16 Guidelines For Life

16 Guidelines for Life: Secular Ethics at the University of Toronto

Offered by the Inter-professional Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate Program, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Continuing Education, three courses and is the basis of the following two-day courses:

  1. Secular Ethics Through Mindfulness with Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw and Craig Mackie:
    Friday, June 13 to Saturday, June 14, 2014.
    Go to http://www.socialwork.utoronto.ca/conted/certificate/MIND/MINDA/A5.htm
  2. Mindfulness and Ethical Values in the Workplace with Elizabeth Skronski and Laurie Dolan:
    Friday, May 23 to Saturday, May 24, 2014.
    Go to http://www.socialwork.utoronto.ca/conted/certificate/MIND/MINDB/B26.htm

MARCH 29 AND 30: Hosted by The Centre for Compassion &Wisdom, Burlington, Ontario, Canada

16 Guidelines for Life:
Tools for Personal Happiness and Cultural Change

Two-Day Introductory Workshop
with Elizabeth Skronski and Sharon Babineau

You are invited to experience how to make positive changes personally, with your family and at work. Through guided mindfulness exercises, group discussion, and experiential exploration, you will examine each of the 16 Guidelines from Humility to Courage. This will deepen your understanding of what they mean and through exploration, mindfulness and taking part in exercises, you will directly experience how they will make your life and work more meaningful. Many who have attended this workshop (from 23 countries and in six languages) have become role models of integrity and effective change-makers in schools, prisons, youth work, social work, health care, and corporate and environmental advocacy.

The 16 Guidelines is a Universal Education program of the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom, UK, whose patron is His Holiness The Dalai Lama.


  • A personal experience of exercises, exploration and educational resources detailing the philosophy and origins of the 16 Guidelines
  • Access to online resources and the Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom international community
  • Ongoing support from The Centre for Compassion & Wisdom to integrate the 16 G’s into your life and community including a training path to become a 16 Guidelines facilitator

Participants who attended previous workshops describe their experience:

“uplifting, inspiring, practical, empowering and transformative“
"I had an enlightening experience which made the path that I am on more clear"
"Very insightful in a visceral way. I believe this time it will stick"
"Potential for life goals and creating a path"

Time: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm both days

Location: 3077 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, Ontario (north side, East of Guelph Line). Parking is on Hart (or other side streets), which is one block east of Guelph Line.

Cost: $195.00 Adults; $175.00 Students (Full-Time) & Youth (under 18). Early bird discount by Feb 29.Registration deadline including payment is Feb.March 24, 2014. Additional: $35.00 for book and card set

Maximum participants: 25 with a wait list

Registration: To register, visit https://16guidelinesmarch2014.eventbrite.ca For further enquiries, email centreforcompassionandwisdom@cogeco.ca or phone the Centre at 905-296-3728.

Lunch: We invite you to join in a shared lunch by bringing a dish, salad or dessert. Or bring your own lunch if you have dietary restrictions.

Elizabeth Skronski is a speaker, trainer, coach and faculty in the Inter-Professional Applied Mindfulness Certificate Program, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. She holds a B.A. in clinical psychology from McGill University and has completed courses towards an MBA while working in Charlotte, N.C. After many years in the corporate environment, she is now a Certified Personal and Executive Developmental Coach. Elizabeth is also a certified facilitator in Meditation, Transformative Mindfulness Methods, the Five Tibetan Yogas, Laughter Yoga and is a facilitator of the 16 Guidelines for Life. Elizabeth is on the International Training and Accreditation Advisory Board for the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom. Visit  www.coachingforwellbeing.com

Sharon Babineau, CD, is a professional speaker & author and has facilitated workshops for over a decade. She is a trained facilitator with Mindfulness without Borders, 16 Guidelines for Life, and Transformative Mindfulness Methods. She has completed numerous courses in the Inter-Professional Applied Mindfulness Certificate Program, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.  Dedicated to helping others, Sharon has been recognized for the work she has done at home and in Africa and is the recipient of many awards, including “Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee” Medal and most recently the recipient of “Women of Distinction 2013”. Sharon inspires and encourages people to “embrace their right to happiness”. Her motivational company Mindbreak, is based on that philosophy. Visit www.mindbreak.ca

The Centre for Compassion & Wisdom is a registered non-profit charitable organization.

Would you like to live a happier, more meaningful life?

The 16 Guidelines for Life offer a simple and practical tool for achieving a happy and meaningful life. They are not just words: they are an inspirational framework that you can use to live in a way that benefits yourself and others. The 16 Guidelines are suitable for people of all ages, faiths and cultural traditions. They are part of a non-profit initiative called Essential Education, which aims to make the world a more peaceful place by helping people everywhere to develop their natural capacity for compassion and wisdom.

The launch of the 16 Guidelines for Life book, co-authored by Alison Murdoch and Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw in 2007 and training programmes in May 2008 have led to the creation of innovative projects all over the globe. People are coming together to study the Guidelines, share ideas and take them into schools, colleges, healthcare organisations, drug rehabilitation centres and prisons and youth retreats. The book is presently being translated into 8 languages. Presently published in English and Spanish.

We have an active and innovative group of facilitators in Canada who have introduced the Guidelines in a broad spectrum:
preschool, high school staff and students, youth groups, youth at risk, youth residential substance rehabilitation, medical and health care teams, women's groups, university programs, northern community revitalization, a newspaper community campaign, retreats and more!

The children's version of the guidelines, full of colourful activities, is Ready, Set, Happy! and this is being trialed in preschools and schools globally. It is now also in Spanish and can be downloaded from the 16 Guidelines website www.16guidelines.org

To see what is happening with 16 Guidelines for Life in 26 countries and 6 languages, go to www.compassionandwisdom.org


Click here for a review of  16 Guidelines for Life activities in Canada during 2010


Order the 16 Guidelines for Life book


Enquire about courses at the Centre for Compassion and Wisdom, Burlington Ontario, Canada

For courses, resources and exciting developments with 16 Guidelines and other Essential Education Projects internationally, visit Essential Education and www.16Guidelines.org


Check this out!
Live Happy: Learning by Example Community Campaign, based on the book, 16 GUIDELINES FOR LIFE column was featured every Friday in the Hamilton Spectator newspaper with online articles and videos for each guideline for 16 weeks. Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw has interviewed local heroes who demonstrate these qualities as well as inspiring people around North America who she has met on her travels with the Maitreya Project Relic Tour.  Add stories of your heroes who exemplify each quality by clicking “Comment” after each guideline.

Read stories of innovators who have brought the 16 Guidelines for Life into the community.

Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw is co-author of 16 Guidelines for Life and an international facilitator of 2-day Introduction to 16 Guidelines Workshops. She is also an international trainer of 16 Guidelines facilitators and has been mentoring prototype programs in Canada. Craig Mackie pioneered the Principles Program at Pine River Institute integrating the 16 Guidelines into youth drug rehabilitation and just trained youth workers in London UK and school staff in USA with Sharon Babineau, who has pioneered the program with street youth and a high shcool in Hamilton.
Laurie Dolan, a corporate trainer, is the program coordinator for the Centre for Compassion and Wisdom and Canada’s Essential Education Coordinator.

There are a number of facilitators of The 16 Guidelines for Life in Canada. Please contact info@lamponthepath.org if you would like to have them introduced to your school, gourp or organisation.