5-day Mindful Self Compassion program in Toronto in 2016!  

Mindfulness Starts Here!

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OMC News

We hope you have all survived this very crazy Summer with its heat waves and torrential rains. At the OMC, we've had a chance to enjoy wintry weather with an AC that seemed to think we are an equatorial city! Our Fall session has begun with M4Core, M4PCI, MSC, and Transformative Mindfulness programs all filled to overflowing!

This session's All-Day retreat is Saturday October 3rd, 9:30AM-3:30PM at St. Paul University (the parking lot is accessible). Cost is by donation.

The OMC also piloted a 6-week M4Core program in July along with Transformative Mindfulness with Craig Mackie. The response was good for both and we look forward to offering more short courses for those of you who many not have the time to take a full 8-week session. Stay tuned!

Alumni sessions begin again this month! Join us at the clinic on the 3rd and last Mondays of each month for meditation and practice tips to keep yourself going! We are also hoping to offer a 6-week booster program for alumni in November. If you are interested, please put your name on the list here so we can let you know if and when it will be offered.

Dr. Frank Musten and OMC senior teacher Brittany Glynn attended the Mindful Self-Compassion teacher training in August. They are currently teaching their first 8-week session. Future MSC programs will be offered regularly! 

Mindful Self-Compassion News

A Special Treat: Join Lynette Monteiro and Christopher Germer (co-developer of MSC) in Toronto for a 5-day intensive Mindful Self-Compassion retreat, May 30 - June 3, 2016. This program is offered through the Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate Program at the University of Toronto.

Registration details are here.  

Please check with the UofT New College Residence here to see if accommodations can be arranged on campus.

Healthcare Professionals note: This 5-day intensive qualifies as the prerequisite for teacher training in MSC. More information here.

For a 2-day introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion at the University of Toronto's Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate Program, check here.


Healthcare Professionals: Leading Edge Seminars and the OMC are presenting a workshop with Michael Stone in Ottawa, December 7-8, 2015. See more information for 10% registration discounts here.

Other presentations by OMC staff have included workshops at schools, federal government departments, The Ottawa Hospital and collaboration with The Royal and Leading Edge Seminars.

Articles & Books of Interest

Monteiro, L.M. (2015). Dharma and Distress: Buddhist Teachings that Support the Psychological Principles in a Mindfulness Program. In: Shonin, E., Van Gordon W., & Singh, N. N. (Eds). Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness. New York: Springer.

The Mindfulness-Based Emotional Balance Workbook: An Eight-Week Program for Improved Emotion Regulation and Resilience by Margaret Cullen MA MFT 

The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success by Emma Seppala

Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart by James Doty MD 


Wendel Berry

On How to Approach Every Day

“So, friends, every day do something that won't compute ... Give your approval to all you cannot understand ... Ask the questions that have no answers. Put your faith in two inches of humus that will build under the trees every thousand years ... Laugh. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts ... Practice resurrection.”
― The Country of Marriage



Upcoming Events

May 30-June 03, 2016
Mindful Self-Compassion
Christopher Germer & Lynette Monteiro
University of Toronto
Registration open

June 24-16, 2016 
Heart of Mindfulness Retreat
Galilee Center
Registration opens October 2015

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 2017.

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.


Mindfulness Meditation: Third & 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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