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Discovering Resilience

wellness, vitality, compassion, spirit, endurance, healthcare


Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We feel more alive. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing.

— Jon Kabat-Zim, Ph. D


Spring 2018

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Health Care Professionals


10-week Program, plus all-day retreat

Dates: March 27 - May 29, 2018
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Retreat on: Saturday, May 5, 2018 (all-day)
8:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Participants must commit to attend the program.

This 10-week course is designed to promote both personal wellness and professional resilience and capacity. It provides the unique opportunity for individuals to develop their personal mindfulness practice as well as to examine the interface between mindfulness practice and the arts of healing and teaching. Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of relating to life circumstances so that they can be approached with greater calm, clarity and wisdom.

Over 20 years of research has shown that MBSR participants report:

- lasting decreases in physical and psychological
- greater ability to cope with stress
- greater facility to learn
- greater energy and enthusiasm for life

[Flyer will be available soon]

Narrative Healthcare: A Workshop in Narrative Medicine for Healthcare Professionals

Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Exploring how narrative skills training can help healthcare providers be more reflective and attuned to patients' story of illness.

To register:

If interested in being on a list to receive additional information about this offering when available, please email:


New!Mindful Teaching: The Art & Science of
                   Optimal Learning

  Wed., May 28, 2018    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.     [Flyer for Mindful Teaching: The Art & Science of
Optimal Learning PDF



2017 (past event)

Developing Resilience through Applied Mindfulness (DRAM)

Jan. 27, 2017 - Apr. 30, 2017)    
 [Flyer & Registration form for DRAM2017 (1-4)PDF

(Register for 3 courses, get the 4th free ! )

DRAM 1 - Foundations of Mindfulness: Historical Origins and Contemporary Practice
January 27 & 28, 2017

DRAM 2 - The Neuroscience of Mindfulness
February 24 & 25, 2017

DRAM 3 - Being the Change: Growing Civility and Resilience through Secular Ethics and Mindfulness
March 24 & 25, 2017 

DRAM 4 - Integrating Mindfulness into Personal and Professional Life
April 29 & 30, 2017

TestimonialPDF - read what past participants have said regarding this course.


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Upcoming Events --
In partnership with: HHS, Hamilton Family Health Team, St. Joseph's Healthcare and the McMaster Family Health Team, we are pleased to offer our "NEW" course - Mindful Self-Compassion.

Register Today !

Fall 2017

Mindful Self-Compassion New!
(no previous experience is required to attend this course)
 FULL (waitlist only)

Sept. 26 - Nov. 21, 2017  (9 weekly sessions Tuesdays 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.)

Retreat:   Sat., Oct. 28, 2017
 (9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
[Flyer & Registration form-Mindful Self-Compassion] PDF

Increasingly, health-care institutions are coming under pressure to do more with less, to provide quality care with less resources and to improve the experience of patients and their families. As a result, many health-care workers find themselves grappling with increased levels of stress, burnout, compassion/empathy fatigue and conflict within their teams and colleagues.

Overall Goals:

• promote resilience, health and well-being within the self and the health care environment
• engage self-compassion and self-kindness verses the inner critic
• develop self and other observational tools thus improving one's relationship with self and others
• learn to manage suffering and difficult emotions
• learn to develop compassion and set boundaries without burnout, apathy, numbness and exhaustion
• learn self-care strategies to prevent burnout
• develop the capacity for an open heart
• develop mindfulness verses over-identification

TestimonialPDF - read what past participants have said regarding this course.

For more information about mindful self-compassion:

Kristin Neff video:

Journal of Clinical Psychology:


Transforming Compassion Fatigue: "Surviving to Thriving"

Mon., Dec. 11, 2017     9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   

[Flyer & Registration form for Transforming Compassion Fatigue]PDF

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