WELCOME TO THE MINDFULNESS OTTAWA PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY

Mindfulness Ottawa is a secular community of like-minded practitioners interested in gathering in fellowship while embodying the principles of mindfulness. Mindfulness Ottawa was officially launched in November 2012. The founding organization of Mindfulness Ottawa is Mindfulness Toronto which started in March, 2009. 

Our mission: 

  1. Bringing professionals together to practice mindfulness, discuss mindfulness related topics and to socialize with like-minded individuals. We meet 9 times a year at The Royal on the last Monday of the month with the exception of June, July, and August.
  2. Provide opportunities for professional training/development in Ottawa. Programs are organized in collaboration with The Royal and any proceeds generated will be used to finance our social program.
  3. Through a social program provide mindfulness or compassion training and practice to individuals in the community who might otherwise not be able to access such opportunities.  
  4. Provide information about mindfulness and compassion related events happening in Ottawa.

In addition, we are organizing a public meditation group at the Royal Spiritual Centre. The goal of this monthly hour long sitting group is provide a venue for anybody who would like to practice or who has recently graduated from a mindfulness program an opportunity to meditate with others. We are looking for experienced volunteers to lead these meditations. 

How to join us
Membership is open to all professionals who are either personally or professionally interested in mindfulness practice. We invite you to join our mindfulness community (Please set your spam filter to accept e-mails from this website). To be accepted you will need to answer three short questions about your personal and professional connection to mindfulness practice. While the membership is now free of charge we hope you will make a donation at each of the event you are attending. 

Benefits of Membership

  • MindfulnessOttawa.ning.com is a social networking website where members can post events, create a blog, start a special interest group or join discussions.
  • We send out monthly newsletters, which includes information about our meetings, professional development, mindfulness retreats, and other events. (By registering with MO you provide your consent to receive our newsletter).

Scent Free Policy
Please be aware that the Royal Ottawa Hospital adapted a Scent Free Policy. Please do not wear perfumed products when coming to our meetings. Thank you. 

UPCOMING COMMUNITY MEETING

Mindfulness Ottawa Network Monthly Lecture Series:
Teaching mindfulness to promote therapeutic presence

by Guilhème Pérodeau and Jessie Bossé authors of:  Pleine conscience et relation d'aide. Théories et pratiques

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Location: The Royal Ottawa Hospital, RM 1425
Time: 7-9pm 
 
Summary:
Learning how to become a good health care practitioner is, in most university programs, based on gaining knowledge (to know) and learning how to use techniques (to know how). Little is taught about how to be. This is partly explained by the abstract nature of the “knowing how to be”, which is more closely related to attitudinal aspects rather than behavioural techniques. Teaching such skills is therefore quite challenging. 

According to researchers (Gockel et al., 2013) this is problematic because of the importance ofdeveloping such attitudinal techniques, especially with regard to therapeutic presence (Solhaug, 2016).They also deplore the existing lack of proper training to that effect. Interestingly, dimensions related to therapeutic presence, such as awareness of self and the client, concentration on the present moment without judgments, are very similar to mindfulness practice (Hemanth & Fisher, 2015). This analysis suggests that health care practitioners could benefit from learning mindfulness. This presentation will outline key issues around relational mindfulness along with a short experiential mindfulness practice. 
 
Links: 
Facebook : Pleine conscience outaouais
http://www.imavi.ca/jessie-bosse
https://www.pulaval.com/produit/pleine-conscience-et-intervention-clinique-theories-et-pratiques 
 
Bios :
 
Jessie Bossé holds a doctorate in clinical psychology (D. Ps) and is a lecturer at the Université du Quebec en Outaouais (UQO). They teach about the theoretical foundations of mindfulness as a model of intervention and the different clinical applications of mindfulness. Jessie has been leading mindfulness groups since 2013 and obtained a Mindfulness-Based Symptom Management (MBSM) certification in 2015. As a psychologist in private practice, Jessie also uses mindfulness with a clientele suffering from anxiety, adjustment disorders, chronic pain, PTSD and depression. Finally, they recently went to study at Kopan Monastery in Nepal to deepen their knowledge of Buddhist teachings and to expand their understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of mindfulness.


 
Guilhème Pérodeau holds a Ph.D. from York University. She is a registered clinical psychologist with the Order of Quebec psychologists, and a tenured professor of psychology at the Université du Quebec en Outaouais since 1991. Her research interests lie in the aging process.  Certified teacher from the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic, she co-leads mindfulness groups since 2016. With Devault, she has co-edited the book ‘Pleine conscience et relation d'aide’ (2018), Presses de l’Université Laval.

