A life dedicated to service...

Open to all

2017

The following courses are offered through Oak Bay Recreation, Monterey Centre. Peter donates his fees to local causes.

For information and to register, phone (250) 370-7300.

Cultivating Mindfulness To Cope with Stress

* In its 5th season *

Five (5) Mondays, 7 - 8:30 pm, January 9 to February 6, $83

Three (3) Wednesdays, 7 - 8:30 pm, July 5 to 19, $54.

Mindful awareness means paying attention to the experiences of the present moment: with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with things as they are. It invites us to stop, breathe, observe, and connect with our inner experience. Mindfulness can be learned by anyone, regardless of age or background.

This short course lays the foundation to mindful living through brief talks, sensory awareness practice, simple stretching movements (done seated, standing, or lying down), attentive discussions, and suggested at-home practice. For the duration of the course participants are encouraged to meditate 5 to 10 minutes every day with online support freely available.

Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life, a way of taking charge of your life, a way of doing something for yourself that no one else can do for you — consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life. In contrast, you’ve probably encountered moments of “mindlessness” — a loss of awareness resulting in forgetfulness, separation from self, and a sense of living mechanically. Restoring within yourself a balanced sense of health and well-being requires increased awareness of all aspects of self, including body and mind, heart and soul.

Mindful Eating

Two (2) Mondays 7 - 8:30, February 27 to March 6, $36

During this short course, we’ll discuss 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” (2009). He continues to practice ways to greet old habits and to savour all foods.

Mindfulness at the Bedside

Offered again in the Fall of 2017

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 in End-of-Life Care in San Francisco, has volunteered in palliative care at Saanich Peninsular Hospital, and worked in spiritual care at Victoria Hospice.

Practicing Loving-Kindness

Three (3) Wednesdays, 7 - 8:30pm, Aug 2 to 17, $54; On the first night, please bring $10 for a home-practice CD.

Loving-kindness is an ancient Buddhist practice (a.k.a. metta meditation) 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.

"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.)
“Mindfulness is an ancient Buddhist practice [which] has nothing to do with Buddhism per se or with becoming a Buddhist, but it has everything to do with waking up and living in harmony with oneself and with the world. It has to do with examining who we are … and with cultivating some appreciation for the fullness of each moment we are alive.”
~Jon Kabat-Zinn. (1994). Wherever you go there you are. Hyperion, p. 3.