Conferences and Other Events

 JULY 2017


Grounding Trauma 2017, Cast-Canada Conference

When: July 6, 2017
Where: The Centurion Conference Centre, Ottawa, ON
Cost: C$225 (Early-bird rate: C$157.50)
A one day conference for all education, health and social work professionals. Dr. Adele Diamond is the keynote speaker at this conference which will connect the latest research on brain development and emotional self-regulation to work with children, teens and adults who are struggling with trauma and unresolved grief.
To register or for more information: click here.


MINDFULNESS & EDUCATION CONFERENCE:
Bringing Mindfulness Practices and Social-Emotional Learning
to Children Grades K Through 12

WHEN: JULY 21-23, 2017
WHERE: Omega Institute, Rhinebeck NY
COSTS: Tiered Pricing – Friend: $470 Tier 1: $395 Tier 2: $320 Tier 3: $245

Scholarships are available; see Mindfulness & Education Conference application at eomega.org/scholarships.

In this conference we convene seminal leaders in the fields of mindfulness in education and Social-Emotional Learning. We learn the ways mindfulness and SEL can strengthen inner resilience, which in turn can help create more peaceful and equitable schools. We also explore how these tools can help us teach students with diverse backgrounds, learning styles, and abilities. When taught together, mindfulness and SEL have the potential to transform our education systems and our world.

Through inspiring keynote lectures, question-and-answer sessions, group exercises, breakout workshops, and instruction in practical application, we explore:

  • Connecting mindfulness and SEL
  • Restorative justice
  • The science supporting mindfulness and SEL
  • Supporting healthy and thriving school climates
  • School-based social inclusion
  • Indigenous perspectives on mindfulness and education
  • Ways of integrating mindfulness and SEL in school systems

Educator’s Retreat – Blue Cliff Monastery

  to WHERE: Blue Cliff Monastery , 3 Mindfulness Road, Pine Bush, NY 12566
FEES: Various sliding scale. Please check the scholarship box in the registration form if you wish financial help.

Register now for the Educator’s Retreat!

Join Blue Cliff monastics and senior lay teachers from the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for this special retreat that brings together teachers, administrators, social workers and others in the field of education. The retreat will help participants cultivate their own personal mindfulness practice and develop the language and skills needed to bring the practice back to the communities they serve. They will also learn effective methods to enhance focus, attention, and concentration inside and outside the classroom.

Learn and explore mindfulness practices including:
– Sitting meditation
– Mindful eating
– Walking meditation
– Deep relaxation
– Circle sharing
– Loving speech & deep listening
– Beginning anew (conflict resolution)


Fall 2017


 Fall Retreat for Educators and Mental Health Practitioners

WHEN: Friday, October 27 – Sunday, October 29, 2017
WHERE: Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre, 5720 Forgets Road, Wyebridge, ON L0K 2E0
FEES: Early Bird (until June 30th ): $400. | After June 30th: $450.

What’s included: 2 nights accommodation in shared cabins (up to 4 people per cabin), 6 delicious vegetarian meals, and all activities/programming

To register:  Please contact ameetadudani@gmail.com or 416-884-2383.

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Limited spaces available.  No experience with mindfulness or yoga is required.

Join a community of like-minded individuals for this semi-silent retreat, in order to begin or deepen your mindfulness journey, and nurture a habit of conscious and authentic living and working.Experience ways that mindfulness can nourish and support your inner growth and well being.Cultivate space for authenticity and inspiration in your life and in the work you do. Leave feeling renewed and reconnected with your true nature.

Facilitated by: Ameeta Dudani, Clinical Psychologist and mindfulness & yoga teacher/practitioner
Karen Davis, Educator and mindfulness teacher/practitioner

Past Conferences


2017 Mindful Life Conference

WHEN: April 20April 23
WHERE
Washington, DC Area
COST: USD $249 – 699 

REGISTER HEREhttp://allthingsmindful.org/register/

A Happier, Healthier and More Fulfilling Life: The Power of Mindfulness and Compassion. This is a One of a Kind Gathering for All Things Mindful: Family Life, Work Life, Civic Life, Social Activism, Education, Health & Wellness and Culture. Join an extraordinary group of more than thirty presenters as we explore big-picture topics, learn practical tools and best practices, share success stories, make one-on-one connections and build community.


