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Oct
20
Sun

Half-Day Intro in Downtown Toronto

Start: Sunday, October 20, 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, October 20, 2019 | 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $85
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Elaine Orsini RP
Oct
20
Sun

MBCT Teacher Training Intensive in Ontario

Start: Sunday, October 20, 2019

Train to facilitate MBCT programs in an immersive atmosphere with senior MBCT trainers. 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:
CAD$2,500 double / CAD$3,000 single (until August 20th)
Regular:
CAD$2,750 double / CAD$3,250 single
Please note as a charity, we do not charge tax on our fees.
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Remember to apply before registering.

Facilitator(s):Andréanne Elie MD FRCPC & Melissa Nigrini M.Ed RP
Oct
21
Mon

MSC in North Toronto

Start: Monday, October 21, 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
Monday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: October 21, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: October 28 – December 16, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, November 30, 2019 | 1:30pm – 5:30pm

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

Fees
Early-Bird: $595 (until September 29th)
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 & Markus Bohlmann PhD, Trained MSC Teacher
Oct
21
Mon

MBSR Online

Start: Monday, October 21, 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 Mornings
Intake Interviews (via telephone): Saturday, October 19th | 2pm – 4pm ET or Sunday, October 20th | 10am – 12pm ET
Orientation & Session 1: October 21, 2019 | 10am – 1pm ET
Sessions 2-8*: October 28 – December 16, 2019 | 10am – 12:30pm ET
Silent Retreat: December 2, 2019 | 1:30pm – 5:30pm ET
* program skips November 11th
Registration closes Wednesday, October 16, 2019

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 September 29th)
Regular: $550
Registration closes Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini RP & Rhea Polsker RSW RP
Oct
23
Wed

MBCT in Downtown Toronto (SOLD OUT)

Start: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Please consider joining us on October 31st instead.

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: October 23, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: October 30 – December 18, 2019 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 10am – 4pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees
Early-Bird: $520 (until October 1st)
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 & Angie Kingma OT Reg. (Ont.) RP
Oct
31
Thu

MBCT in East Toronto

Start: Thursday, October 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
Thursday Afternoons
Intake Interviews (via telephone): Tuesday, October 29th | 2pm – 4pm or Wednesday, October 30th | 6pm – 8pm
Orientation & Session 1: October 31, 2019 | 1pm – 4pm
Sessions 2-8: November 7 – December 19, 2019 | 1pm – 3:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, December 8, 2019 | 10am – 4pm at our main location (180 Sudbury Street)

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

Fees
Early-Bird: $520 (until October 9th)
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
Nov
3
Sun

Advanced Teacher Training Intensive in Downtown Toronto

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 4-day Advanced Teacher Training Intensive (ATTI) is for MBSR, MBCT and other MBP teachers interested in supporting and strengthening their teaching skills. It satisfies the certification requirements for the certificate program at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies but is also for those mindfulness-based teachers who have taught at least two MBSR/MBCT programs or other mindfulness-based program. All participants will have attended silent teacher-led meditation retreats and have a personal practice.

Participants practise teaching and inquiry, receiving extensive feedback, making this training highly experiential. In addition, the language in guidance and inquiry is emphasized. The enhancement of the teacher’s self-reflective capacity is stressed to ensure they stay close to the core of these mindfulness-based programs – working with their own reactivity and attachment to outcome when this arises in their teaching. Exercises that address a range of emotions and reactions related to their personal and professional teaching experience and to the MBSR/MBCT experience are provided. We will also address professional and personal ethics as they relate to mindfulness based programs.

This course will be led by Susan L. Woods and Dr. Patricia Rockman. Susan Woods is a senior Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction/Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBSR/MBCT) advisor and supervisor, 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. They are both authors of the book: “Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Embodied Presence and Inquiry in Practice” along with Dr. Evan Collins.

Participants Will Learn

  • To enhance facilitation skills and delivery of inquiry and the mindfulness meditation practices through teach-backs, coaching and feedback
  • To learn guidance and inquiry as an embodied practice informed by the attitudinal foundations
  • To understand the reasons for maintaining fidelity to MBCT/MBSR protocols related to patient/client outcomes and research
  • To develop adult education skills for individual and group process and experiential learning
  • To be able to apply Buddhist concepts to MBSR and MBCT delivery and inquiry (e.g. the 4 noble truths, the 4 foundations, 3 characteristics)


Who Should Attend
Mindfulness-Based Program (MBP) facilitators who meet the following prerequisites:
○ Advanced degree
○ Have taught at least 2 MBSR/MBCT programs or other mindfulness-based program
○ Personal mindfulness practice
○ Have attended silent teacher-led meditation retreat(s) of at least 5 days

Required Reading: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Embodied Presence and Inquiry in Practice by Susan Woods, Patricia Rockman, Evan Collins
– purchasable via the publisher New Harbinger or Amazon.ca or Indigo Chapters

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Timing
4-day training: Sunday – Wednesday
November 3-6, 2019 | 8:30am – 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
4
Mon

