About Sage Mindfulness
We specialize in delivering mindfulness-based seminars, conference keynotes workshops and multi-week programs that address the challenges of the modern home and workplace. We have delivered workshops to the following communities::
We believe that men and women are redefining for themselves, how to live a productive yet deeply fulfilling life.
But today, more is required of us as people, or employees than ever before.
We work and live in an age where attention and our wellbeing is under assault. Performance pressure, distraction, a rapidly changing business landscape, as well as interpersonal conflict are depleting our essential resources - our attention and emotional resilience.
But in today's increasingly demanding world, how do you find the mental and emotional space to thrive ?
We are passionate about sharing and teaching the skills of mindful awareness (mindfulness).
We will teach you to cultivate a new quality of attention and presence - "the power of the now", that truly allows you and your organization to thrive.
What You'll Learn With Us
What can I expect in your programs or events?
Each session, workshop or presentation is a well balanced combination of experiental learning, or skills training and bite sized chunks of neuroscience and group discussions or feedback. Skill training includes professionally led individual mindful awareness exercises and shared discussions and insights. Greater emphasis is placed on experiential learning i.e., learning by doing and reflecting briefly on our experience. All the exercises are simple, practical and designed to be doable within the context of busy lives.
What are the specific skills I will come away with?
Training your attention and focus
Attention is the basis of all higher cognitive and emotional abilities. You'll learn to train your attention to create a quality of mind that is both calm and alert. This quality of mind forms the foundation for emotional intelligence, decision making, engaged relationships and problem solving.
Enhancing Your Self Knowledge and Self Awareness
Use trained attention and awareness to understand cognitive and emotional processes. This knowledge provides the individual with the ability to skillfully navigate emotions in times of challenge, change or stress.
Creating Useful Habits and Leadership Skills
Develop the habits of leading with empathy and emotional intelligence to communicate with insight. These habits can be trained and can create trust, leadership qualities, and authentic relationships that lead to highly productive collaborations.
What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality - Plutarch
Bruce McCoubrey is an emerging leader in field of mindfulness in Western Canada.
He is also a veteran of teaching mindfulness in schools and has coached thousands of grades 8 and 9s through their first encounters with mindfulness, using the Mindful Schools Curriculum, on behalf of the Crisis Centre in Vancouver, BC.
He is also a trained facilitator of Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention, a direct descendent of the acclaimed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program.
Bruce has recently been delivering the pioneering 6 week Mindfulness @ Work program to faculty and staff at the University of British Columbia each Spring and Fall for the last three years in partnership with MindwellU.
A visionary and dynamic speaker, Bruce is based out of the Vancouver, BC area and leads trainings in Canada. He is highly regarded for his down-to-earth training and speaking style.
Bruce continues his mindfulness education with regular study personal practice and retreat time. I am particularly focused on helping individuals establish a long term practice that is enriching and rewarding.
Guided Mindfulness Meditations for BeginnersClassic Mindfulness Meditations to Build Your Practice
I’m new to mindfulness, will this be over my head?
Our programs, seminars and workshops are tailored to our clients needs. They are designed for people who are serious about reaching their full potential in business and life. If you’re committed to using the mindfulness practices to cultivate new qualities of awareness, focus and empathy then you’ll love what we share with you.
When Are Your Next Programs?
Stay tuned! We are planning new events for 2021, watch this space of sign up for our event announcements..
What is mindfulness meditation anyway?
No candles or incense required! Our programs are designed for the modern individual. There are essentially two types of meditation: concentration training and awareness training. The role of empathy and pro-social responses is also an integral part of teaching for adults and youth. You will also learn how to use your emotions more skillfully and flexibly to develop greater emotional resilience. This type of training allows you to find greater ease and freedom from habits that limit our potential or cause us suffering.
How will I find the time to fit this into my schedule?
We teach mindfulness in action. The skills we teach are designed to be integrated into a busy life. Almost everyone I teach starts out feeling "how can i find time for this". If you have two, or even ten, minutes free in a day then you can benefit. We'll teach you strategies to start and maintain a practice during a busy work and home life. Our belief is that we can bring mindful awareness to any action - even taking a shower or going for a walk.
Do I need to bring anything?
Bring an open heart, open mind and your favourite pen. We’ll provide worksheets and other materials you'll need to make the most of the sessions. The focus on our sessions is using our own direct experience and reflecting on what we experience in the sessions as our primary teaching materials. Mindfulness is not about theory or book learning.
What if I take medications or am currently under the guidance of a physician, psychiatrist or counsellor?
Mindfulness is a life skill. It is not counselling or therapy in any form. We do not advise on medical or psychological conditions, medications or diagnoses. However we do ask that you disclose these to us prior to participating. Seek advice from your physician before embarking on mindfulness training if you have any concerns. If we feel mindfulness is not appropriate for you, we will suggest other avenues to explore.
What should I wear?
Wear something you feel comfortable in, generally looser fitting clothing will be best.
What happens in a typical session?
Each program, workshop or presentation can have a theme we will explore (i.e "Reducing Stress, Emotional Resilience"). The session usually starts with an orientation to the theme, a review of some of the reading and neuroscience on the subject. Then we practice developing mindfulness skills around this theme using guided mindfulness practices. We then share any insights and experiences from our home practice that may benefit ourselves and the group. We end with a review of what we've learned and your instructor sets a practice assignment and reading for the coming week.
We make our presentations, entertaining, informative and give participants the opportunity to try simple practices they can take and use anywhere in their work and home life.
Latest Mindfulness News and Trends from Around the WorldApril 27, 2019If you attended Social Media Camp 2019, you'll know that I'll be posting my 4 minute mindfulness audio and a short cheat sheet guide to the 4 steps in the practice. The MP3 audio file and the exercise guide will be posted in the next 72 hours. If you joined us at SMC 2019 to hear me and my...Effectiveness of a meditation-based stress reduction program in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Kabat-Zinn J., et al. (1992). American Journal of Psychiatry. 1992 Jul;149(7):936-43. This seminal study explored the effectiveness of a stress reduction program based on mindfulness meditation...July 30, 2018Check out "I just spent a day in a mindfulness program developed at Google and left with 5 key lessons" by Shana Lebowitz, written for Business Insider.