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3 Day Mindfulness Intensive in Banff

Presented by Michael Stone, M.A.

Monday, July 3, 2017 – Wednesday, July 5, 2017  |  , ,

!  Important Notice:

As an alternative option for accommodations, please call the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. To book your rooms, please visit: https://www.banffcentre.ca/hotels or call  403.762.6100
Workshop times have been updated to 9am – 4pm
The Earlybird Deadline has been extended to June 26.

!  Additional Information:

We highly recommend that all registrants book their accommodations as soon as possible as this workshop is scheduled during Banff’s high season.

Date & Location

Monday, July 3, 2017 – Wednesday, July 5, 2017

9:00am – 4:00pm

Banff Park Lodge Resort & Conference Centre

222 Lynx Street, Banff, AB

phone:  403.762.4433

website:  www.banffparklodge.com

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

Most of us live our lives running from task to task, distraction to distraction…

Mindful awareness means paying attention to present moment experiences with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is. It is an excellent antidote to the stresses of modern times. It invites us to stop, breathe, observe, and connect with one’s inner mental and somatic experience, while reducing reactivity. Scientific evidence suggests that we can change our brains by cultivating habits of mind that will improve wellbeing, including happiness, resilience, compassion and emotional balance. Each of these characteristics can be shaped and modified within our brain by experience and training.

From the clinical setting to the classroom, you will learn the theory and practice of mindfulness. Today’s challenging health care environment puts health care professionals at increased risk for stress and burnout. Research suggests that mindfulness and self-compassion training are powerful tools for promoting staff health and well-being, job satisfaction, and staff retention, and even for improving patient care and communication.

In twenty years of studying, practicing, and teaching Eastern meditative and Western psychotherapeutic disciplines, I have discovered that combining both paths is profoundly more effective than following one alone. Join me in discover the intersection of traditional “Easter” maps of the mind, with the insight of Western psychology and medicine.

This experiential training integrates scientific research into clinical technique. We will alternate between theory, clinical presentations, group practice, and role-play.

This training comes with a comprehensive reading kit.


This Intensive is intended for anyone looking to learn the practice and theory of mindfulness. Individuals new to mindfulness practice are welcome.


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Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

DAY 1 – MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017

  • Contemporary mindfulness interventions for different populations and symptoms
  • Body-centered practices for working directly with trauma symptoms
  • How to Deepen Your Capacity for Presence
  • Building Your Capacity for a Wider Range of Emotions
  • Participants will understand the importance of cultivating an inner holding environment for strong emotions, grief and pain
  • Participants will learn visualization practices to help hold turbulent experience
  • Assess and identify the role of reactivity in psychotherapy process and treatment outcome

DAY 2 – TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2017

  • Demonstrate skill in managing one’s presence, resilience and hindrances that may either encourage or block clients’ treatment progress
  • Incorporate specific practices into daily routines as a practicing clinician, and build client’s skills in doing so for themselves
  • Using dyads and small groups, we will alternate between theory and practice techniques, putting to work what we’ve learned


  • Four Tasks: A simple set of four practices that underpin the theory and application of mindfulness and self-compassion in clinical and educational settings
  • Strategies for transforming reactivity and dissociation
  • Exploring ways of having conversations about the spiritual dimensions of healing
  •  You’ll learn how to watch and quiet the mind. You’ll learn to slow down
  • Further practices (in small groups) for introducing contemplative practice into your work

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Michael Stone, M.A.

Michael Stone, M.A., is a renowned speaker, psychotherapist, and teacher. He illuminates the ancient teachings and practices of meditation in the language of contemporary psychology and medicine. Internationally recognized as a transformative visionary, teacher and agent of social change, his work manifests the fusion of committed spiritual practice and mental health. He is the author of numerous books and his podcasts enjoy a large global audience. He lives with his family in British Columbia. michaelstoneteaching.com



Trauma, Addictions and Related Disorders Conference  |  November 17, 2016 

“I learned a lot about mindfulness and plan to learn more!”

“Michael challenges one to see things and experience things in a whole new perspective. Great workshop!”

“Michael is brilliant in his delivery of traditional mindfulness, making sense of it in simplistic terms. He’s very in tune with his audience, kept breaking things down for people to understand. 2 thumbs up!! Will definitely go see him in the future for one of his workshops. Thanks J”

“Michael Stone is an incredible resource to the field – he brings human-ness, connection, and healing to a new and deeper level. Inspiring and motivating. Thank you, Michael Stone.”

“Michael Stone’s work is particularly important in taking our profession to the next level of ethics: having an awareness practice in order to be truly present ad take appropriate action, coming from true creativity, not reaction.”

Who Should Attend

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Body Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Probation Officers, Police Officers, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Recommended Accommodation

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

107 Tunnel Mountain Dr
Banff, AB
T1L 1H5

phone:  403.762.6100

website:  https://www.banffcentre.ca/hotels

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

*Please note, although this is an alternative location for accommodations, Jack Hirose & Associates does not currently hold a group/corporate rate.

July 2, 2017: $469+tax
July 3-4, 2017: $249+tax

July 16 – 20, 2017: $269+tax

Rates are subject to change. Please check the website for the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity for the most updated information.

Banff Park Lodge Resort & Conference Centre

222 Lynx Street, Banff, AB

phone:  403.762.4433

website:  www.banffparklodge.com

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

For July 2-4, 2017 and July 16-19, 2017

Superior Room – $205 + Tax

Jacuzzi Suite – $265 + Tax

Executive Suite – $325 + Tax

Cut-off Date: June 1, 2017

* Rates are subject to availability. Call and reference “Jack Hirose” to receive the corporate rate. 

Homestead Inn | Banff

217 Lynx Street, Banff, AB T1L 1A7

phone:  403.762.4471

website:  www.homesteadinnbanff.com

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

For July 2-4, 2017 and July 16-19, 2017

Standard Room – $190 + Tax

Cut-off Date: June 1, 2017

* Rates are subject to availability. Call and reference “Jack Hirose” to receive the corporate rate. 

Bow View Lodge | Banff

228 Bow Avenue, Banff, AB T1L 1A5

phone:  1.800.661.1565

fax:  403.762.8093

website:  www.bowview.com

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

* Corporate rates unavailable. Please check with the hotel for best available rates. 


When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual $599 $619
Group 3-7 $569 $589
Group 8-14 $549 $569
Group 15+ $499 $519
Full-time Student $499 $519

For more information on Student Rates, click here

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: June 29, 2017
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Thursday, June 29, 2017.

Please review our Registration Terms and Conditions for information on our cancellation policy, payment policies, rebates, and more. You must agree to our Terms and Conditions to register for a workshop or conference.

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