Mindfulness and meditation sessions

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Learn how to quiet your mind and find calm by practicing meditation and mindfulness. Every Thursday, join professor André Vellino for a free drop-in one-hour session!

Note: French sessions are also available on Mondays.


Half-Day Mindfulness Retreat: Saturday, July 18, 2020

Practicing meditation over a sustained period can be deepen one's stability and continuity of mindfulness and strengthen one's the ability to respond to anxiety and stress that arise from the unprecedented events of Covid-19 and its associated uncertainties about the future.

This half-day of mindfulness (10AM to 2PM) will include instructions on mindfulness of breathing, walking and a full body-scan as well as a mindfulness of eating period at lunch and instructions on mindfulness of thinking.  There will also be an opportunity for questions and answers with the instructors

With: Professors Catherine Collobert and André Vellino

When: Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

How to participate: The activity is free! Please write to Catherine Collobert or André Vellino to RSVP and to get a link, or join us on Saturday and wait to be let in with this link or https://zoom.us/j/99976178083?pwd=NGpDcmw0S0IzZlJod1A1bUlJdzM0QT09 


Weekly sessions

We are in a difficult period, one that challenges many us to find inner balance. Mindfulness meditation is one method that can help us face such an unprecedented situation as the Covid-19 pandemic with equanimity and stability.

Mindfulness meditation can help us cope with the fear, anxiety and stress that arise from these unprecedented events. The uncertainties about the future are now particularly acute and they are often confusing and upsetting.

These meditation sessions will introduce you to practices that aim to develop stability, nurture freedom from anxiety and cultivate compassion for self and others.

With: Professor André Vellino

When: Every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. until the end of July, except on June 25 and July 2, where no sessions will be held.

Where: Join virtually via Zoom, click here or https://zoom.us/j/572275059

Format: The practice of mindfulness meditation teaches you to pay close attention to your mental states and observe them so as to respond not with reactivity but with wisdom. These sessions will include a guided meditation, followed by a Q&A session and exercises that reinforce your practice between sessions.

Language: English

Other information: No reservation and no cost. Just drop in!


This activity is informed by the work of the Academy for Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies (AMCS), a University of Ottawa interdisciplinary group of faculty and students who share a common interest in the study and application of mindfulness and contemplation.

Listen to the AMCS's very own prof. André Vellino in this interview with Radio-Canada, where he talks about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness! (content in French)

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