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. 


Please send us an email if you are interested in a certain topic, or if you are willing to lead meditation, facilitate group discussion or a workshop.

Next Meeting: Monday, September 25 , 2017.

Information will be posted at the end of August, 2017


Latest Activity

Kathryn Palmer posted an event

Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Group for Social Anxiety at Ottawa Collaborative Care Center

September 28, 2017 at 5pm to December 7, 2017 at 7pm
This group will give you a new perspective on shyness and social anxiety by helping you open up to difficult thoughts and feelings while doing what really matters to you. Developed by Dr. Jan Fleming and Dr. Nancy Kocovski, researchers and authors of The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Social Anxiety & Shyness, this evidence-based program combines Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with treatment components drawn from Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and…See More
Craig Mackie, MA, MSW, RSW posted events
Bianca Briciu PhD liked Dr. Kimberly Sogge CPsych's event Mindfulness in Nature Practice Group: Session Two: Breath of Life
Jun 14
Bianca Briciu PhD posted an event

Mindfulness and Beauty at Mooney's Bay Area

June 22, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm
Bringing knowledge about the research and practice of mindfulness together with Asian cultural practices of tea ceremony and flower arrangement Bianca Briciu and Rebecca Cragg will give you the tools and customized training to enjoy: - stress-relief through Asian art and cultural practices-deeper understanding of the meaning, practices and well-being aspects of mindfulness- bring to life your creativity through art, tea and flower training- tranquility through experiences designed to help you…See More
Jun 13
Zsuzsanna Nagy Grandpierre posted an event

Managing Parenting Stress at Bmindful Psychotherapy and Coaching Centre

September 11, 2017 at 6:30pm to September 18, 2017 at 8:30pm
This 2 sessions based stress management program aims to support parents and caregivers who are experiencing stress, frustration or even anger in their parenting role.If you are reading this page it means you are probably experiencing some stress as a parent. We want you to know that you are not alone. Parenting can be hard at times for most of us. Unfortunately, our children do not come with manuals and as a result sometimes our best effort to nurture their development does not yield the…See More
Jun 8
Lakshmi Sundaram posted an event

Mindfulness for Skilful LIving Training at Centretown Ottawa Location

June 21, 2017 at 6pm to July 26, 2017 at 8pm
Mindfulness%20Programme%202017.pdfOpen the gate to your freedom this summer with 6 – weeks ofMindfulnessfor Skillful Living training Wednesday EveningsJune 21st – July 26th6:15 pm – 8:15 pm(2 classes will end at 8:30 pm)Centretown Ottawa LocationGroup of 8-10 people$500 for the 6-week course. (The fees for this…See More
Jun 7
Lakshmi Sundaram updated their profile
Jun 7
Dr. Kimberly Sogge CPsych updated an event

Mindfulness Integrated CBT for Wellbeing & Growth - 8 week group at Ottawa Collaborative Care Center

September 26, 2017 at 7pm to November 14, 2017 at 9pm
Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behavior Therapy (MiCBT) for Wellbeing and Growth was developed by Dr. Bruno Cayoun of the MiCBT Institute in Australia http://www.mindfulness.net.au/.The Autumn 2017 Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Group - with Dr. Kimberly Sogge, CPsych Registered Psychologist (M.Ed. McGill, Ph.D. Texas A&M University) uses evidence based methods to assist participants…See More
Jun 5
Dr. Kimberly Sogge CPsych updated an event

Mindful Self Compassion Training - 8 week course at TBA

September 26, 2017 at 5pm to November 14, 2017 at 7pm
Dates & TimesWaiting list onlyDates and times for next group TBD5:00 - 7:00 (2 hours)The location for this course will be the 3rd floor yoga studio at OC3 102 Lewis Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 0S7. We regret that this location does not have disabled access.Course handouts and practice MP3s are included in the fees.Receipts may be available for reimbursement from some extended health plans*Limited seats available. Register now to save your spot.*Please check with your insurance plan before…See More
Jun 5
Poppy DesClouds is now a member of Mindfulness Ottawa
May 30
Marco Vinicio Castillo and Kat Biljan, RP are now friends
Apr 26
Craig Mackie, MA, MSW, RSW posted an event

Transforming Inner Conflict - Special 4 Week Transfromative Mindfulness at Essential Change Studio

June 7, 2017 at 6pm to June 28, 2017 at 7pm
Transformative Mindfulness Methods, 4 Week Therapeutic Group:It only comes around once a year and is always a rich learning and growing experience! This group goes right to the heart of where and how suffering between two polarities exists.Stay or go? Heal or hold on? Forgive or fight?Quit or keep going? So many of these choices are often not black and white - in fact we need to sit with each side before a true resolution arises. Often this means letting go of the old patterns that no longer…See More
Apr 17
Sally Cuddy is now a member of Mindfulness Ottawa
Apr 5
Profile IconHilde Paz, Mandy Paquette and Lakshmi Sundaram joined Mindfulness Ottawa
Mar 31
Sarah Schlote posted events
Mar 28
Lynette Monteiro posted an event

Ethics & Mindfulness - a contemplative retreat for mindfulness teachers at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies

April 28, 2017 at 4pm to April 30, 2017 at 12pm
Contemporary mindfulness has developed as a popular treatment option for psychological difficulties because of its secular nature and being a transdiagnostic treatment. More and more, it is becoming clear that the foundational components of mindfulness necessitate inclusion of the cultivation of ethics (sīla) both in program development and the growth of our teaching skills. This course will explore principles of Buddhist teachings essential to cultivating our wisdom and compassion as…See More
Mar 28

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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