A Mindful Society 2017: Finding Common Ground

WHEN: APRIL 21 – 23, 2017
WHERE: U of T, Toronto
COST: CAD $649.00 Full conference access April 21-23, 2017 (Regular Registration ends April 20, 2017)

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Mindfulness Toronto Community Meeting with Theo Koffler:
Rethink Social and Emotional Health in Youth 

WHEN: Tuesday April 18th, 2017 | 7pm-9pm
WHERE: Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Avenue Toronto, Ontario,
11th floor, Function and Pain Program Gym. Room 1182.
Once out of elevators turn right and follow signs to Function and Pain Program

In order to transition into compassionate and fulfilled adults, youth need a firm grounding in social emotional intelligence and critical thinking skills with a focus on a growth mindset – to grow and learn, take risks, bounce back from adversity, and to build healthy relationships. ReThink Digital Kit does just that. It offers a platform for individuals working with youth to share over 100 activities that will help them discover and appreciate their unique qualities, make authentic connections, value diversity and promote a compassionate understanding of the world that surrounds them.

Join Theo Koffler, founder of Mindfulness Without Borders for an interactive discussion on how challenging youth to self-reflect, self-regulate, expand limiting beliefs, manage stress and develop care and concern for self and others will promote both long-term developmental benefits as well better prepare and lead them to success in adult life.


Heart-Mind 2016 – Cultivating Resilience

Where: Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey, B.C.
When: 21 – 22 October 2016, 8:30 am – 3 pm
Cost: $279

The 4th annual Heart-Mind conference is coming up fast. This year it will be held on October 21-22, 2016 at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey, British Columbia.

Hear compelling personal stories and learn from leading experts about the science behind this positive human quality, and how you can cultivate resilience in the children and youth you teach and care for at home, in school and in the community. Join us for two days of presentations, workshops, youth performances, reflect and connect breaks, and Big Conversation/Small Group sessions that will help promote your personal and professional growth.

More information and to register: click here.


Empowering Those Who Care for Others: Sustainable Compassion Training Workshop

Where: Emmanuel College, University of Toronto
When: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Cost: $150 (register by September 30), $175 standard registration

Sustainable Compassion Training is a set of contemplative practices designed to help people realise a power of unconditional care from within that is healing and sustaining, that makes them more fully present to themselves and others, and that empowers a strong, active compassion for persons that is not subject to empathy fatigue and burnout. SCT supports people in all kinds of caring roles and professions, by helping them develop an increasing power of care, calm, discernment, compassion and emotional resilience.

This workshop will be conducted by Dr. John Makransky, professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College and a Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher. John has practiced meditations of compassion and wisdom from Tibetan traditions for over thirty years and has developed new ways of bringing them into the worlds of social service and social justice by making them newly accessible to people of all backgrounds and faiths. He has also helped Western Buddhists deepen their contemplative experience of awareness and loving compassion.

For more information and to register: click here.


2nd Annual iBme Toronto Teen Retreat
Summer 2016

Presented by Inward Bound & Mindfulness Everyday
All teens aged 15-19 are welcome!

Where:  Ecology Retreat Centre, Mono, ON Canada
When:  August 6-11, 2016
Cost:  $900 USD (approx $1250 CDN) | Guideline is 1% of annual family income. No one is turned away from an iBme retreat for lack of funds.

Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) is a non-profit organization has partnered with Mindfulness Everyday, a registered Canadian charity, and is offering for the first time in Canada, a teen retreat in Wyebridge, ON. iBme offers participants a chance to learn self-awareness, mindful communication, and techniques to calm and focus the mind – the foundations for success in all areas of life. Participants spend time each day learning mindfulness meditation – a scientifically proven practice that builds emotional resilience, inner strength and well-being. Scholarships are available; no teens are turned away for loss of funds.

