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“At its deepest, MBSR really allows people to trust themselves and their own wisdom.”
In this episode of the Mindspace podcast, Dr. Joe speaks with senior mindfulness teacher Susan Woods about contemporary mindfulness and its relationship with Buddhism. They take a deep dive into where Mindfulness-Based Programs (MBP) sometimes align with and sometimes diverges from traditional Buddhist teachings, covering, among other topics like the place for ethics and values in Mindfulness-Based Programs, the role of the mindfulness teacher and the importance of their personal meditation practice, and how mindfulness teacher-training programs are designed.
Susan Woods is a clinical social worker and senior Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) teacher, advisor, trainer, and supervisor. She has worked with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Zindel Segal to develop mindfulness teacher-training curricula and has been training health professionals since 2005. Susan is responsible for the professional certification programs at the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute (MBPTI) at UC San Diego and Centre for Mindfulness Studies (CMS).
Susan recently published her first book, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Embodied Presence and Inquiry in Practice, which is now available on Amazon and New Harbinger. She will be in Toronto for a book launch on June 18th and in Montreal for a 2-day teacher training on Inquiry in October, hosted by Mindspace and CMS. You can find more information about her and her work at slwoods.com.
Mindfulness Teacher Training in Montreal
Susan’s mindfulness teacher-training programs are available at Mindspace, in partnership with CMS. Please visit the professional development section of our website to learn more about the MBSR and MBCT facilitation certificates and the events scheduled in Montreal and Toronto.
MBSR, MBCT and MSC in Montreal
Mindspace offers a variety of Mindfulness-Based Programs in Montreal, including MBSR, MBCT, and MSC. Information on our schedule and teachers is available here.