HSABC Wellness Webinar: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - 8-Week Course

January 8 - March 4, 2024

Finding Peace: A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course

It matters that you care. It matters that you feel. It matters that you notice. - From “Hokusai says” Roger Keyes.

This course is based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn. It will be offered over eight weeks and is facilitated by Amanda Thiessen, MSW, RSW. The sessions will be approximately 2 hours long and shift between mindful meditations and reflective exercises. The sessions aim to support you in building awareness, gaining insights, and developing mindful-based tools to manage stress more effectively.

We aim to make this training as accessible as possible to anyone who could benefit from the practices. We have learned through past training that participants do best when they have a quiet, uninterrupted space to practice. However, we recognize that this might only be realistic for some, so please assess how you might best (and most realistically) benefit from the course.

We have also come to recognize that there is a depth of learning between participants as the course progresses. To offer both accessibility and holding of a sacred space for learning, participants are invited to drop in to try the technique out for the first two sessions. By the third class, participants are asked to attend the last five sessions if they would like to continue with the course.

The Course is split into the following sessions.

-Weeks 1-3- Designed to assist us in becoming increasingly familiar with the connection between our mind and body.

-Weeks 4-6 - An in-depth look at stress and how we are conditioned to react habitually and often ineffectively to stress and how we can mitigate this reactivity by applying mindfulness to see more clearly, understand situations more fully, and act wisely.

-Weeks 7-8 -we will explore how to apply our learning to bring peace and joy into our lives and explore personal themes throughout the course.


Instructor: Amanda Thiessen, BA MSW 

Amanda Thiessen is a social worker, educator, and coach who works with human service organizations. Amanda believes creating just social change is intimately linked to inclusive, collaborative and empowered organizations. Amanda has worked in the charity sector for over 20 years. She is a certified organizational coach, holds a Master of Arts degree in Theology and a Master of Social Work degree in Leadership in Human Services. She is a registered social worker in the province of British Columbia, Canada.


Event Date
HSABC Wellness Webinar: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - 8-Week Course January 8, 2024, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Week 1: Orientation + Beyond Automatic Pilot- In the first week, we will briefly review the history and development of MBSR, including the theory and evidence behind the idea of mind-body approaches to feeling good. We will also play with some basics of M January 8, 2024, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Week 2: Another Way of Knowing -In week two, we will explore what is in our lives and how we respond to stressors. We will learn how to interrupt the automatic stress cycle and assert more control by exploring these elements. Additionally, we will continu January 15, 2024, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Week 3: Coming Home to Present- - In week three, we explore the power and pleasure of being present in our daily lives through mindful practices January 22, 2024, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Week 4: Recognizing- We will reflect on how conditioning, and perception shape our experiences in week four. We will use mindful practices to recognize and reduce the negative effects of automatic stress reactions and develop more effective ways to respon January 29, 2024, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Week 5: Recognizing Aversion- We will highlight ways of responding to stress and how people often cope (numbing, denial, suppressing emotions, substance use, etc.). This is a continuation of the work done in week 4. We will explore the connection between February 5, 2024, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Week 6: Turning Toward Difficulties - will continue with a growing emphasis on the capacity to self-regulate and cope. We will experiment with knowing your feelings, expressing your feelings accurately, and developing awareness of your interpersonal commu February 12, 2024, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Week 7: When Did You Stop Dancing- This is an accumulation of the last six classes and will be a practice class focusing on how we can integrate mindfulness more fully into our daily lives. We will explore how we can rebalance our daily lives. February 26, 2024, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Week 8: What Now? - In this summary class, we will continue integrating our practice into daily life, focusing on continuing practice after the end of the eight weeks. March 4, 2024, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM