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Beyond Coping (Online)

January 11, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - February 1, 2022 @ 8:30 pm UTC-6

An Alive Mindfully Course with Maureen Smith & Dean Nicholson
January 11 – February 1, 2022
Tuesdays at 7:00-8:30pm MDT

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Alive Mindfully

Choosing to work in the caregiving professions is a wonderful opportunity to be of service and an agent of wellness. 

The increasing work loads and complex demands of people-focussed work have made this work more challenging.  It can be difficult to maintain our own health and wellness while navigating these pressures.  This course gives you the opportunity to connect with others who understand these challenges.

Take this opportunity to ground and strengthen yourself while learning practical mindfulness approach for engaging with your work and personal life.

Learn how to feel grounded, rejuvenated and connected to the passion that brought you into the caregiving field.  Discover how to remain engaged in the work you do in a way that is generative and nurturing. Learn how to move from coping to Beyond Coping.

We are delighted to share this course that is being offered in collaboration with our friends at Alive Mindfully. 

Join with other caregivers who want to enjoy their work and no longer cope by shutting down, numbing out or closing off.  In this course you will gain an understanding of the deeper reasons that you are both enlivened and challenged in your work.  Join us to learn simple and sustainable mindfulness tools that will help you to leverage your natural capabilities to maintain health and balance.  

Course Details

Who This Course is For:

If you are in a caregiving profession and you want to learn skills to be generative and nurtured in the work you do, this four week course is designed for you.  

What Can I Expect?

  • In this course you will learn essential tools to develop Deep Mindfulness. 
  • You will have the support of like minded colleagues who share similar concerns and challenges and want to stay engaged and enlivened in their work.
  • You will  learn how to recognize and overcome perspectives and habits that can keep you stuck even as you try to change and grow.
  • You will learn a specific mindfulness approach to decrease unconscious patterns and increase your ability to actively choose thoughts and behaviours that generate well-being.
Ecologial Grief and meditation in nature

Meet your Teachers

Alive Mindfully
Maureen Smith- Clear Sky Center

Maureen Smith

A Registered Clinical Social Worker, Maureen has been a Mental Health and Substance Use Counsellor for over 9 years and previously worked in Hospice and Palliative Care.   She is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) facilitator and meditation teacher.

Since 2005, Maureen has been a resident and co-manager of the Clear Sky Retreat Center.  For over 20 years Maureen has been studying meditation and mindfulness with awakening masters Doug Duncan Sensei and Catherine Pawasarat Sensei.   Maureen gets excited finding ways to blend her spiritual and professional work life in a delicately woven tapestry.  Her life’s purpose is exploring consciousness and gaining wisdom into human nature in order to support people to grow into fully developed human beings. 

During her time-out relaxation moments, Maureen enjoys gazing at the sky through leaves on tree branches, hiking, creating art and reading.

Dean Nicholson

Dean has a Masters in Counselling Psychology.  He is the Executive Director of East Kootenay Addiction Services Society with over 30 years clinical counselling experience in the mental health care field.  Dean’s areas of interest and expertise include depression and anxiety, trauma, addictions and spiritual growth.   He has supported thousands of people through individual and group therapy.   He has also conducted cutting edge research on substance use and trauma, and has presented at national and international conferences. 

A meditation practitioner and resident at the Clear Sky Meditation Center, Dean is a student of Doug Duncan Sensei and Catherine Pawasarat Sensei. Dean actively lives the healing practices he teaches his clients.

In his quieter moments Dean enjoys film and literature, and exploring the natural history of the East Kootenay area.

Course Details

  • Location: Online (Zoom)
  • Dates: January 11 – February 1, 2022
  • Time: Tuesdays from 7-8:30pm MDT 
  • Cost: $200 CAD 
Beyond Coping (Online) - Clear Sky Center


January 11, 2022 @ 7:00 pm UTC-6
February 1, 2022 @ 8:30 pm UTC-6
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