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The following courses are offered through Oak Bay Recreation at Monterey Centre. For information and to register, phone (250) 370-7300.

♥ Cultivating Mindfulness To Cope with Stress (Foundation Course) ♥

2017: five evenings, Sept 11 to Oct 16, 7-8:30 pm, $85 *No class on Oct 9

2018: five evenings, Jan 15 to Feb 19, 7-8:30 pm, $85 *No class on Feb 12

Mindfulness means paying attention to the experiences of the present moment: with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with things as they are. It calls us to stop, breathe, observe, and connect with our inner experience. Mindfulness is best cultivatd through silent meditation and can be learned by anyone. These sessions help lay the foundation through brief talks, sensory awareness practice, attentive discussions, and suggested home practice. For the duration of the course participants are encouraged to meditate 5 to 15 minutes every day with online support freely available.

♥ NEW: Mindful Breathing ♥

2017: three evenings, Oct 23 to Nov 6, 7-8:30 pm, $54

Prerequisite: Basic meditation experience and/or completion of a course with this instructor.

Throughout the ages, meditators have practiced breath awareness to ground their moment-by-moment awareness. In this course we’ll explore techniques from such contemplative traditions as Sufi, Christianity, and Buddhism. The aim is not to find a ‘right’ technique but to deepen your practice.

♥ Practicing Loving-Kindness ♥

2018: three evenings, Feb 26 to Mar 12, 7-8:30 pm, $54

On the first night, please bring $10 for your own home-practice CD.

Loving-kindness is an ancient Buddhist practice ("metta" in Sanskrit) that continues to be relevant, especially in a world of uncertainty, polarization, and isolation. This practice can help everyone of us to develop non-judging acceptance of self and others. With gently guided practice in class and at home, you’ll learn to enrich your interpersonal relationships at work, at home, in the street, and the world at large.

♥ Mindful Eating ♥

2017: three evenings, Dec 4 to 11, 7-8:30 pm, $54

During this short course, we’ll explore how physical and emotional hunger guides our habitual responses to everyday food. You’ll learn simple ways to use mindfulness meditations and take-home tools to nurture a healthy relationship to food. Peter trained at Great Vow Zen Monastery with Jan Chozen Bays, MD, author of “Mindful eating: a guide to discovering a healthy and joyful relationship with food” (Shambhala, 2009). He continues to practice ways to greet old habits and to savour each bite.

♥ Mindfulness at the Bedside ♥

May be offered again in 2018

In spite of our best intentions, visiting someone who’s very ill or near death can be a scary and awkward experience. What can I bring - aside from flowers and grapes - when there seems little to do or say? One way is to put aside self-conscious worries and offer whole-hearted presence. During this short course we’ll practice ways of generating ease and compassion through guided meditation and simulated practice. Peter trained as End-of-Life Practitioner in San Francisco, has volunteered in palliative care at Saanich Peninsular Hospital and worked in spiritual care at Victoria Hospice.

"Peter, you are a very gifted teacher . . . I particularly appreciate the infusion of your own experience dotting the session from time to time. It creates an inversion of the 'elevated teacher' and gives vulnerability permission -- not sure that's the right word." (J.A.S.)
“Peter is skillful at guiding his students: he's introduced me to grounding my awareness in a single breath. It sounds simple, but is not so easy, The guidance of one who understands so well and helps bring me back to NOW is both a science and an art. The effect is calming, also energizing." (Pat H.)