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You have permission
to prioritize your own practice.

By being well yourself you model what wellness looks like to your community. You’ve likely arrived here because you understand that mindfulness is an important practice – and you’re ready to learn, embody and understand how to integrate it into your life.

Put mindfulness and compassion into action by using powerful, evidence-based principles, experiential tools, and practices.

Join our webinar series where month-by-month
we explore important topics, each one furthering your practice and understanding of mindfulness and compassion.

LIVE and Self-paced Learning with added Resources

Each month, certified teachers, Stephanie Curran and Lisa Baylis will lead you through a LIVE one-hour webinar on unique themes to integrate mindfulness and compassion into your life. All webinars are recorded and shared with other value-added resources, including downloads and extra videos.

Guidance on Personal Mindfulness Practice in Community

Upon registration for each webinar, gain access to two BONUS 30-minute personal practices, on subsequent Thursdays of the month, with Stephanie or Lisa and our community. These sessions are designed to deepen your understanding and support your embodied experience.

Learn from Top Experts & World Renowned Guest Speakers

With each month’s registration, gain access to prerecorded video interviews of top leaders in mindfulness and compassion from around the world. These conversations align with each theme and deepen your understanding in order to integrate mindfulness and self-compassion into your life at home and work.

Unique Themes to Explore around Mindfulness and Compassion

Learn how to deepen your mindfulness and self-compassion practice through the science, the practices and the exercises designed to move you from knowing to embodying mindfulness and self-compassion. These unique sessions will take your knowledge and experience further giving you access to a stronger practice.

You can’t go anywhere these days without hearing the word “mindfulness”. But knowing it, and living or embodying it are very different experiences. It requires on-going practice and a belief that you can go through this work on your own and in community. This series will give you the foundation and support so you are not alone.

Themes we will explore:

sign up for one topic — or for them all.

Embodied Practice

October 5th, 2023

Deepen your personal practice, understand nervous system architecture and establish an intention to practice.

Trauma-Informed

November 2nd, 2023

Trauma-informed mindfulness practice is a compassionate lens of understanding that all behaviour and actions happen for a reason.

DEIB and Social Justice

December 7th, 2023

Mindfulness helps us to live a life that is truly inclusive. Become familiar with our own biases, prejudgments, prejudices, and stereotypes.

Science and Research

January 11th, 2024

The science, studies and research behind meditation & mindfulness.

Self-Compassion & Inner Critic

February 5th, 2024

Get to know your inner-critic and learn ways to motivate yourself from a more compassionate voice.

Mindful Communication

April 4th, 2024

Practice mindful, compassionate communication that you can use in the everyday moments of your life.

Mindfulness & SEL

May 9th, 2024

Learn the language of how to integrate Mindfulness and SEL to best support your students and yourself.

DETAILS ABOUT EACH WEBINAR SESSION IN THE SERIES

OCTOBER: Module 1

Embodied Practice

Details

Why is it important that we integrate our own mindfulness and self-compassion practice? When you embody the practices they show up when we need them most. Embodied mindfulness is critical for empowering sustainable well-being. 

Come build the foundations to your practice.

Bonus Resources and Practices 

Lisa and Stephanie

Free recordings

WHAT'S INCLUDED THIS MONTH

We cannot effectively and sustainably share and model mindfulness and compassion practices to people in our lives without embodying it for ourselves first. That would be akin to asking a mechanic who doesn’t know about car engines to teach you how to fix yours.

This session is a wonderful time for setting the compass and ‘beacon’ for yourself and establishing routines that enable you to embody mindfulness and compassion. Come learn with seasoned teachers, Lisa Baylis and Stephanie Curran. Participants will feel renewed and have a month’s worth of resources to support their ongoing practice.

Thursday, October 5th – ONE-hour LIVE webinar
Thursday, October 12th – 30 min Personal Practice with Lisa
Thursday, October 26th – 30 min Personal Practice with Stephanie

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED THIS MONTH

Trauma-informed practice is a compassionate lens of understanding that is rooted in the understanding that all behaviours and actions happen for a reason. Lisa and Stephanie will guide you through:

– understanding the ‘window of tolerance’

– how to bring flexibility to practice

– tuning to what’s needed with gentleness and care

– making modifications as needed. 

Learn from expert David Trelevan and highlights from Dr. Chris Willard.

Thursday, November 2nd – ONE-hour LIVE webinar
Thursday, November 16th – 30 min Personal Practice with Lisa
Thursday, November 30th – 30 min Personal Practice with Stephanie

PLUS – extra resources, reading, videos and content for you to read, watch and listen. Take what you need this month.

