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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
29
Mon

Free Online Info Session

Start: Monday, April 29, 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
Monday, April 29, 2019 | 6:00pm – 6:30pm

Fee: Free

Facilitator(s):Jeremy Finkelstein BFA RP
May
4
Sat

Half-Day Intro in Downtown Toronto

Start: Saturday, May 4, 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, May 4, 2019 | 10am – 1pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $85
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC RP
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
7
Tue

MBCT in Downtown Toronto (registration closes May 3rd)

Start: Tuesday, May 7, 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
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 1pm – 4pm
* participants who cannot attend on May 4th should email programs@MindfulnessStudies.com and arrange for a telephone interview instead *
Sessions 1-8: May 7 – June 25, 2019 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, June 15, 2019 | 10am – 4pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees
Early-Bird: $520 (until April 12th)
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):Shawna Perlin MD & Elaine Smookler 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 (FULL)

Start: Thursday, May 9, 2019

To add your name to the wait list for this program, please click here.

Consider joining us for the upcoming Booster program instead.

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
May
27
Mon

MBCT in Downtown Toronto

Start: Monday, May 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
Monday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: May 27, 2019 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Sessions 1-8*: May 27 – July 29, 2019 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips July 1st

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees
Early-Bird: $520 (until May 5th)
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):Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
Jun
1
Sat

Full-Day Intro in Downtown Toronto

Start: Saturday, June 1, 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, June 1, 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 B.Mus 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
5
Wed

MBCT in Guelph

Start: Wednesday, June 5, 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: June 5, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: June 12 – July 31, 2019 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: TBD

Location
Dublin Street United Church
68 Suffolk Street West
Guelph, ON N1H 2J2

Fees
Early-Bird: $490 (until May 14th)
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):Andrea Alvarez MD & Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
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
** participants are asked to arrive 20-30 minutes early on June 5th (i.e. 6pm) **

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
13
Thu

MBCT Online

Start: Thursday, June 13, 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 Mornings
Intake Interviews (via telephone): Tuesday, June 11th 10am – 12pm ET or Wednesday, June 12th 1pm – 3pm ET
* please note that completed intake forms must be received by 5pm ET on Sunday, June 9th *
Orientation & Session 1: June 13, 2019 | 10:30am – 1:30pm ET
Sessions 2-8**: June 20 – August 15, 2019 | 10:30am – 1pm ET
** program skips June 27th
* please note August 1st is the 4 hour Silent Retreat | 9:30am – 1:30pm 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.

Fees
Early-Bird: $490 (until May 22nd)
Regular: $520
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Facilitator(s):Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Jun
14
Fri

5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive

Start: Friday, June 14, 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 to Tuesday – June 14th to 18th
Friday, June 14, 2019 | 9am – 12:30pm & 2pm – 5:30pm
** participants are asked to arrive 30 minutes early on the first day i.e. 8:30am **
Saturday, June 15, 2019 | 9am – 12:30pm & 2pm – 5:30pm
Sunday, June 16, 2019 | 9am – 12:30pm & 2pm – 6pm
Monday, June 17, 2019 | 9am – 12:30pm & 2pm – 5:30pm
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | 9am – 1pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees (including handouts and guided meditations)
Early-Bird: $730 (until May 15th)
Regular: $780
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

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

Facilitator(s):Eileen Beltzner MSW RSW Certified MSC Teacher & Rainer Beltzner Certified MSC Teacher
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
22
Sat

Half-Day Intro in Downtown Toronto

Start: Saturday, June 22, 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, June 22, 2019 | 2pm – 5pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $85
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler B.Mus RP
Jun
25
Tue

MBCT in East Toronto

Start: Tuesday, June 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
Tuesday Evenings
Intake Interviews (via telephone): June 25, 2019 | 6pm – 8pm
** completed intake forms must be submitted by 5pm on June 25th **
Orientation & Session 1: July 2, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 2-8*: July 9 – September 3, 2019 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, August 24, 2019 | 10am – 4pm at our downtown location (180 Sudbury Street)
* program skips July 23rd & July 30th

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

Fees
Early-Bird: $520 (until June 3rd)
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):Amanda Guthrie RP
Jun
25
Tue

MBCT in Ottawa

Start: Tuesday, June 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
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: June 25, 2019 | 6:15pm – 9:15pm
Sessions 1-8: July 2 – August 20, 2019 | 6:15pm – 8:45pm
Silent Retreat: TBD

Location
91A Fourth Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1S 2L1

Fees: $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):Alison Kelford MD & Karen Sutherland MSW RSW
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
Jul
28
Sun

