Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation

Meditation can:

  • help you relax your body and mind
  • improve concentration and attention
  • develop insight into how you relate to yourself and others
  • help to decrease stress and anxiety while increasing a sense of inner peace and happiness

Our class is intended to introduce participants to:

  • what mindfulness is and how to integrate it in daily life to gradually bring more awareness and less stress
  • meditation and/or strengthen their current practice
  • home meditation practice and how to stay committed
  • incorporating mini mediation throughout the day
  • quieting the mind and bringing calmness into life

This series is for beginners and those looking to learn more about meditation in the tradition of Yoga. Each session will introduce participants to new skills and techniques for exploring mindfulness and experimenting with meditation. The intention of the workshop is to introduce participants to meditation as a meaningful tool for personal growth while offering skills for continuing a daily practice.

Weekly sessions are 60 minutes in length and include short 10-15 minute guided meditations with time alotted for feedback and discussion. Meditation cushions, bolsters, blankets, and chairs are available for use.

Mindful Communication Workshop

Looking to improve your communication skills? In our attempt to clearly convey a message to another person, there can be numerous factors that influence our ability to stay on track, stick to our values, and accurately express ourselves. This workshop teaches strategies to assist participants in addressing some of these barriers in communication. It can help participants in:

  • managing the impact of emotion,
  • clarifying what you are trying to say,
  • increasing awareness of others,
  • managing interpretations,
  • increasing awareness of your own presentation, and
  • being more effective.

Emotions can have a powerful impact on our ability to communicate. It can influence our overall participation in an interaction leading to interpretations, a skewed view of the interaction, and not saying exactly what we mean. It can be helpful to have a number of tools to reduce the barriers and participate in way that doesn't make things worse.

This workshop is beneficial for individuals, couples, and families. This workshop meets weekly for two hours each session for 6 weeks. Homework is assigned weekly. The cost is $349 per person.

DBT Couples Workshop

Our weekend workshop is intended to assist couples in improving their relationships by providing practical strategies to build a better relationship.

Using a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy approach, this workshop teaches couples to use mindfulness as well as other DBT strategies within the context of their relationship. It will teach couples how to work together to get to the root of the problem instead of getting side tracked by intense emotions, reactions, judgments, and invalidation. It will look at how emotions factor into our interactions and teach how to be effective in stressful situations and conflict.

Our workshop will run Friday evening and full days Saturday and Sunday. It is a psycho-educational group intended to teach participants new strategies to improve their relationships. There will be opportunities to practice and homework will be assigned.


Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of guided relaxation that has a profound effect on the body, mind, and emotions. Classes begin with simple movement, breathwork, and focusing exercises to prepare for meditation. During the Yoga Nidra meditation, you will be led through various stages of deeper relaxation where you turn your awareness to experiencing your wellness and wholeness. Working with your own personal resolve or intention; attitude and blockages are addressed and transformed. Exploring guided visualization while deeply relaxing the nervous system is therapeutic in the healing of anxiety, stress, fatigue, insomnia, as well as pre/post-surgery, cancer, and PTSD, etc.

Classes are $20 per session. Space is limited so please register at least 24 hours in advance.

Mindfulness: A Core DBT Skill

Mindfulness is a skill that allows us to direct our focus in a purposeful way without judgment. It helps us to fully participate in the current moment and in our lives. It can assist in calming our mind, reducing stress, improving sleep, reducing anxiety/worry, and increasing our awareness.

Learn more about how mindfulness can help you in your daily life. We will also provide a brief overview of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), of which mindfulness is a key component. DBT provides practical skills that assist in coping with emotions and a busy mind. Join us for a discussion about mindfulness, DBT, and a brief mindfulness meditation practice.

Who should attend? This workshop would benefit mental health or holistic practitioners, anyone interested in learning more about mindfulness, as well as anyone struggling to calm their mind or manage their emotions. This workshop is also available in the community, as well as upon request from organizations.

Understanding DBT and Emotion Dysregulation

This 6-hour workshop is aimed to assist the parents, siblings, loved ones and/or professional of individuals who experience emotion dysregulation, borderline personality disorder and/or who are participating in a DBT program. This workshop will provide an overview of DBT as well as strategies to help you organize and understand complex problem behaviour from a DBT perspective; develop an understanding of your loved one's problems; apply DBT skills to your own emotional responses; learn how to support someone learning the DBT skills and manage your own stress by learning how to set and maintain boundaries. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and problem solve your specific areas of concern. The cost of this workshop is $349. This workshop is often held on the weekend as a full day or split into two sessions of 3 hours each.

Women's Retreat

In partnership with Transition Life Wellness, we are hosting a women's retreat at the Juniper Hotel in Banff, AB.

Held in conjuction with Transition Life Wellness Centre, this retreat is designed to to help you step out of your comfort zone, engage in new activities and enhance your socialization skills. This retreat includes 2 nights accommodation; all meals; transporstation to/from the hotel; massage and/or energy healing session; yoga and meditation; Banff gondola ride and mountain top dinner; personal coaching session; and workshops designed to help you enhance your socialization skills, build confidence and explore your innerself. Investment $1475 (10% discount if you enrol with a friend)

November 2-4, 2018.

Upcoming Events

Understanding DBT & Emotion Regulation
September 24, October 1 & 8th, 2019
5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.

Learn the Do's and Don'ts of Sleep
September 16, 23 & 30, 2019
5:00p.m. to 6:30p.m.

Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
October 15th - November 19th, 2019
5:00p.m. to 6:30p.m.

Drop -in Meditation Class
12:30pm - 1:30pm

2:00p.m. - 3:00p.m.

DBT Graduate Group
Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm
Ongoing enrollment

DBT Skills Group
Wednesday evening at 5:30pm
Ongoing enrollment

Thursday morning at 9:00am
Ongoing enrollment

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