Mindfulness Dimensions presents Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction ‘Flourishing In Stressful Times’
Mindfulness: a simple and direct practice of moment- to- moment observation of the mind body process to calm and focused awareness without judgment.
As you come to see life as a process of constant change, you can begin to acknowledge all aspects of experience-pleasure and pain, fear and joy-with less stress and more balance.
After a successful 6-week ‘Introduction to Mindfulness’ offered in the Fall of 2017 , welcome to the full 8-week program: MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION MBSR). This course, originally developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, is designed to help participants discover and utilize their own inner resources for bringing balance, health, and peace of mind to their lives.
MBSR is an experiential learning program, intended to engage the mind and the body. Through group and individual practices as well as mindful discussions, participants learn a variety of formal and informal approaches for cultivating mindfulness.
Practical applications of mindfulness in daily life are explored so that participants can meet all the moments of their lives (including times of stress, pain and illness) with as much ease, confidence and resiliency as possible.
During the years this program has been offered at UMass Medical School and around the world, participants have reported benefits such as:
- Increased ability to relax
- Decrease in pain and increase in ability to cope with chronic pain
- Reduction in symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Improved overall health
- More energy and enthusiasm for life
- More self confidence
- Resilience in the face of health and life challenges
- Greater sense of compassion for self and others
Each week, ideally on a daily basis, participants practice at home what they have been exploring in class. This home practice is an essential part of the course. It develops and strengthens one’s ability to experience mindful awareness in daily life and to access the strength and wisdom that lie within. Handouts, a workbook and recorded guided meditations will be provided to support this practice.
CLASS TIMES: (Approx. 30 hours)
- Weekly: Mondays: April 23 –Monday June 18. 6:45 pm to 9:00 pm (No class on Monday, May 21, Victoria Day)
- Retreat Day: Saturday, June 16, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
COST: $400 + HST
(In the spirit of inclusion to all income levels and difficulties, I am offering a sliding fee scale for this course. Starting at a base fee of $200., then a mid range fee of $300. Please let me know if cost is a barrier to your being able to take this course. I will do my best to work with you).
I have and will continue my meditation practices. I feel a real difference in my life already from being able to quiet the mind and take time before reacting.
Karen has a tremendous ability to sooth with her calming and reassuring voice. She has a strong understanding of the principles of MBSR and explains all with great ease and confidence. She is a natural teacher who leads the class with great care and gentleness. I highly recommend Karen as a guide for your mindfulness journey…you will be amazed and delighted with her skill set. ~M.P.
I just wanted to share that I no longer fall asleep when listening to the meditation or body scan CD’s. I feel so much more energized and my mind more alert. For the first time in 7 years, I am enjoying the silence of my apartment. I don’t feel the need to fill the air with “noise” anymore for company. I know this is only the beginning of a lifetime journey but I cannot thank you enough for bringing me to the first step. ~.V.B.
I have found the home exercises very helpful in lowering my stress levels. ~C.B
I felt very safe and supported. The encouraging e-mails we’re welcomed-warm and encouraging. It was obvious Karen cared deeply about the participants experience and progress. Yet she was respectful of boundaries. She is living the practice and it shows. She modeled and exemplified in her person the qualities mindfulness practice seeks to develop: she is kind, empathetic, and non-judgmental. …She is an authentic and genuine in sharing her own experiences. The course material was clearly presented. Karen was always prepared and obviously familiar and comfortable with the course material. I would highly recommend this course as taught by this teacher. ~M.L.
I am getting so much out of your course and I am so grateful for what you have already taught me. I even rested on some of my learning’s to help me through the last two weeks. Thank you Karen. ~M.T.
Karen, you are very nurturing and a good listener. Your voice is soothing and your demeanor is kind and open. Thank-you .You will no doubt continue to build a following. ~C.M.
Karen Waddell – Biography
MBSR had a profound affect on my life. Six years ago I experienced a serious head injury. Rather than be prescribed opiates indefinitely
I searched out alternative paths of healing. Word of mouth eventually led me to Lucinda Sykes’ Meditation For Health, a MBSR program here in Toronto. By the end of the course, not only did I learn to cultivate my inner resources for healing and leave the medications behind, I was also introduced to more effective ways of dealing with stress and how to make room for new ways of seeing old problems and for perceiving the inter connectedness of things. I learned how to cultivate more self-acceptance, curiosity, to be more present in my life, and above all be a more forgiving, gentler and loving person. These are some of the lessons of mindfulness. It was nothing short of a life-changing experience; like a “coming home” to myself.
Following the course, after over 20 years of being a professional actress, I returned to school to study Social Work, followed by a practicum at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. I received a level one Facilitator’s Training certificate in Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management under Dr. J Gardner-Nix. I continued my education with classes in Advanced Counseling at George Brown College, as well as taking a Conflict Resolution course at The University of Waterloo/ Conrad-Grebel Campus. It was then that I started the teaching pathway in MBSR through UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society where I have just completed my MBSR Fundamentals Practicum and have entered the MBSR Teacher Certification Intensive. I am honored to now be qualified to safely and effectively deliver the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. I guide by example, by having a regular daily practice as well as attending week-long silent retreats throughout the year.
In 2017, I was named ambassador of a mental health charity in Toronto called Sashbear where I have been offering my services pertaining to the mindful aspects of their work for the last 5 years. Through the Sashbear organization I have produced a number of films to break the stigma of mental health. One being the documentary series HAVING A LIFE WORTH LIVING with Dr. Blaise Aguirre, director of McLean 3EAST hospital in Boston. Under the umbrella of Sashbear I also give public talks about mindfulness and bring meditation workshops to junior schools in the GTA. As well, I guide mindful meditation sessions for the Toronto chapters of Alan Fruzzetti’s BPD family support group: ‘FAMILY CONNECTIONS’.
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- phone (416) 993-2435
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