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Follow Founder and Director of the Mindfulness Institute.ca, Dr. Catherine L. Phillips, in a guided meditation on Shaw TV Edmonton's "Calm Down."


Mindfulness refers to a state of being fully present in the present moment, accepting each moment as it arises. It is a practice and a way of approaching life that encompasses certain attitudes such as acceptance, patience, non-judgement, and compassion for others and for ourselves. Mindfulness is ubiquitous – a natural part of being human – that has been cultivated and practiced for over 2600 years in various traditions around the world. It is nondenominational and can be developed in accordance with one’s own culture, religion, and spiritual beliefs.

Cultivating mindfulness through formal and informal mindfulness exercises can be a powerful means of reducing the detrimental emotional, neurocognitive, and physiological effects of stress, thereby enhancing emotional and physical health as well as the potential richness of our daily lives.

Over the past 10 years a substantial body of research has emerged on the neurobiology of mindfulness, as well as on its applications to specific medical and non-medical conditions, to the field of education, and to other professions.

The Mindfulness Institute.ca is a resource for all those with interest and curiosity in the practice and potential benefits of mindfulness:

  • Individuals wishing to learn and benefit from mindfulness practice in order to reduce stress, more effectively deal with symptoms, increase sense of health and wellbeing, or learn tools through which to live fuller, richer lives;
  • Beginners in need of basic instruction, training, and direction;
  • Advanced practitioners wishing to deepen their practice and to access resources on recent research findings; 
  • Educators wishing to gain practice, knowledge, skills, and resources to implement mindfulness into classroom settings and curriculums; 
  • Healthcare professionals looking for mindfulness training programs, resources, networking opportunities, and individual or group supervision to implement mindfulness into patient care;
  • Industries and corporations looking to facilitate positive, effective workplace environments through mindfulness training and implementation; and 
  • Physicians wishing to refer patients to mindfulness-based treatment programs, such as MBSR, or to gain tools to enhance their clinical and teaching skills as well as their own personal and professional well-being.

Upcoming Events - The Mindfulness Institute.ca

We're offering the following events in Edmonton for 2015!

Introduction to Mindfulness I
A 2-week course led by Priscilla M. Koop
Thursday evenings, 6-8pm
Session 1: Jan. 22 & 29, 2015
Session 2: Mar. 5 & 12
Registration form available here!

Introduction to Mindfulness II
A 2-week course led by Priscilla M. Koop
Thursday evenings, 6-8pm
Session 1: Feb. 12 & 19, 2015
Session 2: Mar. 26 & Apr. 2
Registration form available here!

Mindful Parenting
A 6-week course led by Michelle Johnston
Saturday mornings, 10-11:30am
Jan. 31 - Mar. 14 (not Feb. 14)
Registration form available here!

Mindfulness Meditation: Drop-In Program
A 1-hour drop-in session for all levels
Led by Priscilla M. Koop
Thursday evenings, 7-8pm
Feb. 5 & 26, Mar. 19, Apr. 9, 2015 Registration form available here!

Mindfulness for Educators
A 2-week introduction to foundational mindfulness practices 
Led by Priscilla M. Koop
Saturdays, 9am-3pm
Session 1: Feb. 21 & 28, 2015
Session 2: Mar. 28 & Apr. 4
Session 3: May 23 & 30
Registration form available here!

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
for Health Care and Other Professionals

An 8-week educational course
Led by Catherine L. Phillips
Thursday evenings, 5:30-8pm
Apr. 9 - Jun. 4, 2015 + Saturday, May 23
Registration form available here!

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
An 8-week group led by Priscilla M. Koop
Thursday evenings, 5:30-8pm
Apr. 23 - Jun. 18, 2015 + Saturday, Jun. 6
MBSR Registration form available here!

Programs by Our Consultants

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: This clinical program run by Catherine L. Phillips, MD, is offered independently from the Mindfulness Institute.ca. Doctors' referrals are required and accepted on an ongoing basis. Click here for information and the physician referral form.

Upcoming Events - Other Organizers

Mindful Practice Advanced Workshop: Enhancing Quality of Care, Quality of Caring, and Resilience 
April 27 - May 1, 2015
Chapin Mill Retreat Center, Batavia, NY

This 5-day retreat-like workshop, led by Drs. Ron Epstein and Mick Krasner, is designed for medical practitioners, educators, and others involved in medical practice. The event is sponsored by The Department of Family Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center. Apply soon, as workshops fill up early. 


Click here for more information about events organized by The Mindfulness Institute.ca.

Exciting News from The Mindfulness Institute.ca

"Integrating Mindfulness Training into K-12 Education: Fostering the Resilience of Teachers and Students" was published online in Mindfulness where it can be downloaded for free! It is a collaborative white paper by John Meiklejohn, Catherine Phillips, and colleagues. You can read a copy of the paper here. You can also see Jon Kabat-Zinn giving a shout out to the paper in a talk on mindfulness in schools (at 1:06:40).

Our News & Info 

Publications:

Meiklejohn, J., Phillips, C., Freedman, M. L., et al. (2012). Integrating Mindfulness Training into K-12 Education: Fostering the Resilience of Teachers and StudentsMindfulness

The Mindfulness Institute.ca in the News:

Mindfulness and Youth: A cause for optimism on Mindful.org

Community Matters: Coming in out of the dark in the Edmonton Examiner

From Monkey Mind to Peace of Mind; Yogainmyschool.com interview with Dr. Catherine Phillips (audio)

New information on the study and application of mindfulness:

The Morality of Meditation, NYTimes

Susan Kaiser Greenland Teaching the ABCs of Mindfulness on TEDxTalk (video)

Juvenile Offenders Use Yoga To Straighten Out - Mind Body Awareness Project on ABC News (video)

Re-Wiring Your Brain for Happiness: Research Shows How Meditation Can Physically Change the Brain

Clint Eastwood and David Lynch Teach 10,000 Veterans to Meditate with Operation Warrior Wellness (video)

Living with Your Heart Wide Open: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Unworthiness, Loneliness, and Shame by Steve Flowers, MFT, and Bob Stahl, PhD (book)

Investigating Healthy Minds with Richard Davidson (audio)

Mindfulness Meditation Improves Connections in the Brain

Goldie Hawn and Dan Siegel at TEDMED 2009 (video)

The Nature of Things with David Suzuki: Changing Your Mind (video on neuroplasticity)

Mindfulness for Teens: 10 Mindful Tips for Minimizing Back to School Stress

Mindful Schools In-Class Instruction (video)

Tips for Teaching Mindfulness to Kids

Jon Kabat-Zinn: Shut Off Your Cell Phone (video)

Meditation to Lower Your Blood Pressure and Protect Your Heart

Reward centre in brains of depressed patients lacks endurance

Stressed brain cannot sustain positive emotion

Can Meditation Sharpen Attention?

Cognitive Neuroscience of Mindful Meditation (video)

Transform Your Mind, Change Your Brain (video)

Mental exercise literally changes our minds

Mindfulness meditation in Hospitals and Schools