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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

MBSR for Health Care and Other Professionals
Eight-week course led by Dr. Catherine L. Phillips
Thursday evenings, October 16 - December 11, 2014 (not Nov. 13); + Saturday, Nov. 29
Edmonton AB
Registration Deadline: October 6, 2014
Register early as space is limited!

Mindfulness Meditation: Drop In Tuesdays
Led by Dr. Priscilla M. Koop‚Äč
Tuesdays: September 16, 23, 30, October 14, 2014; 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Edmonton AB 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Eight-week group led by Dr. Priscilla M. Koop
Orientation: October 21, 2014
MBSR Program: Tuesdays, October 28 - December 16, 2014 + Saturday December 6
Edmonton AB
Registration Deadline: October 10, 2014
Register early as space is limited! 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program

Referrals are accepted on an ongoing basis. Click here for information and the physician referral form.

Upcoming Events by our Consultants

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): Integrating MBSR Into Clinical Practice
Course led by Dr. Catherine L. Phillips
Canada Psychiatric Association 64th Annual Conference
Friday, September 12, 2014; 8:30-11:30am
Toronto ON

Mindfulness: From Personal Practice to Clinical Applications
One-day workshop led by Dr. Catherine L. Phillips
Held at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI)
Tuesday, September 16, 2014; 9:00am-4:00pm
London ON
Register online here!

Mindfulness Meditation: In Clinical Practice and Personal Life
Two-day workshop led by Dr. Catherine L. Phillips
Sponsored by Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists
September 27-28, 2014 Edmonton AB
Early bird reduced registration fees until August 31, 2014!


Upcoming Events - Other Organizers

MBSR Intensive: A 5-Day Intensive Residential Retreat 
October 14 - 19, 2014
Sanctum Retreat Centre, Alberta

This 5-day retreat, led by friends of the Mindfulness Institute.ca Dr. Steven Hick and Dr. Rachael Crowder, is an adaptation of the 8-week MBSR Program held in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. To register online, click here.  

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.


Mindfulness in School Project Certification Courses

August 21-24, 2014 in Vancouver, BC (link)

Learn to teach the 9-lesson .b mindfulness curriculum to young people, an evidence-based course developed by Mindfulness in Schools Project (UK). .b has been written for 11-18 year olds to form part of the normal school curriculum, for use in the classroom with ‘conscript’ audiences, although it can also be used equally effectively in other settings (small groups, one-to-one, voluntary classes). It is based on the traditions of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, and at its simplest level .b is an awareness-raising exercise to give all students a taste of mindfulness in a fun, engaging and useful way, but also equips young people with a toolkit of simple practices to use in their lives. 


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 recently published online in Mindfulness where it can be downloaded for free and is currently their 5th most downloaded article! 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 his recent 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. [online. print publication forthcoming].

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