Upcoming Events and Opportunities


Transformative Mindfulness Methods for peace health confidence and connection

Telecourses and Distance Learning in English, Spanish and French

After offering our programs for the past 20 years, our first telecourse, Discovering Transformative Mindfulness Methods for Self-Healing,  was launched July 23, 2012. With 18 in each group, participants have participated from Canada, USA, Spain, UK, France, Holland, New, Zealand, Argentina, Taiwan, Malaysia, Austria, South Africa, Netherlands, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Belgium and Australia. A few people are accessing the recorded sessions at home who are unable to make the calls due to time zones.

We have also offered our Level 2: Deepening Transformative Mindfulness Self-Practice in English and French. It was offered for the first time in Spanish in March 2013.

From 2008 to 2011,  healthcare professionals at the University of Florence, Italy completed Level 1 and 2 and the Level 3: Transformative Mindfulness Methods for Inquiry and Intervention Certified Practitioner Training hosted by the Department of Pharmacology. In 2012, Transformative Mindfulness Methods was taught with peer practice in a Masters degree program: Mindfulness and Meditation: Neuroscience and Clinical Application for Healthcare Professionals. hosted by the Neurology and Psychiatry Departments of the University of Florence.

In 2013-2014, all three levels are offered and jointly certified by Transformative Mindfulness International and the Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate Program, Continuing Education, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. http://www.socialwork.utoronto.ca/conted/certificate/MIND/MINDC/TMM.htm

" I did a Transformative Mindfulness tele-course with Dekyi-Lee last year... totally making healing meditations utterly beautiful and inspiring experiences... with me every day since. Life changing experience."  - Aimee A, Netherlands

Join the next course!

Foundations of Transformative Mindfulness Methods for Inquiry (Level 1) - Distance Learning

Jointly certified by Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate Program, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
Distance Learning Telecourse: six two-hour interactive sessions live with Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw - beginning Tuesday April 1, 2014 at 12 noon EST (Toronto)
$290 CAD - More info and registration here.

Deepening Transformative Mindfulness Methods Self-Practice for Personal Inquiry and Healing (Level 2) Telecourse - Distance Learning

Jointly certified by Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate Program, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
Distance Learning Telecourse: Six bi-weekly tele-sessions beginning May 2014.
Course description and registration here.

Transformative Mindfulness Methods Certified Practitioner Training  for Inquiry and Intervention (Level 3)

Jointly certified by Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate Program, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
2014 training begins mid-February. Offered as either distance learning or In-class at the University of Toronto campus. More info and registration here.

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For local TMM events in Burlington, Hamilton, Canada, go to www.centreforcompassionandwisdom.com.

January and February Events in Burlington, Ontario
hosted by The Centre for Compassion & Wisdom and Lama Yeshe Ling Tibetan Buddhist Group

  • Saturday January 18 - Life Purpose Workshop with Laurie Dolan
  • Thursdays February 6 to 27 - Being Your Own Therapist: Creating a Foundation for Health and Happiness through Mindfulness and Meditation four-week series with Shelley Urlando
  • February 19 to 23 - Philosophy in Action: Tara & Stages of the Path Public Talk and Four-day Retreat with Venerable Robina Courtin



Life Purpose Workshop
with Laurie Dolan

January 18, 2014 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

PLEASE REGISTER TODAY. Start the New Year 2014 by discovering or rediscovering your life purpose!  Are you living it now or are you ready to explore and discover what will bring you more joy in life, how to connect to it and make it happen?  If these are questions you find compelling and wish to explore, please join Laurie Dolan for this experiential life-changing workshop.  You will explore your strengths and attributes that will lead to discovering, or perhaps rediscovering, your life purpose.  You will walk away energized and with a clear life-purpose statement including the next steps necessary for engaging in your life’s full potential.

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

Workshop Fee:  $100

To register: Email [email protected] or phone 905 296-3728
Mail cheques to: Katie Keenleyside, CCW Registration, 16 Alexander St. Hamilton, ON L8P 2A9  

For Workshop Information contact: Laurie Dolan, 905 690-9356, [email protected]

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.

Laurie Dolan (Dolan and Associates Inc.) is a Spiritual Director, Business/Personal Life Coach and IT Service Management Consultant – helping organizations and people engage their potential for success. Laurie holds a B.A. in sociology and philosophy from Queen’s University and a B.Ed. from the University of Western Ontario; and holds certifications as a Spiritual Director, a Myers Briggs and Personality Dimensions practitioner, CTI personal and business coach, facilitator of 16 Guidelines for Life, Potential Project (Mindfulness in the Workplace) and 5 Tibetan Yogas. Laurie will be teaching Mindfulness and Ethics in the Workplace as a Faculty member for the Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate Program, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto 2013 – 2014, and completing a Hypnosis Certification program in March 2014.  She is currently on the international Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom Implementation Advisory Group and is President of Lama Yeshe Ling/Centre for Compassion & Wisdom Board.

Being Your Own Therapist:
Creating a Foundation for Health and Happiness through Mindfulness and Meditation

with Shelley Urlando

Four-week series - Thursdays Feb 6 - 27, 2014

This series is intended for those who have a sincere interest in deepening their understanding and use of applied mindfulness and meditation skills. Immerse yourself in foundational practices and let them take a stronger root in cultivating increased present moment awareness and resilience for a happier and more meaningful approach to life situations.  Each evening will begin with sitting time in silent meditation followed by the opportunity for personal introspective inquiry, experiential practices, group discussion, as well as time for question and answer.  We warmly welcome participants of all levels of practice to join us.

