practice of mindfulness on and off the cushion.

You Will Learn To

  • Increase skills for establishing mental stability and attention control
  • How to identify and work with the common challenges every meditator faces
  • Enhance practices for fostering emotional balance and resilience
  • More ways to interrupt and replace unwanted habits
  • Strengthen practices for nurturing self-compassion and kindness
  • Deepen skills for becoming more present, accepting and willing
  • New meditations for cultivating greater ease in mind and body

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Completed Intake Forms must be submitted by Saturday, May 4th.
Intake Interviews (as required) will take place via telephone May 6th – 8th.
Sessions 1-8:
May 9 – June 27, 2019 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, June 15, 2019 | 10am – 4pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees (discounted from regular $590)
Early-Bird $520 (until April 18th)
Regular $550
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

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

Facilitator(s):Ian Singer MSW RSW
May
14
Tue

MBSR in Downtown Toronto

Start: Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: May 14, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: May 21 – July 9, 2019 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, July 6, 2019 | 10am – 4pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees
Early-Bird: $485 (until April 15th)
Regular: $515
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

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

Facilitator(s):Elaine Orsini RP & Amanda Beaman
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
5
Wed

Mindfulness Booster in Downtown Toronto

Start: Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Advance your mindfulness practice
Maintaining a mindfulness practice is difficult after a multi-week group program finishes. Mindfulness Booster helps you invigorate your mindfulness skills in 4 weekly sessions.
For more details, visit our Mindfulness Booster page

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Sessions 1-4: June 5 – 26, 2019 | 6:30pm – 8pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees
Early-Bird $160 (until May 21st)
Regular $175
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.

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

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Melissa Nigrini 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
Jul
3
Wed

MSC in Downtown Toronto

Start: Wednesday, July 3, 2019

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
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: July 3, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: July 10 – August 28, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, August 11, 2019 | 1pm – 5pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees
Early-Bird: $595 (until June 18th)
Regular: $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.

Facilitator(s):Christine McMulkin MSW RSW Certified MSC Teacher & Elaine Orsini 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
Google Map

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
24
Tue

MSC in Oakville

Start: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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 8-week program 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. Please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of seven sessions.

Location
The Studio at Gairloch Gardens
1308 Lakeshore Road East
Oakville, ON L6J 1L6

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Mandatory Intake Interview:
to be scheduled (early Sept)
Sessions 1-8:
 September 24 – November 12, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat:
Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 1pm – 5pm

Fees
$595 early-bird (ends August 14th)
$695 regular
* please note that registration closes September 11th

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

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Eileen Beltzner (Social Worker). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Eileen Beltzner SCC, BA, MSW, TITC-CFST, RSW (Certified MSC Teacher) & Rainer Beltzner FCPA FCA FCMC ICD.D (Certified MSC Teacher)
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

Fee TBD
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):Zindel Segal PhD & 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