If you or some members of your organization would like to attend the 8 session course on Meditation and Mindfulness, there are two options:

  • your organization could engage with the instructor, Peter Black, to teach the course at the location of your organization
  • up to 3 people could take the course at the Instructor’s house in west-end Ottawa

Details are provided below.

Meditation and Mindfulness Course

If you want to learn how to take better care of yourself and discover a deeper sense of ease and peace of mind – and you are willing to actively engage in your own health and well-being – I invite you to participate in this seven-week interactive course on meditation and mindfulness. The course will give you the tools and training to enhance your health and happiness through a deep understanding of the mind-body connection, using scientifically-tested practices to mobilize your inner resources, reduce your reactivity to stressful situations, and respond to circumstances with greater awareness and presence.

This course is based on both the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program designed by Jon Kabatt-Zinn and the teachings of Culadassa (John Yates, Ph.D.) set out in The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science  (go to Culadasa.com)

 

Course description:

 In this course, you will:

    Become more aware of your inner life from moment to moment – your body sensations, feelings, and thoughts

    Develop a different way of relating to your sensations, thoughts and feelings through mindful acceptance rather than habitual, automatic routines

    Learn to choose the most skillful response to thoughts, feelings and situations.

 

Format:

    - 8 weekly 2.5 hour sessions, plus one Saturday 6 hour session. Each session incorporates theory, guided meditation practice, and discussion.

    - daily home meditation of 30 minutes

 

Materials Provided:

   - guided meditations - audio recordings (breath and walking meditations, yoga, body scan)

   - binder of instructions (50 pages)

Private Instruction

Private instruction is available for 1 to 3 participants, which covers almost all of the material provided in the 7-week course (see above).

 

Format:

Following an initial 90 minute meeting, for an orientation and interview based on a short questionnaire, the course comprises:

  • one session per week, 90 minutes long, for 8 sessions comprising:
    • - guided meditation practice
    • - instruction in meditation, how the mind works and daily mindfulness
    • - discussion of the theory and the student’s practice
  • daily half-hour meditation at home
  • reflective exercises during each week

Materials Provided:

  • guided meditation recordings for use at home (breath and walking meditations, yoga, body scan)
  • binder of instructions (50 pages)

Location

The course of private instruction is offered at my home in Crystal Beach, a few kilometres west of Bayshore Shopping Centre (this is NOT the location shown the Contact page map, which is where the Monthly Meditation takes place) . Office hours are 4 to 7 pm, Monday to Thursday. The sessions are usually weekly, but could take place less frequently if appropriate.

Fee

$25 for the initial orientation and interview, and $100 per session ($80 if 2 students, $70 if 3 students). Payment by email (preferable) or cheque is made prior to each session.

"Our deepest happiness . . . is born from letting go of what is unnecessary, and knowing ourselves to be always at home."
Sharon Solzberg - author of Loving Kindness: The Revolutionaty Art of Happiness
and co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, U.S.A.