Adult Courses



What is MBSR?

MBSR is an approach to self-care that helps deal with stress, pain and illness. The MBSR course teaches people to focus awareness on body sensations, thoughts, and emotions in a nonjudgmental way.

This course is modeled on the program developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Kabat-Zinn’s program is evidence-based and applied all over the world.

The course consists of eight weekly classes and one day-long class. It is designed to introduce mindfulness practice as a way of reducing stress and developing greater balance, control and participation in one’s life.

You will learn:

  1. How to reduce and relate to stress
  2. How to improve your ability to concentrate and think clearly
  3. How to deal with difficulties in your life with balance and awareness
  4. How to participate in your own wellness and health
  5. How to cultivate your natural capacity to care for yourself and find greater ease and peace of mind.

MBSR (Mindfulness-based stress reduction)

When: Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:00 pm, April 9th to June 11th
April 9th: Information session 6:30 to 7:30 pm
June 1st: Day of Mindfulness, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Heartwood House, 404 McArthur Avenue, Ottawa

Introduction to Mindfulness

When: Mondays, 7:30 to 8:30 pm January 16th to February 20th
Where: Younion Studio 123, Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa


Sonja Roth is a certified MBSR teacher (MBSR Ottawa) and founder of MBSRjunior, a mindfulness program specifically designed for teens. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education and is a certified coach. She has successfully led numerous mindfulness courses. Sonja is a long-time meditator and committed to make the benefits of mindfulness available to everyone. For more information please visit;


To register please contact Sonja at, or call 613 797 5607. Participation fee is $395.
This course offers special rates for parents with children treated by the CHEO department of Rheumatology and for members, staff and volunteers of the Heartwood House.


Mindful Teens

When: Thursdays, 5:00 to 6:00pm, January 10th to February 14th 2019
Location: Younion, 123 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa

Mindful Parenting (2-hour workshop)

When: January 23rd and February 20th, 7:00 to 9:00pm
Location: Mindfulness at Centrepointe, 261 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa

Please register at


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