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Beyond Coping (Online and In-Person)

October 4, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - October 25, 2022 @ 8:30 pm UTC-6

An Alive Mindfully Course with Maureen Smith & Dean Nicholson
October 4 – 25, 2022
Tuesdays at 7:00-8:30pm MDT

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Alive Mindfully

If the ever increasing stresses and demands of our modern world have you feeling that you are just coping with life, rather than living it, then Beyond Coping is the course for you.   While managing the daily challenges it can be easy to lose sight of your deeper goals and it can be difficult to feel rejuvenated and connected to the passion you have for your work and life.


Beyond Coping gives you the opportunity to connect with others who want to find a balance between life’s demands and their personal vision.  Take this opportunity to ground and strengthen yourself while creating a new way to engage with life that is sustaining and generative.


In this course you will learn Buddhist wisdom teachings on living a wholesome and awakening life.  You will explore how to develop wholesome conduct, meditation and wisdom practices, to ground and guide you.  You will learn simple and sustainable meditation practices that will help you to be centered in the midst of whatever you are doing.  

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

Course Details

Who This Course is For:

If you are interested in:

  1. learning how to unite the aspirations you have for your career and personal life
  2. learning meditation practices that you can practice everyday
  3. feeling more balanced, generative and nurtured in all you do

Then this four week course is 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 people who share similar concerns and challenges and want to stay engaged and enlivened in their work and life.
  • You will learn how the Buddhist Eightfold Noble Path can be applied to your life today.
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 35 years clinical counselling experience in health care, and is a therapist in private practice.  Dean has facilitated hundreds of therapy groups, is an educator and popular speaker and has presented at national and international conferences. 

A Buddhist 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.


Course Details

  • Location: Online (Zoom)
  • Dates: October 4 – 25, 2022
  • Time: Tuesdays from 7-8:30pm MDT 
  • Cost: $200 CAD 
Beyond Coping (Online) - Clear Sky Center


October 4, 2022 @ 7:00 pm UTC-6
October 25, 2022 @ 8:30 pm UTC-6
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