Mindfulness Self-Compassion

Many of us are engaged in care-giving roles in our personal and work life.  Over time, the demands of these roles can leave us feeling drained, irritable and even cynical.  Mindful self-compassion is an empirically tested program designed to help participants attend to their own needs in a kind and caring way while also attending to the needs of others.   Rapidly growing research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, decreased anxiety, less depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits, and satisfying personal relationships.   

This experiential workshop will:

  • Help participants reflect on their own experiences of compassion fatigue or disconnection
  • Describe the components of self-compassion and how they are helpful in our care-giving roles
  • Learn a practise that is helpful when facing difficult emotions or stories of suffering
  • Experience a practise that enables us to care for ourselves in the moment while we are also caring for another

Diana Tikasz (MSW RSW) has worked in the teaching and health care sector for the past 28 years.  Her helping work began as an early childhood educator nurturing children and their families to reach their fullest potential.  This work developed into a desire to do trauma-focused work.  Over the course of her career she has worked in emergency department crisis teams, coordinated hospital based sexual assault/domestic violence treatment programs, which involved assisting individuals experiencing a current crisis, counselling those who have been traumatized by violence, and teaching a variety of other professionals how to do this work effectively while staying healthy themselves.  Diana has also worked in various Employee Assistance Programs where she has specialized in working with individuals who are feeling stressed by their personal and/or work life.  Her passion is to assist people in creating personal, professional, and organizational changes that promote optimal health and make us more effective helpers.  Hence, over the past 12 years, Diana has devoted time to providing numerous workshops to various helping professionals in the area of compassion fatigue/vicarious trauma and occupational stress because a helper’s compassion is not complete if it does not include compassion for oneself.  

Where? McMaster Innovation Park 175 Longwood Rd S Hamilton

When?  Weds. April 25 7-9 PM

An admission ticket is required as space is limited. To obtain a ticket and further information click below



Mindfulness Hamilton Presents:The Natural Self: Mindfulness, Self-Compassion and Stress Reduction, a one day mindfulness retreat on May 26, 2018

This day is suitable for beginners, intermediate, or advanced meditators.

What you will learn at this workshop:

Theory and practice of a variety of meditation techniques that will help you start or develop your own meditation practice. Meditation practice will be complimented by dialogue, movements and breathing exercises.

Meditation is relaxation, awareness and expansion of awareness. The practice of meditation promotes emotional healing and can be helpful for those suffering from a variety of acute and chronic health problems including stress-related disorders, fatigue, sleep problems, chronic pain, anxiety and depression. As the practice deepens we discover our natural self which leads to healing and creative contentment.


Your own lunch, but beverages/snacks are provided for morning/afternoon breaks.





Jivasu is the founder of the Naturality movement. Naturality is ‘to live according to our nature’ and ‘to walk our own path’. On the path of Naturality you are neither religious nor spiritual but natural.

By training Jivasu is a medical doctor from India. He with his wife Karen, a Canadian doctor, served on a voluntary basis for thirteen years in the villages of Indian Himalayas.

He earned a diploma in acupuncture from Sri Lanka and McMaster University, Canada. He was also trained in mind-body medicine from Harvard University, USA.

Currently Jivasu is teaching Naturality based programs in Canada and India and other countries. He is an instructor in mind-body medicine and acupuncture training courses for health professionals in McMaster University, Hamilton.

He is the author of many books including: Naturality and Meditation: A Path of Relaxation, Awareness and Expansion of Awareness.

Cost:  $25 – $60

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Mindfulness Hamilton Presents A Free evening workship 7-9 PM Tuesday June 12 2018

Fostering Mindfulness in Hamilton, Creating a Kinder Community

What you will learn:

Come out to hear how Mike has spread Mindfulness throughout his community in Stratford Ontario and how we can use his techniques and wisdom to make a kinder community through mindfulness in Hamilton

  • Although tickets are free, please let us know if you're unable to join us so it opens space for another.
  • Feel free to bring a beverage in a closed container.

Your Speaker - Mike Masse


Mike Masse is a mindfulness educator, consultant and public speaker who specializes in applying mindfulness techniques to help youth and adults to reduce stress and anxiety. Over the past 14 years Mike has worked with a diverse population ranging from inner city youth, university students, teachers, professors, doctors, nurses, corporations and non-profit agencies. Mike is passionate about encouraging individuals to cultivate an inner stillness, working towards subtle changes that have a significant impact on their mental health, confidence, self judgement and awareness.

In Stratford Mike is currently working with both school boards (public and Catholic) k-12 (approximately 15 schools), 10 preschools, local universities, hospital staff, family health teams, nursing homes, victim services, community living, leadership groups, multiple city services (social services, management, city planners and the financial department), small and large businesses.

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Mindfulness Hamilton Weekly Meditation Group

Alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays

We welcome novice and experienced meditators.

You do not have to be a member of Mindfulness Hamilton to attend.

There is no cost.



Location: 123 James St. N, 2nd Floor (in Hamilton)

Times: Arrive and set up:  6:15 pm 

Practice: 6:30 - 7:30pm 

                            Q & A and discussion: 7:30 - 7:45 PM             

  What to expect

The meditation group meet every week alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays.

There is a group of Mindfulness Hamilton members who have volunteered to facilitate.

The format varies from week to week but will usually consist of a number of guided meditations, sometimes seated, sometimes moving.

Participants vary from people completely new to meditation to experienced meditators.

There is always time for comments and questions and answers, usually in the last 15 minutes of the sessions which run from 6:30 – 7:45.



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