This web page describes two methods of learning about meditation and mindfulness – through a group course or by private instruction. This page describes the group course first, with private instruction further down on the page.

Orientation Sessions

To learn more about mindfulness and this course, please join us for a complimentary, one hour orientation session at 7:30 p.m on one of the following dates:

Orientation sessions for the Spring course will begin in March, with dates to be posted in January.

The orientation sessions are NOT held at 357 Wilmont Avenue where the course is taught. Send an email to me from the Contact page, and I'll give you the address for the orientation sessions.

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

    - the course can accomodate 20 students.

 

Materials Provided:

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

   - binder of instructions (50 pages)

   - copy of Wherever You Go, There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn

  Thursday EveningsOne Saturday
DATE

Spring 2018 - April and May

May
TIME

7 pm - 9:30 pm

9 am - 4 pm
LOCATION Subud Ottawa                                                               
357 Wilmont Avenue (near Churchill and Richmond Rd)                                                                                                                           
FEES $495 (Non-refundable deposit of $100 upon registration) Two instalment payments accepted.
DETAILS Participants are required to attend an orientation session and a pre-course interview.They are encouraged to meditate 30 minutes a day during the course and thereafter.
REGISTRATION

Please contact Peter Black

613.322.7196 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Private Instruction

Private instruction is available, which covers the essentials of meditation and mindfulness provided in the 7-week course (visit the Course page).

Course description:

Through instruction and practice, 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:

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)
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn

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 Group Course is taught) . Office hours are 4 to 7 pm, Monday to Thursday. The sessions are usually weekly, but could take place less frequently if appropriate.

Fee

$100 per session, as well as for the initial orientation and meeting. Payment by email (preferable) or cheque is made prior to each session.

 

Meditation is the art of fully conscious living. What we make of our life - the sum total of thoughts, emotions, works, and actions that fill the brief interval between birth and death - is our one great creative masterpiece. The beauty and significance of a life well lived consists not in the works we leave behind, or in what history has to say about us. It comes from the quality of conscious experience that infuses our every waking moment, and from the impact we have on others.

From The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science (2015), by Culadassa (John Yates, PhD.)