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Train to facilitate MBCT programs with guidance from Zindel Segal, one of its co-developers.Current treatments for depression provide relief for many people, yet they face significant challenges maintaining the benefits of treatment. This workshop and meditation retreat will lead you through an innovative 5-day intensive training program designed to prevent depressive relapse among people with a history of depression. Facilitators: Zindel Segal PhD C Psych, Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Evan Collins MD FRCPC Location: Ecology Retreat Centre

This article draws on research in neuroscience, cognitive science, developmental psychology, and education, as well as scholarship from contemplative traditions concerning the cultivation of positive development, to highlight a set of mental skills and socioemotional dispositions that are central to the aims of education in the 21st century. These include self-regulatory skills associated with emotion and attention, self-representations, and prosocial dispositions such as empathy and compassion. It should be possible to strengthen these positive qualities and dispositions through systematic contemplative practices, which induce plastic changes in brain function and structure, supporting prosocial behavior and academic success in young people. These putative beneficial consequences call for focused programmatic research to better characterize which forms and frequencies of practice are most effective for which types of children and adolescents. Results from such research may help refine training programs to maximize their effectiveness at different ages and to document the changes in neural function and structure that might be induced.
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Living mindfully requires that we focus on moments as much as on outcomes. Somehow holding both the telemore lengthening or inflammation reducing benefits of mindfulness practice alongside the reality of a moment by moment noticing with no fixed agenda. Which particular resources support this capacity in each of us and how can we draw on them to transfer the insights from sitting with eyes closed to the encounters we have with our eyes open, engaged and disturbed by the world around us?

We all feel stressed, irritable, exhausted and low at times. This is completely normal. For those of us who suffer from depression, however, what starts as an ordinary bout of low mood can spiral into a full-blown depressive episode.

Body Scan (Long): Mindfulness Meditation Practice, MBCT Body ScanDr Hagen Rampes The Body Scan is a classic mindfulness practice (with acknowledgement to Jon Kabat-Zin) which is taught in mindfulness courses. The practice is best done lying down. The intention of the practice is to train one's attention to observe body sensations systematically in different parts of the body. It's best to approach the practice without any expectations.