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Come unplug and tune in! Participants on iBme’s retreats learn self-awareness, mindful communication, and techniques to calm and focus the mind – the foundations for success in all areas of life. Teens spend time each day learning mindfulness meditation.

Teens also participate in small group discussions, yoga and creative workshops – including arts, nature, and mindful sports activities. And there’s lots of free time to connect with new friends in a safe and accepting space. Many hesitant teens walk away saying it was one of the best experiences of their lives.

This retreat welcomes teens from all racial/ethnic groups, sex and gender identities, abilities, and religions. Mindfulness creates a foundation for conversations that support understanding and deepen our connection to one another.

Teachers: Jean EstherDaryl Ross, and Steve Chadwick

More info or to register:  click here

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Mindfulness & Education Conference
Bringing Mindfulness Practice to Children Grades K–12
Focus on Diversity & Social Justice

Where:  Omega Center, Rhinebeck, New York
When:  July 22 – 24, 2016
Cost:  $395  Continuing Education Credits are available. 

The practices of contemplative education, Social and Emotional Learning, and mindfulness are being widely explored in schools throughout the United States. Research shows that mindfulness practice decreases stress, attention deficit issues, depression, anxiety, and hostility in children, while also benefiting their health, well-being, social relations, and academic performance.

Numerous studies in mindfulness and education show that teaching this practice to youth is profoundly beneficial for the development of children in grades K–12. Children can easily learn these techniques and, when learned young, they become lifelong tools supporting awareness, empathy, and resilience.

In this conference, Omega brings together influential leaders in the fields of mindfulness and Social and Emotional Learning, including psychologists, educators, administrators, and teachers.

Through inspiring keynote lectures, question-and-answer sessions, group exercises, breakout workshops, a panel discussion with school administrators, and instruction in practical application, we explore:

  • Challenges and opportunities of implementing new mindfulness programs in schools
  • Practices and programs that support Social and Emotional Learning
  • Mindfulness and the cultivation of resilience
  • Mindfulness practice with at-risk youth
  • The latest findings of interpersonal neurobiology regarding mindfulness and education

This conference is suitable for educators, school administrators, family therapists, and parents.

Do you work to bring mindfulness practice to kids? Share the great work you’ve been doing in the special “Show & Tell” Poster Session Event on Saturday afternoon. Learn more about the “Show & Tell” Poster Session Event.

Featuring: Bessel van der Kolk, Linda Lantieri, Daniel Rechtschaffen, Sheryl Petty, JusTme, and more

More information: click  here


A Mindful Society Conference

Toronto, May 13 – 15, 2016, University of Toronto

Education was on the agenda at A Mindful Society Conference May 13 – 15  in Toronto. This conference explored the integration of mindfulness and compassion in work and life to support the ever growing movement towards a more mindful society. Here are brief summaries of three of the education presentations.

For more information about the conference:  click here

1. Raising Mindful Students: A Road Map to Classroom & District Integration
Panel Workshop: Saturday May 14 th , 2016

“At A Mindful Society conference, we wanted to share our best practices in integrating mindfulness and social & emotional learning programs to high school youth through the lens of a teacher and student panel,” says Koffler, Founder of Mindfulness Without Borders (MWB) “After years of experience in the field, we have witnessed that real systemic change in education requires a district-wide approach in which Board Supervisors, Board of Trustees, teachers, health professionals and administrators are engaged.”

