Stress Management through Mindfulness Training (SMMT)

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March 3rd
April 21th 2020

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SMMT : An Eight Week WORKSHOP

March 3rd - April 21th 2020
With David Gates

Mindfulness is the ability to live every moment of the day in the present moment, alert and attentive, free from the dispersion that envelops us when we get lost in unwanted endless ruminations. The wanderings of our mind bring us to a place where our thoughts move endlessly back and forth between the regrets of the past, and the projections and worries of the future in a seemingly endless process. We spend very little time living awake in the here and the now even though this is where life actually takes place. (For the MBSR program, see the note at the bottom of this page.)

To Live our lives in Mindfulness is to:

  • Take the time to fully establish ourselves wherever we happen to be
  • Pay attention to the impermanent and interdependent nature of all things and events
  • Look into the why and the how of even the smallest events of our daily lives
  • Escape the pull of illusion and false perception

Talking about Mindfulness is one thing. Living in Mindfulness is another.

Just as one must get into the water to learn to swim, one must personally and concretely engage in meditative practice to discover its regenerative, transformative and beneficial effects.

Our methods are primarily practical; for this reason each participant is invited to fully and willingly engage with them.

Meditating and living in Mindfulness is:

  • To stop
  • To breathe and to calm your body and your mind
  • To anchor yourself in the present moment
  • To observe
  • To become aware of what is there
  • To understand
  • To transform "dissatisfaction" into "well-being"

Didactic method

Applied meditation is practiced in different forms:

  • seated: guided or silent
  • standing: Mindfulness movements
  • walking: walking meditation
  • lying down: total relaxation, body scan

Learning is based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness which are the body, feelings and sensations, the mind and consciousness, and mental objects or formations. According to the teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, we cover these as follows:

  • The breath
  • The body
  • The sensations
  • The emotions
  • The spirit
  • Consciousness

Whom is this workshop intended to serve?

  • Anyone wanting to start practicing mindfulness meditation
  • Anyone wanting to experience it from a stress management perspective
  • Professionals in health, social services, education or other professions who may wish to use this practice in their work
  • Anyone already practicing mindfulness meditation and wishing further training and to join a practice group

Note: This training workshop is open to beginners as well as experienced meditators.

Cost: $400 for eight weeks which includes:

  • free participation in all of our meditation sessions at IPCAM for the duration of the workshop (Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)
    (Mondays and Wednesdays in French, Thursdays in English)
  • a choice of one Day of Mindfulness, (before the end of June 2020)
  • access to downloadable documents during the workshop period
  • documentation and texts : bibliography, workshop syllabus and, for each session, practice tables, homework, readings, relaxation and meditations
  • a certificate will be given after participation in 75% of the courses, or 6 evenings out of 8
  • a missed session can be made up during the next session offered by MIAM

Payment:

  • two equal instalments before the first and fifth lessons (by check or cash).
  • Paypal: a Paypal button will be available on this page the day of the first session
  • Check or cash: during the first and 5th lessons.
  • Terms of cancellation of your participation and possible reimbursement
  • Full-time students: 50% reduction on presentation of an official student card (total amount $200)

There is a limit of 20 places so it’s a good idea to register soon.
For information: smmt@mpcmontreal.org

Characteristics of the program offered by IPCAM

  • The content is the teachings transmitted by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
  • Participants can benefit from the long and solid experience of trainers in mindfulness meditation, facilitation of meditation sessions and training in the field;
  • The Program is offered on the premises of practicing mindfulness meditation: participants can thus avail themselves, if they wish, of the practice sessions and theoretical reminders offered by IPCAM, during the weekly evenings and monthly Mindfulness Meditation Days.
  • "Does the 8 week stress management program you offer correspond to Jon Kabat-Zinn's MBSR course?" The answer is NO, it is another program.

Do not miss :

24 February 2020 - 13:00 : Méditation du lundi PM
24 February 2020 - 19:00 : Méditation du lundi soir
25 February 2020 - 10:00 : Tai-Chi en Pleine Conscience
26 February 2020 - 19:00 : Méditation du mercredi
27 February 2020 - 11:00 : Méditation du jeudi MATIN
27 February 2020 - 19:00 : Thursday evening meditation
Sitting and watching our breath is a wonderful practice, but it is not enough. For transformation to take part, we have to practice mindfulness all day long, not just on our meditation cushion.
- Thich Nhat Hanh