Welcome to The Centre For Mindfulness Kingston.
Offering group online and in person 8 week programs as well as private classes and day long workshops for your organization. Please contact me to determine what would best suit you.
We are dedicated to offering high-quality mindfulness programs grounded in the science of participatory medicine.
Through practicing mindfulness, we develop an improved awareness of the mind-body connection enabling us to tap into our own inner resources for learning, growing, and healing. With this, improved awareness, health and overall well-being can be transformed. The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) programs are a complement to traditional medical and psychological care.
These programs are suited to those ready to commit to taking care of themselves by actively engaging in these experiential teachings. Our vision is not just to teach mindfulness skills, but to embody mindful awareness, moment by moment, and inspire others to live a more mindful and fulfilling life.
We strive to make mindfulness practices accessible to all communities with the intention to be inclusive across race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, gender identity, religion, body size, ability, age, and class.
I look forward to sharing my practice with you.
Mindfulness Instructor & Facilitator,
Sandy is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher through Brown University, Providence Rhode Island. And a Mindfulness Self Compassion Teacher through the University Of Southern California, San Diego. She is a Certified Mindfulness and Meditation teacher trained by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. She works both privately and with groups.
"Sandy lead a wonderful day long workshop for our group. The information she shared was incredibly valuable, and the mindfulness practices she shared were responsive to the needs and energy of the group. We left the day feeling calm and centered, with several new practices to carry forward in our daily lives. Thank you Sandy for fabulous day!" - Anonymous
Teachers Sandy Sousa and Adrienne Gaudet
MSC For Health Care Professionals
The Stress Reduction Program can be thought of as a course designed to help people to recognize and mobilize their inner psychological resources for taking better care of themselves as a complement to the medical treatments they receive through more traditional health care routes. It is based on a relatively intensive training in mindfulness meditation and its applications for coping with stress, pain, and the challenges of everyday life which also can be compounded by a chronic illness or disease.
How Meditation Can Reshape Our Brains: Sara Lazar at TEDx
How Can Mindfulness Help Me?
Stress is a common experience -- a natural component of everyone’s life, which can enhance an activity or debilitate it, bring energy or exhaustion. Today many people seem to be numb or totally stressed. It is as if our circuits are fried – burned out. The feeling of being stuck is pervasive.
When we do not respond well to stress, our personal lives suffer and the work environment loses its vitality. We are robbed of our energy and natural creativity and suffer the loss of productivity and profit.
Signs of stress can include:
2022 Programs: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) Programs
See Programs page for details.
MBSR: This is an 8-week course that combines Mindfulness, Meditation & Yoga into teachings and practices which can support individuals with: chronic pain, stress, compassion fatigue, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, focus, PTSD, concussion, and overall wellbeing.
MSC: Is a 9-week course that combines Mindfulness and Self-Compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. Research on self compassion has shown that it boosts happiness and improves relationships while reducing anxiety, depression and shame. It is an antidote to shame and builds resilience for empathy fatigue and caregiver burnout.