Please note this course has been moved online due to the COVID-19 crisis. The course has been adapted to fit the online format as well as to address some of the challenges many are facing due to the pandemic and quarantine period.

The Deepening Mindfulness program offers an opportunity to extend and deepen mindfulness meditation, the foundational practice of Mindfulness-Based Programs, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and Mindful Self-Compassion.

Participants will explore some of the traditional teachings on the establishment of mindfulness and their links to contemporary mindfulness approaches and modern life.

Additional emphasis will be placed on:

  • Grounding mindfulness in the body, as a means of regulating nervous system reactivity, particularly for those coping with stress, anxiety, and trauma
  • Kindness practice, as a source of safety and ease when encountering difficult experiences on and off the cushion.
  • How the practice can help us clarify values and strengthen community as we meet the more complex challenges of contemporary life, such as social justice, climate change, the coronavirus pandemic, and collective identity.

The 8, 90-minute sessions will include periods of instruction, sitting meditation, and group inquiry.

Completion of an established, 8-week mindfulness course or equivalent is encouraged, but not essential.

This course will be given in English, but the facilitator is bilingual and will be able to answer questions in French if necessary.

Instructors


Dr. Joe Flanders

Dr. Joe Flanders is the founder and director of Mindspace and an assistant professor in the McGill University Psychology Department. Dr. Flanders offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to individuals, groups, and organizations. Dr. Flanders works with clients in English and in French.