Mindfulness Everyday

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Quick Links

1) Courses for Educators: SMART Workshops & PD Workshops
2) Mindful Yoga Teacher Training
3) MSC Mindful Self-Compassion Workshops
4) MBSR Workshops & Mindfulness Courses
5) Teaching Mindfulness to Teens & Young Adults
6) Courses for Parents, Children & Families
7) Community Courses
8) Conference Events
9) Silent Retreats

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1) Courses for Educators and Professional Support Staff


SMART: Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques for Educators and Helping Professionals

SmartEducation™ is an evidence-based program coordinated by SmartUBC that specifically targets the needs of K-12 and post secondary educators and professional support staff, with a strong emphasis on the cultivation of mindful awareness including elements of self-compassion, emotional literacy, self-regulation skills, optimism and self-care.

The SmartEducation™ program involves experiential activities in mindfulness including: meditation, emotional awareness and movement.   Weekly meetings also contain presentations and group discussions that include:

Certificate of Completion: Successful participants are eligible to receive a certificate of completion from UBC Faculty of Education

Mindfulness Everyday is pleased to offer a $50 subsidy to
Educational Assistants and Child and Youth Workers who wish to take SMART.

Apply HERE: Educational Assistant / Child and Youth Workers Subsidy Request Form

SMART Winter-Spring 2020 - $350.00

Special Rate for SMART Alumni who wish to take the full course again -
$200 (+$20 if you require a Participant Workbook)

Possible Funding Options: OSSTF (Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation) & ETFO (Elementary School Teachers Organization) & ETT (Elementary Toronto Teachers): Depending on the contract of each district, there are different funding options that are available for Professional Development Workshops, Conferences and Trainings. SMART may qualify as a Professional Development opportunity.

Workshop Name Facilitators Winter Spring 2020 Retreat Date Location Registration Here

Flyer Here

SMART Online for Guidance Counsellors


Angela Vetnrice

February 6 - April 9, 2020
(No session March 19, 2020)
4-6 pm

March 5, 2020
4-8 pm


Register HERE

SMART Winter 2020 Online for Guidance Counsellors Flyer



Franca Battaglia and Maryclaire Ordorico

TUESDAYS February 25 -
April 28, 2020
(No Session March 17, 2020)
5-7 pm

April 14, 2020 5-9 pm

Etobicoke CI
in the Library
86 Montgomery Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9A 3N5

Register HERE

SMART Winter 2020 EtobicokeCI Flyer



Carla Waites

March 30 - May 5, 2020
(No Session March 7 & April 28,2020)
4:30-6:30 pm

April 26, 2020
9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Eastwood Collegiate Institute
In the Library
760 Weber St East,
Kitchener, ON N2H 2B3

Register HERE

SMART Spring 2020 Kitchner Flyer

For more information on smartEducation™ and the collaboration with smartUBC, click here
If you would like more information on how to have SMART brought to your school or school board, please contact us

2) Mindful Yoga Teacher Training

MYTT Logo Mindful Yoga Teacher Training 2020
200+ Hour Dual Certification Program

Eligible Participants will receive:
1. Mindful Yoga Teacher Certificate &
2. SMARTeducation Certificate of Completion from UBC Faculty of Education


The Latvian Centre
4 Credit Union Dr,
North York, ON M4A 2N8

(Eglinton and DVP)

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Mindful Yoga Teacher Training (MYTT) 2020
200+ Hour Dual Certification Program

Saturdays 8:30 am -5 pm
Sundays 9 am - 5 pm

2020: Jan. 25-26; Feb. 22-23;
March 28-29; April 18-19;
May 9-10; June 6-7
Fall 2020: Sept. 26-27, Oct. 17-18, Nov. 7-8; Dec. 5-6
Provisions will be made for missed classes


NataliaNatalia Fister
(416) 402-4963




Heidi Bornstein Email
(416) 721-2096


More Information HERE

Download Flyer HERE

Register Now

Fee: $2,750
plus $200 materials fee

Payment Details:

  • $750 deposit to secure your spot, prepaying for the first and last session plus materials fee;
  • 8 monthly payments of $275 for remaining sessions, allowing you to “pay as you learn” throughout the year.
  • Tax deductible receipt provided.

3) Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Workshops


The Estonian House
958 Broadview Ave,
East York, ON M4K 2R6

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1. MSC Workshop


2. MSC Workshop
for Gay Men



MarkusMarkus Bohlmann PhD
(416) 528-3595


More information on the Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop HERE

Download an article on Mindful Self-compassion HERE


4) MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) Workshops &
Mindfulness Courses

Downtown MBSR Workshop


JCC- Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
750 Spadina Ave,
Toronto, ON M5S 2J2




January 23 - March 12, 2020
6 - 8 PM  

Retreat: Sunday
March 1, 2020 | 10 AM - 4 PM



Laurie Arron
416) 839 7178

More Information HERE:


Full Fee: $360 Members / $405 General
3% CIF plus HST charges may apply

For more information regarding
the program please contact the program manager,
Jooli Park:

Oshawa Mindfulness and Self-Compassion in Everyday Life


Boys and Girls Club
433 Eulalie Ave.
Oshawa, ON L1H 2C5


4-Week Course

Delayed until Winter 2020


Dawn Blessing



Daphne Marsella


Register Now


Full Fee: $225

For more information,
contact Dawn Blessing
(807) 251-2899

Download Flyer HERE

5) Teaching Mindfulness to Teens & Young Adults

The University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies:
3277 Teaching Mindfulness to Teens: 2-Day Course

Dates: Saturday February 29 - Sunday March 1, 2020
Times: 9:00am - 4.00pm
Location: School of Continuing Studies Social Work, 158 St. George Street Toronto, ON, M5S 2V9 | Room TBD
Facilitators: Heidi Bornstein & Natalia Fister
Course Fee: $350.00

Download Flyer HERE | Register HERE

Teens today need help to manage anxiety, cultivate empathy and compassion and develop coping skills. Mindfulness can help them, and this introductory workshop will help you teach mindfulness to teens. Whether you’re a teacher, education support worker, or other youth service practitioner, you’ll get the information and resources you need to design a new mindfulness curriculum or implement an existing one. You’ll explore the core elements of mindfulness training, practical applications, curriculum connections, neuroscience research, customized lesson plans and adaptations for different populations.

What You'll Learn:

Applicable Certificates

6) Courses for Parents, Children & Families

7) Community Courses & Events

Mindful Compassion & Self Care - An Online Workshop
with Sue Hutton

Date: January 19, 2020 | 7 - 9 pm
Fee: $25 (includes 3 New Compassion Mps)

For All Levels. Includes:

Register HERE| Download Flyer HERE

8) Conference Events

A Mindful Society Conference 2020

Location: TORONTO, CANADA | MAY 1 – 4, 2020 FEATURING BESTSELLING AUTHOR AND NEUROSCIENTIST DR. RICK HANSON Theme: ‘Our Present Future’ speaks to the inseparable nature of our present awareness and our global future. We are at a crossroads. Every action counts. The creation of a more mindful, compassionate, sustainable future is within reach – perhaps now more than ever – and it is up to us.

Buy Tickets HERE

Mindfulness Everyday Workshops:

Saturday May 2, 2020: 1:30 to 2:30 | Breakout - The Essentails of Mindful Movement Workshop with Natalia Fister and Heidi Bornstein

Location: Faculty of Medicine Classrooms | For Mindfulness Facilitators, Educators and Helping professionals

