Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

MBSR is an intensive 8-week, once weekly, group program developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and associates at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. It is now an internationally acclaimed program with a growing body of research supporting its psycho-physiological benefits. 

It is also used as a standard in studies researching the benefits of Mindfulness, including (but not limited to) reduction of inflammation and stress, increase in immunity, and improvement of fertility. 

The curriculum is based on an emerging field of mind-body medicine and neuropsychology. Mindfulness actually rewires the brain and strengthens the neural pathways for resilience. It helps us to be less reactive to stressors, to manage and recover more quickly from stress, and to decrease the negative impacts of chronic stress on our bodies. 

Through practical training in mindfulness, cognitive behavioural and self-regulation skills, participants learn to cultivate a different relationship with stress and to develop skillful and healthy strategies in response to challenging situations. 

 

Program Structure

The program consists of:

  • an orientation
  • eight weekly (2½ hour) classes
  • a 6-hour Day of Mindfulness Retreat between weeks six and seven

 

For optimal benefit, this program requires participants to follow daily home practice assignments, designed to assist in the development of an effective, nourishing, and sustainable meditation practice.

 

Classes include presentations of information and experiential learning through:

  • a variety of guided meditation practices
  • mindful movement exercises (with optional modifications for safety)
  • discussion of the challenges, benefits, and strategies for developing a mindfulness practice in daily life

 

See All Upcoming Mindfulness Programs Below

1. Online Mindfulness for Primary Infertility

Online MBSR for Primary Infertility

THURSDAY EVENINGS
OCT 13 – DEC 8

Many people who are dealing with fertility challenges and/ or pregnancy loss can feel a wide range of complex emotions including anxiety, grief, guilt, failure & loss of control.

There are proven benefits for programs that support understanding & normalizing these difficult emotions associated with disruptions to the reproductive story.

WHO

This program is for those who are struggling with primary infertility (trying to conceive your first child).

We welcome new or long-time practitioners, single people or couples, as well as all genders & gender expressions.

FALL 2022 PROGRAMS

WESTERN TIME ZONES
With Stephanie Curran

Mandatory Info Session:
Thurs. Oct.13  |  7-7:30pm PT
8 Weekly classes:
Thursdays, Oct 20 – Dec 8  |  6-830pm PT
*Note: Oct 20 class will be 6-9pm PT
Day of Mindfulness Retreat:
Saturday, Nov 19  |  9am-3pm PT

FEE

Sliding scale.

Payment plans with instalments and further scholarships are available to anyone in need, please contact us.  All are welcome and no one will be turned away due to financial concerns.

Registration deadline Oct 20, 2022

For more information or to register go to:

www.mindfulnessforfertility.com

2. Free Online Info Session: Fall Mindfulness For Fertility

Online MBSR for Primary Infertility

THURSDAY, OCT 13
7 – 7:30pm PT

REGISTER HERE

Join us for a FREE Online Info Session about our Mindfulness for Fertility program

It’s common to feel anxious, depressed, isolated, or out of control, and it has been well documented that people with reproductive challenges like infertility or pregnancy loss experience high levels of stress.

Studies have shown that a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) for Fertility can help decrease your emotional distress.

Interested in the program but uncertain about registering?  Join the info session to learn more!

We will explore:

  • What is Mindfulness
  • How Mindfulness can support you through your fertility journey
  • Research & evidence
  • Program outline & structure
  • Participant feedback so far
  • Q & A
Please note this info session is also required for enrolment in the full 8-week program offering. 
Please plan to log in 5 minutes prior to the session start time so that we are ready to begin on time.  It will be helpful to block the full 30min in your calendar and to join the session from a location where you will be uninterrupted.  We appreciate you logging in with your first name noted and camera on as well.

To register go to https://mindfulnessforfertility.com/

3. Online Mindfulness for General Well-being

Online MBSR for General Well-being

MONDAY EVENINGS
SEP 19 – NOV 14

Join us for this fall’s 9-week program with Hannah Marsh and Dr. Alda Ngo, who are both Certified MBSR Facilitators with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies.

This will be a highly interactive web-based program using Zoom.

REGISTER HERE

WHEN

Mandatory Orientation:
Monday, September 12th
5:45 – 8:30pm PT | 6:45 – 9:30pm MT

8 weekly classes:
Mondays, Sep 19 – Nov 14 (No class October 31)
5:45 – 8:15pm PT | 6:45 – 9:15pm MT

Day of Mindfulness Retreat:
Sunday, Oct 30
8:30am – 1:30pm PT | 9:30am-2:30pm MT

 

WHO

This psycho-educational program is suitable for anyone looking for practical tools to deal with chronic stress and its negative impacts on the body as well as to improve their overall health and well-being.

Please note:

Having a primary physician or therapist is required for registration in this program.

If you have PTSD, suicidal ideation, untreated substance dependence or you have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, this may not be the program for you. Please consult with your physician or therapist, and contact us if you have any questions regarding the suitability of this program for you.

 

COST 

Sliding Scale* $325 – $400 – 475 + GST

*Please pay more, if you can, to help support those less able to pay.

Accessibility is important to us, scholarships are also available to those for whom cost is a barrier.
Please contact us for more information: hannah@beinghere.ca

Cancellation policy

Cancellations received prior to the first session (Sep 19th) will be refunded minus a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after that date. 

We reserve the right to cancel this program due to unforeseen circumstances; if this should occur, registrants will be granted full refunds.

 

REGISTER HERE

Registration Deadline: Friday, September 9th

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