Upcoming Events

Monthly Events:

Given the gathering restrictions, WTM has brought our offerings online in order to keep building our community of practitioners through practice and connection. It’s our goal to give you events that provide learning and experiences that allow you to continue to deepen your mindfulness practice.

Currently, we meet twice a month and both events are online with the Calgary Public Library on the first and third Thursday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30pm. Teachers will explore a variety of topics in support of the practice of mindfulness – events will include a talk, guided meditation, and time for questions and discussion. These events are suitable for all levels of practice. A few key points when registering:

1) These are free events; however, you will need a library membership. If you don’t have one, join here. https://reg.calgarylibrary.ca/

2) If you would rather not register to attend the live event, know that you can always view the talk on our website one week after the original date.

3) After you register for the event, you will be sent a confirmation email from the Library with registration details on how to connect and watch the event online with Zoom.us.  

4)  Events are scheduled on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 7-8:30 pm.

5) At WTM, we do have costs to keep these events happening.  Click here to read more how a $5 donation for each event can help. 

Schedule of Events:

How the Fear of Death Can Teach Us to Live a Fuller Life
September 16, 2021 – 7:00 – 8:30pm – REGISTRATION HERE
Speaker: Mary Wallis

Our very human fear of death, whether a mild anxiety or a disabling dread, has the great advantage of raising questions about what is valuable in life. As philosophers would put it, “How, then, should we live?” In this talk, which is interspersed with a few brief meditative exercises, we’ll consider first of all what is behind our fear of dying: why are we even talking about it? Next, although there are many sources of death anxiety, we’ll look at one in particular: our inclination as human beings to cling to things that don’t last as if they represent who we are. Then we’ll talk over various contemplative ways of sitting with tough emotions of fear, especially of the unknown. We can’t make all our worries about dying go away, nor do we need to, but we can learn to embrace them as part of our human condition. Finally, we reflect on imagery and ideas that suggest that there is a place of rest for us in an ever-changing universe, and at the same time show how our lives, temporary as they are, draw value from our intentions and actions rather than from illusions of self and permanence. There will be time for discussion, debate, and reflection at the end of the talk. 

MINDFULNESS TO SUPPORT CHANGE AND UNCERTAINTY
September 25, 2021 – 8:45am – 4:00pm – REGISTRATION HERE
Speaker: The WTM Team

Dear WTM group,

We are going through a period of unprecedented change and uncertainty. Our mindfulness practice is a wonderful resource and source of strength to deal with this added stress to our normal daily challenges. An ongoing commitment to your practice is truly life-changing.  Outside of our regular offerings, we do like to provide full day retreat opportunities for our community.  A retreat is an excellent opportunity to help you deepen your practice by learning, experiencing, and discussion.  Such a compassionate gift for yourself to take the time and settle into what the practice has to show you.

We are offering a retreat on: “MINDFULNESS TO SUPPORT CHANGE AND UNCERTAINTY.”

Our retreat is scheduled for Saturday, Sept 25 on zoom from 8:45 am – 4:00pm.  $50 – REGISTER HERE
After you complete your registration, you will receive an email with Zoom details.  If you don’t find the email in your inbox, please check your spam.  

This retreat is $50, however if payment is prohibitive or challenging, please email us at wtm.yyc@gmail.com for support.

The day will flow with talks and practices from the Wellness Through Mindfulness teaching team – Dr. Phil Blustein, Dr. Leslie Ellestad, Dr. Paula Fayerman and Dr. Allan Donsky. If you haven’t attended our one day retreats before, please know that we won’t be sitting all day.  There will be time gentle movement and walking meditation as well.If you’re wondering how to have a successful retreat online, we have some tips to help get the most from the day.

– Find a comfortable place in your home that allows for minimal distractions and interruptions.  We suggest leaving your phone in another room. Let loved ones know you’re dedicating this day for yourself.
– Ensure your wi-fi has a strong signal to minimize delays or downtime.
– Have your lunch, snacks and drinks prepared to support you throughout the day.
– You may wish to find different positions to sit and practice so ensure you have your seating arrangements ready for the day. You may use extra blankets, pillows, or other props for support.
– A meditation journal is always great to have nearby.
– Comfortable clothing that doesn’t cause restrictions or discomfort will be helpful as we will be exploring some walking meditations and mindful movement. Because we will be moving, try to set yourself up in a space that allows for a safe movement.

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If you have any questions about the retreat, please email us – we are happy to help.  
We look forward to seeing you at the retreat.

Warm regards,
The WTM Team

MINDFULNESS FOR AN OPEN AND LIGHT HEART
October 7, 2021 – 7:00 – 8:30pm – REGISTER HERE
Speaker: Dr. Leslie Ellestad
The COVID epidemic has limited our capacity to “have fun.” In this talk, we will explore how to utilize mindfulness practice to regain our connection to a light heartedness that is essential to well – being and look at ways to engage playfulness and ease in our daily lives.

Overcoming Self-Sabotage: The Science and Spirituality of Creating Change
October 21, 2021 – 7:00 – 8:30pm – REGISTER HERE
Speaker: Katie Turner

Do you ever feel stuck in certain patterns in your life despite your best efforts to move forward? This workshop will cover the science of the theory of mind, including the conscious, subconscious and unconscious levels of the mind and the role of different approaches that target each level of the mind in creating lasting change. We will discuss the role of early experiences and traumas in keeping us stuck in receptive patterns and emotional reactions and how to break free of the impact of our past in our present reality. We will also examine the role of the ego and the soul in stepping into living in connection with our true self in the world and struggles to help us to strengthen our connection with our soul and the language of intuition in times of stress. 
Participants will gain new awareness and knowledge along with practical strategies and resources that they can implement in their own lives towards reaching their goals and breaking out of past patterns. 
   

by Katie Turner

Understanding Conditionality and its Role in Theravada Buddhism
October 13, 2021-September 28, 2022
Teacher: Anne Mahoney

The law of conditionality is the cornerstone of the Buddha’s teaching.

This year long Dhamma Study Course (October 13, 2021-September 28, 2022) is devoted to a deep exploration of both the principles of conditionality and the application of those principles to daily life.

Topics to be covered include dependent origination/dependent co-arising, the five aggregates of clinging, emptiness and the application of conditionality to the three universal characteristics (suffering, impermanence, no self).

The course will consist of both online classes and an in-person retreat.

Online classes  will be held twice monthly (2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month) from 7:00pm -9:00pm MT. Each session will involve  a practice period and a Dhamma lesson.  The retreat will be a 4 day silent residential meditation retreat.

While this course is open to all who are interested, a basic understanding of the Four Noble Truths and some meditation experience are assumed.

Teacher:               Anne Mahoney

Required reading: Selected chapters from source material

Source material:   Under the Bodhi Tree by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

                           This Being That Becomes by Dhivan Thomas Jones

                           Meditations on Perception  by Bhante Gunaratana

Cost:                   $500.00*  plus dana to the teacher for the teachings.

Registration:         For more information and to register please contact Anne at bringingawarenesstolife@gmail.com


   

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