Wednesdays, April 4 - May 2, 2018
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Life can be complicated and stressful, and we are often our own worst enemy. Unplug, relax and care for your mind. Great for beginners!
This program provides tools and strategies to train our mind to be more present, so that we can see how our minds and bodies operate and grow our capacity to be less reactive, more open, and happier.
Wednesdays, May 23 - June 13, 2018
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
$100 Member/ $120 General
3% CIF plus HST charges may apply
Your program facilitator will help:
1. To experience several ways to practice mindfulness and compassion.
2. To learn to parse experience into thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations and outer sensations (sight, sound, taste, smell, touch).
3. To learn strategies for dealing with difficult experiences, such as stress, low moods and harsh self-judgement.
To register, please contact the Information Desk: (416) 924-6211 x0
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.