De-stressing and Embracing the Mind

De-stressing and Embracing the Mind,

a Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

August 18-20, 2017




This Retreat is highly experiential and will involve the following:

  •  A variety of a guided mindfulness meditation practices (sitting, lying down, eating, walking, and loving-kindness practices).
  • Gentle mindfulness movement and stretching.
  • Extended periods of silence.
  • Mindful communication techniques to enhance learning.
  • Group discussions and activities.  

In addition to Eastern teachings, the retreat draws on key components of the well researched and evidence-based Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. The program was founded in the Centre for Mindfulness, in the University of Massachusetts Medical School.   MBSR was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 and has become a world-renowned program, which is highly respected in the Medical community. 


Some of the topics covered include may include the following:  

  • Root cause of stress
  • How to develop and establish a mindfulness meditation practice.
  • How to integrate mindfulness into daily life.
  • Learn the science behind mindfulness.
  • Explore new perspectives on patterns of reactivity and “autopilot” thinking.

No previous meditation experience is needed.  This retreat is open to everyone regardless if you are a beginner in mindfulness practices or an advanced practitioner. A supportive environment will be created to foster learning and nurture inner wisdom regardless of previous meditation experience.

About the facilitator, Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat is a Registered Psychologist, public speaker, Hatha Yoga and Laughter Yoga teacher. He is also a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher through the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Centre for Mindfulness (CFM).   Kasim has founded the Centre for Mindfulness Canada.  He has also completed a six-month retreat in Southeast Asia in silence, and appeared in various TV shows, publications, podcasts, and radio interviews.

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