New Self Compassion courses are finally here!  Sign-up information for Spring Retreats - and more!

Mindfulness Starts Here!

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Congratulations to our newest graduates of our M4 programs. It was a wonderful 8 weeks and the feedback we received was enlightening!  Thank you for your commitment and hard work!  

After much anticipation - OMC is now offering two 8-week courses on Mindful Self-CompassionSelf Compassion is not about self pity or self-indulgence.  It is about being happy and healthy in the long term.  Learn to turn towards yourself so that you can be kind-hearted as you go through your life experiences and not let your inner critic have the last word.

Program details are posted here

Our Information Sessions for our upcoming January-February classes begin November 18th and will run once a week until December 17th.  Contact Hillary at to receive a list of all the dates and to reserve your spot.

New Retreat - OMC is hosting a 5 day intensive Self-Compassion retreat at the Galilee Center from April 19-24.  Contact us for more details.

Our Day of Mindfulness for the winter session will be on Saturday, February 7th at St. Paul's University.  Everyone is welcome to join us.


Mindfulness in Our Community

Lynette and Frank have been busy giving well received workshops at the Federal Government, the Cornwall Community Hospital and Maplesoft.

Our colleagues at Mindfulness Ottawa are offering a workshop on addictions through The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Center.

From our colleague, Dr. L. Karos: Please please please take a moment (literally a minute of your time) to register and vote to lend your support to Compass and the teens it serves. Winning is based on votes so you can make a huge difference with a few key strokes and a click of a button to help them win. Here is the link:
 Longing for Happiness: Spiritual and Theological Perspectives 
 A film presentation with Dr. Fabrice Blée
 Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
The Spirituality Centre at The Royal, 1145 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario

Books of Interest

Living Well with Pain and Illness by Vidyalmala Burch
Practicing Happiness by Ruth Baer


A Poem


"We hurry through the so-called boring things 
in order to attend to that which we deem
more important, interesting.
Perhaps the final freedom will be a recognition that
everything in every moment is "essential"
and that nothing at all is "important."

By Helen M. Luke

Upcoming Events

April 19-24, 2015
Five Day Self Compassion Retreat at Galilee Center

June 12-14, 2015
Heart of Mindfulness Retreat also at Galilee Center

sign up for retreats here

Want to understand the Buddhist foundations of clinical mindfulness? Register for our course at the beautiful Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in July 2015.

Ongoing Events

Interested in professional training? Register for our Professional Training in Foundations of Mindfulness. This training is suitable for health care professionals who want to use mindfulness approaches in their work and for their personal well-being. Advanced training is also available for qualifications to teach the M4 Program.

Upaya Sitting Group: Third Monday of each month, OMC, 6:30-8:30PM

Secular Mindfulness Meditation: Last Monday of each month, OMC, 6:30-8:00PM

Check our calendar regularly in case of cancellation due to weather or circumstances.

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