Mindfulness Meditation Classes

Our Introduction to Mindfulness workshop is 2 hours and is held on Saturday mornings or weekday evenings.  This workshop will provide you with an opportunity to sample meditations and learn about mindfulness.  You will also receive some resources to start a daily meditation practice and to start living more mindfully.  Some people attend this workshop before joining the MBSR class.

We are also Certified and Qualified to run the world-famous 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class that has been developed and highly researched for 40 years at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre (UMass).  For further information on the UMass MBSR class that we lead and to watch a short video of the class, go to the  Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center (UMass).

There are mindfulness programs at other centres that are of differing length (e.g., more or less than 8 weeks) and of varying quality (e.g., teachers have limited training or have only taken some courses at UMass and have not undergone the rigorous 5 years of training required for Certification).  These other centres are using the name “MBSR” but their classes are only loosely designed on the originally developed and researched 8-week curriculum developed at UMass. 

Other programs compared to ours also tend to be more conceptual and scientific (i.e., participants are provided with many readings and handouts on neuroscience and mindfulness).  These other programs rely more on this conceptual training and are less experiential.  Experiential learning is central to the original UMass MBSR program design.  Experiential learning is also central to our class and therefore participants will more likely experience long-lasting changes in their lives than if they attended a more conceptual class (e.g., reading “about” Mindfulness).

Similarly, mindfulness meditation programs and short classes offering quick tips and mindfulness tools and techniques typically have a minimal impact on your life and stress reduction.  Mindfulness is “in” right now.

The depth, structure and integrity of our MBSR course, taught by highly qualified teachers, will make a significant positive difference in your life.

What do past participants say about our course?  Here are some of their comments:

  • “I was amazed when I realized that the practice had seeped into my everyday life.  I am so better for it.”
  • “I feel you have given me the tools & confidence to change my life.  Thank you!”
  • “I am so thankful for the experience of taking this MBSR course.  I went from feeling like I was being overwhelmed by stress to feeling like it was only a matter of time until stress was just another aspect of life that can be dealt with like any other problem.”
  • “Excellent course.  Profoundly life changing. Unexpected in its comprehensiveness and so valuable.  A great foundation.”
  • “This course really changed my life, I am now a better person / more relaxed and mindful, less stressful.”

For further information on mindfulness and on our teachers , please visit our What is Mindfulness? and About our Teachers pages.

For further information or to register, please e-mail info@haltoncentre.ca or phone the centre at 905-901-0597.

Your private health insurance plan may cover your participation in our workshops and classes. Please ask about this when you contact the centre.