Essential Change

Mindful Parenting and Partnerships : Humility, Patience, Contentment, Delight: How We Think: Oct 2 – 30th, 2017

Living with Compassion and Wisdom Series. Part 1 (of 4) with Essential Change

Mindful Parenting and Partnerships: Humility, Patience, Contentment, Delight: How we Think

Whether it’s mindful parenting or infusing your relationships with intention and calm this 4 week special mindfulness course can change the way you think.  Based on the first Wisdom Theme of the 16 Guidelines, we will cultivate these qualities to help you change your mind to change your world:





These first four guidelines in the series of 16 Guidelines give us an opportunity to reclaim the power of the mind – to shape our world by shaping our thoughts.

This mindfulness course will teach from the core principles of Universal Education, as put forth by the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom (FDCW UK, patron the Dalai Lama). This means that the material in this course is universally accessible by examining our own experience and by becoming our own wise and kind ally.

What you get:

Three core techniques will be taught every class:

  1. Grounding and slowing down (mindfulness)
  2. Listening to the wisdom of the body (mind-body connection)
  3. Accessing compassion to make the most skill choice (reframing with wisdom and compassion)

16 Guidelines Book and 16 Guidelines Cards (value $35)*

Registration: email:

Early bird registration, before August 25th: $150

Regular rate: $200

$50 deposit must be made to secure your spot, which is non-refundable.

Spaces limited to 12 – some on-line spaces available, please inquire.

Location: Essential Change Studio, Panet Street, Ottawa, ON

Time: Monday Oct 2 -30, 5-7 pm no class Thanksgiving

*If you already own a copy of the 16G book and cards then this can be deducted from the course fees, $115 for early bird and $165 regular fee.

Sliding scale is available for students and low income earners.

Stay tuned:

Part 2: Kindness, Honesty, Generosity, Right Speech: Mindful Action – Fall 2017

Part 3: Respect, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Loyalty: Mindful Relationships – Winter 2017

Part 4: Aspiration, Principles, Service, Courage: A Mindful Meaningful Life  – Spring 2017


Craig Mackie, MA, MSW, RSW is director of Essential Change and has been facilitating mindfulness groups since 2008. He is the North American trainer for 16 Guidelines as well as certified in Transformative Mindfulness and Mindfulness for Symptom Management (an MBSR based protocol). Craig has a private clinical practice in Ottawa, teaching as a core faculty at the University of Toronto   Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate Program and consults in the education, health and not-for-profit sector.