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Rediscovering the Joys of Your Work (Online)

October 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - November 17, 2020 @ 8:30 pm UTC-6

An Online Course with Maureen Smith & Dean Nicholson
October 27 – November 17, 2020
Tuesdays at 7:00-8:30pm MDT

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More than ever, working in the healthcare field means heavy work loads, cumbersome bureaucratic systems, and increasingly complex clients.  In order to meet these new challenges, you are looking for ways to feel grounded and nourished so that you connect to the passion you have for the work.

This course gives you the opportunity to connect with others who understand the trauma and stress of the work you do.  Grasp this opportunity to remember, rekindle and strengthen the fire you have for your work. Even when your work feels like you’re just putting out fires we will help you make lasting positive shifts.  Working with people demands our best creativity and flexibility.  We will help you be proactive rather than reactive  by building on your natural capabilities and developing new areas for growth. We will demonstrate and practice how to realign with the why that brought you to the work you do.  Discover how to ensure your work continues feeding you in healthy and positive ways.

Course Details

Who This Course is For:

Health care professionals who are feeling frustrated and challenged.  They would like to connect with others in the field.  They would like to learn skills to build on the passion and belief they have for your work. 


What Can I Expect?

  • The support of like minded colleagues struggling with similar concerns who aren’t willing to give up on their dream of enjoying work.
  • To clearly acknowledge the suffering in ourselves and the world while not being subsumed by it.
  • To become more aware of our inner views and habits that we keep in place even as we say we want to change and grow.
  • To decrease our unconscious reactions which drive our thinking and behaviour.
Benefits of 3 months Karma Yoga program

Meet your Teachers

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.

Dean Nicholson

Course Details

  • Location: Online (Zoom)
  • Dates: October 27 – November 17, 2020
  • Time: Tuesdays from 7-8:30pm MDT 
  • Cost: $350 CAD


October 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm UTC-6
November 17, 2020 @ 8:30 pm UTC-6
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