Mindful Living Course: For stress reduction and increased well-being in B.C. (8 week course)

Mindful Living Kelowna is a 8-week course based on the MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) program from the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It will inform and include practice in mindfulness & meditation, light stretching, personal reflection, and awareness practices. Participants can develop a mindfulness practice to integrate into their day-to-day lives.  No experience needed. All welcome. Registration in advance is required.

Date: Mondays, Sept. 25 - Nov. 20, 2017 (no class Thanksgiving Monday)
Mondays, Jan. 15 - March 12,  2018  (no class Feb 12 - Family Day)
Time: 7:15pm - 8:45pm
Location: Kelowna Yoga House, 1272 St. Paul St., Kelowna. B.C. (map)
Regular Price: $250
Includes: binder, handouts and CD


A Morning of Kindfulness in Kelowna, B.C. (1/2 Day Workshop)

A Morning of Kindfulness

Mindfulness Meditation allows us to slow down and quiet the mind, developing an ability to be calm and centred. It's regular practice trains the mind to stay where we would like and develops focus and concentration. This is particularly helpful for managing stress and has a positive effect on our body and emotional/mental states, as research has shown in recent years. 

Including Loving Kindness practice softens the impact of the judging monkey mind so that we can be more compassionate and kind to ourselves and others.  With its practice, we can cultivate a sense of warmth, caring and friendliness to meet whatever life brings our way. Take time for rest, focus and kindness and be part of this 1/2 day urban retreat.

Date: Sunday November 5th, 2017
Time: 9:30am - 1:00pm
Location:  Kelowna Yoga House, 1272 St. Paul St., Kelowna. B.C. (map)
Regular Price: $30 (subsidy available for low income)
Registration in advance is required



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Mindful Self-care and Compassion: A One Day Retreat for Professionals

Self-care and compassion are competencies needed more and more in both our personal and professional lives, if we are to meet the demands, challenges and stressors that face us in todays world.

You are invited to slow down, relax and refresh. You are invited to learn about activities that support self care and self compassion including mindfulness meditation, light stretching, and relaxation practices. Increase awareness of what you need to support your well-being with personal and professional assessments. Come for your personal self-care and learn how to extend that into a busy work life.  Some personal time will be provided. 

Date: Sunday November 26, 2017
Location: Kelowna Yoga House, 1272 St. Paul St., Kelowna. B.C. (map)
Time: 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Introductory Cost: $79 - non-refundable payment upon registration
Includes: binder and handouts


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Mindfulness and Meditation for Beginners/Beginner Mind: A three day residential retreat, in Kelowna B.C.

“Cultivating mindfulness can lead to the discovery of deep realms of relaxation, calmness and insight within yourself. It is as if you were to come upon a new territory, previously unknown to you, or only vaguely suspected, which contains a veritable wellspring of positive energy of self-understanding and healing. The path to it, in any moment, lies no further than your own body and mind and your breathing.”

~ Jon Kabit-Zinn

THE RETREAT

This weekend residential retreat is an invitation to explore and look into your own life for well-being and self-understanding through the practices of mindfulness and meditation. 

Grounded in the MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) program from the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, it will inform and include practice in meditation, mindful reflection, and awareness of the body, through group and individual activity with time to relax enjoy this peaceful property overlooking Okanagon Lake. 

Whether new to mindfulness and meditation, or looking to deepen a practice, we all can benefit from a beginner mind perspective.

Date: Friday, March 2 to Sunday, March 4, 2018
Location: Seton House of Prayer, 5819 Chute Lake Rd., Kelowna, B.C. (map)
Regular Price: $225.00 + Dana/donation
Rates are for accommodation, meals and course fee. They do not include instructor fee. Sharon is sharing her experience within the traditional understanding of Dana.

What is Dana? Teachers teaching by dana do so freely so that anyone, no matter their financial means can attend classes. Each time one receives teachings, it is an opportunity to consciously practice generosity. Giving money and other means of support, expresses gratitude and support to the teacher and helps to ensure that these teachings continue. Each person receiving teachings determines the kind and amount of Dāna/Generous donation that they will give. A suggested general amount is $20-30 per day, however one gives according to ones heart and one's financial means. When deciding how much to offer one should think about what these teachings mean to you and try to give accordingly. It is recommended that an offering of dāna is made at the beginning of a class or retreat which establishes the intention to make the most of this opportunity. One can give additionally if they choose.

