16 Guidelines For Life



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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, Secular Ethics Through Mindfulness with Craig Mackie and Shelley Urlando:

  1. Friday, December 4 to Saturday, December 5, 2015.
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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 [email protected] if you would like to have them introduced to your school, gourp or organisation.