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Weekly Courses and Meditation Groups
Winter 2016

Monday, 7-9 p.m





INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION
This 8-week course, based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, provides a solid grounding in the basic skills of mindfulness meditation. The course includes instruction and support with establishing a stable meditation practice, and cultivating mindfulness in everyday life; helping to reduce stress, quiet the mind and develop the ability to be present and at ease with life as it unfolds in each moment of experience. Includes a one-day retreat, Feb. 20, 2016. Registration limited to 20 people.

Meditation Instructor: Gwen Sears
Cost: $195
Start Date: January 4, 2016




Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: Waking Up to a New Way of Being
Mindfulness meditation is a practice that provides us with the tools to deal with the stresses and challenges of everyday life, opening us to new possibilities, emotional healing, and freedom from suffering. This 16-week course will provide teaching, guided meditation instruction and support with establishing a stable meditation practice; cultivating mindfulness in everyday life; dealing with difficult emotions and hindrances to present moment awareness The focus will be on The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Body, Feelings, Mental States, and Mind Objects (Dharma)
This course is suitable for anyone who has completed the 8-week Introduction to Meditation course, or has experience with mindfulness practice, and would like to deepen their understanding and practice.

Meditation Teacher: Susan Child
Cost: $195  *See information below on Dana
Start Date: January 5, 2016

Note: The Tuesday Mindfulness course is now available for distance on-line participation. Those who register will be sent weekly written practice instructions as well as audio links to weekly guided meditations and teachings. Please indicate on your Registration Form that you are registering for on-line participation.




Wednesday: 7-8:30 p.m.


 
MOVING INTO STILLNESS
Qigong (Chi Kung) is a moving meditation practice like Tai Chi, though easier to learn, with fewer movements, and adaptable to any state of fitness.
The power of Qigong rests in connecting soft movement with breathing. This draws mind and body into harmonious relationship, gently unwinding accumulated life stress. This tends to relax and energize at the same time. 
The first hour will be devoted to exploring the principles of Qigong.
We will then ease into a period of seated mindfulness meditation.
Note: Some may wish to participate in the Qigong portion only. See above.
Qi Gong instructor: Robin Grant www.centreforbalance.com 
Cost
:$160.00 ($110 first hour only) . A $3 service charge will be added to PayPal payments.
Starting Date: January 13, 2016 for 16 weeks

Moving Into Stillness - PayPal payment option

Class options
Thursday, 7-9 p.m. LIVING AWAKE AND IN CONNECTION WITH THE WORLD : Transforming Reactive Emotions into Awareness, Wisdom and Love
In this 16-week winter session, we will continue to explore Element Awareness practice, through direct awareness of the body, internal and external world of experience, and consciousness- cultivating conditions where insight can arise dissolving the illusion of separation allowing us to realize through direct experience the truth of our interconnection with the world around us; and, to see how underlying reactive emotions distort our perceptions and actions in the world, causing suffering for ourselves and others. Through the practice of awareness we will learn how to transform the energy of these underlying reactive emotions into wisdom and love, freeing ourselves from the suffering that is inherent in conditioned behaviour.
The course is suitable for anyone who has a solid foundation in Dharma teachings and meditation practice for at least 3 years.

Teacher: Susan Child
Cost: $195  *See information below on Dana
Start date
: January 7, 2016




Sunday,
10 a.m.-12 noon

SUNDAY MEDITATION / DHARMA CONTEMPLATION / DISCUSSION
The first hour is silent meditation. The second hour is contemplation/discussion on Dharma themes. It is possible to attend the first or second hour, or both. Open to meditators from all traditions. Some meditation experience is required.
Cost: $10 
Start date:
ongoing


Sunday, 3-4 p.m.
January

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
(AND PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS)
This course is offered as a child-parent course.  In this eight-week course children/youth and their parents/caregivers together will learn specific ways of paying attention to their breath, their body, their thoughts, their feelings and the world around them.  Research shows that this way of paying attention (mindfulness) increases attention and focus, reduces stress, anxiety and depression and increases well-being.

Ages: 4-12

(A course for teens is coming this spring. Check back for details.)

Meditation instructor:  Anna Marie Cipriani
Cost:   $110.00 (child/parent pair); $30.00 (each additional child)

Course Start Date:
January 3,  2016: Information session for parents/caregivers.
January 10, 2016: 8-Week session for children/parents/caregivers begins.
No class will be held February 14.

Registration Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015

To register via regular post for Mindfulness Meditation for Children and Youth, fill out the registration form below and mail it to the Waterloo Riverview Dharma Centre with your cheque.
Download Mindfulness Meditation for Children and Youth registration form word document
Download Mindfulness Meditation for Children and Youth registration form pdf

To pay online for Mindfulness Meditation for Children and Youth, simply download this registration form, fill it out and email it back to us. Then pay using the PayPal button below.


Mindfulness Meditation for Children & Youth - PayPal payment option



Registration



To register for Tuesday classes or Thursday classes via regular post, download this registration form and mail it to the Waterloo Riverview Dharma Centre with your cheque.

To register online, simply download this registration form, fill it out and email it back to us. Then pay using the PayPal button below. A $3 service charge will  be added for PayPal transactions.

Tuesday or Thursday Course - PayPal payment option




In keeping with the Buddhist tradition, the teachings are given freely. The fees are used to help offset the operating costs of the Centre. Meditation instructors and Dharma teachers are paid by Dana (voluntary giving/donation).

For those facing financial challenges, arrangements can be made to reduce or waive course fees. Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of ability to pay.

Dana Information

For further information, please call (519) 880-1299
or e-mail: info@wrdharmacentre.com