Mindfulness in action weekly meditation drop-ins (by Zoom interactive video)
Starting again on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, we will be offering free, virtual, half-hour meditation sessions from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Pacific Time), with an optional 10 minute practice discussion from 7:30 – 7:40 p.m.
Meditation sessions are open to anyone interested in practicing different forms of mindfulness meditation, including those who have attended MBSR, MBCT, MAPS and MSC classes. We will offer a variety of movement and still meditations.
In order to attend, you will need to have access to Zoom, a free (for the basic version) interactive video conferencing software. The Zoom link to the weekly sessions (except for Tuesday October 31, when we will use a different Zoom link) follows:
Tuesdays, starting September 12, 2023, until (and including) July 30, 2024, meditation from 7:00-7:30 p.m. and post-practice discussion from 7:30-7:40 p.m. (all Pacific Time):
Meeting ID: 922 3659 1058
PLEASE NOTE: We will use a different Zoom link (below) for Oct. 31.
There will be a guest meditation facilitator on Tuesday, October 31, Dr. Mark Williams, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology at University of Oxford, and a Founding Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. The main focus of his work has been to understand how best to prevent serious clinical depression, and he will be guiding a meditation for us. For this evening, we will have an extended session, from 7 – 8pm Pacific, and will be using a different Zoom link below:
ZOOM LINK FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2023:
Topic: Tuesday meditation by Mark Williams
Time: Oct 31, 2023 7:00 – 8:00 PM Pacific Time
Zoom Meeting link:
Meeting ID: 846 4874 6456
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A flyer for the drop-ins can be downloaded here: Drop in flyer 2023-24
Some guidelines for participation:
Please note that the meditations are not offered as therapy nor meant to replace any other therapy that you are engaging in. There are times when some meditations may become activating or challenging, and you are strongly encouraged to stay within your comfort zone, or “window of tolerance”. The window of tolerance is the zone where we generally feel at ease, can learn and grow and process emotional arousal in a healthy way. Within this zone, you may feel some discomfort or stress but generally are able to function and react to stress effectively.
Here is a copy of the Window of Tolerance you can download (NICABM, 2023).
If during a meditation, you feel like you are outside your window of tolerance, here are some things you can do:
- stop the meditation
- stand up and move around
- open your eyes if they are closed
- walk and feel sensations in the legs or feet
- shift your attention outside, to sounds, or sights, or touch
- name 5 things you see, hear or feel
- take slow, deliberate breaths, with longer exhalations
- private chat your facilitator
- drink some water
Participants are asked to abide by the following guidelines:
- Confidentiality and privacy – what is shared in the room stays in the room
- Refrain from advice giving
- No cross talk
In the event of a crisis or emergency, here are some resources and numbers that you can contact in British Columbia:
Medical emergency or immediate danger from abuse or assault: 9-1-1
B.C. mental health support: 310-6789
If you are anyone you know is in crisis: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) (Canada-wide number)
Possible poisoning from any toxic substance: 1-800-567-8911
Experiencing mental health, substance use concerns and 17+, in Vancouver: 604-675-3700
Vancouver Coastal Regional Distress Line: 604-872-3311
Seniors Distress Line: 604-872-1234
Provincial suicide prevention chat line for youth: https://youthinbc.com/
Crisis Lines website: https://www.crisislines.bc.ca/#!our-members
Meditations are facilitated by the following people:
Karen is a Physiotherapist who has worked at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre for over 30 years. She has a deep interest in supporting people to strengthen their resilience and well-being through self-care and exploration of various mindfulness practices. Karen is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator through The Calm Monkey and recently completed the Mindful Self-Compassion Teaching Training program through the Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion.
Stephany has been working as an Occupational Therapist and program lead within Vancouver Coastal Health Community Mental Health Services for over 10 years. She is a Trained Facilitator of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) through the Centre for Mindfulness Studies. Stephany believes deeply in the role that mindfulness plays in supporting one’s mental health. She loves building capacity in others, both individually and at a program level, to support wellbeing and living meaningfully.
Elisabeth (Liz) Drance
Liz has a health care background in geriatric psychiatry and has a specific clinical interest in supporting family members of people living with cognitive change. She is a certified mindfulness meditation teacher (MMTCP – Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach) and is a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers’ Association. She is trained to teach Mindfulness Based Dementia Care, and is currently training to deliver Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. She is also a UCLA MARC Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS) for Daily Life facilitator. Liz enjoys sharing mindfulness with people as a key strategy for self-care and resilience in challenging times.
Tom is an Occupational Therapist, and has worked with the Vancouver Coastal Mental Health and Substance Use program since 2002, where he has designed and facilitated mindfulness based courses since 2006. He also teaches mindfulness based courses in the community, and is a teacher trainer and mentor for MBCT and MBSR facilitator trainees at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, and an advisor at the UCLA Training in Mindfulness Facilitation Program. Tom is interested in sharing his interest in the intersection of eastern and western approaches to health and wellness.
Andrea has a background in inpatient psychiatry and specializes in bringing mindfulness based treatments to both individuals and groups in multiple clinical settings. She co-facilitates fostering resilience retreats and 5-day MBCT professional trainings for health care professionals. She is a mentor for MBCT trainees at the Center for Mindfulness Studies and the UCSD Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute. She is a founding Co-Director of the North American Chapter of the Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MiCBT) Institute, and trains clinicians in the delivery of MiCBT nationally and internationally. She has been an Associate Editor for the Mindfulness journal since 2013. She completed her yoga teacher training in 2020 and has practiced in the Burmese Theravada Vipassana tradition since 2002.
Sue is a Nurse Practitioner with a primary care practice in Hope. Sue began exploring mindfulness 30 years ago, and has been maintaining a regular personal practice for the past 8 years. She completed training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto, and completed her Graduate Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Teaching and Learning from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2020. Her main health care interests are youth care and mental health. Sue has taught short mindfulness workshops in high schools, for health care professionals and for community groups since 2016. Sue is now providing MBCT groups for the rural communities of east Fraser Health. Her goal is to provide another way to improve mental health, especially for people with limited resources.
Hannah is a writer with a lifelong interest in meditation and mental health. She is a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) facilitator through the Centre For Mindfulness Studies. She lives in Edmonton. Since 2016, Hannah has facilitated MBSR programs for healthcare professionals, educators, and the wider community. She also offers mindfulness and creativity programs. Her teaching is trauma informed with a healthy dose of mindful self-compassion, playfulness, and creativity. She loves sharing mindfulness practice with others, walking alongside them on their journey of self discovery and healing.
Linda, RN, PhD, is a nurse by background. She has worked both in hospitals and education positions. She has a strong interest in complementary therapies as healing modalities. She worked extensively with patients in pain and became very interested in studying Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts. She attended classes over several years and became certified to teach MBSR in 2013. She has been teaching MBSR for 20 years with patients, hospital staff members and members of the public.
Kathy is an Occupational Therapist. She has worked at the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre since 1983, and on a Vancouver Community Mental Health and Substance Use team since 2008. She is a Certified MBSR teacher through the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, and has received mentoring for co-facilitating the Mindful Awareness and Resilence Skills for Adolescents with BC Children’s Hospital. Kathy deeply believes that all individuals have inner resiliency and strengths for mental and physical health, and that mindfulness can contribute to fostering and sustaining these resources. She is interested in working with youth and adults through the offering of individual and mindfulness-based courses for diverse populations in public health care.