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Weekly Courses and Meditation Groups
Winter 2015

Monday, 7-9 p.m

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, Saturday, Feb. 28. 2015.

Meditation Instructor: Gwen Sears
Cost: $180
Start Date: January 5, 2015

Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: Learning Through the Body
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. This course will specifically focus on body and breath awareness practices, and the relationship between body, breath and mind - cultivating an inner stillness and relaxed awareness of the mind/body process, providing conditions that support the realization through direct experience of the wisdom and the freedom of letting go of grasping at our experience.
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: $180  *See information below on Dana
Start Date: January 6, 2015

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.

7-8:30 p.m.
Join Robin Grant in the gentle and joyful practice of Qigong: (pronounce it Chee-gong) a traditional Chinese practice aligning movement and breath, to boost energy, mental focus and physical well-being. Suitable for everybody.
Followed by: a period of sitting meditation, balancing our need to both move and to be still.
Experience the difference this combination can make to your practice and daily life.

Qi Gong instructor: Robin Grant
Start Date: Ongoing drop-in basis, or register for a 12-week program beginning  Feb. 4, 2015. 
Cost: $120 for 12-week session. To register, submit this form with payment.
Or $15.00 per class (drop-in basis)

Thursday, 7-9 p.m. BECOMING FULLY HUMAN: Embracing the Truth of Impermanence, Life and Death
The natural cycle of life includes impermanence, change, growth and decay. As human beings, we are participant in this natural cycle, yet we live in varying degrees of awareness to this truth. According to the Buddhist teachings, understanding the truth of impermanence opens us to a new relationship with life and to what it is to be fully alive. In this 16-week session, we will explore themes of impermanence and death utilizing the Buddha’s teachings, guided meditations and awareness exercises. **Please note: This course is a continuation from the fall session. During the winter session we will focus specifically on themes of death and dying.

Teacher: Susan Child
Cost: $180.00  *See information below on Dana
Start date
: January 8, 2015

10a.m.-12 noon

The first hour is silent meditation. The second hour is *facilitated Dharma contemplation of selected Buddhist teachings. The practice of Dharma contemplation invites us into direct experience of the teachings and the wisdom they carry. The teachings will be drawn from the different Buddhist traditions. Some meditation experience is required. It is possible to attend the first or second hour, or both.

Teacher: Susan Child   *(note - Susan is occasionally away, and the second hour is peer-facilitated, open Dharma discussion.)
Cost: $10  *See information below on Dana
Start date:

NOTE: There will be NO Sunday morning sessions on Dec. 21, Dec. 28 and Jan. 4. Sunday morning meditation sessions will resume Jan. 11 2015.

Sunday, 3-4 p.m.
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.
Meditation instructor:  Anna Marie Cipriani
Cost:   $100.00 (child/parent pair); $25.00 (each additional child)
Start Date: Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 information session for parents; 8-week mindfulness course for children begins Jan. 18

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. (Online option is for registration only; classes are held at the Dharma Centre)

Mindfulness Meditation for Children & Youth


To register for Monday, Tuesday or Thursday meditation 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.

Cost: 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