8 Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

Meghan Kirwin, MBA, MSc Meghan is one of the co-founders of Vitality at Work. She has a Master’s in Business Administration specializing in Leadership and Organizational Behaviour. She also has a Masters of Science in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of East London with a focus on mindfulness.  Meghan is completing her MBSR Teaching Training at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto.       


Heidi Smith, RD, BSc.  Registered Dietitian.  Heidi is one of the co-founders of Vitality at Work.   Heidi provides a unique perspective by combing her expertise on nutrition and exercise with her passion for mindfulness, body awareness, self-compassion and creativity.  Heidi is completing her MBSR Teaching Training through the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto. 

Co-Facilitators:  Supervised by Gwen Morgan, MA MSW, RSW, RP

What is MBSR?
The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) is an 8 week researched based protocol to help people better respond to stress, anxiety and pain.  The program was originally developed by Jon Kabot Zin a researcher at the University of Massachusetts. Measurable outcomes include: reduced stress, better sleep, lower blood pressure and fewer ‘worries’. The 8 week MBSR program is now being taught in over 700 medical centres across North America.

Participants will learn:

  • How the body reacts to stress including short and long-term effects
  • Practical strategies to better cope with stressful situations 
  • Simple strategies for mindful living ie: mindful eating, being in the moment etc..
  • Different ways to practice formal and informal meditation
  • Strategies to reduce stressful communication with others
  • New ways to respond to pain, stress and discomfort

Desired Outcomes:
MBSR is not about stopping your thoughts or reaching an ‘Altered State” of Zen.   It’s about increasing your ability to sit with stressful situations without being swept away into negative habitual behaviours such as emotional outbursts, worrying, emotional eating, sleeplessness etc…This program is designed to increase your present moment awareness. Present moment awareness allows you to slow down and choose your response to stress instead of simply reacting.   Think of it as brain training to become more aware of these unconscious habits and give you the power to choose your moment to moment experiences.  You can’t control what happens to you in life… but with mindfulness, you can control how you respond to it.  

Who Should Attend?
Anyone looking to learn strategies to better deal with stress with the goal of increasing their overall health and wellbeing.

Dates/Times: 9 consecutive Mondays 6-8:30pm including the orientation.

Orientation: Mon January 28th  6-8:30pm
Core 8 Week Program: Monday evenings. Feb 4th - Apr 1st   6-8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday March 24th 10am-4pm. 

Please review the dates and times closely.  We ask for a full commitment to all sessions wherever possible.  In addition, the Silent Retreat is integral to the program.  If you are not able to attend this date – we may be able to recommend other silent retreats you can substitute.

Location: Westminster Woods Medical Centre.  33 Farley Road, Guelph, Ontario 

Program Fee: $499+HST.   30% off if registered before January 11, 2018  ($349+HST)
Check your benefits for coverage: Social Work RSW or Registered Psychotherapy RP

Register Now – Space is Limited! 

*Please note that there is a fee of $12 if paying via PayPal.

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