Panelists participating in the workshop were from the Toronto Catholic School District, Toronto School District, and YMCA Academy – all of whom have integrated a 12-week evidence-based program called the Mindfulness Ambassador Council. Workshop participants learned that students equipped with social and emotional skills were better able to communicate their needs and establish more authentic connections with their peers and teachers. Teachers observed that students who learned secular breathing practices were more focused in class and were able to use these skills when emotionally triggered. Many teachers adopted the use of breathing practices as a whole school approach – especially before test periods. While all panelist had trained with MWB, each described a unique way of integrating SEL and mindfulness into their classrooms. One recommendation offered to workshop participants was to participate in relevant trainings in order to model these skillsets to their students and fellow teachers. Finally, participants were notified that a 3-day certification training takes place in Toronto, in July.

For more information, contact Leah@mwithoutborders.org

2. Mindful Educators – Resilient Students: essential practices for learning.

Heidi Bornstein and Stephen Chadwick of Mindfulness Everyday led a session on their work to bring mindfulness to teachers. They highlighted the key role teachers can play modelling mindfulness to their students and the importance of building relationships and in a classroom. Finally, teachers frequently neglect their own needs and suffer burnout. Mindfulness training can result in enormous benefits for teachers and students. The session went on to consider social and emotional learning, mindful movement, mindfulness and the brain, mindful listening, core breathing practices and mindfulness and education.

Click on this link for the powerpoint presentation used at this session: A Mindful Society_Mindful Educators – Resilient Students_May 15 2016_Short

3. Mindfulness Training at Ryerson University

Jasna Schwind, RN and PhD, presented the results of a 14 week pilot study on the impact of mindfulness training on 52 Ryerson University nursing students. The students took part in a five-minute mindful meditation at the beginning of class as well as a five-minute loving kindness meditation at the end. They were asked to meditate at home and keep a journal. Students and instructors noticed a range of benefits, and a follow-up study is being designed with the intention of introducing mindfulness into the undergraduate and graduate nursing curricula.

 


Stressed Teens Online Certificate Program

When: May 31 – August 2, 2016

This intensive program provides certification in the Stressed Teens program upon completing the ten week course. The program is aimed at those who would like to incorporate mindfulness into their work with adolescents.  Parents, educators, doctors, mental health and health professionals are welcome to attend.

More information and registration: click here.


Mindfulness in Schools Project: Mindfulness in Education Conference 2016

Where: Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H OAL
When: January 22, 2016
Cost: £160 + VAT. (£25 discount for MiSP members)

To enhance the well-being of teachers and students, this day brings togethers leaders in mindfulness and education to enable you to: learn what mindfulness really is, experience a mindfulness practice led by one of the world’s leading teachers, understand the evidence for mindfulness, hear from educators and students who use mindfulness and develop a plan to bring mindfulness to your school.

More information and registration: click here.


2nd Educating for Resilience Conference – Canadian Positive Psychology Association and Upper Canada College

Where: Upper Canada College, 200 Lonsdale, Toronto
When: Saturday, November 7, 2015

This conference is for teachers, counsellors, educators, parents and positive psychology practitioners who are interested in learning how to increase resilience in elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities. While traditional mental health programs focus on coping with mental illness, Educating for Resilience provides the strategies and techniques to increase positive mental health and fitness – a rapidly growing focus in the teaching community. We have brought together some of the leading practitioners in the field to share the latest research and practice that you can implement right away.

Special discount for members available until October 15th
– when registering, choose the CPPA Partners option and use the code efrpartners2015 for your reduced rate which will be available until October 15th.

More info & Registration: click here

For more information and to register go to: http://cppa.ca/event-1945847

Our pre-conference workshop features Jillian Darwish from the Mayerson Academy who will spend the day teaching about the VIA Character Strengths; A one-day intensive, on Friday November 6th. For more information and to register go to: http://cppa.ca/event-2002869

Don’t miss this inspiring and informative day!