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Money, Mind & Transformation: A Money Coaching Retreat

The Money, Mind and Transformation retreat is a powerful and enriching workshop and weekend retreat that past participants report changed their relationship with money. Through awareness practice, reflection and exercises, you will explore hidden money patterns, money related beliefs and the obstacles that have prevented you from experiencing a more fulfilling, resourceful and prosperous life. The weekend will include daily mindfulness meditation practice and time for relaxation and reflection in this country retreat setting. 

Over the weekend you will work through the four-step money coaching foundation process of: 

  • identifying underlying “hard-wired” patterns
  • determining “core issues” that stem from this patterning
  • beginning to gain new awareness and understanding about these patterns
  • accessing insight into unconscious money attitudes, beliefs & behaviors

Money Coaching is exciting work that provides you with the opportunity to experience tremendous growth both personally and professionally. During the weekend you will examine and come to understand your own relationship with money and bring to awareness blockages that may have been keeping you from experiencing your potential. 

Participants will be required to complete preparatory work before coming to the retreat. Through this workshop process you are fully immersed and engaged in your own money growth and as such need to attend all sessions. There are limited spaces available for this weekend retreat for women and a commitment to this process is required. 

Note: Individual coaching to work more deeply with the foundational activities is available post retreat.

Date: July 20-22, 2018
Location: Thirteen Moons Wellness, 499 Line Road 6, Norwood, ON  
Note: since limited spaces are available for this retreat, camping may be an option if spaces fill and others would like to participate.
Includes: binder and handouts

The retreat will begin on Friday evening at 7:30 pm with an opening circle and finish up on Sunday afternoon approximately 4pm.

People can arrive after 4 pm on to settle in and there will be a light dinner served Friday evening at 6:00pm.

Approximate Schedule: subject to change

Friday
4: 00pm - arrive and settle into your shared accommodation
6:00pm - dinner
7:30pm to 9:30pm - Introduction and evening session

Saturday 
8:30am - breakfast
9:30am to 11:30am - session
12:30pm - Lunch
2:00pm to 4:00pm -  session
6:00pm - dinner
7:30pm to 9:30pm - session

Sunday
8:30am - breakfast
9:30am to 12:00 noon - session
12:30pm - Lunch
2:00pm to 4:00pm - session

Rates:
3 day, 2 night price: $ 399 + dana
Early bird by May 1: $ 359 + dana

Must be paid in full by May 1 to receive early bird rate.
Registration closes July 13th.
Payment due upon registration; if payment plan needed please ask.

Rates:  
Rates include shared accommodation and all meals, which are vegetarian. They do not include any instructor fee. Sharon is sharing her experience within the traditional understanding of Dana. To understand Dana, please read the following:

What is Dana? Teachers teaching by “Dana”, teach freely so that anyone, no matter their financial means, can attend classes. Each time one receives teaching it is an opportunity to consciously practice generosity. Giving money and other means of support expresses gratitude and support to the teacher and helps to ensure that these teachings continue. Each person receiving teachings determines the kind and amount of Dāna/Generous donation that they wish to give. This is not an exchange; it is a practice of openness and giving freely. This practice brings awareness to thoughts, feelings and actions around money. A suggested general amount is $20-40 per day, (cash or cheque) however one gives according to ones heart and one's financial means. When deciding how much to offer one should think about what these teachings mean to you and try to give accordingly. It is recommended that an offering of dāna be made at the beginning of a class or retreat, to establish the intention to make the most of this opportunity. One can give additionally and to whatever amount they choose. Dana is given at the time of the retreat.]

To Register: email Sharon at sharonedavison@gmail.com

Payment will reserve your spot: 

  1. You may pay by cheque. 
  2. By Email transfer

Once registration form received, you will be emailed and asked to make payment at that time. Full payment is required by July 1st by any person who has registered. If spaces are available after July 1st full payment will be required at time of registration and is non refundable. 

What to Bring: 

  • for stay – facecloth, towel and toiletries 
  • for class – your favourite meditation cushion/bench, and yoga mat if you prefer. 

Please note: Thirteen Moons is a non-smoking facility. Please familiarize yourself with other guidelines they have listed on their website that will apply to your stay. 

The Facilitator: 

Sharon e. Davison is a facilitator, coach, trainer, and meditation practitioner who holds a degree (B Ed. Adult) from Brock University, a Career and Work Counsellor diploma, and is certified Money Coach through the Money Coaching Institute in California. The common focus in her work is increasing awareness and making behavioural shifts.

Believing that awareness and learning are fundamental for growth and development, Sharon creates and delivers training on topics such as mindfulness and stress reduction, increasing awareness for well-being, understanding your relationship with money, navigating through change, and professional development training for career coaches and facilitators. 

