How to GUIDE Meditation with Jeff Warren & Julianna Raye

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Ottawa, ON K1Y 1B4


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The world is crazy. Meditation is sanity. The intention of this workshop is to empower everyone – including people not remotely interested in becoming a “teacher” – to think about and care for their own mental health and the mental health of others. Learning to share meditation practice is an excellent way to do both.

This is about learning how to write and guide a meditation in a way that fits with your particular experience-level and interest. We’re all about hands-on learning over here, so all creations will be workshopped as we go. We are excited to share our passion for guiding meditation and expect it to be a fun, provocative and transformative three days.

This course counts towards accreditation with the Unified Mindfulness Teacher Training program. For more information visit https://unifiedmindfulness.com or inquire at support@unifiedmindfulness.com

Who’s this training for?

  • Those with some basic understanding of meditation who are interested in learning more

  • Anyone who wants to share a practice with friends and colleagues

  • Anyone from yoga teachers to book club leaders interested in including simple meditation techniques in their class or group

  • Experienced meditators interested in facilitating groups in their communities

You will learn:

  • Overview of meditation styles and history, including the recent scientific interest

  • The fundamental attentional skills that underlie most meditation and spiritual practices; how they work together to create healing, empowerment and transformation

  • How to ensure these skills are threaded through different “forms” or techniques – from body to sound to imagination; in stillness and in action

  • How to find your own style and form(s) as a meditation guide

  • How to language your guidance to make it maximally accessible to your audience

  • How to respond to people’s questions and reports, so you can help them customize their practice

  • How to work with common meditation-related challenges and help others do the same

  • The basics of trauma-informed mindfulness practice and the limits of meditation; understanding the wider context of mental health and the importance of other approaches and modalities

  • The long-term arc of meditation practice and an inclusive way of thinking about where any effective approach leads

  • The centrality of honesty, humility and teaching exactly where you’re at

  • The role of practice in life.

A Note on Certification

Although it’s a start, this workshop alone does not certify you to be a professional-level teacher. For that we recommend an advanced 200-hour training program. Of these, the program we know best is Unified Mindfulness (UM), which trains people in Shinzen Young’s rigorous system of mindfulness. This workshop counts as credit towards UM’s “outside learning” requirements.

The intention of this workshop is actually broader and more ambitious than any profession or specialization: we want to help normalize and democratize the sharing of meditation practice, which at its most elemental is about basic inter-personal hygiene and responsibility. We think everyone should have a rudimentary understanding of the role of practice in life and the dynamics of self-regulation, just as everyone should have a rudimentary understanding of the value of a healthy diet and physical exercise.

So come join two lovable weirdos who will show you that no matter how screwed up you are, you can still help another person - and yourself - by cruising together through the mind. If these two can do it, anyone can!

About the Teachers


Jeff Warren is a meditation instructor and journalist, celebrated for his accessible and pragmatic style of teaching. He is the co-author of The New York Times bestselling Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, and founder of The Consciousness Explorers Club, a nonprofit meditation educational group based in Toronto. Warren has successfully taught meditation to police officers, young offenders, social workers, and Google executives, among many others.


Julianna Raye began her career as a major label pop star on the rise in LA, until she bottomed out with showbiz angst and became ... a meditation teacher! There's life after "living the dream!" Twelve thousand hours of hardcore Zen and Mindfulness practice later, she is now the founder and head trainer at Unified Mindfulness. For nearly two decades she's trained individuals, groups and corporations in the art and science of mindfulness, with a particular focus on empowering people through applied techniques and strategies designed to help you help yourself. Recently she led the training for a workplace mindfulness study carried out under research superstar David Creswell at Carnegie Mellon University. The fascinating - and positive – outcomes of that study will be published in two peer reviewed journals this fall.

Testimonials for Julianna

I love the tools that I am developing with this practice. I have greater clarity, more focus, and have also seen improvements in my physical performance as I prepare for Ironman. Working with Julianna is like having a personal trainer for your mind. I love the guided sessions and am in great admiration of the teaching and insight that Julianna imparts in the process. I’ve been profoundly impacted by how simple and accessible this is and how it has really helped me to grow and evolve and find some things I wasn’t even recognizing - it’s like turning a light on! I feel equipped in a way I’ve never been before.”-John Kane, Head of Leadership Development, Vector Marketing

I have been doing one-on-one mindfulness training with Julianna on the phone, and her teaching and coaching is clear, focused, and effective. Julianna tailors guided mindfulness exercises and helps me make new breakthroughs in my own personal practice and life. I highly recommend her! As a researcher and neuroscientist studying mindfulness, I believe her coaching is cutting-edge and the best in the business”. -J David Creswell Leading Mindfulness Researcher & Neuroscientist, Carnegie Mellon

As a performer, learning mindfulness has been invaluable. Julianna is a great teacher of the most state of the art meditative techniques. Julianna's experience as a performer makes her uniquely qualified to teach me how to apply these techniques on stage”.- James Valentine, Lead Guitarist, Maroon 5

Julianna is the real deal! She has an uncanny ability to meet me right where I am. As a 20 year seeker following leads that often led to more confusion than clarity, I'm happy to have found a level of personal support that I didn't even know was possible. I'm extremely grateful to have found her work”. - Kevin Chitwood, Medical Dosemitrist

Testimonials for Jeff

Jeff is a spectacular teacher. He is connected, brilliant, impassioned, funny and self-effacing. He overflows with enthusiasm for the subject matter. He listens intently to each person’s experiences in a real human way. Jeff’s mix of self-care and science is perfect for the skeptical minded cynic. His class has helped me recognize my internal voice, what I once considered reality. I am able to manage anxiety, not by avoiding it but by acknowledging it and allowing it to be. I am a more conscious, more self-aware person in a way that I didn’t even know was possible; the words used to mean something else. I feel more open to life’s vacillations. I feel the world, my body, my mind, more vividly, as a more unified troika.” – Matt Beam, writer and photographer

I feel very lucky to have met Jeff Warren and to have taken his classes. He’s a smart, compassionate, learned guy. He’s all mind without pedantry, all spirit without flakiness. I went to his first class thinking, “Okay, this won’t work, but it’s a night out,” Right away, however, his intelligence and experience and eloquence – his persona – won me over. I tried meditating in my twenties and again in my forties. It didn’t take…wrong teachers, wrong approach. And then I started suffering chronic back pain and couldn’t get relief. I’d given up hope. I was depressed. Now I’m optimistic. I’m still in pain; I just don’t suffer the way I did. Which is not to say that I’m a very good or even a very dedicated meditator…not yet, anyway. But my perspective has shifted. Who knew?” – Barbara Gowdy, writer

Jeff Warren is an exceptional teacher. He explains difficult, intangible subjects with razor clarity. His enthusiasm is contagious and never wanes – not for his subject or for his students, all of whom he treats with warmth, empathy and professionalism.” – Roy Baskind, neurologist

With insight, humour and compassion, Jeff Warren opened my eyes to a long-neglected side of myself. A spiritual side. There are no new-agey, feel-good platitudes in his class. Jeff focuses on the heightened sensitivity that comes with paying attention, on helping his students see the world as it really is. In doing so, he opened a new and different world to me – and a life more richly lived. Go to his class if you want to dig beneath the surface. In Jeff you will find a brilliant and sensitive guide.” – Alexandra Shimo, journalist

For questions about the workshop please contact us at at our host: contact@mettamoves.ca

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