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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Fall workshops 2017: Developing skills in meditation

This series of workshops is sponsored by the Bancroft Family Health Team and led by Dr. Alan McAllister, Psychologist. In these workshops we will explore key meditation [not medication] practices and their impact on wellness and brain health. Methods will include instruction, demonstrations, guided exercises, discussion and daily home practice. The skills to be developed include:
*Watching the mind and body
*Focusing on the breath
*Monitoring the senses
*Opening the mind and heart.
These workshops are suitable for beginners as well as those wishing to extend their meditation skills and are open to all residents of North Hastings at no charge.
Each session will be held at the Place for the Arts (23 Bridge Street West) on Monday afternoons from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM on the following dates: October 30, November 20 and December 4.
For information contact Dr. McAllister at 613-334-0109.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Beginner's mind meditation workshop in Gatineau, QC, May 2017

The beginner’s mind is an open mind, unbiased and alive to discoveries. It is not to be outgrown in time but cultivated moment-to- moment. In this workshop, discussions and exercises will guide you from an open mind that reacts and wanders, to a focused mind that sustains and monitors attention, and then to an open mind that is at peace with whatever appears before it. Everyone is welcome. Whether you are new to meditation or an experienced practitioner, you will benefit from cultivating a beginner’s mind. Dr. Alan McAllister, Psychologist, will facilitate the workshop.

Monday, May 29th from 9am to 1pm at St. George's Anglican Church, 111 rue Broadway Est, Gatineau, QC.

Bring a bagged lunch. Admission free, donations to the church accepted. Register by phone or email, 819-893-2917,

An open meditation group meeting regularly in Bancroft

A meditation group open to all meets at 6:15 PM on Tuesdays in the foyer of the United Church, 1 Hastings Street South, in Bancroft . We begin with introductions all around and then have a short reading by a volunteer who is free to chose the reading from a variety of meditation traditions. We then meditate together in silence for 30 minutes. Afterwards, there is time for discussion and demonstrations of meditation techniques. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Free all-day mindfulness workshop in Bancroft (concluded)

Establishing mindfulness

Mindfulness has become associated with all things positive for our health and well-being. In this one-day workshop, led by Dr. Alan McAllister, we will explore the concept of mindfulness and the practices used for its cultivation.Through meditation exercises guided by step-by-step instructions, slide show presentations and discussion, you will learn how to focus your attention, to open up to what is occurring in your present experience and to apply mindfulness insights to everyday activities. The workshop is suitable for beginners and for those wishing to renew their meditation practice. 

This workshop is free and will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the offices of the Bancroft Family Health Team, 19 Oak Street, Bancroft, Ontario.  Participants should bring their lunch and a light snack. For further information call 613-334-0109.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Spring meditation workshop: Integrating meditation into your life (concluded)

Whether you are new to meditation or an experienced practitioner, integrating meditation into daily life can be a challenge.  This workshop led by Dr. Alan McAllister will focus not just on how to meditate but on how to establish a practice that is integral to your life.  As a foundation for this practice, a five factor model of meditation (the P.E.A.C.E model) will be developed and explored.   

The workshop is sponsored by the Bancroft Family Health Team and is open to residents of North Hastings without charge.  The workshop will be held at 19 Oak Street each Tuesday evening 5:00 to 6:30, starting April 26th and running for eight weeks until June 14th. 

Call 613-334-0109 or email for further information.