Our free 8 Week Self-Compassion Course will help you create a path of more self-kindness and less self-criticism.
Designed for young adults ~18-35.

Register for free here. Course starts October 20th.

Our next free course starts October 20th, 2022! 7:00 - 8:30 pm EST. Register here, and keep reading for all the details.

  • Explore ways to bring more self-kindness and less self-criticism into your daily life
  • Clearly identify obstacles that stand in the way of living the life you want, and be supported to create a path forward
  • Grow capacity to be with the present moment through Mindfulness practice
  • Experience practices and practical skills to navigate stress and problem-solving with greater confidence
  • Understand how compassion begins with ourselves and then spreads out to nurture the world we want to inhabit.

Our free online 8 week course is created for young adults who are looking for inner balance while riding the waves of life. This course includes weekly classes with practical instruction in community, Q+A, and a detailed resource package.

This foundational course is suitable for any level of mindfulness experience.

We begin October 20th.

Live or Replay?

This course is hosted on Zoom.

Replays will be sent to all registrants.

Attending live (when you can) is always best for Q+A and being in the energy of a practice-group. But as long as you're committed to partcipating live or catching up on the replay, we're confident you'll get a lot from this course

More about the free course: A blend of Mindfulness and Compassion Skills.

How does compassion work? And why is self-compassion so difficult?

In this course we use Mindfulness practice to help build a foundation for exploring compassion. We learn to sit, pause, and create curiosity in our bodies and minds so that we can find a kinder path for ourselves.

Mindfulness practice helps us to be less judgmental and more accepting of whatever is showing up in our life.

And compassion is an open kind space to be with our anxiety, depression, racing minds, unhealthy patterns, and challenges that our lives naturally kick up.

None of these states are wrong or bad, but they are also not helpful in the long-term and can lead us to distraction, avoidance and other addictive ways of escaping difficult feelings.

Our Compassion Training Does Both:

  • brings us more ease and acceptance with what is.

  • with greater sensitivity and concern for ourselves, we have more inner fire to transform old and long-standing habits that thwart our happiness and close us off from others.

The Yana Self-Compassion Course is made possible because of the generous contribution from the Lang Family Foundation. Thank you. The Lang Family Foundation supports Yana initiatives out of an interest to support mental and emotional health tools for young adults.

Food and nature awareness are also central pillars of Yana. Here are some Yana participants at Sarana Springs in Chatsworth, Ontario at our annual August retreat.

Need a little more of an introduction to us?

Check out our YouTube meditations with (Rev) Andrew Blake, one of our faculty members and co-founder of Sarana Institute. The ones listed below were specifically designed with young adults in mind.


What is Yana?

Yana is Sarana Institute's young adult-focused program serving those aged 18-35. For us, it stands for 'Young Adult Nature Awareness', and yāna is also a Buddhist term meaning 'vehicle'. Our intention is to provide a “vehicle” through the skills of mindfulness, compassion and nature connection, to ride through life with inner and outer awareness.

The Yana program offers online mindfulness and compassion courses, workshops, day-long land based retreats, resources, and our annual August Yana Retreat.

When is the course?

The course begins Thursday, October 20th and runs until December 8th (8 weeks). We go from 7:00 - 8:30 pm EST. Replays will be provided to registrants!

Why is this course free?

Yana 8-Week Online Courses are free because of the generous support of The Lang Family Foundation. We also encourage and invite you to donate to the Sarana Institute’s Yana fund to help us build this program and support the community as we grow.

How should I prepare?

All you need is a device to join us with, internet access, and Zoom - we'll send you the details by email leading up to the course date. Give yourself 5 - 10 minutes to 'arrive' and settle into the class before we begin at 7.

Who is Sarana Institute?

Yana events are hosted by Sarana Institute- a mindfulness-based registered Canadian charity focusing on offering mindfulness training that awakens compassion in caring for ourselves, others and the earth. We have 2 specialized areas of focus: Yana (serving our young adult population), and M+C for Health Care and Caregivers. We also host retreats, workshops, and practice groups for the general public, both online and at Sarana Springs, a 171-acre nature refuge 2.5 North of Toronto.

Who's Teaching the Course?

Your teachers are Andrew Blake and Maxine Iharosy.

Andrew is one of Sarana Institute's Co-founders, and our lead teacher. His guidance has a foundation in his work as a Psychotherapist, Buddhist Chaplain and experienced Mindfulness Practitioner and Educator. Along with lots of lived experience, Andrew brings down-to-earth relatability to complex concepts like the neuroscience of compassion.

Maxine is our Yana Director at Sarana Institute and a Yana faculty member. She draws on her background of Somatic Experiencing, Yoga and Nature Education in guiding others into a more compassionate relationship with their bodies, minds, and the world around.