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.


This series provides ongoing training and support to those wishing to sustain and deepen their mindfulness and compassion skills. This 7-week Free Mindfulness Practice Group is designed for those serving in the health, long-term and palliative care professions, as well as anyone within the larger community.

This series lead by Rev. Andrew will explore the stages of establishing compassion as a rudder in navigating the challenges we all face in becoming more present and loving. Building on the stages of embodying compassion from Jingpa Thupten’s book, The Fearless Heart, we will expand our compassionate hearts as we turn towards ourselves, our colleagues, our institutions and the world, including the earth, with greater openness and courage. 


Each session will include a short talk based on our compassion theme, a guided mindfulness practice, a compassion-based practice
and group discussion/sharing. Each session will run for 75 minutes.  This free program is made available due to the generosity
of palliative physician, Janice Legere, a graduate of our Mindfulness + Compassion Certificate, who knows the benefits of these
training skills and wanted others to have access.  No prior mindfulness training is required; ongoing practice arises from a beginners 
mind when it comes to being present in the moment.


7-Week Mindfulness Practice Group

Monday Evenings from October 27th – November 28th, 2022

  • 7 weekly 75-minute online (Zoom) sessions with (Rev) Andrew Blake
  • Mondays from 7:00 – 8:15 pm ET

7 Week Program Dates

This program runs from 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm ET for 8 weeks on the following dates:

Monday, October 17th 


Wednesday, November 28th


What to Expect

  • 7 weekly 75-minute online Zoom-based sessions with (Rev) Andrew Blake.
  • Each 75-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



(Rev.) Andrew Blake, RP

Andrew is Co-Founder of Sarana Institute, Buddhist Chaplain, Registered Psychotherapist, Director of the Mindfulness and Compassion Training Program, and ongoing faculty member for the Mindfulness in Nature Retreat, read more




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.