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Mindful Teacher, Mindful School Book Signing at Singing Pebble, Ottawa at Singing Pebble Bookstore,

July 3, 2019 from 6pm to 9pm
Singing Pebble Bookstore Book Signing: Mindful Teacher, Mindful School: Improving well being in teaching and learning. What: Small presentation, Q&A, book signingWhere: Singing Pebble Bookstore, 206 Main Street, Ottawa, K1S 1C6When: Wednesday, July 3, 2019, 6pmSee More
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Jennifer Innes at Upward Dog Yoga Centre

August 17, 2019 from 3pm to 6pm
Curious about mindfulness? Interested in learning how to meditate? Discover why so many people are incorporating this simple yet effective way to help quiet the mind, increase attention and awareness, and build resilience.Mindfulness is to the mind what physical exercise is to the body: a way to stay fit, flexible and focussed. This workshop is a great way to experience what mindfulness is and to leave being able to start a practice of your own.  We hope you will join us!Cost: $79.00 Please…See More
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"Dear Friends,  I have received news that Rama Lotus is now permanently closed, so the the introductory mindfulness workshop will now be held on August 17th from 3:00-6:00 at Upward Dog Yoga Studio in the Byward Market.   Warmest…"
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Monthly Meditation Sitting Group for Parents at Ottawa River Psychology Group

June 23, 2019 from 9:15am to 10:30pm
We offer monthly Sunday morning meditations for parents, led by an experienced mindfulness group leader and meditator. Beginners and experienced meditators welcome. If you are interested in developing and nurturing mindfulness and/or buddhist principles in order to support your important and hard work as a parent, please join us!The format will include a guided meditation, a talk on a topic related to mindfulness and/or buddhism and parenting and a discussion over tea. If you can, please…See More
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"Hi Elizabeth, great to connect! I didn't realize that Sunday was Father's Day, so I've changed the June one to June 23. Hope you can make it! Sarah"
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Elizabeth Shaffer left a comment for Sarah Housser
"Hi Sarah, Thank you for the friend request.  I noticed you are leading a meditation for parents Sunday mornings.  I would like to join your group on the 16th.  Looking forward to it!"
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Monthly Meditation Sitting Group for Parents at Ottawa River Psychology Group

June 16, 2019 from 9:15am to 10:30pm
We offer monthly Sunday morning meditations for parents, led by an experienced mindfulness group leader and meditator. Beginners and experienced meditators welcome. If you are interested in developing and nurturing mindfulness and/or buddhist principles in order to support your important and hard work as a parent, please join us!The format will include a guided meditation, a talk on a topic related to mindfulness and/or buddhism and parenting and a discussion over tea. If you can, please…See More
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Three-Hour Introductory Mindfuless Workshop at Rama Lotus Yoga Centre

July 7, 2019 from 2pm to 5pm
Curious about mindfulness? Interested in learning how to meditate? Discover why so many people are incorporating this simple yet effective way to help quiet the mind, increase attention and awareness, and build resilience.Mindfulness is to the mind what physical exercise is to the body: a way to stay fit, flexible and focussed. This workshop is a great way to experience what mindfulness is and to leave being able to start a practice of your own.  We hope you will join us!Cost: $79.00 Please…See More
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Eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) workshop at Kitchissippi United Church in Westboro

October 2, 2019 at 6:30pm to November 20, 2019 at 9pm
Come learn how mindfulness can help to improve health and well-being in the face of stress, chronic pain, and anxiety and depression, as well as other chronic conditions and difficult life transitions.The workshop is highly experiential and includes:- guided instruction on mindfulness meditation practice;- body awareness exercises, including gentle mindful yoga;- individual exercises on how to apply mindfulness in daily life;- group guidance, group process and peer support;- daily assignments…See More
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Mindfulness Ottawa is a new community dedicated to bringing together professionals who are interested in the practice of mindfulness.

Sanghas in Ottawa

To add a Sangha please email us.

Palyul Ottawa Dharma Center 
Leader: Dr. Angela Sumegi
http://www.palyulottawa.org/Sangha.php

Ottawa Buddhist Society (Theravadan Buddhism)
www.ottawabuddhistsociety.com
Current President:  Colleen Glass

Leader: Drs. Lynette Monteiro & Frank Musten

Ottawa Insight Meditation Community
www.payattention.ca
Contact: Dr. Steven Hick 

Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Group
www.orh.ca
Contact: Joel at learning@orh.ca

Ottawa Pagoda Sangha 
http://pagodasangha.org/ 
Contact: André Vellino

Wild Blue Mindfulness sangha
wildbluemindfulness.ca
Contact: Kimberly Sogge

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