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Clinic News

Congratulations to all the graduates of our Winter program. It was a packed set of classes and so exciting to watch all of you step into your lives with mindfulness. Congratulations to the first cohort of the Mindful Self-Compassion course too. Thank you for participating and we look forward to the next round in September.

Our Registrar, Cathy Shaw, left the OMC last month for other adventures. We extend our deepest gratitude to Cathy for four years of administering the OMC programs and ministering care to all of us. Cathy brought a warmth and special attention to applicants and participants of the M4 programs. Best wishes for a terrific future, Cathy!

This month we welcome Hillary Dolan as our new Registrar and Administrator of the M4 programs. Hillary brings a lovely enthusiasm and strong organizational skills to the OMC. She is already setting up several information sessions for the Fall programs and is getting ready to meet everyone, teachers and participants alike. Welcome, Hillary!

Information sessions are now being scheduled. Please 
contact us by email to attend a session for the September courses.

Retreat News

Our residential retreats were very popular both at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in May and at Galilee Retreat Centre in June. You can listen to the Galilee Heart of Mindfulness Retreat talks here. The Mindful Self-Compassion public talk by Dr. Christopher Germer hosted by Mindfulness Ottawa was very well-attended. The weekend retreat that followed was a smash hit at the Rideau Tennis Club ending with love-love! Self-Compassion meditations are available here.

First Men's Mental Health Awareness Day in Canada

The City of Ottawa became the first city in Canada to proclaim June 10th Men's Mental Health Awareness Day. This initiative has been championed by our very own J.F. Claude who is dedicated to bringing awareness to men's mental health issues. Depression does not show up in the same way with men as with women and is often missed in health screenings. Join J.F. on Facebook, Twitter and the main website, the Men's D.E.N. to learn more about this very important issue. Someone you love may be helped by what you can share. Read more here.


There have been many articles on mindfulness, self-compassion and happiness on the social media these days. Here are a few that may interest you.

Is happiness the real solution? Read here.

Being gentle with yourself makes you stronger. Read here.

Shock myself or be with my thoughts? That's a no-brainer! Read here.


On the Bookshelf

There is nothing wrong with you: Going beyond self-hate - revised by Cheri Huber. Read review here.

The Promise of Happiness by Sarah Ahmed. Read review here.


A Poem

How will you know the difficulties
of being human, if you’re always
flying off to blue perfection?

Where will you plant your grief seeds?
Workers need ground to scrape and hoe,
not the sky of unspecified desire.

The Soul of Rumi
~ a new collection of ecstatic poems

translations by Coleman Barks 

Upcoming Events

September 9: Fall session of M4 courses begin.

October 5: All-day retreat at Richelieu-Vanier Community Center


Ongoing Events

Intro to Buddhist Practice: Third Monday of each month, OMC, 6:30-8:30PM

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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