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6-Day MBSR Intensive Training & Retreat in BC 18–330–01

Start: Saturday, June 23, 2018
At: British Columbia, BC
Fee: $2,450 (as a charity, we do not charge HST)
Facilitator(s): Susan Woods MSW LICSW & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Evan Collins MD FRCPC

Train to facilitate MBSR programs with Susan Woods and Dr. Patricia Rockman. 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.

In the first part of this highly interactive training, trainees will experience the MBSR program. In the second half of the training, trainees will be given the opportunity to practice facilitating various components of the MBSR program under the supervision and guidance of the teachers.

Inherent in this training is the necessity of a personal mindfulness practice as a platform from which to teach. The delivery of MBSR requires the facilitator to integrate what it means to embody a non-judgmental, present moment focus with an understanding of how this supports and strengthens such mind states as kindness, compassion and equanimity.

This training intensive will utilize didactic and experiential teaching modules. The curriculum includes both large and small group learning, with opportunity for role-play and simulated client-facilitator encounters.  There is daily meditation practice, yoga/mindful movement, and periods of silence. The ethical underpinnings of teaching MBSR will be discussed.

Participants Will Learn
• How to articulate the foundational principles of the MBSR program
• To demonstrate the basic MBSR teaching skills
• The central role of mindfulness meditation practice for general wellness and self-care in the regulation of emotions and behaviours
• How to articulate the rationale for a facilitator’s ongoing mindfulness meditation practice in teaching MBSR
• To discuss and outline formal and informal meditative practices and mindfulness as a mode of being in daily life

What To Expect
This training will combine elements of a clinical training workshop and a meditation retreat. You can expect to spend some periods in silence and others in active discussion and interaction. The course will follow a concentrated schedule, starting at 7:30 am and ending at 8:30 pm each day. Registrants will not be provided with a detailed agenda beforehand; instead the schedule and time breakdown will be addressed at the opening session of the retreat.

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

Who Should Attend
This 6-day training intensive is primarily intended for social service workers and other professionals wishing to teach MBSR. Prerequisites for the intensive training include participation in an 8-week MBSR program, formal mindfulness training equivalent to Mindfulness Core Concepts or MBCT Basics, and a regular mindfulness mediation practice.

Apply Before Registering
If you have not already been accepted into one of The Centre’s Facilitation Certificate Programs, please apply here and wait to hear back from the Centre before registering.

Prerequisite Course*
Mindfulness Core Concepts will be offered online June 7 – 21. More info.
*If you’ve completed MBCT Basics, this prerequisite is waived. Other equivalent professional mindfulness training may also qualify.

On-site registration starts at 3pm with programming starting at 6pm on Saturday, June 23, 2018. Programming ends around 11am on Friday, June 29, 2018

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 124.5 Mainpro+ credits.


This training intensive is intended to be residential. Participants are asked to stay at the Vedder River Inn, where we have arranged a discounted fee of $79.99 per night plus tax. **To request the lower rate, please mention “MBSR” to the hotel staff at the time of booking.** The Inn is a 20 minute walk from the campus.

Commuting is permitted only by participants living within 50 km. (You may commute from Abbotsford. You may not commute from Langley or other parts of Greater Vancouver.)

Download the Flyer/Poster of the MBSR Intensive Training & Retreat