Mindful Parenting Conference in Whitby

Where: Abilities Centre, 55 Gordon St., Whitby, ON
When: Saturday, November 7, 2015 9 am to 4 pm
Fee: $79 + HST, includes 2 keynotes & choice of 2 breakout sessions, plus lunch

Become a calmer, more compassionate and 
responsive parent.
This one day conference will explore:

  • what mindful parenting is all about
  • how it can positively impact family dynamics
  • practical strategies for dealing with kids of all ages
  • ways to stay calm in the face of difficult behaviours
  • stress management skills for parents & kids
  • how to identify triggers that cause overreactions
  • how to slow down and enjoy your parenting journey

For more information, call Local Parent at: 905-372-1668 or 1-800-593-3294

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Full Conference Details

For more information and to register go to: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mindful-parenting-conference-tickets-17815284997


 

iBme Toronto Teen Retreat Summer 2015

Presented by Inward Bound & Mindfulness Everyday
All teens aged 15-19 are welcome!

Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) is a non-profit organization has partnered with Mindfulness Everyday, a registered Canadian charity, and is offering for the first time in Canada, a teen retreat in Wyebridge, ON. iBme offers participants a chance to learn self-awareness, mindful communication, and techniques to calm and focus the mind – the foundations for success in all areas of life. Participants spend time each day learning mindfulness meditation – a scientifically proven practice that builds emotional resilience, inner strength and well-being. Scholarships are available; no teens are turned away for loss of funds.

Where:  Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre, near Midland, Ontario
When:  July 13 – 18, 2015
Cost:  $35 – 1,500 | Guideline is 1% of annual family income.
No one is turned away from an iBme retreat for lack of funds.

iBme has been offering retreats in the U.S. for many years, and this will be the first one in Canada. Here’s some of what people have to say:

The counselors were wonderful and I couldn’t be more pleased with their positive impact on my daughter. Their ability to connect with teens, to actively listen, wisely impart knowledge, infuse joy, compassionately hold their confusion — it is all a blessing of the greatest proportion. Thank you.” (parent)

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I learned about having hope instead of worry.” – Mei, age 16 (teen)

After a couple of days my whole outlook on life was changed. It was an awesome experience. I would encourage any teen to come here.” – Josh, age 15 (teen)

It’s hard to imagine a more healing and enriching experience than what iBme offers to teens during their residential retreats. The combo of meditation, group sharing, outdoor fun- all in a safe, loving container- is the recipe for transformational magic.” – Tara Brach, PhD and Founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington

Information Session for Teens, Parents, Caregivers
When:  May 28, 7 – 8 pm
Where: The Centre for Mindfulness Studies, 180 Sudbury St., Toronto, ON

Come unplug and tune in! Participants on iBme’s retreats learn self-awareness, mindful communication, and techniques to calm and focus the mind – the foundations for success in all areas of life. Teens spend time each day learning mindfulness meditation.

Teens also participate in small group discussions, yoga and creative workshops – including arts, nature, and mindful sports activities. And there’s lots of free time to connect with new friends in a safe and accepting space. Many hesitant teens walk away saying it was one of the best experiences of their lives.

This retreat welcomes teens from all racial/ethnic groups, sex and gender identities, abilities, and religions. Mindfulness creates a foundation for conversations that support understanding and deepen our connection to one another.

Teachers: Jean EstherDaryl Ross, Steve Chadwick 

More info or to register:  click here

Download Flyer: click here


Mindfulness in Education Network Conference

Where: University of Colorado, Denver
When: June 26 – 28, 2015

Save the date! The Eighth Annual Mindfulness in Education Network Conference, Mindfulness: Foundation for Teaching and Learning, will be held June 26-28, 2015, at the University of Colorado in Denver. This three-day event will explore the uses of mindfulness in education.

More info: click here


Mindfulness & Education Conference

Where: Omega Center, NY
When: July 31 – August 2

The Omega institute brings together influential leaders in the fields of mindfulness and Social and Emotional Learning, including psychologists, educators, administrators and teachers. The conference will explore challenges and opportunities of implementing new mindfulness programs, practices and programs that support Social and Emotional Learning, mindfulness and the cultivation of resilience, mindfulness practice with at-risk youth and the latest findings in interpersonal neurobiology regarding mindfulness and education. Scholarships available.

