Mindfulness Training: An Inside Job!
Delivering multi-week applied mindfulness programs for the workplace, and mental health and addictions, based on 50+ years of mindfulness practice and 25+ years as a mindfulness instructor.
For a list of our ongoing mindfulness practice sessions throughout the week, free and open to the public, scroll down to the bottom of this page.
Anxiety, Stress & Mindfulness Workshop Series
Beginning January 26th
There is one free seat left! (January 19th)
From Canadian Mental Health Association-NL’s web site:
Suicide Prevention Through Mindfulness Training:
Canadian Mental Health Association–NL and Safer Mindfulness Inc. provided four one-hour follow-up sessions in September and October, 3.5 months after the completion of the 8-week Suicide Prevention Through Mindfulness Training program.
Participants were asked to rate the intensity of their suicidal thoughts at the first and last sessions of the 8-week program, and the last follow-up session. There was a 41.8 per cent improvement between first and last sessions for the 8 participants who completed the program, and a 40 per cent improvement for 5 participants between the beginning of the program and the end of the follow up. This suggests that they mostly held on to their gains during the 3.5-month intervening period.
Andrew Safer and Dr. Janna Rosales, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University, presented a Zoom-based webinar on November 17th to American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) educators, graduate students, professional engineers, and academic administrators across the US.
Twenty-three per cent of those present were regular mindfulness practitioners, and 30 per cent said they practice occasionally in a poll. The 90-minute webinar focused on mindfulness, mindfulness practice, and key intersections with engineering, such as in contemplative education and in problem solving.
Fall Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
Mindful Youth Institute
September–Andrew Safer is now an Advisory Board member of the Mindful Youth Institute of Pueblo, Colorado, joining his extensive work with both youth and mindfulness over three decades.
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary
Mindfulness for Depression
Learn how awareness of your thoughts and feelings can save a whole pile of grief!
To review the outcomes from the Mindfulness for Depression pilot, click here.
June 2–A sampling of evidence-based research showing the effectiveness of Mindfulness practice for a range of mental health and addictions issues:
Presentation to College Students in India
Andrew Safer presented to Own Your Growth, an organization representing students from 20+ colleges across India whose focus is on wholistsic health. The presentation on “Anxiety, Stress & Mindfulness” went live on June 22nd.
Workshop Series Starting July 20
[To register, click here: http://bit.ly/asm2021reg]
After completing the three-month “Anxiety, Stress & Mindfulness” program in Fall 2019, through a partnership with Canadian Mental Health Association—NL, participants explained what difference Mindfulness is making in their lives ……………………………………….
- “Practicing mindfulness is a good way of pulling me out of the past or future, which triggers anxiety, and back to the present moment, which I can cope with better.”
- “The practice significantly helped me to interrupt the stories and my mind from spiralling out of control.”
- “I find I am less reactive to everyday irritants and my perspective has expanded.”
22 participants indicated an average 33% improvement (from the first session to the last) in confidence in their ability to deal with thoughts that bring on anxiety. Feeling that they have control over their thoughts, moods, and feelings increased by 32%. The belief that they can make a difference in their own lives rose by 32%.
In-Person Summer Meditation Retreat in July
To Register: http://bit.ly/summerretreat2021
Note: (June 3) Overnight accommodations are no longer available. Daytime participation is still open.
Mindfulness Training for Suicide Prevention
May 12 – June 30
10th Anniversary Celebration!!
We have been meeting for Monday Night Meditation since April 2011, so it only seemed right to mark 10 years at this! On April 12th, 12 of us met at The Lantern and 10 more joined us on Zoom.
The evening included mindfulness practice, strawberry shortcake, toasts, a reading on”The Stairway to Enlightenment”, and of course, discussion!
Anxiety, Stress & Mindfulness Course
Starts March 9th
To register: http://bit.ly/asm2021reg
Mindfulness for Physicians
Andrew Safer presented a 1.5-hour workshop to (physician) residents on Resident Awareness Day, Memorial University, on February 12th, for the Professional Residents Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Article Published in Mindful
“Meditation” on CBC Radio–Cross Talk
On January 25th, Andrew Safer appeared with Dr. Karen Bulmer, Music Department, Memorial University, on Cross Talk with Ramona Dearing. The topic? Meditation and Mindfulness. Have a listen: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-89-cross-talk/clip/15820678-meditation
Winter Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
Saturday, February 27 & Sunday, February 28
To register, click: http://bit.ly/safer2021
Pandemic Anxiety & Stress–Mindfulness Workshop Series
Registration Form: https://bit.ly/asmwinter2021reg
“Staggering Under the Weight of Anxious Thoughts”–Andrew Safer
Mindful magazine Winter 2020
Fall Retreat–Starting October 24th
Engineers and Geoscientists Learn Mindfulness for the Workplace During Pandemic
October 7, 2020
Eighty-four certificates of completion were awarded to professional engineers, geoscientists, and engineering students who attended the workshop series “How to build professional resilience through mindfulness training: A four-part PEGNL professional development series for engineering & geoscience professionals and students.”…(Click here)
Safer Mindfulness Press Release
September 3, 2020
People with Depression Find Relief in Mindfulness Training During Pandemic
ST JOHN’S, NL September 3, 2020 – Women and men with depression who participated in a pilot mindfulness training program based in St. John’s completed it with significantly lower levels of anxiety and depression symptoms, and significantly higher levels of mindfulness and psychological well-being…(Click here)
To read the Evaluation Report, click here.
