“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally.”
- Kabat-Zinn

We offer mindfulness programs and services for personal and professional growth.

What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a psychoeducational experiential learning program based on the core principle of mindfulness. The program is offered in a group setting and guided by qualified MBSR teachers as the curriculum unfolds over 8 weeks.

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Benefits of the MBSR Course

The regular practice of Mindfulness Meditation can enrich our lives with enhanced calm, clarity, insight, emotional intelligence, creativity, productivity, and wellness. Mindfulness practices are useful in addressing illness, stress, and pain.

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Classes & Programs

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program

This class meets weekly for 2 hours and 30 minutes and includes a combination of mindfulness practices, group sharing of experience with practice, and the exploration of topics such as mindfulness, stress, and communication. Additionally, there is a full day of practice that occurs between the 6th and 7th week of the 8-week program.

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Mindfulness Meditation Monthly Refresher

These monthly sessions are for participants who have completed the 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program or who wish to explore this practice. These monthly sessions offer the opportunity to strengthen your mindfulness practice in a supportive group setting. There is no fee for these sessions.

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Other Mindfulness-Based Special Opportunities

Mindfulness programming may be customized to suit organizational needs (workshops, public talks, retreats, professional training, special events).

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Organizations That We Have Worked With

Our Teachers

Our Teachers are qualified to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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Gary Petingola MSW, RSW

has received formal training with Dr. Jon Kabat- Zinn, founder of The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; the Centre for Mindfulness Ireland; the OMEGA Institute for Holistic Studies; Shambhala Mountain Center; and the Harvard Medical School. He is invited to speak internationally and has published on the topic of mindfulness.

Sheila Damore-Petingola MSW, RSW

brings a wealth of knowledge on care for the caregiver. She has received training through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School; the Centre for Mindfulness Ireland; the OMEGA Institute for Holistic Studies; Shambhala Mountain Center; and the Harvard Medical School. Sheila holds a faculty appointment with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

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Completing this application form will add you to the class list. Payment due upon completion of orientation session (for applicable classes).

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An Introduction to Mindfulness

SEPTEMBER 2017 - S. Damore-Petingola and G. Petingola

OSSTF/ARMS Active Retired Members Council

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Mnaamodzawin Health Services Inc.

ANDERSON LAKE, ON - JUNE 2017 - G. PETINGOLA

Look Your Diabetes in the Eye: A Mindfulness Approach For Optimal Diabetes Management

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Oshawa, ON, May 5,2017 - G. Petingola

A Complementary Approach to Self-Care and Renewal - Healthy Me. Healthy You. Conference

A Mindful Society

A Mindful Society

April 2017 - G. Petingola

Mindfulness: Making the Connections between the Seven Grandfather Teachings and the Four Noble Truths in Healthcare

Quality Insights

Renal Network 4

April 11 & 12, 2017 - G. Petingola
Pennsylvania and Delaware, USA

Refuelling and Reconnecting as Compassionate Caregivers in Nephrology Care - webinar for nephrology staff

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Learning Disabilities Association of Sudbury

October 2016 - G. Petingola

Smile, Breathe and Go Slowly: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction as a Promising Practice for Parents, Children, Youth and Adults with Learning Disabilities

Health Insight

Northwest Renal Network 16

September 2016 - G. Petingola
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington and Network 18 - Southern California, and stakeholders in both regions of the HealthInsight ESRD Alliance

Refuelling and Reconnecting as Compassionate Caregivers in Nephrology Care - webinar

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Mindfulness: An Opportunity to Fine-Tune Practice Skills with Confidence for Personal and Professional Resilience

AUGUST 2017 - G. PETINGOLA

Experiential Presentation for HSN Simulation Lab Team



BALANCE Program

February 2017 - S. Damore-Petingola

Mindfulness for Parents and Teens



Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Departure from Simulation – Acknowledging “What Is.”