Sharon’s background in mindfulness meditation is varied. In 2011 sh.e completed professional training under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli, directors of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at Massachusetts Medical. Sharon is a graduate of the Inter-Professional Certificate program in Applied Mindfulness Meditation from the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. She joined the faculty of this program in the fall of 2014.

Sharon has received teachings and empowerments from meditation masters such as Thich Nhat Hanh, His Holiness 17th Karmapa, and Canadian born Namgyal Rinpoche. She currently studies with Lama Lena (Yeshe Katyup), a master of Dzogchen meditation.

Sharon has been leading retreats since 2010 for those new to meditation, those who wish to deepen practice, or those who are interested in exploring universal topics, such as abundance and well-being. Sharon is particularly interested in awareness teachings being applied to work environments, daily living, and how to have a holistic perspective as a life practice. She believes these are exciting times we live in as new universal themes emerge from a synthesis of Western & Eastern teachings, modern sciences including neuroeconomics and neuroscience, a broadening scope in coaching, and other spiritual, religious & wisdom traditions.


 

Keeping Kindfulness in Mind: A Mindfulness and Loving Kindness Meditation Retreat

Date: July 27 - August 1, 2018 (weekend option available)
Location: Dharma Centre of Canada, 1886 Galway Road, Kinmount ON. 
www.dharmacentre.org or info@dharmacentre.org to register.

More details to follow.


Money, Mind & Transformation: A money coaching circle, in Kelowna B.C.

Money, Mind and Transformation is a powerful and enriching 5-week workshop that past participants report has changed their relationship with money. Through awareness practice, reflection and exercises, you will explore the obstacles that have prevented you from experiencing a more fulfilling, resourceful and prosperous life. You will work through the four-step money coaching foundation process of:

  • identifying underlying “hard-wired” patterns
  • determining “core issues” that stem from this patterning
  • beginning to gain new awareness and understanding about these patterns
  • accessing insight into unconscious money attitudes, beliefs & behaviors

Money Coaching is exciting work that provides you with the opportunity to experience tremendous growth both personally and professionally. During the workshop you will examine and come to understand your own relationship with money and bring to awareness blockages that may have been keeping you from experiencing your potential.

Participants will be required to complete preparatory work before attending the first session. Through this workshop process you are fully immersed and engaged in your own money growth and as such need to attend all sessions. There are limited spaces available for this workshop and a commitment to this process is required.

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Regular Price: $129
Includes: binder and handouts


Practicing Kindfulness

Are you in need of some time away to refresh, renew and revitalize?
Do you know how to pay attention and calm your mind?
Are you looking for a way to respond rather than react to stress?
Do you wish to experience more compassion and kindness in the world?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you are invited to explore and look into your own life for well-being and self-understanding through the practices of mindfulness and meditation. This 5 day retreat is grounded in the MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) program from the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and it will inform and include practice in meditation, mindful reflection, and awareness of the body, through group and individual activity with time to relax in the beauty of a rural setting. Away from the busy-ness of noisy and hectic lives, we can come home to our own experience, to nature, and access an inner quiet where we can find meaning and purpose.

During the weekend we will work with the practice of mindfulness meditation as the means of developing and opening into calm and spacious awareness. Continuing with mindfulness practices after the weekend, we will include loving-kindness practice and other related activities. We will practice generating and integrating friendliness into our experience of ourselves and the interconnected nature of life that we are a part of.

Whether new to mindfulness and meditation, or looking to deepen a practice, we all can benefit from practicing mindfulness and kindfulness. Come away to learn and practice without the distraction of your busy day-to-day life. A weekend only option is available, for those who are not able to commit to the full 5 days. Participants will have the opportunity to develop a mindfulness and meditation practice that can be integrated into their daily lives and will take away a reminder of the benefit of living from the heart with kindfulness. 

“Cultivating mindfulness can lead to the discovery of deep realms of relaxation, calmness and insight within yourself. It is as if you were to come upon a new territory, previously unknown to you, or only vaguely suspected, which contains a veritable wellspring of positive energy of self-understanding and healing. The path to it, in any moment, lies no further than your own body and mind and your breathing." 
~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

Date: 
Friday June 16 to Wednesday June 21, 2017
(a weekend only, 2 night option is possible)

The retreat will begin Friday evening with an opening circle and finish up on Wednesday afternoon after lunch. There will be a light dinner served Friday evening at 6:00pm. People can arrive from 4 pm on to settle in, have a tea, or walk the trails.

Those coming for the weekend only, your retreat would finish after the Sunday afternoon class, approx. 4:00pm.  