 

NOVEMBER: Module 2

Trauma-Informed Mindfulness

Details

How do you share mindfulness with others in a trauma-informed way? 

Trauma-informed practice is a compassionate lens of understanding that is rooted in the understanding that all behaviours and actions happen for a reason. Trauma-informed mindfulness is not about doing more but rather, about doing things differently.

Bonus pre-recorded interviews:

David Treleaven

Trauma-centre Mindfulness

Dr. Chris Willard

Psychologist & Education Consultant

DECEMBER: Module 3

Connecting Mindfulness with Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.

Details

It is important for all of us to educate ourselves on racism and sexism, especially the aspects that are not as comfortable to talk about.  Much like mindfulness practice, what we share with others needs to come first from our own reflection and embodied understanding.

Bonus pre-recorded interviews:

Monique Grey Smith

Best-selling Author, Speaker & Consultant

Dr. Dzung Vo

Pediatrician & Mindfulness Practioner

WHAT'S INCLUDED THIS MONTH

 If we are committed to living a life that is truly inclusive, we need to become familiar with and turn towards unpacking our own biases, prejudgments, prejudices, and stereotypes.

In this module, we will tread through the sometimes uncomfortable world of understanding our biases and how they can impact those around us. We will learn mindfulness and compassionate practices that will support us through the discomfort and allow us to gain a greater perspective.

Learn from expert teachers Dr. Dzung Vo and Monique Grey Smith this month.

Thursday, December 7th – ONE-hour LIVE webinar
Thursday, December 14th – 30 min Personal Practice with Lisa
Thursday, December 21st – 30 min Personal Practice with Stephanie

PLUS – extra resources, reading, videos and content for you to read, watch and listen. Take what you need this month.

WHAT'S INCLUDED THIS MONTH

Neuroplasticity is the capacity of the brain to reorganize its connections based on experience and from research in the past 2 decades, we now know that the brain can grow new neurons throughout adulthood.  While the brain does adapt on its own, we can awaken, strengthen, create, and even rewire certain neural pathways intentionally in order to boost brain function and overall health.

The more our mind wanders (activating the default narrative network in our brain), the more it tends to tilt towards negativity with anxiety, resentment, regret, and self-criticism.  When we redirect our attention back to the present moment as it is, without judging or evaluating (which accesses the direct experience network) then our “story-telling” brain calms down.

This session will share the research, the science and the “why” of mindfulness and self-compassion.

Bonus learning from Dr. Rick Hanson and Dr. Helen Weng

Thursday, January 11th – ONE-hour LIVE webinar
Monday, January 15th – 30 min Personal Practice with Lisa
Thursday, January 25th  – 30 min Personal Practice with Stephanie

PLUS – extra resources, reading, videos and content for you to read, watch and listen. Take what you need this month.

JANUARY: Module 4

Science of Mindfulness

Details

Are you ready to learn more about how to support your brain?

Mindfulness has been proven to promote positive change in the brain pathways involved in stress, focus and attention, memory, and mood. Research shows improvements in sleep, sense of well-being, increased immune function, a reduction in rumination and emotional reactivity, anxiety and depression, and a slower rate of aging in brain cells.

Bonus pre-recorded interviews:

Dr. Rick Hanson

Psychologist

Helen Weng

Clinical psychologist and Neuroscientist

FEBRUARY: Module 5

Self-Compassion and the Inner-Critic

Details

Want to know more about how to quiet the critical thoughts in your head? What about ways to meet difficult moments and feelings?

Self-compassion is the antidote to so much of the ongoing stress in our lives. This session will build the foundation to meeting yourself with kindness and care during moments of difficulty.

Bonus pre-recorded interviews:

Dr. Karen Bluth

Mindfulness and Self-compassion Teacher

Sarah Schairer

Founder and Executive Director, Compassion It

WHAT'S INCLUDED THIS MONTH

Learn what self-compassion is and is not (selfish, weak, indulgent and more!) and how to integrate essential practices with certified self-compassion teacher Lisa Baylis.

Learn to pay attention to your inner critic and direct this inner voice to become more compassionate, wise and caring. This is a session you don’t want to miss!


Bonus interviews with Karen Bluth and Sara Shairer

Monday, February 5th – ONE-hour LIVE webinar
Thursday, February 15th – 30 min Personal Practice with Lisa
Thursday, February 22nd  – 30 min Personal Practice with Stephanie

PLUS – extra resources, reading, videos and content for you to read, watch and listen. Take what you need this month.

