Essential Change

16 Guidelines: Developing Wisdom and Compassion: Mindfulness Ottawa Spring Urban Retreat April 7-9th


In this retreat we will look at how to develop a wise mind and a kind heart. By using the 16 Guidelines as a mindful practice we can transform our lives and the world around us.

The 16 Guidelines are being used as the foundation of ethics within mindfulness, currently being taught at the University of Toronto as the system to explore how to encounter and embody the values of mindfulness.


How we Think How we Act How we Relate How we Create Meaning







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When: April 7-9th, 2017: Friday 6pm-8pm, Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.

Where: Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic, 595 Montreal Rd, Unit 301


Craig Mackie has a MA in philosophy and a MSW. Currently in clinical practice specializing in Mindfulness, he also teaches at the University of Toronto, Applied Mindfulness Meditation Program and is an international trainer in the 16 Guidelines. Craig has used the 16G to teach youth at-risk, adults in therapeutic settings, in the not-for-profit sector, as a character education curriculum and as the basis of the ethics course at the U of T Applied Mindfulness certificate program. Craig has led workshops in 5 different countries, training over 500+ people in the 16 Guidelines. Short video with Craig:

Shelley Urlando is the International Co-Trainer of Transformative Mindfulness Methods, supporting facilitators in 13 countries. She is the Program Coordinator for Universal Education Programs and faculty at The Centre for Compassion & Wisdom, Burlington. She co-founded Mindfulness Halton/Peel Professional Community, and is a certified practitioner of 16 Guidelines For Life and Mindfulness Without Borders.

Participants will receive a Level 1 Certificate from the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom, on the training path towards 16 Guidelines Facilitator Training.

16 Guidelines Level 1: Tools for personal and cultural change

Participants will develop tools to change the way they Think, Act, Relate and Create Meaning.

This workshop is for those who are interested in taking mindfulness into the world in order to create a wise, kind society:

  • Educators
  • Facilitators
  • Health and Mental Health practitioners
  • Parents
  • Business Leaders
  • Community Developers

The 16G have attracted everyone from neuroscientists to school teachers, corporations to social services agencies, parents to community builders – anyone who is in need of motivation to change their outlook and practices. The 16G are currently being used for personal and cultural change in hospitals, schools, social service agencies, drug rehab, hospices, universities, youth-at-risk programs, youth leadership programs, businesses and prisons as well as in families, communities and neighborhoods.


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Early: $200 Register by March 7th

$250After March 7th

Low income and student rates limited and available

Registration includes 16G Book and Cards ($35 value)

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