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 


Facilitator bio

Elli WeisbaumElli Weisbaum has worked internationally facilitating mindfulness workshops and retreats within the sectors of education, healthcare and business. This has included work in Canada, Bhutan, India, Germany, France, the UK and USA.  

She is an instructor for the Applied Mindfulness and Meditation Certificate Program at the University of Toronto in the Continuing Education Faculty. She holds a masters degree focused on bringing mindfulness into education, and a PhD at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Medicine, with a focus on integrating mindfulness into healthcare settings. 

She spent a year as the international program coordinator for Wake Up Schools, a global initiative to cultivate mindfulness in education, established by Nobel Peace Prize nominee, scholar and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Elli’s novel background in both academic research and mindfulness practice provides a distinct approach to her ongoing work teaching and researching in the field of mindfulness. 

She is honoured to be a grant-making advisor for the Pollination Project, a foundation that gives seed grants to individual changemakers all over the world. Elli is dedicated to the cultivation of a compassionate and healthy society, and through her work she hopes to continue walking a path that leads there.