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Mindfulness Meditation for Clinicians, Educators and Front-line Workers

ENSO Society for Contemplative Engagement

Friday, 30 September 2016 at 7:00 PM - Sunday, 7 May 2017 at 3:30 PM (PDT)

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Exploring personal well-being, resilience & learning to increase your effectiveness in working with others. 

We are pleased to offer this program for a second year.  This program is suitable for first year attendees continuing practice as well as those registering for the first time.

Mindfulness Meditation for Clinicians, Educators, and Front-line Workers

Giving attention may be the most potent skill a clinician or educator can offer. Our work is inspiring, and as the volume and intensity of our work increases, for many of us it can feel like a storm of client and institutional demands. How might we find a sense of calm and stillness among this turbulence?

This program will provide an opportunity to establish, continue and deepen a meditation practice within community peer support and exceptional guidance by todays leading meditation facilitators. Together we will explore personal well-being and resilience, while also learning specific skills to increase your effectiveness in working with others.

The course will commence and evolve with instruction and guidance in mindfulness meditation through lecture, group practice, discussion, and dynamic exercises to help participants build and strengthen a personal practice. 


Brian Dean Williams (MA, RCC, CCC), is a meditation teacher from the Insight tradition, who is also a counselor in private practice in Vancouver. Brian teaches meditation widely in the lower mainland to clinicians and educators, including those working in the downtown eastside. Prior to entering private practice, Brian worked in the public social services sector at a drop-in centre for homeless youth, a day-treatment program for gang and criminally-involved youth, and with a housing-first mental health team assisting individuals with severe mental health and addictions to exit the downtown eastside. Brian is currently a trainer for the Mental Health Commission of Canada. www.

Shôken Michael Stone illuminates the ancient teachings and practices of Vipassana meditation,
yoga and Mahayana Buddhism for a postmillennial age. Internationally recognized as a transformative visionary, teacher and agent of social change, his work manifests the fusion of committed spiritual practice and social action. Michael is a Fellow in Residence at the University of British Columbia.

Dave Smith is a Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment specialist, experienced speaker, and published author. Dave is trained to teach Buddhist meditation by Noah Levine. He has extensive experience bringing meditative interventions into jails, prisons, youth detention centers and addiction treatment facilities. He is the guiding teacher and program director of the Against the Stream Nashville Meditation Center and teaches over 300 meditation classes and workshops a year. He has provided direct services for mental health agencies, public libraries, and speaks nationally at Addiction and Behavioral Health conferences. Dave recently relocated to Los Angeles. 


October 2nd, 2016 - Opening Practice - Brian Dean Williams - Changing The Story: Narrative Therapy and Buddhism.  8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

November 4, 2016 - Evening Talk - Dave Smith - Against The Stream - Addictions and Recovery.  7:00 PM to 9:00PM 

November 5th, 2016 - Dave Smith - Addiction and Recovery through the lense of Mindfulness, Meditation and Buddhism. 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

December 4, 2016 - Brian Dean Williams. Building Resiliency for Self and Other: The Four Sustaining Attitudes.  8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

ENSO Urban Silent New Year Retreat – Brian Dean Williams and guest support.

January 6, 2017 6-9 PM
Urban Silent Retreat

January 7, 2017   8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Urban Silent Retreat

January 8, 2017  8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Urban Silent Retreat 

February 5, 2017 - Brian Dean Williams – Tending the Fire: Transforming our Relationship with Anger  8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

March 5, 2017 - Brian Dean Williams – Embracing Anxiety  8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

April 7, 2017 - Michael Stone – Settling the Turbulent Mind 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

April 8, 2017 - Michael Stone – The Role of Meditation in the Treatment of Trauma  8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

April 9, 2017 - Michael Stone – Meditating with the Body  8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

May 7, 2017 - Brian Dean Williams – Disentangling from Depression.  8:00 AM to 1:00 PM



Buddhism Without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor

Going on Being by Mark Epstein

Training in Compassion by Norman Fischer

Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson

Focused and Fearless by Shaila Catherine

Most Intimate by Roshi Pat Enkyo O’hara


Sliding Scale: $970.00 – $1570.00

'We ask that you give generously to the best of your ability while also taking special care of household needs.  The scale starts very low to support those in need.


COSA – 4220 Hobson Road, Kelowna


Registration deadline – August 1, 2016     30 spaces available.


Refund Policy:  No refunds granted 70 days prior to program start date.

Have questions about Mindfulness Meditation for Clinicians, Educators and Front-line Workers? Contact ENSO Society for Contemplative Engagement

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4220 Hobson Road Kelowna
British Columbia

Friday, 30 September 2016 at 7:00 PM - Sunday, 7 May 2017 at 3:30 PM (PDT)

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ENSO Society for Contemplative Engagement

ENSO is dedicated to Mindfulness, Meditation, Contemplative practice and education. Rooted in tradition, alive in this era, we are compassionately engaged and serving to meet the needs of people, society and the environment.

VISION  To support a sincere and dedicated practice community and to serve others by providing mature programs, designed for individual and cultural awakening.

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