August 2016 - G. Petingola

Experiential Presentation for HSN Simulation Team



HSN Health Challenge- Mindfulness and Meditation

June 2015 - G. Petingola



Diabetes Care Service

June 2015 - G. Petingola

Mindfulness and Keeping Motivated with Diabetes



Diabetes Care Service

August 2013 - G. Petingola

Introduction and Testimonials of Health Sciences North's Mindfulness Meditation for Persons with Diabetes Film



Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction ongoing programming for healthcare providers

June 2012-present - G. Petingola and S. Damore-Petingola

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40 Day Mindfulness Challenge to be Fearless at Work and in Your Personal Life

November-December 2013 - G. Petingola and S. Damore-Petingola

for HSN staff

Exploring Mindfulness-Based Exercises

November 2016 - S. Damore-Petingola

Children’s Treatment Centre Staff Development Day

Gestational and Pre-Gestational Diabetes Mellitius Workshop

April 2013 - G. Petingola
Sudbury Outpatient Centre

Psychological Response to Gestational Diabetes & Mindfulness Approaches to Care

Design and first results of a randomized controlled trial - A special presentation to the Diabetes Care Service Journal Club

December 2012 - G. Petingola
Sudbury Outpatient Centre

Sustained Effects of a Mindfulness-Based Stress-Reduction Intervention in Type 2 Diabetic Patients

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A Professional Development Session for Managers

June 2016 - G. Petingola and S. Damore-Petingola

Mindfulness Leadership Skills for Surviving and Thriving

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Depression Screening: Uncovering the Essential Link between Darkness and Light

May 2016 - G. Petingola

OTN Presentation

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

May 2016 - G. Petingola & S. Damore-Petingola

A professional development session for staff

Mindfulness Leadership Skills for Surviving & Thriving

December 2015 - G. Petingola & S. Damore-Petingola

A one-day professional development session for Sudbury & District Health Unit Managers

Sudbury District Health Unit Senior Management Executive Committee

September 2015 - G. Petingola & S. Damore-Petingola

Introduction Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

North Eastern Elementary School

A Day of Mindfulness for Students at Northeastern Elementary School

May 2016 - G. Petingola

National Kidney Foundation

Fistulas,Fluid Restrictions, Frustrations and Phobias-Mindfulness Approaches to Calming the CKD Patient

April 2017 - 2017 Spring Clinical Meetings, Orlando,Florida,USA April 2017 - G. Petingola

Pre-conference workshop

Mindfulness Meditation and Sexuality for the Patient with Chronic Kidney Disease

2016 Spring Clinical Meetings, Boston, Mass, USA - G. Petingola

This Ain’t No Tea Party: A Four Hour Mindfulness Journey.

April 2016 - Spring Clinical Meetings, Boston, Mass, USA - G. Petingola

Pre-conference half-day workshop

Mindfulness Solutions for Prevention and Resolution of Challenging Behaviours

March 2015 - Spring Clinical Meetings, Dallas, Texas, USA - G. Petingola

Mindfulness Meditation for the Nephrology Health Care Professional: A Journey Toward Self-Care and Wellness

March 2015 - Spring Clinical Meetings, Dallas, Texas,USA - G. Petingola

Council of Nephrology Social Workers Networking Luncheon, CNSW Midweek Meditations

March 2015 - Spring Clinical Meetings, Dallas, Texas, USA - G. Petingola

Mindfulness: A Paradoxical Approach to Nephrology Social Work Self Care

June 2014 - Spring Clinical Meetings, Dallas, Texas, USA - G. Petingola

Council of Nephrology Social Workers Advocacy Recorded Webinar Series

What Happens in Vegas Awakens You in Vegas: Mindful Leadership Skills for Nephrology Social Workers

April 2014 - Spring Clinical Meetings, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - G. Petingola

Pre-conference half-day workshop

Tommorrowland Today: Effective mind-body interventions for reducing patient anxiety that you can use now in your professional practice

April 2013 - Spring Clinical Meetings, Orlando, Florida, USA - G. Petingola

Pre-conference half-day workshop

Mindfulness Meditation - A Paradoxical Approach to Facing Your Demons as a Mechanism for Nephrology Social Work Self Care

May 2012 - Spring Clinical Meetings, Washington, DC, USA - G. Petingola

Symptom Management Tips in Advanced CKD/ESRD: Non-Pharmacologic Management

May 2012 - Spring Clinical Meetings, Washington DC, USA - G. Petingola

Physicians Track Course

Calming the Bright Lights while Fostering Resilience - Moving Forward in the Application of Relaxation Methods in Nephrology Social Work Practice

April 2011 - Spring Clinical Meetings, Las Vegas Nevada, USA - G. Petingola

Full Day Course

FISTULAS, FLUID RESTRICTIONS, FRUSTRATIONS AND PHOBIAS

April 2010 - Spring Clinical Meetings, Orlando Florida, USA - G. Petingola

Unleashing Relaxation Therapy Applications within the Chronic Kidney Disease Trajectory - Half Day Course

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Ontario Association of Social Workers Sudbury Branch