Full-Day Intro in Downtown Toronto

Start: Sunday, July 28, 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
Sunday, July 28, 2019 | 10am – 4pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $150
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Please note that participants are encouraged to bring a packed lunch for a mindful eating exercise.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC RP
Aug
8
Thu

MBCT in Downtown Toronto

Start: Thursday, August 8, 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: August 8, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: August 15 – October 3, 2019 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, September 22, 2019 | 10am – 4pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees
Early-Bird: $520 (until July 17th)
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):Shawna Perlin MD & Ian Singer MSW RSW
Aug
13
Tue

MBCT Online

Start: Tuesday, August 13, 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
Tuesday Mornings

Intake Interviews (via telephone):Sunday, August 11th 5pm – 7pm ET or Monday, August 12th 10am – 12pm ET
Orientation & Session 1:
August 13, 2019 | 10am – 1pm ET
Sessions 2-8: August 20 – October 8, 2019 | 10am – 12:30pm ET
** please note that September 24th is the 4-hour Silent Retreat | 9am – 1pm 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.

Fees
Early-Bird: $490 (until July 22nd)
Regular: $550
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Facilitator(s):Rhea Plosker RSW RP
Aug
17
Sat

Half-Day Intro in Downtown Toronto

Start: Saturday, August 17, 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, August 17, 2019 | 10am – 1pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $85
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC RP
Sep
14
Sat

Half-Day Intro in Guelph

Start: Saturday, September 14, 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, September 14, 2019 | 1pm – 4pm

Location
The Studio Room
175 Chancellors Way (Suite 102)
Research Park North, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON

Fee: $85
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Sep
18
Wed

MBSR in East Toronto

Start: Wednesday, September 18, 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
Wednesday Evenings
Intake Interviews (via telephone): September 18, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Orientation & Session 1: September 25, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 2-8: October 2 – November 13, 2019 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 10am – 4pm at our downtown location (180 Sudbury Street)

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

Fees
Early-Bird: $490 (until August 27th)
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):Gwen Morgan 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
Session 1: Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 9:30am – 12:30pm ET
Session 2: Friday, 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
Sep
29
Sun

MSC in Downtown Toronto

Start: Sunday, September 29, 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
Sunday Afternoons
Intake Interviews: September 28th & 29th (times TBD)
Sessions 1&2: October 6, 2019 | 9am – 12pm & 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Sessions 3-5*: October 20 – November 3, 2019 | 1pm – 4pm
Silent Retreat: November 10, 2019 | 1pm – 5pm
Sessions 6&7: November 17 & 24, 2019 | 1pm – 4pm
Session 8: December 1, 2019 | 1pm – 4:30pm
* program skips October 11th

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees
Early-Bird: $595 (until September 4th)
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):Eileen Beltzner MSW RSW Certified MSC Teacher & Rainer Beltzner Certified MSC Teacher
Oct
3
Thu

Notions essentielles de pleine conscience à Montréal

Start: Thursday, October 3, 2019

Apprenez-en sur la recherche et les applications quotidiennes de la pleine conscience. Cette journée de formation est le premier module de notre Certificat pour devenir instructeur en MBSR (Gestion du stress par la pleine conscience).

Cet atelier hautement expérientiel d’une journée initiera les participants aux origines, principes et pratiques de la réduction du stress basée sur la pleine conscience (MBSR), et autres interventions basées sur la pleine conscience. Le temps de formation sera divisé entre des séances didactiques et expérientielles tout au long de la journée. Les participants approfondiront leur compréhension des fondements historiques et scientifiques de la pleine conscience ainsi que son application pour la gestion du stress au quotidien.

La séance du matin comportera une initiation globale aux concepts liés à la pleine conscience et à ses origines, ainsi que des exercices expérientiels en lien avec les sens. La séance de l’après-midi consistera en une exploration plus approfondie des sensations corporelles par des pratiques expérientielles simples, puis par l’exploration des pensées et émotions, encore une fois par des pratiques expérientielles.  La séance se terminera par une discussion sur les applications de la pleine conscience au quotidien, et sur comment en apprendre plus sur la pleine conscience.

