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 and be willing to pay $25 for our yearly membership fee. If you are not sure about joining us at this point, but would like to get more information email us or come to our next meeting.

Dear Mindfulness Ottawa Members! You Are Mindfulness Ottawa - We Appreciate You & Value Your Support. 

February is Membership Month! Please don’t delay in renewing your membership through PayPal or by sending a check to: Mindfulness Ottawa, 227 Claridge Drive, Ottawa, ON, K2J5V8.  For February- we are offering  20% discount - so Annual Membership is now only $20.00. We rely on memberships to be able to bring you excellent teachers, speakers and to cover the overhead for our programming. If you value the training programs and retreats we offer, and discussion opportunities please support Mindfulness Ottawa - supporting Mindful Professionals & Practitioners in Ottawa.

from: your Steering Committee at MO !

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).
  • Attend our meetings free of charge. (If you are not a member and would like to attend a meeting we charge $10 per meeting at the door)

Cost of Membership
Annual membership cost $25, paid by PayPal Subscription, Interac Email Transfer, or Cheque. 

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. 


Date: Monday March 26th, 2018
Location: The Royal Ottawa Hospital, RM 1420
Time: 7-9pm 

Topic: Embodying Change: Mindfulness and Social Justice

Drawing on the Buddhist roots of mindfulness, this talk will look at how mindfulness might help address two areas of concern for those interested in social justice - race and gender (with a focus on women).

Erin McCarthy, Ph. D.
Professor and Chair, Philosophy Department
Asian Studies Program
St. Lawrence University
Erin McCarthy, PhD, is Chair and Professor of Philosophy and also teaches in the Asian Studies Program at St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY). She is author of the book “Ethics Embodied: Rethinking Selfhood through Continental, Japanese and Feminist Philosophies” (Lexington, 2010). In addition to her scholarly work in comparative feminist philosophy and contemplative education, she is also a trained teacher of Mindfulness for Symptom Management and Mindful Self-Compassion, modalities which she brings to her teaching, the campus community as a whole and her home city of Ottawa, including the federal government. Erin is a member of the Academy for Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies at the University of Ottawa and is Co-Chair of the 2018 International Symposium for Contemplative Studies.

Thank you very much to Dr. Kimberly Sogge who gave a great overview of the current analysis of research in the mindfulness outcomes. 

Here is the slide show she has provided:



Come and participate in this community mindfulness practice, lead by Kathy Nathan!

Location: Fisher Heights Community Place  - 31 Sutton Place

Mindfulness meditation:  7:30-9:00pm.

Tuesday March 27th.
(by donation)

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The Mindful Lawyer - 3.5 hr CPD Course Ethics and the Practice of Law at 1505 Carling Avenue, Ottawa K1Z 7L9

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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

Ottawa Buddhist Society (Theravadan Buddhism)
Current President:  Colleen Glass

Leader: Drs. Lynette Monteiro & Frank Musten

Ottawa Insight Meditation Community
Contact: Dr. Steven Hick 

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

Ottawa Pagoda Sangha 
Contact: André Vellino

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