“I found the leadership and general plan to be extremely well thought out, the other participants very warm and caring … the instruction reflected years of experience in mindfulness.”
“Program was transformational for me.” Past Participants
Mindfulness is being present to our body, thoughts and emotions in a friendly and non-judgemental way. The capacity of being mindful is universal and simply a part of being human. Mindfulness practices are ways to enhance this capacity and lead to awareness, to waking up to our life and our relationships.
In recent years, psychological research has discovered the benefits of mindfulness based practices to reduce stress and to relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression, and recognized the ancient truth that the mind can be trained.
This retreat will explore practices like sitting and walking meditation, and mindful listening and communication.
The retreat is open to all who want to learn to be more present to their lives. For professionals, this can be a step to eventually using mindfulness practices with their clients.
Program Cost: $360 (tuition, meals & accommodation)
Local Price: $280 (without overnight)
Please register at least 2 weeks in advance to secure your place in this program.
Ivan Drouin, MA, is a Registered Psychologist and Manager of Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services at the Colchester East Hants Health Authority in Truro, Nova Scotia. Ivan was trained at the Centre for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. He teaches mindfulness based classes and is trained as a meditation instructor in the Shambhala tradition.
Elizabeth Shein is a social worker who has worked in the field of health and mental health in diverse rural, urban and First Nation communities for over 25 years. She has a clinical practice, facilitates workshops and provides program consultation on Mental Health and Wellness. In much of her work she incorporates mindfulness-based practices.