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Mindfulness Basic Training for Parents (Donations)


Monday, 19 March 2018 at 8:30 AM - Tuesday, 20 March 2018 at 4:00 PM (MDT)

Mindfulness Basic Training for Parents (Donations)

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Course Objectives

This 2-day training will provide parents the structure to guide age appropriate mindfulness practices to their children in promoting sleep. Practices range from 5-10 minutes, and parents will learn awareness of breath and awareness of body. Learning in a group fosters a sense of trust and community. Future session will also be offered to help sustain personal practice.

In making this program accessible, donations will be accepted. Typica donations range from $50-$150, but feel free to pay what is possible.

Please complete the pre-program survey before registering. This information will be kept confidential, and will be used by the main facilitator Derek Luk to support each participant.


What is Intensive Training?

We like being able to offer intensives which share a lot of the same benefits of retreats but are less expensive and more accessible to people living in cities. Usually several days long, intensives are like being on retreat during the day, but—because we’re still in the middle of an urban centre, and going home at night—it’s a great opportunity to practice with the city too. Based on focused, community-oriented practice, intensive training provides the education and experiential practice​.


Foundation of Practice: What is MBSR and MBCT?​


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an empirically-supported 8-week psycho-educational group that teaches mindfulness meditation as a health intervention. Created by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979, MBSR offers participants the possibility to develop a different relationship to stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions. Research has demonstrated improved physical, psychological, and behavioural outcomes.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) combines the practice of mindfulness meditation with the tools of cognitive therapy. It is 90% MBSR, and 10% Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

This highly experiential workshop adapts this treatment to health-care providers for personal use. Participants will explore habitual modes of mind that characterize changes in mood while simultaneously developing skills and a new relationship to these states. In addition, participants will be introduced to the theoretical assumptions underlying the model as well as the application of MBCT in clinical settings.

Participants will gain an understanding of the historical and scientific underpinnings of mindfulness and its application to stress and everyday life.


Who Should Attend


This program is designed specifically for parents with childnre 4-10 who experience mild to moderate sleep difficulties. Having previous mindfulness practice is encouraged, but not required. A review of the current neuroscience and clinical aspects will be provided, along with movement and stillness practices. A pre-program survey will be sent upon registering.


Monday Mar 19 - Tuesday Mar 20, 8:30am - 4:00pm.

Recommended text: Mindfulness: An 8-week plan to finding peace in a frantic world

Participants Will Learn
 Day 1
  • To explore the application of mindfulness practices to managing stress, everyday life and difficult situations.

  • Learn mindfulness-based skills to dealing with negative moods, stress and anxiety through 5 and 10, and 15 minute guided practices. Audio files included.

Day 2

  • Practice peer teachbacks for 5-10 minute awareness of breath and awareness of body with an emphasis on sleep promotion.
  • Facilitate inquiry based learning with your child in differentiating emotions, thoughts and body sensations.


Please note: This program is not designed for individual experiencing significant mental health conditions. For further inquiries, please contact Derek at


Meals and beverages are not provided.

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Business Career College
115-2323 32 Ave NE
Calgary, AB

Monday, 19 March 2018 at 8:30 AM - Tuesday, 20 March 2018 at 4:00 PM (MDT)

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As a social enterprise, MImentra's mission is to provide accessible mindfulness programs for helping professionals and the community. Based on the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy program.

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