Location: 

Hub & Hearth Centre
675335 Hurontario St., Mono Township, ON (North of Orangeville)
https://www.facebook.com/HubandHearth

Cost: 5 night: $550.00  |  2 night: $350.00

About Rates:  

Rates are for shared accommodation, meals and course fee. They do not include any instructor fee. Sharon is offering her experience within the traditional understanding of Dana. To understand Dana, please read below.   

A 50% deposit is due upon registration, with 50% balance to be paid no later than 14 days before the retreat. Rates may be reduced with a maximum number registering. Donations are welcome to help provide a subsidized space in this retreat. All donations and payments are non refundable. A payment plan is possible if this helps to budget and attend. Please email Sharon to make an agreement.

What is Dana? Teachers teaching by dana do so freely so that anyone, no matter their financial means can attend classes. Each time one receives teachings, it is an opportunity to consciously practice generosity. Giving money and other means of support, expresses gratitude and support to the teacher and helps to ensure that these teachings continue. Each person receiving teachings determines the kind and amount of Dāna/Generous donation that they will give. A suggested general amount is $20-30 per day, however one gives according to ones heart and one's financial means. When deciding how much to offer one should think about what these teachings mean to you and try to give accordingly. It is recommended that an offering of dāna is made at the beginning of a class or retreat which establishes the intention to make the most of this opportunity. One can give additionally if they choose.

For more information and to register:
sharonedavison@gmail.com
or call 250 212-0752 to leave message and have your called returned.

 


 

Mindful Practice

Mindful Practice can be your time for practicing mindfulness meditation away from the busy-ness of a daily routine, whether it is the only time in the week you can manage or is a supplement to your personal practice time. Coming together with others who are also developing or deepening a mindfulness practice supports ones own practice and supports others in theirs. Like-minded people gather together, practicing in silence, as a way to build community and strengthen the tools they may have learned in MBSR, Mindful Living*, or other mindfulness programs or retreats. 

Sessions can include sitting meditation, walking meditation, and other practices dependent on the needs of those in attendance. 

Please take a moment to quiet and centre when joining each evening.

*Mindful Living refers to the name and contents of all workshops, courses and retreats developed by Sharon e. Davison: all rights reserved.


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A Morning of Mindfulness

Being mindful we can experience a sense of calm and spaciousness that has often been forgotten in the busyness of life. Mindfulness meditation, relaxation and other reflective practices can help us grow the energy of mindfulness for enjoying life, accepting and being with our experiences, and transforming the busy mind and tense body that magnifies our stress. Mindfulness can become a gateway to the spiritual and contemplative life if we choose to deepen inner awareness.

We might have heard mindfulness described in numerous ways and would like to know more. During this 1/2 day retreat at Kelowna Yoga House learn about mindfulness, practice together with others, and discover how formal and informal mindfulness can impact and benefit you. Come by yourself or bring a friend. Take time for rest & focus and cultivate the rich energy of the present moment.

Regular Price: $30 (subsidy available to low income)
Registration is required.


 

Mindfulness and Meditation for Beginners/Beginner Mind Retreat

“Cultivating mindfulness can lead to the discovery of deep realms of relaxation, calmness and insight within yourself. It is as if you were to come upon a new territory, previously unknown to you, or only vaguely suspected, which contains a veritable wellspring of positive energy of self-understanding and healing. The path to it, in any moment, lies no further than your own body and mind and your breathing." ~ Jon Kabit-Zinn

This weekend course is an invitation to explore and look into your own life for well-being and self-understanding through the practices of mindfulness and meditation. Grounded in the MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) program from the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, it will inform and include practice in meditation, mindful reflection, and awareness of the body, through group and individual activity with time to relax and explore the beauty of this rural setting. Whether new to mindfulness and meditation, or looking to deepen a practice, we all can benefit from a beginner mind perspective.

Rates:  
Rates are usually for accommodation, meals and course fee. They do not include any instructor fee. Sharon is sharing her experience within the traditional understanding of Dana. To understand Dana, please read the following:

What is Dana? Teachers teaching by dana do so freely so that anyone, no matter their financial means can attend classes. Each time one receives teachings, it is an opportunity to consciously practice generosity. Giving money and other means of support, expresses gratitude and support to the teacher and helps to ensure that these teachings continue. Each person receiving teachings determines the kind and amount of Dāna/Generous donation that they will give. A suggested general amount is $20-30 per day, however one gives according to ones heart and one's financial means. When deciding how much to offer one should think about what these teachings mean to you and try to give accordingly. It is recommended that an offering of dāna is made at the beginning of a class or retreat which establishes the intention to make the most of this opportunity. One can give additionally if they choose.

Contact Sharon if you are interested if offering these retreats at your centre or location.