Objectifs d’apprentissage
Comment définir la pleine conscience et élaborer une description de ses fondements théoriques
Comment entraîner l’attention pour être davantage attentif au présent
• Comment appliquer les pratiques essentielles de pleine conscience au quotidien et aux situations difficiles
• Identifier des ressources pour en savoir plus sur le MBSR et d’autres interventions basées sur la conscience

À qui s’adresse cette formation
Ce cours d’introduction est destiné à ceux ayant un intérêt général pour la pleine conscience, tant au niveau professionnel que personnel. Il s’adresse aux professionnels de la santé, mais aussi aux autres professionnels, à ceux qui désirent enseigner le MBSR et d’autres programmes basés sur la pleine conscience. Il n’y a pas de prérequis pour cette formation.

Si vous êtes à compléter la formation en MBSR et que vous avez déjà suivi une formation qui semble équivalente, prière de contacter le Centre for Mindfulness Studies pour qu’ils évaluent si une exemption à ce premier module pour l’obtention du certificat peut être possible.

Accréditation
Ce programme d’apprentissage en groupe répond aux critères de certification du Collège québécois des médecins de famille, organisme pleinement agréé en développement professionnel continu par le Collège des médecins du Québec, et donne droit à 12 crédits Mainpro+ (reconnus comme des crédits de Catégorie 1 pour les participants non membres du CMFC) pourvu que les normes éthiques soient respectées.

Calendrier
Cours d’une journée: Jeudi
3 octobre 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

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

  • Le cours sera proposé en français avec la possibilité de poser des questions, de participer aux discussions et d’avoir accès au divers documents en anglais ou en français. 
  • Classes are bilingual friendly. The instructor will primarily deliver the course in French. Questions, discussion and materials will be offered in both languages. See the course description in English here.

Frais d’inscription: $350 (Veuillez noter que le repas du midi n’est pas offert)
Aucune TPS ni TVQ ne sera chargée étant donné que le Centre est un organisme à but non lucratif. Nous soutenir c’est soutenir nos oeuvres caritatives. Pour en savoir plus, veuillez consulter notre Programme Communautaire  

Paiement, annulation et conditions de remboursements
Veuillez contacter The Centre for Mindfulness Studies pour toute demande de remboursement. Envoyez un email à info@mindfulnessstudies.com au moins 5 jours ouvrables avant la date de commencement du programme afin de recevoir un remboursement de frais d’inscription moins $50 de frais administratifs ou un remboursement de frais d’inscription intégral crédité pour une offre future.

Politiques d’annulation
J’ai lu et compris les règles de paiement, annulation, remboursement et échange. Je suis conscient que lorsque je remplis les conditions du Certificat de Facilitation du programme MBCT, le Certificat sera délivré uniquement par le Centre for Mindfulness, sauf si je remplis les conditions de transfert définies par le Factor-Inwentash de la faculté de travail social de l’université de Toronto, disponibles à l’adresse suivante : https://www.mindfulnessstudies.com/pro-dev/mbct-cert/

1. Conditions de paiement
Toute inscription effectuée en ligne via carte de crédit est non remboursable. Ces frais d’inscription sont facturés par le service de billetterie. Si vous désirez vous inscrire pour un programme sans payer ces frais, vous pouvez vous rendre au Centre pour payer en espèces ou par chèque ou encore en envoyant un chèque par voie postale. Nous vous prions de téléphoner à l’avance afin de vous assurer qu’il reste des billets disponibles.
Pour toute demande d’échange, de remboursement ou de crédit, veuillez nous envoyer un email à l’adresse suivante : info@MindfulnessStudies.com. Veuillez consulter nos autres conditions ci-dessous pour plus d’informations.

2. Annulation d’un programme
Si votre programme est annulé, vous avez le droit à un remboursement intégral. Vous serez contacté au moins trois jours ouvrables avant le commencement du programme.

REMBOURSEMENTS
Si vous envoyez un avis écrit au moins cinq jours ouvrables avant la date de commencement du programme, vous recevrez un remboursement intégral moins $50 de frais administratifs.
Si vous n’envoyez pas d’avis au moins cinq jours ouvrables avant le commencement du programme, vous n’aurez pas droit à un remboursement.
Lorsqu’un programme a commencé, aucun remboursement, échange ou transfert ne sera possible.

ECHANGES
Si vous envoyez un avis écrit au moins cinq jours ouvrables avant le commencement d’un programme, vous pouvez utiliser l’entièreté de la somme de votre programme en crédit pour un futur cours. Si vous n’envoyez pas d’avis au moins cinq jours ouvrables avant le commencement du programme, vous pouvez utiliser l’entièreté de la somme de votre programme moins $50 de frais administratifs en crédit pour un futur cours. Lorsqu’un programme a commencé, aucun remboursement, échange ou transfert ne sera possible.