Free Online Info Session

Start: Monday, November 4, 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, November 4, 2019 | 6pm – 6:30pm + Q&A

Fee: Free

Facilitator(s):Jeremy Finkelstein RP
Nov
6
Wed

Mindfulness Core Concepts Online

Start: Wednesday, November 6, 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: November 6, 2019 | 12:30pm – 2:30pm ET
Session 2: November 7, 2019 | 12:30pm – 2:30pm ET
Session 3: November 8, 2019 | 12:30pm – 2:30pm 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 and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed RP
Nov
10
Sun

MBSR TTI in Ontario (SOLD OUT)

Start: Sunday, November 10, 2019

To add your name to the waiting list, please click here. Consider registering for our 2020 MBSR TTI in BC.

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
11
Mon

MBSR in Downtown Toronto

Start: Monday, November 11, 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 Afternoons
Orientation & Interview: November 11, 2019 | 2pm – 5pm
Sessions 1-8*: November 18, 2019 – January 20, 2020 | 2pm – 4:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, January 4, 2020 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips December 23rd & December 30th

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees
Early-Bird: $490 (until October 20th)
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
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: Sunday, January 5, 2020 | 1:30pm – 5:30pm
* 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
Nov
25
Mon

MBCT in Guelph

Start: Monday, November 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
Monday Evenings
Intake Interviews (via telephone): Monday, November 25, 2019 | 10am – 12pm
Orientation & Session 1:
 November 25, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 2-8*: December 2, 2019 – January 20, 2020 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, January 11, 2020 | time TBD
* program skips December 30th
Registration closes on November 21, 2019

Location
42 Carden Street
Guelph, ON N1H 3A2

Fees
Early-Bird: $490 (until November 10th)
Regular: $550
Registration closes on November 21, 2019
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):Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Nov
27
Wed

MBCT in Downtown Toronto

Start: Wednesday, November 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: November 27, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: December 4, 2019 – February 5, 2020 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, January 25, 2020 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips December 25th & January 1st

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $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):Laura Lee Copeland MD FACEP & Elaine Smookler RP
Dec
1
Sun

Full-Day Intro in Downtown Toronto

Start: Sunday, December 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
Sunday, December 1, 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 Smookler RP
Dec
4
Wed

MBCT Online

Start: Wednesday, December 4, 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 Mornings
Intake Interviews (via telephone): Monday, December 2, 2019 | 6pm – 8pm ET & Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | 10am – 12pm ET
Orientation & Session 1: December 4, 2019 | 10am – 1pm ET
Sessions 2-8*: December 11, 2019 – February 12, 2020 | 10:30am – 1pm ET
* program skips December 25th & January 1st
** please note January 29th is the 4 hour Silent Retreat | 9:30am – 1:30pm ET **
Registration closes Friday, November 29, 2019

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 November 12th)
Regular: $550
Registration closes at 5pm on Friday, November 29, 2019
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Facilitator(s):Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Dec
5
Thu

MSC in Downtown Toronto

Start: Thursday, December 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
Thursday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: December 5, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: December 12, 2019 – February 13, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, January 25, 2020 | 12:30pm – 4:30pm
* program skips December 26th & January 2nd

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees
Early-Bird: $595 (until November 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):Melissa Nigrini RP & Cassandra Cornacchia MSW RSW
Jan
6
Mon

Mindfulness Booster in Downtown Toronto

Start: Monday, January 6, 2020

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
Monday Evenings
Sessions 1-4: January 6 – 27, 2020 | 6pm – 7:30pm

Participants are asked to arrive 20-30 minutes early on January 6th

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $195
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the first 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 & Melissa Nigrini RP
Jan
7
Tue

MBSR in Downtown Toronto

Start: Tuesday, January 7, 2020

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

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Intake Interviews (via telephone): Tuesday, January 7, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm
Orientation & Session 1: January 14, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 2-8: January 21 – March 3, 2020 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, February 23, 2020 | 10am – 4pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

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):Rose Mina Munjee RP
Jan
20
Mon

MBCT Basics Online

Start: Monday, January 20, 2020

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
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Week 1: January 20, 22, 24, 2020 | 9:30am – 11:30am ET
Week 2: January 27, 29, 31, 2020 | 9:30am – 11:30am 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
Jan
23
Thu

Mindfulness Core Concepts

Start: Thursday, January 23, 2020

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
Thursday, January 23, 2020 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $350
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Jan
31
Fri

MSC Intensive in Downtown Toronto

Start: Friday, January 31, 2020

Learn to manage difficulty with more ease and kindness

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

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

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

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

Timing
Friday – Monday
Sessions 1 & 2: January 31, 2020 | 9am – 12:30pm & 2pm – 5:30pm
Sessions 3 & 4: February 1, 2020 | 9am – 12:30pm & 2pm – 5:30pm
Session 6 & Silent Retreat: February 2, 2020 | 9am – 12:30pm & 2pm – 6pm
Sessions 5 & 7: February 3, 2020 | 9am – 12:30pm & 2pm – 5:30pm
Session 8: February 4, 2020 | 9am – 1pm

