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2019 Mindfulness Challenge event at Ontario Tech a success

Ontario Tech University's Healthy Workplace Committee thanks everyone who participated in the 2019 Mindfulness Challenge on November 9. In addition, many thanks to Wendy Stanyon, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, creator of the university’s Mindsight program, as well as Angie Wood, Fitness Co-ordinator and Healthy Workplace Committee member.

This year's theme was 'Clear Mind - Open Heart,' selected by Mindfulness Challenge lead teacher Susan Woods. Mindful activities conducted throughout the four-hour mediation practice included:

  • mindful meditation
  • gentle yoga
  • mindful eating
  • mindful movement

This year’s participants contributed more than $1,300 to the grand total of $131,132 that was raised across several communities. These fund help to support initiative in the community which brings mindfulness and resilience to communities in need.

Participants provided very positive feedback and enjoyed sharing this event with colleagues and community members. The vision is to continue to grow this annual event and host larger groups each year.

This was the second time for Oshawa and the university to be a satellite practice centre live streaming from the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto. Other participating cities included Toronto, Ottawa and Kitchener, Ontario.

“If you go deeper and deeper into your own heart, you’ll be living in a world with less fear, isolation and loneliness.”
- Sharon Salzberg, meditation teacher and author