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Insight Mindfulness Meditation for Inner Calm

The aim of this workshop is to support participants develop a regular mindfulness meditation practice to enable them to train the mind to come back to the present moment and meet what is here with kindness and courage. To come together with the same group of people over 6 weeks who can offer support, understanding, and accountability to practice the strategies between sessions. The type of meditation taught comes fro...m the Insight Meditation tradition which is also called Vipassana. It allows for greater connection with self, others, and one’s surroundings. It also creates insight into one’s patterns, triggers, and the capacity to connect with deeper values and make more conscious choices aligned with these values.

Emotionally we will be exploring how to find the middle path between suppression and numbing on the one hand, with adding fuel to the flames on the other hand. This balance brings deep healing. Because Sarah is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, she also weaves in complementary strategies from Western Psychology. The strategies presented come from cutting-edge theory and research in neuroscience, mindfulness meditation, and psychology.

Even with just 10 minutes a day of regular mindfulness meditation there is now research that suggests that this training of the mind can change structures in brain that allow us to be more empathic with ourselves and others, more concentrated, and experience more joy and inner peace. These practices promote integration between left and right hemispheres, and as well as up and down in the nervous system. Practical strategies that can be applied in daily life are offered.

The cost is $230 for the 6 weeks. To reserve a place in the workshop a non-refundable $125 deposit is taken. One week before the start of the workshop full payment is due. Because there are only 10 spots in the workshop, I am not able to offer refunds beyond one week before the start of the workshop.

The structure of the workshop is that there will be instruction from the facilitator, guided meditations, and group discussions. The maximum group size is 10 participants. Experiential, engaging, and fun learning emphasized.

Some benefits of the workshop are:
• Managing stress levels
• Feeling more connected with oneself through carving time in one’s week to go inward, furthering or established a regular self-care practice.
• Building compassion and perspective
• Feel more grounded during the workshop and then between sessions due to the practical nature of the workshop – leave with strategies to utilize in daily life.
• Build community with others interested in the inner life
• Accountability to set up a regular meditation practice

Here are some people who might benefit from this workshop:

• Those with health conditions exacerbated by stress
• Those going through a transition feeling the many accompanying emotions
• Those wishing for greater inner peace for whatever reason
• Those who are hard on themselves
• Those who have been told by loved ones that they lack connection with their emotions and their resulting vitality, seeking to regain passion for life
• Those who feel their emotions control their lives
• Those with mild to moderate anxiety or depression
• Those with a desire to work on letting go of unhelpful patterns
• Those who are curious about the mind/body connection

Beginners and experienced meditators welcome. Something for everyone to learn.

Sarah Sinray, MSc., RCC is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Meditation Instructor with a passion for helping people attain greater life balance and fulfillment. She has two Master's degrees in Psychology and has an on-going curiosity which leads to lifelong learning. Having practiced Vipassana meditation for 11 years, authenticity is important to Sarah and her mindfulness practice is woven into daily life. She is being mentored by a Senior Teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition. She has offered group workshops such as these in Vancouver and Montreal, and is excited to offer them here in the Cowichan Valley. This is now the fifth time this course has run on Vancouver Island.

Please check your calendar that you are able to attend all 6 evenings. The structure of the workshop is that the knowledge progresses and builds on top of each session. It also helps the group to go deeper when there is consistency in attendance. Missing due to illness or emergency happens of course, and Sarah offers a free 30-minute phone catch up session if there has been a serious illness or emergency. However, if you know in advance you have to miss one or more sessions, perhaps taking the course at another time would allow you to get more out of it.

Call Sarah on 250-668-4847 or email at sarah@enlivencounselling.com to ask any questions or to register. Sarah speaks with each participant first on the phone to determine if this workshop is the right fit for your needs.

See www.enlivencounselling.com for more information about Sarah and the other services she provides.

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