Mondays, April 23 - June 18, 2018 (No class May 21)
6:00 - 8:30 pm
This program provides an extensive curriculum for those who are committed to integrating mindfulness practice into their lives. Learn how to take better care of yourself through the interplay of mind and body, and mobilize your inner resources for coping, growing and healing. We encourage registration one week prior to start date. All Day Silent Retreat: Sunday, June 3 10:00 - 4:00 pm.
A program modelled on The Stress Reduction Clinic at The University of Massachusetts Medical School – A Meditation Based Program. Mindfulness is the practice of moment to moment non-judgemental awareness of the life experience. This is an ancient art that is beneficial in maintaining optimal physical, emotional and mental health and is an effective means of working with Stress, Chronic Pain, Anxiety, Depression, Addictions and other afflictions lending themselves to management through the use of mind/body techniques.
The workshop consists of eight weekly sessions lasting two and a half hours and a Sunday retreat. Home practice is a requirement. Group work includes practice in various meditation techniques, mindful movements and discussion of relevant reading material.
The course is challenging and life-affirming. It aims to provide a safe, supportive, and deeply engaging learning environment that allows participants to seek, explore, and inquire.
Before participating in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course we ask that you please consider these few things before you enroll.
• To make a personal commitment to MBSR meditation practice.
• We encourage 45-60 minutes daily meditation at least 6 days per week for the duration of the course. Your commitment is essential. It is the practice of mindfulness meditation that will enable you to realize its benefits. This commitment can be a challenging one, and may require a lifestyle change. You may have to rearrange your schedule to allow time for daily practice, carving out time from other activities. Once you taste the benefits of MBSR, then you may find that maintaining a daily practice becomes easier and highly rewarding.
• To make a personal commitment to practice mindfulness in daily living (informal mindfulness practice).
• We can bring mindfulness to eating, walking, driving, interpersonal relationships, anytime throughout the day. This conscious act of remembering and bringing attention to the present moment and simple activities throughout the day, enhances your formal meditation practice. Both formal and informal practice are just that, practice at being fully present to each moment as life unfolds just as it is.
• To put goal attainment on hold.
• Putting aside any desire to use MBSR to reach a certain objective (e.g., relaxation, pain relief, inner peace) will allow you to fully experience a primary part of the program, which is “non-doing” or “non-striving.”
• To approach your practice with an attitude of kindness, compassion, gentleness, openness and inquisitiveness toward yourself and others.
• Your role is to just observe, developing a deeper awareness.
• To share relevant events, materials or experiences for the good of the group.
Program Facilitator: Laurie Arron
Laurie has been practicing mindfulness and meditation since 2001. In 2002 he spent three days at Plum Village, the home of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. He returned there many times, spending well over a year in total, learning how to touch life deeply simply by opening to present moment experience and to the wonders of life. He is a member of Plum Village's Order of Interbeing. In addition to teachers at Plum Village, Laurie has trained with several of North America's best meditation teachers, including Joseph Goldstein, Ken McLeod, and Shinzen Young, as well as training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Susan Woods.
Laurie is the Director of Finance and Development at The Centre for Mindfulness Studies, which brings mindfulness-based mental health therapy and training to people, with a particular focus on making it available to marginalized and disadvantaged people.
Laurie has had many careers, from real estate developer to lawyer to gay rights advocate to Executive Director of the Green Party of Canada. There he saw that underlying our collective inability to stop climate change are our minds that are driven by fear, craving and misperception, and that an evolution in consciousness is the answer.
What does MBSR mean?
MBSR is an acronym for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
MBSR is a program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn with the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts. Extensive research spanning 30 years shows MBSR’s strong results optimizing health and wellness in relation to depression, anxiety, physical and mental wellbeing. Research in parenting and mindfulness shows increased sense of harmony and satisfaction in relationship. It’s a program that has benefits for everyone. More information about MBSR.
To register, please contact the Information Desk: (416) 924-6211 x0