WHAT'S INCLUDED THIS MONTH

The quality of our conversations determines to a large degree the quality of our relationships and through that, the quality of our lives. 

In this session learn and practise mindful, compassionate communication that you can use in the everyday moments of your life.

Expert guest interviews this month are Christina Barre and Tovi Scruggs-Hussain.

Thursday, April 4th – ONE-hour LIVE webinar
Thursday, April 11th – 30 min Personal Practice with Lisa
Thursday, April 18th  – 30 min Personal Practice with Stephanie

PLUS – extra resources, reading, videos and content for you to read, watch and listen. Take what you need this month.

April: Module 6

Mindful Communication

Details

Communication is a learned, cultural phenomenon and we spend a huge portion of our lives being relational. When we are not actively engaging with others, we’re either reading, writing, listening to media, or having a discussion with ourselves in our heads. 
Learn how mindful communication can directly support your sustainable well-being.

Bonus pre-recorded interviews:

Kristina Bare

Dharma Support & Therapy

Tovi Scruggs-Hussein

Leader, Healer, Speaker

May: Module 7

Integrating Mindfulness into your SEL curriculum

Details

Learn how to connect students’ inner experiences, through mindfulness, and outer experiences, through SEL, to help see the congruence between the two.

In this session, learn the language of how to integrate both of these essential approaches to best support your students and yourself.

Bonus pre-recorded interviews:

Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl

Social and Emotional Learning Expert

Meena Srinivasan

Certified Teacher & Mindfulness Educator

WHAT'S INCLUDED THIS MONTH

SEL uses an outside-in approach with a focus on teaching skills: a teacher introduces a skill such as recognizing an emotion or using “I” messages, the students practise it for a set amount of time, and then the teacher moves on to the next skill. SEL assumes that this process is enough to enable students to use the skill in all relevant, real-life situations. 

Mindfulness, on the other hand, works from the inside out, drawing on the premise that each person has the innate capacity for relationship-building qualities such as empathy and kindness—a premise that research now supports. By helping students become aware of and then embody the connection between their emotions, thoughts, and bodily sensations, students are better able to regulate their emotions, which then impacts their behaviour, stress levels, relationships, and ability to focus.

BONUS lessons from Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl and Meena Srinivasan

Thursday, May 9th – ONE-hour LIVE webinar
Thursday, May 16th – 30 min Personal Practice with Stephanie
Thursday, May 23rd – 30 min Personal Practice with Lisa

PLUS – extra resources, reading, videos and content for you to read, watch and listen. Take what you need this month.

About your instructors:

Lisa Baylis

Lisa has a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. Her work involves creating positive change in and out of schools by supporting the well-being of educators, while simultaneously building resiliency and restoring the joy of teaching. Currently, she is working as the Education Director for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, the non-profit organization created by self-compassion leaders, Chris Germer and Kristin Neff. Lisa is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher. She is the author of the best-selling book “Self-Compassion for Educators.”

Stephanie Curran

Stephanie is a licensed Practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and the owner of Elements of Health Centre in Victoria.  She is a certified instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through Brown University and has completed teacher training in Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting, Listening Mothers and Mindful Schools. As a parent, Stephanie is deeply moved and inspired to share the benefits of mindfulness with children, families and educators.  She leads a variety of programming and mindfulness initiatives in schools, workplaces and her community.

 

Hear what past participants have to say…

Consider this opportunity to learn more about mindfulness and compassion from the comfort of your home yet in a community of like-minded learners. Learners who spend time with Stephanie and Lisa know the impact these sessions have on their own well-being.

“Learning more about mindfulness this year has been an invaluable support through an especially challenging year. This year I started a new full-time job and I also had my first child, which has been mostly wonderful but also exhausting.

One of the things that I found most helpful about the mindfulness sessions was the check-ins. We supported one another with our words and shared experiences, and most importantly, realized that we were not alone in our feelings of heightened stress and anxiety.”

Dylan Moore

Middle School Teacher

“Lisa and Stephanie’s teachings have been such a blessing, their regular sessions have been so welcome and inspiring. Their messages were always what I needed to hear at the right time! I felt so supported and encouraged to grow and expand my understanding of mindfulness, which enriched my teaching and interactions with others in all parts of my life. I feel very lucky to be able to learn about and put the mindfulness practices introduced each month into play, and feel more grounded and energized each day. I would highly recommend learning from Steph and Lisa and being a part of  a wonderful community of educators and kindred spirits.”

