Mindfulness Basics


Mindfulness is a meditation practice in which we train ourselves to pay close attention to our present experience. Connecting with the present moment helps us become aware of habitual thought patterns and start to create healthier ways of responding to life’s challenges. 

Join us for this 4-week hands-on series of mindfulness meditation sessions led by certified facilitators. This series is based on the scientifically proven techniques that improve physical and mental health. Each week, you will be guided through mindful movement and various mindful meditations.
This is an introductory series suitable for beginners or those with meditation experience. You can pre-register for all 4 sessions or drop-in for as many as you like.

Tuesdays 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
January 23rd – February 13th
Centre for Social Innovation – Annex
Early bird discount when you register before January 12th: $150 ($175 after Jan 5th)
Single session – $45 each


Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention, on purpose, to the present moment and non-judgmentally. This kind of attention nurtures awareness, a different mode of mind to our usual busy, doing mode. With this practice comes greater clarity, patience, acceptance and ease. It allows us to gain access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation and healing.    ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn



Sara Escott MEd, BFA

Sara has been facilitator and educator for over 15 years. She is the co-director of In Forma Theatre, a community-based arts and education company in Toronto. Her work is grounded in the theory and practice of community-based transformation and peace-building.  She facilitates mindfulness programs to adults, youth and children. Sara has a Masters in Adult Education and Community Development (OISE/UT), and an Honours BFA in Theatre Directing (York University). Sara is a Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor (Centre for Mindfulness Studies & University of Toronto) and SMART Education (Mindfulness Everyday).

Judy Waldman RN, MN, NP-PHC, RYT

Judy is a Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience in mental health nursing. She has a private psychotherapy practice specializing in managing trauma, anxiety, and depression. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher and incorporates yoga and mindfulness practices into psychotherapy. Judy is a Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor from The Centre for Mindfulness Studies (certified through the University of Toronto).