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Beyond Coping (Online and In-Person)

October 5, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - October 26, 2021 @ 8:30 pm UTC-6

An Alive Mindfully Course with Maureen Smith & Dean Nicholson
October 5 – 26, 2021
Tuesdays at 7:00-8:30pm MDT

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Alive Mindfully

As workers in the caregiving professions, we all face the challenges of heavy work loads and increasingly complex demands. While managing the daily challenges it can be difficult to feel rejuvenated and connected to the passion you have for your work.

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

Beyond Coping gives you the opportunity to connect with others who understand the stresses of the work you do. Take this opportunity to ground and strengthen yourself while creating a new and generative passion for your work.

In this course you will explore the deeper reasons that you are both enlivened and challenged in your work. You will learn simple and sustainable mindfulness tools to leverage your natural capabilities developing new areas of growth. You will discover how to remain committed to the work you do in a way that is generative and nurturing.

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 become more aware of perspectives and habits that you keep in place even as you try to change and grow.
  • You will learn how the Freedom Tree training is your key to decreasing the unconscious reactions driving your thinking and behaviour.
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 health care.  Dean has facilitated hundreds of therapy groups, is an educator and popular speaker.   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.

For fun Dean enjoys music, film and literature, and exploring the natural history of the East Kootenay area.

Course Details

  • Location: Online (Zoom)
  • Dates: October 5 – 26, 2021
  • Time: Tuesdays from 7-8:30pm MDT 
  • Cost: $200 CAD 
Beyond Coping (Online) - Clear Sky Center


October 5, 2021 @ 7:00 pm UTC-6
October 26, 2021 @ 8:30 pm UTC-6
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