Rosemary Symington

Kindergarten Teacher

“In a teaching year like no other, learning alongside Stephane and Lisa has been such a crucial space for building and maintaining a personal practice, as well as an amazing place for connecting with other educators around a common passion. We have built a strong, caring community of educators who share ideas about how to bring mindfulness into our teaching practice and into our own lives. Lisa and Stephanie are outstanding facilitators with so much experience and passion to share – their wisdom, their heart, and their care shine through in every single session. I cannot recommend this learning opportunity highly enough!”

Skye Hermann

Learning Services Teacher

Frequently asked question

Here are a few answers to our most common questions

Who should show up for these webinars?

This series is open to anyone working with children and is interested in deepening their own mindfulness and self-compassion practice while modelling mindfulness and self-compassion with students and growing a culture of mindfulness in their school or community. 

These webinars are for leaders, teachers, support staff, care givers, early-childhood educators, post-secondary instructors, parents and more. Everyone is welcome.

What are the objectives of these webinars?

– To offer high-quality, trauma-informed instruction, and personal guidance that creates the conditions for people of all backgrounds to deepen their own mindfulness practice.

– To provide practical training and transformational experiences that make it possible for participants to skillfully embody, adapt, and share mindfulness practices across a variety of settings and platforms.

– To enable meaningful connection and support from the growing mindfulness community and to empower participants as agents for positive change within their communities.

– To integrate mindfulness and self-compassion for participants into their daily lives to model and share these practices outward.

How long is each webinar?

Each webinar is a one-hour session. Each session is recorded and will be posted in the online platform for review for the month.

What's offered each month?

Each month you will get:

LIVE webinar on a unique topic surrounding mindfulness and self-compassion.

TWO – thirty-minute practice sessions from 4:00-4:30 pm PST on specific dates each month

BONUS previously recorded interviews with top experts on the topic from around the world, plus extra content, resources and downloadable handouts to support the montly topic.

What is the cost of each webinar?

Purchase each webinar individually for $95 CDN plus GST 

OR

Purchase the full series for $650 CDN plus GST AND get continued access to all the content throughout the webinar series.

 

Can I contact instructors if I have questions outside of the webinars?

YES! We encourage you to contact instructors via email if you have questions. Lisa and Stephanie also are available for one-on-one indivula coaching and consultations for at $150 an hour. Please reach out to us:

Lisa – lisa.l.baylis@gmail.com

Stepahnie – scurran@elementscentre.ca

 

Where do the webinars take place?

All webinars are offered online via Zoom and all curriculum, materials, and content will be hosted through a web-based service. 

What is the webinar schedule?

OCTOBER 5 – Module 1 – Embodying Practice
Oct 12 and 26 – Lisa/Steph teach

NOVEMBER 2 – Module 2- Trauma-Informed Mindfulness
Nov 16 and 30 – personal practice 

DECEMBER 7 – Module 3 – Connecting Mindfulness with Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.
December 14 and 21 – personal practice

JANUARY 11- Module 4 – Science of Mindfulness
January 18 and 25- Personal Practice

FEBRUARY 8 – Topic 5 – Self-Compassion
February 15 and 22- personal practice

APRIL 4 – Mindful Communication
April 11 an 18 – personal practice

MAY 2- Integrating Mindfulness into your SEL curriculum
May 9 and 23 – personal practice 

Who is teaching these webinars?

The course is taught by Lisa Baylis and Stephanie Curran.

 

What tools are required to participate?

You will need a computer and we recommend a laptop or desktop for the live zoom sessions. iPads, iPhones and Chrome books have limited views and features. Ensure you have privacy, a quiet space, and will not be interrupted during the sessions.

Is the webinar series self-paced?

Live webinar sessions are scheduled will be recorded and posted on the learning platform.

Practices sessions are LIVE and will NOT be recorded.

Learning materials are self paced and can be completed on your own time throughout each month.

What is your refund policy?

We understand life can throw curve balls and plans can change.
That’s we we offer a full refund minus a $25 administration fee within two-weeks of purchase date.

It’s time to prioritize you!

As an educator, I know how hard it is to make space for yourself. It’s so much easier to make time for everyone else. This is the year for you! Please join this webinar series and gain the support and connection necessary to grow your mindfulness and self-compassion practice to support your sustainable well-being so you can keep showing up for those who matter!

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Still have questions?

Feel free to reach out and email Lisa with any questions regarding our Year-Long Program. info(at)lisabaylis.com

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If you already know that you plan on joining all the sessions, then we are so excited to welcome you into the ongoing community.

Also, when you join for the whole series you will have access to ongoing content through the whole year.

 

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