All posts in “meditation”

The Mindful Mood Centre – Mindful Living

Group Name: The Mindful Mood Centre – Mindful Living

Description: Dr. Ginny McFarlane is a family physician practicing psychotherapy. She has worked with both individuals and groups. Since the mid-1990’s, Dr. McFarlane has been creating and conducting group psychotherapy workshops such as: The Mindful Mood Workshop, a blending of CBT, Mindfulness and Healthy Living Skills; The Mindful Living Workshop, an MBCT program; The Anxiety Relief Workshop, a sequel to The Mindful Mood Workshop; The Mood Support Group, an on-going group which has met for over 14 years; The DreamPath Workshop, a Gestalt Therapy based personal growth group; and The Summer Sessions, novel workshops on different topics.

Mindful Living Workshop
This is an educational workshop for men and women who wish to continue to be well and free from Depression and Anxiety. The basis for the workshop is The Mindful Way Through Depression, by Williams, Teasdale, Segal and Kabat-Zinn, a new ‘Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy’ (MBCT) book. The entire book, reading and exercises, will be covered in the sessions. Applicants must be able to read the book, do the exercises and engage in a daily mindfulness practice. *** All sessions paid by OHIP *except handouts, cost TBA.

*** Fees only apply for tardiness, missed classes and leaving early. Referrals are strongly preferred but not necessary.

Where: 2243 Queen St. East, 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON M4E 1G1

When: Thursdays, January 29 – March 26, 2015 (Full Day of Practice, Session 7 – March 12, 2015). Tuesdays August 18 – October 13, 2015, with Full day, Session 7, Sept 29, 2015. Please call for the time.

Contact: 416-686-2138 | www.mindfulmood.com

The Mindful Mood Centre – Mindful Mood for Mental Health

Group Name: The Mindful Mood Centre – Mindful Mood for Mental Health

Description: Dr. Ginny McFarlane is a family physician practicing psychotherapy. She has worked with both individuals and groups. Since the mid-1990’s, Dr. McFarlane has been creating and conducting group psychotherapy workshops such as: The Mindful Mood Workshop, a blending of CBT, Mindfulness and Healthy Living Skills; The Mindful Living Workshop, an MBCT program; The Anxiety Relief Workshop, a sequel to The Mindful Mood Workshop; The Mood Support Group, an on-going group which has met for over 14 years; The DreamPath Workshop, a Gestalt Therapy based personal growth group; and The Summer Sessions, novel workshops on different topics.

The Mindful Mood Workshop
This is a foundational skills group for men and women who wish to learn how to manage their moods better. It combines Mindfulness practice, Cognitive-Behavorial Therapy, and education about Anxiety, Depression and healthy living. It is suitable for people with Depression or Anxiety Disorders. All sessions paid by OHIP* except Mindful Mood Workbook, cost $85, and the textbook, Mind Over Mood, which can be purchased from bookstores. All applicants are assessed individually in a 1.5 hour session at my office at 2243 Queen St East, 2nd floor. This is the same location as the workshop.

*** All interested participants must already have ongoing talk therapy with a health care provider which includes, but are not limited to, psychiatrist, social worker, counsellor). Fees only apply for tardiness, missed classes and leaving early. Referrals are strongly preferred but not necessary.

Where: 2243 Queen St. East, 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON M4E 1G1

When: Tuesdays from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., January 20 to April 28, 2015. Spring Session: Tuesdays, May 5-Aug 11, 2015. No Fall Session in 2015.

Contact: 416-686-2138 | www.mindfulmood.com

True Peace Toronto – Meditation Sessions

Group Name: True Peace Toronto

Description: The True Peace Toronto practices meditation and mindfulness in the tradition of Buddhist Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village spiritual community which he leads. Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings focus on the practice of mindfulness in everyday life, as well as on meditation in all its forms. Our main activities are the conduct of mindfulness practice sessions, courses on Buddhist teachings, days of mindfulness, and retreats. Our practice extends into our daily lives through daily sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindfulness in all activities, and the practice of the Five Mindfulness Trainings.

