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PIW 201 Mindfulness: 3-Day Non-residential Retreat

Course Description

The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is designed to introduce mindfulness meditation and body awareness practice as a way of reducing stress and developing greater balance, control and fuller participation in your life. It does this through guided instruction in meditation, gentle yoga - based stretching, and group dialogue; and to encourage the application of body/mind awareness into everyday living. Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate in a new way to whatever is happening in your life, including the challenges of stress, anxiety, depression, pain, illness and everyday demands. You will learn skills to help you let go of the past, worry less about the future and live in the present with more balance and peace. This program is adapted from the 8-week MBSR program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD for the Stress Reduction Clinic at the UMass Medical Centre that has been offered around the world for over 30 years.

Course Details

Through the support from the University of Calgary’s Taylor Institute of Teaching and Learning, this 3-day intensive non-residential retreat will help you cultivate present moment awareness in promoting personal and professional well-being. It is important that you reserve and commit to the entire program in order to gain the full benefits. Therefore the use of electronic devices is prohibited during the program, and we would encourage you to not use them at all during your time at the retreat.


You will be engaging in meditation and mindful movement exercises, so please bring


  • a yoga mat, this is necessary as extras will not be provided,
  • a meditation cushion if you wish; chairs will also be available,
  • loose comfortable clothing, a blanket and pillow will also add to your comfort,
  • a water bottle and coffee/tea mug,


At the end of this program you will learn:

  • How to reduce and handle stress more skillfully.
  • Methods to improve your ability to concentrate and think with clarity.
  • To deal with difficulties in your life with clarity and awareness.
  • To participate in your own wellness and health.
  • To be aware and free of old, unhelpful habits.


Simple vegetarian sandwiches and coffee is included in the course fee. Participants will have access to a kitchen area if they prefer to make tea. Please bring any additional snacks or beverages, as supplies will be limited. Once registrations have closed, participants will receive an email to notify the organizers for any diet restrictions (vegan, gluten free, or allergies).

For University of Calgary employees (faculty and staff) who are interested in taking this course, please note that time off must be approved from your supervisor/manager. Space is limited, so register early.

Thank you for your interest in this course. Unfortunately, the course you have selected is currently not open for enrolment. Please complete a Course Inquiry so that we may promptly notify you when enrolment opens.

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