Mindfulness Training for Health and Wellbeing

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Dropofwater

Are you curious about the secular practice of mindfulness and how it can improve wellbeing and health?

A drop in class is a great time to get your feet wet!  You can sit in a chair as well.

We will practice 3 to 4 mindfulness meditation practices including some of sitting meditation, lying down meditation, walking meditation and sometimes loving-kindness meditations.  Most of the meditations are guided to help newcomers get started.

There is no fee for the class, however, a donation is appreciated ($2 to $15).

Come out and start to explore the benefits of mindfulness.  There is no over 2 decades of published research that suggests mindfulness can significantly prove wellbeing and health.

I am looking forward to meeting you!

Event Date September 20, 2017 1:00 pm
Event End Date September 20, 2017 2:30 pm
Individual Price Free

Mindfulselfcompassion

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an 8-week education and training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.  The program was developed by Kristin Neff, PhD, the pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.self-compassion.org) and Christopher K. Germer, PhD, a leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy (www.mindfulselfcompassion.org).

MSC includes 8 weekly sessions of 2.75 hours each, in addition to a 4-hour retreat.  Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend the majority of the sessions and plan to start a mindful self-compassion practice.

No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC.  To insure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program.

Recent Testimonials

Doug's programs have been absolutely life-changing for me.  I'm able to approach life's challenges with a calmer, clearer mind, and have been infused with increased confidence and creativity.  I guess the word I would use to describe how I feel is "vitality".  I feel less overwhelmed by stressful situations as I had been in the past with daily practice.  I am less reactive, and have even noticed an improvement in digestive issues I had been plagued with in the past.  Doug's courses, MBSR and Mindful Self Compassion, have both been gifts that I will be forever grateful for.  Doug is an excellent facilitator, sharing his personal experiences and creating a safe environment. Denise L

I highly recommend the Mindful Self-Compassion program.  I have wanted to take it for years and it definitely lived up to my expectations.  I enjoyed the teaching, discussion and mindful exercises/meditations.  It was very well organised which made it easier to practice the skills in everyday life.  Through integrating the practices I find myself calmer and more patient and kind to myself and others.  Thanks Doug for bringing this valuable program to Calgary.  Laura McKenna 

Doug's Mindful Self-Compassion course, by some happenstance, came along in my life after I experienced a major loss and was needing skills to cope. Having previously taken Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, I knew Doug would make me feel safe in the group with my grief. I also felt confident I'd learn new Mindfulness skills to cope. Half-way through the course I've come to approach myself in a gentler way. The resources I have learned and am practicing are helping me to get through the days. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to tame their inner critic and live a more compassionate life towards themselves.  Tasha H



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Investment: $375 plus GST

Some scholarships available based on financial need.  Please let Doug know if this is the case.

Event Date September 27, 2017 5:30 pm
Event End Date November 15, 2017 8:15 pm
Individual Price $375.00

MBSR 2016

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week education and training program designed to cultivate a capacity for mindfulness to cope more effectively with short and long-term stressful challenges.  The program was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness in 1979.

MBSR includes 8 weekly sessions of 2.5 hours each, in addition to a 6-hour retreat.  Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness at least 30 minutes per day through out the program.  However, it is quite normal to have to miss one or two classes.

There is a 2.5 hour Orientation to the MBSR program that each person is asked to attend.  The purpose of this program is to help ensure that the MBSR program is a good fit for your needs.  There is no charge for this session.  

In Sept 2017, the orientation will be offered on:

  • Saturday, Sept 9 from 9:30 am to Noon
  • Wednesday, Sept 13 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, Sept 16 from 9:30 am to Noon
  • Wednesday, Sept 20 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Please let Doug know by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  which orientation you will attend.

No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MBSR. 

Some recent testimonials

"Doug's programs have been absolutely life-changing for me.  I'm able to approach life's challenges with a calmer, clearer mind, and have been infused with increased confidence and creativity.  I guess the word I would use to describe how I feel is "vitality".  I feel less overwhelmed by stressful situations as I had been in the past with daily practice.  I am less reactive, and have even noticed an improvement in digestive issues I had been plagued with in the past.  Doug's courses, MBSR and Mindful Self Compassion, have both been gifts that I will be forever grateful for.  Doug is an excellent facilitator, sharing his personal experiences and creating a safe environment."  - Denise L

If you're stuck, in a slump, looking for a change, or simply want to take time to do something for yourself take this course!  I promise that if you dedicate yourself to attending the classes and doing the work on your own at home it will change your life. Not in the dramatic, fireworks kind of way you see in the movies, but in a much more subtle, realistic way that's no less dramatic.  Doug is the real deal when it comes to experiences teachers who walk the walk. Thanks for a fantastic experience.
Kim McNeil, B.Sc., CYI

"I found the MBSR program offered by Practical Wellbeing very beneficial, both professionally as a therapist and personally. I highly recommend it! - Donna

Please click on the details button for more detalied information and description.

Investment: $375 plus GST.  

Some scholarships available depending upon financial need

Event Date September 30, 2017 9:30 am
Event End Date November 25, 2017 12:00 pm
Individual Price $375.00

Mindfulselfcompassion

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an 8-week education and training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.  The program was developed by Kristin Neff, PhD, the pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.self-compassion.org) and Christopher K. Germer, PhD, a leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy (www.mindfulselfcompassion.org).