More info: click here


CARE for Teachers: EightAnnual Garrison Institute Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education Summer Retreat

Where: Omega Center, NY
When: Monday, August 3 – Friday, August 7, 2015

Professional development training for teachers, promoting mindfulness through contemplative practices, helping teachers better manage students’ and their own emotions.

More info: click here


Mindfulness & Education Conference
Bringing Mindfulness Practice to Children Grades K–12

Where:  Omega Center, New York
When:  July 25 – 27, 2014
Cost:  $245 – $395 (sliding scale)

In this Mindfulness & Education Conference, Omega brings together influential leaders in the fields of mindfulness and Social and Emotional Learning, including psychologists, educators, administrators, and teachers.

Through inspiring keynote lectures, question-and-answer sessions, group exercises, breakout workshops, a panel discussion with school administrators, and instruction in practical application, explore:

  • Challenges and opportunities of implementing new mindfulness programs in schools
  • Practices and programs that support Social and Emotional Learning Mindfulness and the cultivation of resilience
  • Mindfulness practice with at-risk youth
  • The latest findings of interpersonal neurobiology regarding mindfulness and education
  • The Mindfulness & Education Conference is suitable for educators, school administrators, family therapists, and parents.

Featuring:

  • Jack Kornfield
  • Amishi Jha
  • Linda Lantieri
  • Daniel Rechtschaffen
  • Ali Smith
  • Atman Smith
  • Andres Gonzalez
  • Jennifer Cohen Harper
  • Chris Cullen

For more information:  click here


 2014 Mindfulness in Education Conference

Mindfulness: Foundation for Teaching and Learning

Seventh Annual Conference
March 14 – 16, 2014
Washington, DC

The conference includes 4 components:

  1. Courageous Schools: Teaching and Leading in Tough Times – Friday, March 14, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  2. Tim Ryan, Keynote Address: The Coming Revolution – Friday, March 14th, 7:30 – 9:00 PM
  3. Mindfulness in Education Symposium – Saturday, March 15th, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
  4. A Day of Mindfulness: Alive and Awake, Sunday, March 16th, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Click here for details.


The Psychology Foundation of Canada’s Pathways to Resiliency  

40th Anniversary Conference
Toronto April 2, 2014

When:  Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014  10 am to 4:15 pm
Where:  Hilton Toronto, 145 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON, M5H 2L2
Early Bird Price: $225
What:  Full day conference with lunch and complementary reception

Learn:
•How to build resiliency in children and adolescents – at school and at home
•How to maximize emotional intelligence skills
•How to use the gift of imagination to manage anxiety
•The impact of technology on mind and mood: Your brain on speed
•How to understand and treat perfectionism
•How early attachment bonds related to later coping and competence
•Stress lessons for students in preschool through to Grade 9
•And, the essential role that Canadian corporations play in supporting mental health

You can’t afford to miss this if you are a teacher, school administrator, early childhood educator, guidance teacher, counselor, educational assistant, social worker, day care worker, nurse, psychologist, physician or parent/caregiver.

Click here for more info


Heart-Mind 2014: The Science of Kindness

May 8-10, 2014
Vancouver, BC

Where: Old Auditorium, UBC Point Grey

Presented by:  The Dalai Lama Center for Peace + Education

Heart-Mind 2014 will share the most up-to-date science and practice related to how adults can cultivate kindness, empathy, compassion and altruism in children and in themselves – in families and schools,  during recreational activities, and throughout the community.  Kindness towards people, other living creatures, the environment and themselves.

  • Do we need to teach children to be empathic?  Or are they born with an innate ability ?
  • Are differences among children’s empathy and kindness a result of hereditary factors, or of how children are raised?
  • What can we do to cultivate empathy & kindness and reduce bullying?
  • What impact does the use of technology and social media have on empathy and acts of kindness?
  • Can mindfulness promote compassion and empathy?
  • Is there a connection between exposure to nature and the development of empathy and kindness?

Click here for more info