Upcoming Mindfulness Training Program – Starts 9/24
[For information about the upcoming workshop series, “Mindfulness and Awareness!”, please scroll down.]
Safer Mindfulness instruction and training: For dealing with the narrator in our heads, relentless parade of thoughts and preoccupations, our reactivity, bewildering emotions, habitual ways we do things, and our perpetual busyness.
Through mindfulness-awareness meditation and related practices–which can be done anywhere, anytime–we begin to develop a way of being that is rooted in sanity and simplicity. We begin to discover insight, intelligence, and compassion, which, as it turns out, have been with us all along!
(For “Mindfulness for Depression”, and Online Mindfulness Practice Sessions, please scroll down.)
Safer Mindfulness Specializes in Multi-Week Applied Mindfulness Training Programs
- Typically 1.5-hr. weekly sessions (5 to 12 weeks)
- We introduce mindfulness in the context of addictions, anxiety and stress, depression, and the workplace.
- Presentations, discussions in pairs and in the group, and Q&A
- “Homework”: Mindfulness practice and readings
- Meet via Zoom video conferencing—join from any location–or in person
Click here for Program descriptions and evaluation outcomes.
Navigate Anxiety & Stress: The Mindful Way!
July 9 – August 20
For individual session themes, see Sessions 1-6, below poster.
For Evaluation Outcomes from the Winter/Spring “Anxiety, Stress & Mindfulness” series, click here.
Summer Mindfulness Retreat
A partnership between the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL); Dr. Janna Rosales, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University; and Andrew Safer / Safer Mindfulness. Funded through an Accelerator grant, Memorial University.
June 16 – July 17, 1:00 – 2:00 pm via Zoom
“Professional Resilience Through Mindfulness Training”
Session #1: Stress, Uncertainty & Mindfulness
Session #2: How Mindfulness Can Support Innovation & Problem-Solving
Session #3: Building Respectful Relationships with Mindfulness
Session #4: Upending Digital Distraction
Article about Mindfulness based on interview with Andrew Safer
“In a COVID-19 World, Meditation Movement with Buddhist Roots More Important Than Ever” (click here), The Telegram/Saltwire Network, June 2, 2020.
Mindfulness for Depression
To register: cmhanl.info/mfd2020
Online Mindfulness Practice Sessions
Mindfulness practice introduces a touch of sanity into our otherwise uncertain, topsy-turvy lives, particularly in the era of COVID-19.
Please consider joining one of our free practice sessions on Zoom, in the comfort of your own home, when you can.
A note about Zoom: You can connect via laptop/desktop/notebook as long as they have microphone and camera, or through your smartphone.
The Zoom app downloads when you click the link, but if you would like to be 100% sure you have the app, download Zoom Client for Meetings ahead of time. If you’re asked whether to join with video, select “Yes”.
Join us for any of these ongoing sessions…
Monday Nights: 7:15 to 8:45 pm (Newfoundland time) Sitting, Walking, and Discussion
If you are new to Zoom, plan on connecting at 7:05 pm.
Wednesdays: 12:00 to 12:30 pm, and 7:00 to 8:00 pm: Sitting, Walking, Sitting
Fridays: 12:00 to 12:45 pm Sitting, Walking, and Sitting
If you are new to Mindfulness practice, there will be instructions at the beginning of the session.
To join, specify which session in an email to: email@example.com
Next “Anxiety, Stress & Mindfulness” Workshop Series…
Book Signing at Chapters
Anxiety Relief Project Facebook-Live Talk
Anxiety, Stress & Mindfulness: Workshops Starting Sept. 25th
(Click links below…)
Mindfulness Practice Sessions Throughout the Week
Since the start of Covid, we have four practice sessions per week that are open to the public, at no charge. Sitting and walking meditation alternate.
We meet on Zoom at the following times: MONDAY 7:15 TO 8:45 pm (includes readings and discussion)*; and FRIDAY Noon to 12:45 pm.
- The Monday night practice is also in-person at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. (Cape Spear Room, 2nd Floor).
If you have not practiced mindfulness before, we will talk you through the instructions.
There is no fee. Contributions towards seats in mindfulness programs are gratefully accepted.
Safer Mindfulness workshops and training combine 52 years of experience in mindfulness practice with 27 years in mindfulness instruction, program development, and workshop facilitation.
Providing instruction and training in applying ancient wisdom and methods to address everyday challenges with clarity and resourcefulness