March 2016 - G. Petingola

Bowie, Buddhism, Breath and Being – A Mindfulness Approach to Social Work Resilience - Half Day Mindfulness Workshop


March 2015 - G. Petingola

Mindfulness and the Social Worker

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Northern Ontario School of Medicine - Northern Constellations Conference

April 2017 - Northern Constellations Conference, Sudbury, ON - S. Damore-Petingola & G. Petingola

Finding Meaning and Clarity as Compassionate Caregivers


January 2016 - G. Petingola

Mindfulness for Physicians in Training Surviving and Thriving in High Stress Times, 4th year medical students


October 2015 - G. Petingola

Mindfulness for the Health Science Professional: Living a Life Full of Awe and Wonder. Health Science Program Planning Committee

See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me – A Mindfulness Approach for Physician Resilience and Optimal Patient Care (TED Talk)

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Faculty Development Symposium

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Mindfulness for the Health Care Professional: A Journey Towards Self-Care and Wellness

December 2015 - Alaska Native Diabetes Conference, Anchorage, Alaska, USA - G. Petingola

Plenary session

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OHA Conference for Administrative Professionals

April 2017 - Toronto ON. - G. Petingola

Mindfulness–Based Stress Reduction: A Complementary Approach to Self-care and Renewal - Keynote Speaker


May 2015 - Kingston, ON. - G. Petingola

Calm in Crisis - A Mindfulness Approach to Balancing Work and Life


May 2015 - Sudbury, ON. - G. Petingola

Calm in Crisis - A Mindfulness Approach to Balancing Work and Life


May 2015 - St. Catherines, ON. - G. Petingola

Calm in Crisis - A Mindfulness Approach to Balancing Work and Life

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Paediatric Diabetes Network Professional Development Event

March 2015 - Toronto ON. - G. Petingola

A Mindfulness Approach to Building Resiliency in Pediatric Diabetes Care

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Mindfulness Meditation for Self-Care and Wellness - Building a Successful Comprehensive Home Dialysis Program

October 2014 - School of Medicine, Indianapolis IN - G. Petingola

5th Annual Symposium University of Indiana

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Global Peace Meditation and Presentation on Mindfulness

August 2014 - Sudbury, ON - G. Petingola

5th Annual Symposium University of Indiana

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Interview CBC Radio One Morning North - Mindfulness Meditation

June 18th, 2014 - Sudbury, ON - G. Petingola

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Mindfulness with Chronic Illness

July 2013 - Sudbury, ON - G. Petingola

OTN Telehomecare Webinar

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MINDFULNESS MEDITATION & THE ESRD SURVEYOR

April 2013 - Orlando, Florida, USA - G. Petingola

A special presentation for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Annual Update

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Diabetes and Depression

November 2012 - Science Café Discussant, Science North, Sudbury, ON - G. Petingola

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Out of the Grey: Exploring the Impact of a Relaxation and Mindfulness Workshop for Nephrology Social Workers on Professional Practice

October 2012 - Toronto, ON - G. Petingola

34th Annual Conference

A Citadel in Turbulent Times: Relaxation Methods that Forst Resilience in Nephrology Social Work Practice

October 2011 - Halifax, NS. - G. Petingola

Full Day Course, Annual Conference

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Laurentian University

February 2017 - G.Petingola &S. Damore-Petingola

Mindfulness Meditation and the Health Care Professional - Guest Lecture - School of Social Work, 4th year Social Work with Groups Class


February 2016 - S. Damore-Petingola & J. Haddad

Mindfulness Meditation - An Introduction - Guest Lecture - School of Social Work, 4th year Social Work with Individuals and Families Class


December 2011 - Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON. - G. Petingola

A Comparison of the Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers and the Buddhist Four Noble Truths: Mindfulness Meditation and the Aboriginal Patient with Chronic Kidney Disease Faculty of Professional Schools Scholarship Showcase


February 2011 - School of Social Work, 2nd year Class– G. Petingola

Mindfulness Meditation and the Health Care Professional - Guest Lecture


January 2011 - School of Social Work, 2nd year Class, Sudbury, ON– G. Petingola

Panel Discussion on Resilience Skills for the Progession of Social Work - Guest Lecture


February 2010 - Social Work, 2nd year Class– G. Petingola

Relaxation Therapy and Its Application to Persons Affected by Chronic Kidney Disease - Guest Lecture

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Relaxation Skills to Assist with Event Planning - RELAXATION SKILLS TO ASSIST WITH EVENT PLANNING

July 2009 - Sudbury, ON. - G. Petingola

RBC Run for the Cure Organizing Committee