A supportive practice group from Sarana Institute.

Program Fee: FREE* because of the generosity of a community donor.

* We encourage anyone that is able to consider making a donation to Sarana Institute to encourage our work and bring even more programs to our community. You can make a donation by visiting our website here.


We know it can be challenging to find the time and space for mindful practice, and a supportive community can help provide the wisdom and encouragement needed to maintain and deepen your commitment to your ongoing well-being. Once again, this program is being offered freely as a space for practitioners with any level of meditation experience – to come together and practice in community with others on a weekly basis.


In every 60-minute session, Andrea will offer a short introduction, followed by a guided practice, and time for group sharing and questions. The theme for the first three weeks will be on the basic building blocks (and obstacles!) to developing and sustaining a regular mindful practice, and the following five weeks will focus on the mindful principles described by Frank Ostaseski in his book The Five Invitations: (1) Don’t Wait; (2) Welcome Everything, Push Nothing Away; (3) Bring Your Whole Self to the Experience; (4) Find a Place of Rest in the Middle of Things; and (5) Cultivate Don’t Know Mind. Note: Although we highly recommend Frank’s book, you do not need to read it in order to participate in these sessions.


8 Week Mindfulness Practice Group

Wednesday Evenings from February 23rd – April 13th, 2022

  • 8 weekly 60-minute online (Zoom) sessions with Andrea Taylor
  • Wednesdays from 7:00 – 8:00 pm ET

8 Week Program Dates

This program runs from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm ET for 8 weeks on the following dates:

Wednesday, February 23rd 


Wednesday, April 13th


What to Expect

  • 8 weekly 60-minute online Zoom-based sessions with Andrea Taylor.
  • Each 60 minute session will generally consist of:
    • Introduction and short presentation on a particular theme
    • Guided meditation practice and Reflection
    • Sharing circle discussion
    • Closing reflection/practice
    • Recordings of the practices will be made available to registrants for download after the session 

Further Info

Program Registration:

Luke Albert, Program Coordinator



Andrea Taylor J.D., MPS, IMTA CMT-P

Andrea Taylor is a counsellor and mindfulness facilitator, specializing in the support of professionals and caregivers suffering from moral suffering and burnout. Having experienced professional burnout, Andrea is deeply committed to helping others who are suffering to find sources of strength and resilience during difficult times.
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Our Frequently Asked Questions


Why is this program free?

This program has been made available for free because of the support of a generous community donor.

Who is this program for?

This practice group is offered to support anyone hoping to begin, maintain, or deepen a practice of mindfulness. We are especially aware of the needs of healthcare professionals, volunteers, and caregivers to connect with others in a caring and compassionate community.

Do I need any meditation experience?

This program is suitable for any level of practice experience, and we welcome beginners! Please let us know if you are new to mindfulness practice when you register, and we will be happy to recommend additional supportive resources.

What if I miss a live session?

Although we would love to see you at every meeting (and it helps to create and sustain the experience of mindful community) we understand that schedules and circumstances are challenging right now. We will be making audio recordings of the introductory comments and the guided meditations available for download so that you can listen (and re-listen!) to the material as needed.

What is Sarana Institute?

Sarana Institute is a Registered Canadian Charity. Our mission is to provide Mindfulness + Compassion Training to sustain our caring for self, other and the earth. We are passionate to serve our health care community, to help you sustain your caregiving in increasingly complex systems.

This introductory course is low cost thanks to the contribution of a generous community donor. We are so thankful we can continue to share this work with you.