Mindful Meditation 6 Week Workshop With ~ Sarah Sinray

Insight Mindfulness Meditation for Inner Calm - 6-week workshop

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 from 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 as we make space to feel underlying emotions in triggers. 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 structure of the workshop is that there will be instruction from the facilitator, guided meditations, and group discussions and check-ins as to how practice is going, and the opportunity to learn together about the application of practices in daily life. The maximum group size is 8 participants allowing for depth and trust to build over time. Experiential, engaging, and fun learning emphasized.

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 anxiety, depression, and/or past trauma
• 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.

Investment for the 6 sessions is $190

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. She has practiced Insight meditation for 11 years and attends several meditation retreats every year which deepen her understanding and keep her humble. She has offered group workshops such as these in Vancouver and Montreal, and is excited to offer them here in the Cowichan Valley!

For questions or to register, contact Sarah at 250-668-4847 or sarah@enlivencounselling.com

If you are unable to attend all 6 evenings, Sarah offers a free make-up session of 30 mins. to catch you up on the content from the missed class.

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