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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for People with Chronic Illness

Led by Dr. Patricia Dobkin

An 8-week program in "Mindfulness-Based Whole Person Care" for people with chronic illness. Dr. Dobkin works in both English and French.

October 11 - December 6, 2013

Friday, October 11, 25; 3:00-5:30 pm
Friday, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 3:00-5:30 pm
Friday, December 6; 3:00-5:30 pm

NO CLASS ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18.

Retreat Day: Saturday, November 23, 2013, 10:00 am — 4:00 pm

Location:  Montreal Institute of Applied Mindfulness, 6000 chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Suites #110-115, Montreal, Québec  H3S 1Z8. Tel.: 514.272.2832
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B
y metro: Côte-des-Neiges station

By bus: 161, 165 & (535) 
( ) Rush hour service only

Parking: Street parking is usually available.   


Cost: $550.00. Payable by cheque to McGill Programs in Whole Person Care.

Dr. Dobkin will provide receipts honored by many insurance companies.

Facing illness and medical treatment is often filled with uncertainty. In the midst of the unforeseeable, you may have concerns about your well-being and sense of self as you enter the next phase of your illness (after medical treatment). All of these feelings are natural, but these concerns can be positively mobilized and directed towards improving your quality of life.

An 8-week program entitled, “Mindfulness-Based Whole Person Care” will be offered for adults living with a chronic illness, beginning in October 2013. You will learn how to work effectively with your stress, pain, and illness. By participating with others engaged in similar struggles, you can bring to bear in your life both the uniting force of community and the solace and power of your own inner strength. In this way, you can actively encourage the healing process.

The program is modeled after the University of Massachusetts Medical School Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, which has successfully helped thousands of people with various chronic illnesses for the past 25 years. This approach teaches you to become vividly aware of your breath, your body, and every aspect of your life so that you can consciously begin to take better care of yourself. It requires purposeful dedication on your part to develop and sustain a daily practice of meditation during the 8-week course.

As a participant you will receive:

  • instruction in mindfulness meditation and mindful yoga
  • methods to enhance awareness in everyday life
  • 26 hours of class time
  • stress management techniques
  • guided mindfulness CDs and a workbook for home practice

Pre-program interviews will be scheduled during September 2013.

If you are interested, please send us the completed registration form by angelica [dot] todireanu [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email) , fax (514-398-5111) or mail (Programs in Whole Person Care, McGill University, 546 Pine Avenue West, Montreal, QC H2W 1S6) and we will contact you to schedule a pre-course interview.

Registration Form  [.doc]

We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing and bring a cushion and light blanket. You may also want to bring your own yoga mat.