Fee: $780
Registration closes Sunday, January 26, 2020
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

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

Facilitator(s):Eileen Beltzner MSW RSW Certified MSC Teacher & Rainer Beltzner Certified MSC Teacher
Feb
5
Wed

MBSR in Guelph

Start: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

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

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Intake Interviews (via telephone): Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | 5pm – 8pm
Orientation & Session 1: February 5, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 2-8*: February 12 – April 1, 2020 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, March 29, 2020 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips March 18th

Location
10C
42 Carden Street
Guelph, ON N1H 3A2

Fees: $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):Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Feb
13
Thu

Expecting Mindfully

Start: Thursday, February 13, 2020

Nourish your emotional well-being during pregnancy and post-partum

Expecting Mindfully is an eight-week mental health and wellness group program designed for birthing parents and new mamas. Expecting Mindfully is offered live online through web conferencing so you can attend the group from your home. Babies and young children, and the inevitable interruptions they create, are welcome and expected. Each session will be 2.5 hours long, including time for breaks and time to interact in small groups with other participants and with the facilitators.

Expecting Mindfully is adapted from the extensively researched, effective, and popular Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) program. The Expecting Mindfully workbook (authors and developers Dr. Sona Dimidjian and Dr Sherryl Goodman) is used in supporting this group. All participants are required to purchase an electronic or paper copy, with links provided below.

Who Should Attend
This program is for you if:

  • You are an individual who is pregnant, post-partum, or in early motherhood and you want to maintain the best possible mental health and well-being for both you and your baby
  • You are concerned about the effects of feeling down, stressed, tired, or anxious on your parenting and the well-being of your baby
  • You have a personal history of living with anxiety or depression and wish to take preventative steps to prevent recurrence

Participants Will Learn
The Expecting Mindfulness program uses mindfulness practices, cognitive exercises, and supportive discussion to help you develop the skills required to change your way of thinking and acting in a way that:

  • Helps you nurture your mental health during this important time in your life
  • Helps with managing the stress and anxiety around pregnancy and early parenthood
  • Helps prevent depression or the recurrence of depression

Required Resource: Expecting Mindfully: Nourish Your Emotional Well-Being and Prevent Depression during Pregnancy and Postpartum by Sona Dimidjian and Sherryl H. Goodman
Please purchase via the publisher Guilford PressAmazon.ca, Amazon.com, or others.

Timing
Thursday Mornings
Intake Interviews (via telephone): Tuesday, February 11th or Wednesday, February 12th | 9:30am – 11:30am
Orientation & Session 1: February 13, 2020 | 9:30am – 12:30pm
Sessions 2-8*: February 20 – April 9, 2020 | 9:30am – 12pm
* programs skips March 19th

Online Format
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program. For technical requirements, click here.

Fee: $550
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Facilitator(s):Rhea Plosker RSW RP & Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Mar
4
Wed

MBCT Practicum in Toronto

Start: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

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.
For more details, visit our MBCT Practicum page.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Sessions 1-10*: March 4 – May 20, 2020 | 5:30pm – 9pm
* course skips March 18th & May 6th

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees
Early-Bird: $2,395 (until January 31st)
Regular: $2,595
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Online participation may be possible for this course.
If interested, email jennifer@MindfulnessStudies.com

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Melissa Nigrini M.Ed RP
Mar
27
Fri

Inquiry Essentials in Toronto

Start: Friday, March 27, 2020

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, March 27, 2020 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2:  Saturday, March 28, 2020 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $560
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Online participation may be possible for this course.
If interested, email jennifer@MindfulnessStudies.com

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
May
2
Sat

MBSR Teacher Training Intensive in BC

Start: Saturday, May 2, 2020

Train to facilitate MBSR programs. 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: May 2-8, 2020
Begins Saturday, May 2, 2020
– Check-in at 4pm
– Dinner at 6pm
– Session starts at 7pm
Ends Friday, May 8, 2020
– Session ends at 11am
– Optional lunch at 12pm

Location
Bethlehem Centre
2371 Arbot Road
Nanaimo, BC V9R 6S9

Early-Bird Fees (available until January 28, 2020)
$2,925 double occupancy
$3,275 single occupancy
Regular Fees
(as of January 29, 2020)
$3,125 double occupancy
$3,475 single occupancy

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):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
Sep
20
Sun

MSC Teacher Training in B.C.

Start: Sunday, September 20, 2020

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
Before participating in the MSC Teacher Training: Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff 

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 20-25, 2020
Sunday Check-In: 4pm – 5pm
Saturday Departure: 12pm – 1pm

Location
Bethlehem Centre
2371 Arbot Road
Nanaimo, BC V9R 6S9

Fees to be determined

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, 2020.

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 & Dawn MacDonald MSW RSW & Beth Mulligan