MSC includes 8 weekly sessions of 2.75 hours each, in addition to a 4-hour retreat.  Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion daily.

No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC.  To insure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program.

Recent Testimonials

Doug's programs have been absolutely life-changing for me.  I'm able to approach life's challenges with a calmer, clearer mind, and have been infused with increased confidence and creativity.  I guess the word I would use to describe how I feel is "vitality".  I feel less overwhelmed by stressful situations as I had been in the past with daily practice.  I am less reactive, and have even noticed an improvement in digestive issues I had been plagued with in the past.  Doug's courses, MBSR and Mindful Self Compassion, have both been gifts that I will be forever grateful for.  Doug is an excellent facilitator, sharing his personal experiences and creating a safe environment. - Denise L

I highly recommend the Mindful Self-Compassion program.  I have wanted to take it for years and it definitely lived up to my expectations.  I enjoyed the teaching, discussion and mindful exercises/meditations.  It was very well organised which made it easier to practice the skills in everyday life.  Through integrating the practices I find myself calmer and more patient and kind to myself and others.  Thanks Doug for bringing this valuable program to Calgary.  Laura McKenna 

Doug's Mindful Self-Compassion course, by some happenstance, came along in my life after I experienced a major loss and was needing skills to cope. Having previously taken Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, I knew Doug would make me feel safe in the group with my grief. I also felt confident I'd learn new Mindfulness skills to cope. Half-way through the course I've come to approach myself in a gentler way. The resources I have learned and am practicing are helping me to get through the days. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to tame their inner critic and live a more compassionate life towards themselves.  Tasha H



 Please click on the details button for more detalied information and description.

Investment: $375 plus GST

Some scholarships available based on financial need.  Please let Doug know if this is the case.

Event Date September 30, 2017 1:00 pm
Event End Date December 02, 2017 3:45 pm
Individual Price $375.00

MBSR 2016

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week education and training program designed to cultivate a capacity for mindfulness to cope more effectively with short and long-term stressful challenges.  The program was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness in 1979.

MBSR includes 8 weekly sessions of 2.5 hours each, in addition to a 6-hour retreat.  Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness at least 30 minutes per day through out the program.  However, it is quite normal to have to miss one or two classes.

There is a 2.5 hour Orientation to the MBSR program that each person is asked to attend.  The purpose of this program is to help ensure that the MBSR program is a good fit for your needs.  There is no charge for this session.  

In Sept 2017, the orientation will be offered on:

  • Saturday, Sept 9 from 9:30 am to Noon
  • Wednesday, Sept 13 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, Sept 16 from 9:30 am to Noon
  • Wednesday, Sept 20 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Please let Doug know by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  which orientation you will attend.

No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MBSR.  

Some Recent Testimonials

Doug's programs have been absolutely life-changing for me.  I'm able to approach life's challenges with a calmer, clearer mind, and have been infused with increased confidence and creativity.  I guess the word I would use to describe how I feel is "vitality".  I feel less overwhelmed by stressful situations as I had been in the past with daily practice.  I am less reactive, and have even noticed an improvement in digestive issues I had been plagued with in the past.  Doug's courses, MBSR and Mindful Self Compassion, have both been gifts that I will be forever grateful for.  Doug is an excellent facilitator, sharing his personal experiences and creating a safe environment. - Denise L

If you're stuck, in a slump, looking for a change, or simply want to take time to do something for yourself take this course!  I promise that if you dedicate yourself to attending the classes and doing the work on your own at home it will change your life. Not in the dramatic, fireworks kind of way you see in the movies, but in a much more subtle, realistic way that's no less dramatic.  Doug is the real deal when it comes to experiences teachers who walk the walk. Thanks for a fantastic experience.
Kim McNeil, B.Sc., CYI

 I found the MBSR program offered by Practical Wellbeing very beneficial, both professionally as a therapist and personally. I highly recommend it! - Donna

Please click on the details button for more detalied information and description.

Investment: $375 plus GST.  

Some scholarships available depending upon financial need

Event Date October 03, 2017 6:30 pm
Event End Date November 21, 2017 9:00 pm
Individual Price $375.00

MBSR3HrIntro

Are you searching for ways to improve your health and wellbeing?  Many people are living very busy lives in a very stressful world and they are looking for solutions that are enduring, practical, and make sense.  You can check it out for yourself!

There is now over 2 decades of published research that indicates the practice of mindfulness reduces significantly the symptoms of stress and anxiety and can have many other profound beneficial effects on our health and wellbeing. 

This 3 hour workshop will offer an informal conversation and instruction about the practice of mindfulness and how it works.  There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions.

At this 3 hour Introduction to Mindfulness you will learn:

·      3 mindfulness practices that will be guided by the instructor

·      A short overview of the roots of the practice of mindfulness

·      How to start a practice at home

·      An overview of some of the most recent research from the neuroscience

·      Some suggestions how to apply mindfulness in your life

You will leave with a comprehensive set of handouts and access to guided meditations available on line.

The investment: $35 plus GST

Date and Time:  Monday, October 16 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Event Date October 16, 2017 5:30 pm
Event End Date October 16, 2017 8:30 pm
Individual Price $35.00