Facilitator(s):Julien Lacaille PhD OPQ
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
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

Fees
Early-Bird: $645 (until September 3rd)
Regular: $695
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Susan Woods MSW LICSW & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Oct
5
Sat

MBCT in North Toronto

Start: Saturday, October 5, 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
Saturday Mornings
Orientation & Interview: October 5, 2019 | 9:30am – 12:30pm
Sessions 1-8*: October 19 – December 21, 2019 | 10am – 12:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, November 30, 2019 | 10am – 4pm at our downtown location (180 Sudbury Street)
* program skips October 12th & November 9th

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

Fees
Early-Bird: $520 (until September 21st)
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):Laura Lee Copeland MD FACEP & Elaine Smookler RP
Oct
5
Sat

MSC in North Toronto

Start: Saturday, October 5, 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
Saturday Afternoons
Intake Interviews: October 5, 2019 | 9:30am – 12:30pm
Sessions 1-8: October 19 – December 21, 2019 | 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, November 30, 2019 | 10am – 4pm at our downtown location (180 Sudbury Street)
* program skips October 12th & November 9th

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

Fees
Early-Bird: $595 (until September 13th)
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):Elaine Orsini RP & Rose Mina Munjee RP
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
3
Sun

Advanced Teacher Training Intensive in Ontario

Start: Sunday, November 3, 2019

Deepen your facilitation and mindful inquiry skills. This teacher training intensive is the final module of our Advanced Certification.

This teacher training intensive supports facilitation skills while focusing on strengthening the facilitation of mindful inquiry.  At its deepest, it is about our relationship to the practice of mindfulness and to the articulation of that process. The curriculum is highly interactive and highlights the necessity of personal practice as a platform from which to teach.

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.

This course will be led by Susan L. Woods and Dr. Patricia Rockman. Susan Woods is the Senior Guiding Teacher at the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, UC San Diego, and one of the world’s leading experts and trainers in mindful inquiry. Dr. Patricia Rockman is the Director of Education and Clinical Studies here at The Centre, and has been educating healthcare providers in stress reduction, CBT and mindfulness-based practices for over 20 years.

The heart of this training program focuses on developing skills that increase an embodied mindful presence, mindful inquiry, and examines the theme, rationale, intention and practice skills for each of the eight MBSR/MBCT sessions. We will pay attention to nurturing specific qualities associated with mindfulness – such as a present-moment-directed focus, an awareness that represents an inner and outer listening, and a compassionate stance that incorporates a willingness to meet our teaching edges with generosity and kindness. This training offers the time to nurture these qualities through silent mindfulness practice, through simulated patient-teacher encounters, discussion and personal supervision from the retreat leaders.

Participants Will Learn
• To demonstrate proficiency in embodying present-moment-directed skills
• To identify the components and characteristics of the delivery and practice of inquiry
• To describe how mindfulness offers a radical perceptual shift for approaching difficult modes of mind and moods and creates a platform of self-compassion for the client
• To describe the theme, rationale, intention and practice skills embedded in the MBSR/MBCT programs
• To articulate appropriate professional and personal ethics

Who Should Attend
MBSR and MBCT facilitators who meet the following prerequisites:
• Advanced degree in a health-related or social services field
• Personal on-going mindfulness meditation practice
• Participation in an 8-week MBCT and/or MBSR program
• Attendance at a 6-day professional MBSR training and/or a 5-day professional MBCT training
• Teaching experience; the facilitation of a minimum of 3 MBSR or MBCT groups before the start of the 5-day advanced training
• Participation in periodic residential formal silent mindfulness meditation retreats (annual is preferred)

What To Expect
You can expect to spend some periods in silence and others in active discussion and interaction. 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.

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Timing
4 day training: Sunday – Wednesday
November 3-6, 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm


Fees
Early-Bird: $1,595 (until September 3rd)
Regular: $1,795
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

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.

Facilitator(s):Susan Woods MSW LICSW & 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
Nov
13
Wed

MSC in East Toronto

Start: Wednesday, November 13, 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: November 13, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: November 20, 2019 – January 22, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, January 4, 2020 | 1pm – 5pm
* program skips December 25th & January 1st

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

Fees
Early-Bird: $595 (until October 22nd)
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 Grace McMulkin MSW RSW Certified MSC Teacher & Eva Hahler C.Psych
Nov
21
Thu

MBCT Basics in Montréal

Start: Thursday, November 21, 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, November 21, 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: Friday, November 22, 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

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

Fee: $560 
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Andréanne Elie MD FRCPC