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

Mindfulness Starts Here!

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A big round of applause to the newest graduates of our M4 programs. After all your hard work you have completed the 8 week program.  Thank you for your commitment and dedication to your practice!  

Also, congratulations to our Mindful Self-Compassion graduates.   We sincerely hope that you are on the path towards being happier and healthier in your life.  Remember, be kind-hearted as you go through your life.  Don't let your inner critic have the last word!

Our program details are posted here

Information Sessions for our upcoming May-June classes begin in early April.  Contact Hillary to receive a list of all the dates and reserve your spot.

Mindful Self-Compassion News

Join us for a 5-day intensive Mindful Self-Compassion retreat at the Galilee Centre from April 19-24, 2015.  Contact us for more details as there are a couple of spaces left. This retreat is best taken at least two or more months after completing the M4 program and with sustained mindfulness practice.

The Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic is now offering programs in Mindful Self-Compassion at the University of Toronto's Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate Program. Watch for our 2-day introduction module and 5-day sessions in 2015-2016 semesters.


Mindfulness in Our Community

The staff at OMC have been busy giving well received workshops at various places in the city of Ottawa and surrounding areas. Topics covered have included mindfulness for cancer coaches, Chaplains at TOH, medical school residents, Psychology Rounds at CHEO, Academy of Medicine Ottawa and health care professionals at the Cornwall Community Hospital.

If you are a health care professional and interested in deepening your understanding of mindfulness, join us at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies retreat on ethics and Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness (register here). 

Grief Resources Ottawa Workshop is hosting a panel discussion & workshop: Spirituality, Meaning & Mourning. Dr. Lynette Monteiro will be part of the program presentations. You can read more information and register here.

Articles & Books of Interest

We are excited to have our article published on the complexities of secular mindfulness. It is the target article in Mindfulness, Vol 6, Issue 1. Read it here and the excellent responding commentaries here.


Be gentle with yourself. Be kind to yourself.
You may not be perfect, but you are all you've got to work with.
The process of becoming who you will be begins first with the
total acceptance of who you are.

Bhante Henepola Gunaratana


Upcoming Events

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

June 12-14, 2015 (Full with wait list)
Heart of Mindfulness Retreat
Galilee Center

Get more information and 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 9-12, 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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