For many practitioners, movement is one of the doorways into the practice, and more mindfulness-based workshops and courses have increasingly allowed more time in their workshops for mindful movement. This can be challenging for facilitators and teachers who have not received professional training in yoga, tai chi, chi gong or other mindful movement modalities. The workshop merges the two wisdom streams of Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness, exploring the essentials of guiding mindful movement in a way that enhances self-awareness and enhances the mind-body connection for participants and incorporates options for diversity, including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, age, body size and shape, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, physical or mental health and physical or cognitive abilities. The focus of mindful movement instruction is bringing awareness to the sensations in the body and noticing when the mind has wandered and then gently bringing the attention back to sensations in the body, intentionally cultivating a greater awareness of and groundedness in the body, while noticing what is happening in the mind and emotions. The workshop will offer movement flows that compliment the themes of Mindfulness-based interventions (MBSR, MBCT, SMART) and provide information required to guide mindful movement/yoga practices safely and authentically, demonstrating modifications, posture options, clarification of contraindications, and a variety of movement flows, including the use of visualizations, that incorporate both the attitudes of mindfulness. It will utilize and show the effective use of language that is invitational This hour-long workshop will feature creative approaches and provide resources for mindfulness facilitators and teachers to use in professional, educational and community settings.

Participants will come away with:

Sunday, May 4, 2020: 9:30 - 10:30 am | Breakout - Mindful Parenting with Exceptional Kids Workshop with Sue Hutton

Location: Faculty of Medicine Classrooms | For parents, educators and helping professionals

Learn about how to offer Mindful Parenting programs that support parents of kids with exceptionalities. What is accessible mindfulness and how do we offer it for parents? With fewer resources being accessible for stressed parents and kids, the need is high for all support networks surrounding our next generation to have approaches that actually work.
Research shows that parents of kids with anxiety, learning disabilities, on the autistic spectrum, and other exceptionalities have higher levels of stress. Requiring mindfulness modalities that are accessible, parents of exceptional kids report they don’t benefit from cookie cutter mindfulness approaches. Creating and researching new modalities that work for parents and their kids is exactly what we are doing.
This hour long workshop will feature the voices of parents experiencing challenges advocating for their kids in the education system, as well as present unique mindfulness modalities created to address the unique needs.
We will explore new and creative approaches that create change for kids and their parents and provide resources for parents to use at home and educators to use in educational and community settings.

Participants will come away with:

Sunday, May 4, 2020: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm | Breakout - Imagine if Creative Applications were Imbedded into the Classroom (Workshop) with Sara Escott and Heidi Bornstein

Location: Faculty of Medicine Classrooms

No student can be ready and open to learning when they are struggling with stress, anxiety and worry. Mindfulness techniques and practices can help educators create classrooms that are focused, calm and engaged. Practicing mindfulness in the classroom can help students become aware of the internal feelings of stress, as they are arising, and how they are being expressed in their thoughts, emotions and in their bodies.

Imagine if mindfulness was not an add-on. We have assembled a toolkit of practical and accessible resources that can be used to embed mindfulness into an existing school curriculum (K-8). This workshop will explore the toolkit and introduce hands-on, arts-based approaches that encourage resilience for both students and educators. Our approach celebrates imagination and play and offers fun and creative ways for kids to reduce worry, deepen self-awareness and develop self-regulation.

Join us for an experiential workshop where we will dig into our mindful toolbox and explore together how these props, resources and activities can be incorporated into a classroom environment.

Participants will come away with:

9) Silent Retreats

Please wear comfortable clothes, bring a sweater, perhaps a blanket or shawl, your yoga mat, water, mindful lunch, and anything else you might need to take care of yourself.

Special Day of Mindfulness - with Minimum Guidance

Join us on this day of mindfulness for a silent retreat. In contrast to the silent retreats you have attended in MBSR, MBCT, MSC or SMART, this retreat will have less guidance and will be spent mostly in silence. There will be an opportunity at the end of the retreat to share your experience with the other participants and connect with your community.
While somebody will be holding the space and giving instructions, the meditations have minimal guidance, to allow you to be with your experience more fully. This silent retreat is for experienced meditators and also for those who are curious about attending a silent retreat that has mnimal guidance.

Cost for the full day is $25.00 — free for those in a current workshop. Parking is FREE.

