Workshops & Intensives

Workshops and intensives are suited to students who want to integrate their practice with the demands of their busy lives. Inspired, and having gained insight into practice, and new friends, students leave workshops & intensives feeling more awake and calm.

Workshops and intensives are non-residential and held in urban centres. I teach them based on any combination of Buddhist philosophy, western psychology, yoga, and meditation. There are workshops and intensives designed for participants of all levels and backgrounds, from raw beginners to teachers, clinicians, and therapists.

Workshops

Usually held on weekends, workshops are typically one or two-day events. They’re preceded by a talk the evening before. Workshops take the form of training for professionals, day-long meditation events, teen mindfulness courses, or weekend yoga workshops.

Intensives

We like being able to offer intensives which share a lot of the same benefits of retreats but are less expensive and more accessible to people living in cities.

Usually several days long, intensives are like being on retreat during the day, but—because we’re still in the middle of an urban centre, and going home at night—it’s a great opportunity to practice with the city too. Based on focused, community-oriented practice, intensives feel like a combination of being in a yoga workshop, a university classroom, a community centre, and a monastery.

Note: If students come from out of town for intensives, we try to help them find accommodation.

Browse the workshops & intensives below to explore what each uniquely offers and determine if it’s suited to you.

  • Bridging Yoga & Meditation

    April 2, 2017 9:00 am
    Toronto
    Ontario
    Canada

    Open the intelligence of your body through precise posture sequences. Learn to integrate the physical yoga practice with stillness and investigate your experience with more clarity and depth. The morning will include yoga asana, pranayama, and guided meditation blending detailed physical alignment with practices to help you calm the mind. In the afternoon, you will […]

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  • Bridging Movement and Stillness

    April 7, 2017 7:00 pm
    Kelowna
    British Columbia
    Canada

    Meditation and movement compliment one another. Learn how to blend thoughtful yoga and movement sequences to help you awaken joints, stabilize your breathing, and calm your mind. Opening the intelligence of the body through precise posture sequences, we will end each session with breathing practices and guided meditation. This will allow you to investigate your […]

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  • Embodied Attention: The Psychology of Mindfulness & Yoga

    April 28, 2017 9:00 am
    Ottawa
    Ontario
    Canada

    This workshop explores how to deepen yoga and meditation practice by embodying mindfulness. We will alternate between practice, study, and tools for teachers and facilitators wanting to bring more depth to their teaching. We will learn sitting meditation, then look at the Yoga Sutra and ask, first, how do these practices cultivate personal healing; secondly, […]

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  • Breathing the Body into Stillness

    May 26, 2017 9:30 am
    290 Carlaw Avenue
    Toronto
    Ontario
    Canada
    M4M 3L1

    Join us for three focused days incorporating meditation, yoga practice, and study in the joyful company of community. This very body is Buddha – Zen Master Hakuin Each day will begin with yoga asana, breathing exercises, and traditional savasana meditations blending detailed physical alignment with practices to help you calm the mind. Michael uses a holistic […]

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  • 3 Day Mindfulness Intensive in Banff

    July 3, 2017 8:30 am
    Banff
    Alberta
    Canada

    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 […]

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  • Refining Your Practice: Yoga, Meditation and the Diamond Sutra

    October 25, 2017 9:00 am
    London
    United Kingdom

    This 5 day intensive synthesizes the practice of yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and study. Like being in an anatomy class, a yoga workshop, a university classroom, and a monastery – all at once! Mornings will focus on slowing down traditional yoga sequences to explore detailed physical alignment while also learning subtle tricks about internal […]

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  • Yoga, Meditation and Training in Compassion

    October 25, 2017 9:30 am
    London
    United Kingdom

    This 5 day intensive integrates the practice of yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and study. Mornings will focus on slowing down traditional yoga sequences to explore detailed physical alignment while also learning subtle tricks about internal energy patterns and breathing that are rarely taught. You will learn creative new sequences that increase joint mobility, wake […]

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  • Yoga, Meditation and Training in Compassion

    January 26, 2018 9:00 am
    Copenhagen
    Denmark

    This 5 day intensive integrates the practice of yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and study. Mornings will focus on slowing down traditional yoga sequences to explore detailed physical alignment while also learning subtle tricks about internal energy patterns and breathing that are rarely taught. You will learn creative new sequences that increase joint mobility, wake […]

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  • Integrating Yoga & Meditation

    February 3, 2018 9:00 am
    Sigtunagatan 8
    Stockholm
    113 22
    Sweden

    Morning Asana (3 hours): We will slow down traditional sequences of vinyasa yoga to explore the intersection of alignment based practice with creative approaches to joint mobility and embodied mindfulness. We will blend detailed physical alignment with practices to help you calm the mind and transform distractions and turbulent emotions. Practice in a way that integrates […]

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