We practice meditation, mindfulness, and Zen Buddhism in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. A typical meditation session consists of:

  • Guided meditation (approx. 20 min)
  • Walking meditation (approx. 15 min)
  • Silent sitting meditation (approx. 20 min)
  • Mindful movements/stretching (approx. 5-10 min)
  • A reading on Buddhist teachings (we pass a book around the circle and each of us reads a paragraph from it if we wish) (approx. 15 min)
  • Dharma sharing: sharing our experience with the practice in our daily lives or asking questions.

The sessions are facilitated by experienced meditation practitioners. Here are the answers to frequently asked questions: All are welcome. Attendance is free of charge (donations welcome).
No experience is necessary. We have an email list for announcements and sharing about practice. To sign up to it, you must show up to one of the meditation sessions and write down your email address.
We have a Sangha Library from which you can borrow or buy books on meditation and Buddhism(Monday session only at the moment). You are welcome to ask questions about meditation, mindfulness, Buddhist practice, as well as personal issues to the facilitators in person or in email. You are encouraged to speak with and make friendships with other people in the group! It is very helpful to have friends who are also practicing this path.

When: Mondays from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 pm at the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Toronto, 569 Spadina Avenue and Fridays from 6:45 – 8:45 pm at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave.

Contact: Ghan Chee ghanchee@gmail.com | David Frank curvedspace@gmail.com | truepeacetoronto.ca

Canadian Centre for Men and Families

Group Name: Canadian Centre for Men and Families – Mindfulness Meditation for Men

Description: The first facility of its kind, we are an open, inclusive and safe space dedicated to the health and well-being of boys, men, fathers and their families. We provides workshops, counseling, discussion groups and a variety of special events. Programs include trauma and abuse support, suicide prevention, fathering, tutoring, mentorship and legal aid. We run services, research, advocacy, outreach and public education on all aspects of men’s issues.

Mindfulness Meditation for Men
These workshops are for those who wish to have an introduction to mindfulness meditation, and to begin to use some of the breathing, relaxation, and awareness exercises in their everyday life. In a small group setting we will explore ways to develop focus, inner stillness and to watch our experience with new awareness rather than from our learned autopilot. Learn how men can development themselves physically, emotionally, and mentally (and often spiritually) and experience the everyday in a new way. Respond to life more and react less. “Be” present with…and despite our life circumstances. The Mindfulness Meditation for Men has two components: an introduction session (monthly) and exercises and practice session (monthly). ** There is no cost to attend and registration is required.

Where: 152 Carlton Street, Unit 201 | Toronto, ON, M5A 2K1

When: Introduction Session (second Monday each month, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) and Exercises and Practice Session (fourth Monday each month, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30)

Contact: 647-479-9611 | 1-844-900-CCMF (2263) | info@menandfamilies.ca | www.menandfamilies.org

EVERYBODY HAS A BRAIN – Toronto

Group Name: EVERYBODY HAS A BRAIN – Toronto

Area(s) of Focus: Recovery, Mental Illness, Mental Health, Anxiety Disorders, Addictions, Meditation, Prevention, Exercise, Nutrition

Description: We focus on maintaining and improving great mental health by supporting each other in eliminating unhealthy compulsions, learning how to embrace uncertainty, and bringing healthy changes into our lives.

We recognize that everybody has a brain, so everybody has varying levels of improvable mental health. We are open to everybody, regardless of any labels or diagnoses you’ve stumbled across before. We put health first, not illness first. And in moving towards a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life, we are all peers that can support each other.

Checkout the EVERYBODY HAS A BRAIN YouTube channel to get an idea for our approach to dealing with mental health challenges: www.youtube.com/everybodyhasabrain

Where: Self-Help Resource Centre, 40 St. Clair Ave. East, over the Deer Park Library.

When: TBD see Meetup page for current info: www.meetup.com/EVERYBODY-HAS-A-BRAIN-Toronto/

Contact: mwfreeman@gmail.com

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