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Finding Balance Amidst Crisis: The Science and Practice of Mindfulness
June 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The OPTIONS Program
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Date: Thursday June 18, 2020
Time: 3:00 -4:00 pm EST
As we collectively and individually experience a global pandemic, we each face a broad set of challenges that span across our professional and personal lives. The complexity and uncertainty of the situation is leading to an increase in individual distress and burnout, which naturally extends to the communities and systems of which we are part. Therefore, it is crucial at this time to explore knowledge and skillsets that can support each of us to effectively develop and maintain resiliency and wellbeing.
In this session, we will explore the scientific perspective that is driving the current interest and popularity of mindfulness practice in the public sectors of healthcare, education and workplace. This exploration will be grounded in a mixture of 1) didactic presentation (focused on the research and evidence base for mindfulness) and 2) practical hands-on mindfulness based activities that be applied right away to daily life.
About the Facilitator
Elli Weisbaum has worked internationally facilitating mindfulness workshops and retreats within the sectors of education, healthcare and business. This has included work in Canada, Bhutan, India, Germany, France, the UK and USA. She is currently based at the University of Toronto as an instructor for the Applied Mindfulness and Meditation Certificate Program and a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Medicine. Her thesis research focuses on applying mindfulness to physician wellbeing. She is a certified teacher in the Search Inside Yourself (SIY) program which was developed at Google Headquarters and brings together mindfulness, emotional intelligence and neuroscience. Since 2015 she has been a member of the Mindfulness Project Team at The Hospital for Sick Children, which acts as a hub for mindfulness initiatives across the hospital. She is a board member for the Mindfulness in Education Network (MiEN) and is on the health docket review team for the Pollination Project, which gives out seed grants to individual changemakers all over the world. She attended her first retreat with Zen Master and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh (TNH) at the age of ten. After completing a masters degree focused on integrating mindfulness into education, she spent a year as the international program coordinator for Wake Up Schools, a global initiative to cultivate mindfulness in education started by Thich Nhat Hanh. Elli’s novel background in both academic research and traditional mindfulness practice provides a distinct approach to her ongoing work teaching and researching in the field. www.elliweisbaum.com