About the Facilitators: 

Markus Bohlmann:  Markus is a trained teacher of MSC through the Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion, School of Medicine, University of San Diego, and is certified in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) through the University of Toronto and the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, Toronto, where he is also a faculty member. He completed the certificate program in Foundations of Applied Mindfulness Meditation and Applied Specialization in Mindfulness Mediation at the University of Toronto, and teaches mindfulness at the 519 Community Centre in Toronto and at Seneca College.



WINTER 2020:
Feb 8, 2020 with Markus Bohlmann
10 am - 4 pm

Estonian House, 958 Broadview Ave, East York, ON M4K 2R6

Register HERE

MSC Retreats

Mindfulness Everyday offers all-day retreats for anyone who is taking or has taken the MSC Workshop. This is an opportunity to reconnect with or deepen your practice with a day of silence.

Cost for the full day is $25.00 — free for those in a current workshop. Parking is FREE.



Winter 2020 with Markus Bohlmann
Sunday, March 8, 2020| 12 noon - 4 pm

Estonian House, 958 Broadview Ave, East York, ON M4K 2R6

Register HERE (if not in a current workshop)

Days of Mindfulness for Educators and Helping Professionals

Offered in partnership with Mindfulness Everyday.

Admission is $25.Parking is free.

Come restore and gIve yourself the gift of self-care in a supported and safe environment without any judgement. Share in nourishing and joyful practices in the morning, followed by coming in community to inquire how we can experience self care on the go, and to how to make self care do-able.
The day will consist of some gentle yoga, and some mindful compassionate practices, with some dialogue about self care in our daily lives. You will leave feeling cared for, connected to other educators and fuelled by discussion and sharings. 
The event is open to everyone in education - educators, parents, professionals. Please arrive at least 15 min early to settle in. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat, blanket, a lunch that doesn't require heating, a thermos and/or reusable water bottle and anything else you need to be comfortable. Hot water and tea will be provided.

About the Facilitators: 

ANGELA VENTRICE B.A. B.Ed.: Angela is a mindfulness practitioner and has been an Ontario certified educator with the York Region District School Board for over 28 years, with the last 19 years being in Guidance and Career Education. Angela is also a facilitator for smartEducation™ (Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques) and has facilitated numerous professional development workshops on mindfulness in the classroom, including "Mindfulness in the Guidance Office" at the Ontario School Counsellors’ Association and "Ways to Wellness" at various elementary schools. She is a SmartEducation™ facilitator with Mindfulness Everyday, a certified MBSR-T instructor through Stressed Teens with Gina Biegel.

Triti Namiranian BA, B.Ed., RYT 200:  Triti is a mindfulness and yoga practitioner, and she has been an educator for 11 years with the TDSB. She came to know Discover Mindfulness and the days of mindfulness a few years ago and loved what the day had to offer so now she is a member of the Discover Mindfulness Steering Committee where she helps facilitate these days, and is also a facilitator for smartEducation™ (Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques). Triti has completed her yoga teacher training, and has had the privilege to teach mindfulness and yoga to her elementary school students.


Shawna Watson

Shawna Watson has been teaching in the Toronto District School Board for 15 years. A long-time volunteer with community mindfulness groups, Shawna is on the Discover Mindfulness Steering Committee where she coordinates and facilitates Days of Mindfulness for educators. She is a facilitator in the mindfulness-based smartEducation™ (Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques) program for educators. She is trained in Learning to Breathe (a mindfulness curriculum for adolescents) and teaches the program to grade 7 and 8 students at her school.



WINTER 2020:
Mar 8, 2020 with Shawna Watson 
10 am - 3 pm

SPRING 2020: 
May 3, 2020 with Shawna Watson
10 am - 3 pm

Estonian House, 958 Broadview Ave, East York, ON M4K 2R6

Register HERE

MBSR Retreats

Mindfulness Everyday offers all-day retreats for anyone who is taking or has taken the MBSR, MBCT or SMART Workshop. This is an opportunity to reconnect with or deepen your practice with a day of silence.

Cost for the full day is $25.00 — free for those in a current workshop. Parking is FREE.




Estonian House, 958 Broadview Ave, East York, ON M4K 2R6

Register HERE (if not in a current workshop)