Discovering Mindfulness2019-05-29T18:59:49+00:00
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Discovering Mindfulness Program

A six-week (12-hour) program, with Marlene Van Esch, MSW, RSW

This program is a short introduction to mindfulness. Brief lectures and discussions will assist students in learning to recognize their maladaptive habitual reactions to stress and support them in developing more appropriate conscious responses instead.

Introduction to the Program

In this six-week course, meditation comes alive through a growing capacity to release our habitual entanglement in the stories and plans, conflicts and worries that make up the small sense of self, and to rest in awareness. In meditation we do this simply by acknowledging the moment-to-moment changing conditions—the pleasure and pain, the praise and blame, the litany of ideas and expectations that arise. Without identifying with them, we can rest in the awareness itself, beyond conditions, and experience our natural lightness of heart. Developing this capacity to rest in awareness nourishes concentration, which stabilizes and clarifies the mind, allowing us to see things as they are.

Program participants may expect to learn specific meditation and mindfulness practices, and incorporate them into their daily lives as a routine means to respond to the challenges in living stress-filled lives.

Participants may learn to better manage stress, fear, anxiety, depression and improve their coping skills related to illness, pain and stress-related conditions. Mindfulness practices that address communication styles enhance relationships and improve quality of life.

Course content includes guided mindful exercises, the object of which is to develop non-judgmental, moment-to-moment awareness of the relationship between the body and mind, and to acknowledge the physical sensations and thoughts or feelings as they arise. To facilitate an understanding of the rationale for practice and increase motivation for skeptics, information about the brain processes involved in meditation is introduced on a beginner’s level.

Session Structue

Each session is structured to contain several parts:

  1. Introduction to a new mindfulness meditation technique
  2. Guided meditation practice
  3. Processing of participants’ practice experience of the week
  4. Introduction to a new theoretical topic
  5. General Q&A
  6. Other group exercise

Administration:

To participate, simply call our office and you will be booked for a 15-minute assessment with Marlene Van Esch, the teacher of this program, and asked to complete a questionnaire in advance of your assessment.  During the assessment, you will be informed whether this program is recommended for you.

Payment, Cancellation, and Refund/Exchange Policies

  1. Payment Policy

The fee for this program is $375, payable upon acceptance into the program.

  1. Program/Course Cancellations

If your program is cancelled, you are entitled to a full refund. You will be contacted at least three business days’ prior to the start date of the program if a cancellation is made.

  1. Refunds

If you give at least five business days’ notice before the program’s start date you will receive the full tuition less a $50 fee.
If you give less than five business days’ notice before the start date of a program no refund will be available.
After the program has begun no refund, exchanges or transfers will be available.

  1. Exchanges

If you give at least five business days’ notice before the program’s start date you can apply the full tuition amount as a credit to a future program.
If you give less than five business days’ notice prior to the start date of a program you can apply the full tuition amount less a $50 fee as a credit to a future program.

After the program has begun no refund, exchanges or transfers will be available.

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Dates/Times

6 Mondays: October 21 to November 25, 2019

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon

Location

The Mindfulness Centre
Suite 407

Cost

$375.00

Sign-up

Administration

Please arrange for timely arrival as we are starting on time at 6:00 pm sharp.

Take the opportunity to email us in advance questions about mindfulness and meditation you already ponder and wish us to address during the workshop.

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