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 & Secondary Infertility

Online MBSR for Primary Infertility

If you are someone who is currently struggling with primary infertility or pregnancy loss (trying to conceive your first child), join Dr. Alda Ngo for this online highly interactive Zoom based program.


WHEN

EARLY FALL (with Dr. Alda Ngo)
SEP 6 – NOV 1
Mandatory Orientation:
Mon, Sep 6
6 – 830pm PT | 7-930 MT
8 Weekly classes:
Mondays, Sep 13 – Nov 1
6-830pm PT | 7-930 MT
Day of Mindfulness Retreat:
Sun, Oct 24
8am-12pm PT | 9am-1pm MT
Registration deadline Sep 6, 2021

 

LATE FALL (with Stephanie Curran)
SEP 30 – DEC 2
Mandatory Orientation:
Thurs, Sep 30
6 – 830pm PT | 7-930 MT
8 Weekly classes:
Thursdays, Oct 7 – Dec 2 (No class Oct 28)
6-830pm PT | 7-930 MT
Day of Mindfulness Retreat:
Sun, Nov 14
9am-3pm PT | 10am-4pm MT
Registration deadline Sep 30, 2021


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 and gender expressions.

Note: If you are struggling with secondary infertility (trying to conceive another child), please check back for fall program dates.


COST

By donation at the completion of our 8wks together.

During these uncertain times and with many experiencing significant financial strain, registration to this 24hr course is being offered by donation.

Register Here

For more information go to: www.mindfulnessforfertility.com

2. Online Mindfulness for Pregnancy After Infertility and/or Miscarriage

Online MBSR for Pregnancy After Infertility and/or Pregnancy Loss

If you are someone who is currently pregnant after struggling with infertility and/or pregnancy loss, join Stephanie Curran for this online highly interactive Zoom based program.

If you have recently miscarried, we are so sorry for your loss. We would love to support you as you continue your fertility journey. Please register for one of our Mindfulness for Fertility programs instead:

WHEN
please check back for upcoming program dates


WHO

This program is for those who are currently pregnant after struggling with infertility and/or pregnancy loss.

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


COST

By donation at the completion of our 8wks together.

During these uncertain times and with many experiencing significant financial strain, registration to this 26hr course is being offered by donation.

For more information go to: www.mindfulnessforfertility.com

3. Online 3-week MBSR Refresher Course

Revitalizing the Practice: Connecting to the Heart of Experience

For MBSR Graduates

Join us for this 3-week MBSR refresher program with Mindfulness Instructors, Hannah Marsh and Dr. Alda Ngo, who are both trained MBSR Facilitators with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies.

Anyone who has completed an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is invited to join us!

This 3-week online program is intended to refresh and support your mindfulness practice. Together, we’ll revisit practices and themes from the MBSR program, including “As long as you’re breathing, there’s more right with you than wrong with you.” We’ll also introduce new practices focused on supporting ourselves amidst the challenges of practice.

Whether your practice has continued steadily or fallen away, the invitation is to begin again. Everyone is invited to come together to offer one another the support and encouragement of our presence. 

Through it all, we’ll remember the “heart” in mindfulness – how heartfulness and mindfulness are one and the same. We may discover that heartful practices, like self-compassion and loving-kindness can nurture and support our mindfulness and well-being.

By the end of the program, we hope to leave you with a revitalized practice, and some new tools to help you flourish in your mindfulness practice and your daily life.

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


WHEN

Mondays, November 15, 22, 29
7:00-9:00pm MT


COST

Sliding scale:
$75
+ GST (partial scholarship)
$125 + GST (sustainable fee)
$175 + GST (helps to support others requiring scholarships)

*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. All are welcome and no one will be turned away due to financial concerns. Please contact us for more information (alda@wholefamilyhealth.ca).

Registration deadline: Nov 15th

Register Here

 

Cancellations received prior to the registration deadline will be refunded minus a $40 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after that date.

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