Why Mindfulness?

Mindfulness has been shown to positively benefit stress disorders including insomnia, anxiety and panic, enhance personal wellbeing, empathy, concentration, reaction time, motor skills and cognitive function including short-and long-term memory recall and academic performance. Research has shown that mindfulness can lead to a decrease in burnout and mood disturbance, and increases in satisfaction with work practice and client relationships.

What to expect

These sessions will be focused on experiencing practical hands-on activities that you can apply to your daily life. We will explore the neuroscience research that supports the application of mindfulness, along with a wide range of mindfulness practices so that you can build out your own mental fitness plan based on your personal needs and interests. Each session will be focused on a specific topic that will inform the science and practices explored that week.

Learning goals

  • Experience foundational mindfulness practices that can be applied in personal and professional settings (including before exams, presentations and job interviews)
  • Understand the connection between neuroscience and mindfulness
  • Build resiliency and self-regulation
  • Increase cognitive efficiency
  • Identify practices to combat burn-out and stress
  • Develop vocabulary to skillfully communicate in high-pressure situations 

Session Details

August 4, 12:00pm - 1:30pm: Introduction to Mindfulness. Register

October 18, 12:30pm - 2:00pm: Applied Mindfulness for Managing Anxiety and Stress. Register 

November 24, 12:30pm - 2:00pm: Mindfulness for Perfectionism. Register

February 7, 12:30 - 2:00 pm: Reducing Stress & Increasing Connection Register


Facilitator bio

Elli Weisbaum

Dr. Elli Weisbuam has worked internationally facilitating mindfulness workshops and retreats within the sectors of education, healthcare and business. She is currently an Assistant Professor (teaching stream) at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in the Buddhism, Psychology & Mental Health program. She completed her PhD through the Institute of Medical Science in the Faculty of Medicine at UofT, with a focus on applying mindfulness to physician wellbeing.
Since 2015, she has been a member of the Mindfulness Project Team at The Hospital for Sick Children. She has collaborated with UofT’s Faculty of Law, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Faculty of Engineering, Rotman School of Management, Physical Therapy Department, the Ontario Hospital Association and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to integrate mindfulness into ongoing programming for factly, staff and students. She attended her first retreat with Zen Master and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh at the age of ten and has continued training with his international Plum Village community. Elli’s novel background in both academic research and traditional mindfulness practice provides a distinct approach to her ongoing work teaching and researching in the field.