Friday, October 27,
to Sunday, October 29, 2017
9:00 AM to 4:40 PM
Multi-Faith Centre/Koffler House
(569 Spadina Avenue, Toronto)

Noted meditation teacher Jack Kornfield commented: “James Baraz’s Awakening Joy can lead each of us to live with dignity, compassion, and gracious freedom.” Is this not what we want for ourselves and our clients?

A tremendously warm and wise teacher, James Baraz comes to Toronto for the first time to present his interactive and insightful three-day program, which is sure to be personally and professionally helpful.

True happiness is not about acquiring anything but rather about opening to the natural joy and aliveness right inside you. Today, as we are bombarded with messages that heighten our fears and sadness about the world, cultivating joy as a central aspect of our lives has become more important than ever. We need to remember how to stay connected to that place inside that makes life worth living. Our own sense of well-being and joy can become our gift to a troubled world.

This workshop is based on James Baraz’s popular five-month “Awakening Joy” course, which thousands have taken since 2003. You will learn basic principles and supportive practices to develop your natural capacity for well-being and happiness. You will also learn practical tools that you can share with your clients to incline the mind toward joy through silent meditation, as well as interactive experiential activities.

Awakening Joy – What is Mindfulness?

You will learn —

  • How to practise inclining the mind towards the possibility of more joy when working with clients
  • Two keys to gratitude applicable to clinical practice
  • How to prescribe a gratitude practice to clients to support their well-being
  • How to help your clients process emotions mindfully by using RAIN (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Non-identify/Not take things personally)
  • How to explain to clients that attachment can lead to suffering
  • Specific “letting go” practices for clients to reduce stress
  • How to integrate the practices of forgiveness, acceptance, and self-compassion for your clients
  • Techniques to support clients in counteracting the tendency toward self-judgement and feelings of unworthiness
  • How compassion affects the neuro-system

Fees and registration

Single Earlybird Rate
(Up to September 7, 2017)
Single Regular Rate
(After September 7, 2017)
$745 HST $770 + HST

(see Fees page for multiple registration discount)


About the Speaker

James Baraz has a master’s degree in psychology and has been a mindfulness meditation teacher since 1978. He is a co-founding teacher of the prestigious Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, is a guiding teacher for One Earth Sangha (a website devoted to expressing a Buddhist response to climate change), has taught at the Esalen Institute since 1983, and has led retreats and workshops throughout North America and Europe for more than 30 years. In addition, he created the Awakening Joy course in 2003 and is the co-author of Awakening Joy: Ten Steps to Happiness, the book based on the course. He is also the co-author of Awakening Joy for Kids, which won the 2016 Nautilus Parenting and Family Gold Award. James lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Jane. He has two sons and three grandchildren. For more information, please visit

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