Location: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 3455 Lakeshore Rd. Burlington, ON

Time: 7 to 9 pm

Cost: $75 for four -week series paid by cheque or cash at the door on Feb 6th

Advance registration is required by January 30, 2014.  To register, email Katie Keenleyside at [email protected] or phone 905 296-3728 and leave a voicemail with your phone # and email address. We wish everyone to feel welcome to attend. If you are experiencing financial restraints, please phone 905 296-3728 to request a bursary.

Shelley Urlando (Mindful Life Resources and Consulting) is a dedicated mindfulness and meditation practitioner.  She has provided a caring and supportive learning environment for participants of all ages for over 10 years.  She has a specialized Interprofessional Certificate in Applied Mindfulness Meditation, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.  Shelley is a senior facilitator of Transformative Mindfulness Methods, as well as a certified practitioner of the 16 Guidelines For Life and Mindfulness Without Borders programs. She is the co-founder of Mindfulness Halton/Peel Professional Community, a non-profit organization that brings together people who are dedicated to the principles and practices of mindfulness, both personally and professionally.

Philosophy in Action: Tara - Compassionate Action & Stages of the Path
Public Talk and four-day Retreat with Venerable Robina Courtin

Tara is a feminine embodiment of the compassionate action of all the Buddhas. The Stages of the Path to Buddhahood, presents Buddha's teachings in a practical order, showing us how to start, how to progress, and how to complete the spiritual path. Tara meditation practice done with the Stages of the Path invokes the compassionate activity of all the Buddhas, and causes our own potential for goodness and clarity to manifest quickly. The Wednesday night talk will provide a spiritual and philosophical foundation for entering this path and finding peace and meaning in our lives.

Public Talk: Why Tara?

Wednesday February 19 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Why so many forms of Buddha? How does prayer work? Venerable Robina talks on the many forms of Buddha and the role of offerings and prayer (sanskrit: puja), in Buddhist practice.

Location: East Plains United Church, 375 Plains Rd East (north east of Waterdown Road) ,Burlington, ON L7T 2C7, Canada
By donation.

Four Day Retreat: Presenting the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, with Tara

Thursday February 20 to 23, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm (to 5:00 pm on Sunday)

    * includes the Tara - Stages of the Path text assembled by Venerable Robina
    * vegetarian lunch is included each day
    * you may bring your own evening meal to eat and share on premises (there is a kitchen)
    * you may register by day
    * early registration discount (until January 18)

Venerable Robina Courtin was ordained in the late 1970s and she has worked full time since then for Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s FPMT. Over the years she has served as editorial director of Wisdom Publications, editor of Mandala Magazine, executive director of Liberation Prison Project, and as a touring teacher of Buddhism. Her life and work with prisoners have been featured in the documentary films Chasing Buddha and Key to Freedom. See a sample of Ven. Robina’s teaching style on YouTube. See www.robinacourtin.com to read Ven. Robina’s active blog, tour schedule ,and other news.

Location: Sacred Way Retreat, 3077 Lakeshore Road (North East of Guelph Line), Burlington, ON Canada
Parking on Hart St. or other side streets

Register Now at http://lamayesheling.org/civicrm/event/register?id=25&reset=1
or by email: [email protected]  or by calling 905 296 3728.

Event Fee: Early Registration with Discount (all four-days only)     $ 250.00
Registration Daily Rate:   
Thursday     $ 70.00
Friday           $ 70.00
Saturday      $ 70.00
Sunday         $ 70.00
Free for Ordained sangha.You may also donate to the Bursary Fund to help others attend when you register.


Private Counselling Sessions

Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw and certified practitioners offer private sessions in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish (Spain and Latin America) and Slovenian
over the phone or Skype internationally or one-on-one locally in

  • Toronto and Greater Toronto Area, Ontario and Cosmos Island, BC, Canada,
  • Chicago, MI USA
  • Patagonia area, Argentina
  • Florence, Italy
  • Findhorn, Scotland
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Toulouse, France
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Durban, South Africa
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Singapore
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

$95 CAD for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. For steps to book your session, click here.

To book or for more information, click here.


Programs in Europe in 2012 with Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw

Lucca, Italy

Transformative Mindfulness: Taking Awareness a Step Further for Intervention and Rehabilitation (English with Italian translation)
This is a Schesis post graduate course for mental health professionals - a new holistic approach to mental health care in the public health system.   Contact Satyamo Hernandez at [email protected]

Florence, Italy

Introduction to Transformative Mindfulness (English with Italian translation)
as part of the new Master's Degree in Meditation and Mindfulness: Neuroscience and Clinical Application in the Helping Professions which commenced January 2011 by the Department of Neurological and Psychiatric Sciences.
Contact Dr. Piero Dolara,
[email protected]

Arco, Italy

Introduction to 16 Guidelines for Life (English with Italian translation)
Discover Transformative Mindfulness for Self-Healing (English with Italian translation)
Contact Claudia Wellnitz at [email protected]

Domzale, Slovenia

Transformative Mindfulness to Shift Problems and Inner Conflict (English)
Contact: Mirjana Ogrin at [email protected]

Barcelona, Spain

Introduction to Transformative Mindfulness for Self-Healing Weekend Intensive (English with Spanish translation)
Contact Esther at  [email protected]

Marsen, France

Introduction to Transformative Mindfulness for Self-Healing Weekend Intensive (English with French translation)
Contact [email protected]