Workshops and Training

  • September 23-24, 2017: Mindfulness and Expressive Arts: Applications for Counselling, Education, and Community @ University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
  • Sunday, November 5, 2017: Creativity and Illumination with Soul Collage® @ The Centre for Psychotherapy
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017: Bhakti Yoga: The Yoga of Devotion @ Esther Myers Yoga Studio
  • Ongoing: Introduction to Meditation. Small group sessions in meditation instruction. Please contact for details.
  • Ongoing: Meditation and Psychotherapy Study Group for Mental Health Professionals and allied professions. Please contact for details.

More details for upcoming workshops:

Mindfulness and Expressive Arts: Applications for Counselling, Education, and Community
University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
September 23-24, 2017
Learn how to integrate contemplative expressive arts practices within counselling, educational and community contexts. In this course, you'll discover the history, theory and traditions that inform the application of contemplative expressive arts.
For more information and registration:
learn.utoronto.ca/interactive-course-search#/profile/3282
Creativity and Illumination with Soul Collage®
Centre for Psychotherapy Training, Dupont/Spadina, Toronto
Sunday, November 5, 2017, 10 am- 4 pm
In this workshop, we will explore and illuminate our inner landscapes through the creation and reading of our own personal Soul Collage® cards. Soul Collage® is an expressive arts process through which participants create collage images on cards that reflect aspects of our self and soul.  We then listen to the wisdom of these cards as they speak out to us. We weave these worlds together in the warm circle of community.
For more information and registration:
ana@anabodnar.com or 416-765-2141
Bhakti Yoga: The Yoga of Devotion
Esther Myers Yoga Studio
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 2- 5 pm
The yoga of devotion engages the heart, the mind, and the senses on its path of self-development.  Chanting, poetry, prayer, ritual and the sacred in daily life, are some of the faces of the Yoga of Devotion. In this workshop, we will explore these practices and support each participant to encounter and deepen their own path to open the heart. Our practices will be drawn from Yoga, the poetry of Rumi and from other spiritual and humanistic traditions.
For more information and registration:
www.estheryoga.com/category/events/workshops-for-everyone/

Past Workshops

Mindfulness and Expressive Arts: Applications for Counselling, Education, and Community
University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
March 24-25, 2017
Learn how to integrate contemplative expressive arts practices within counselling, educational and community contexts. The course combines lecture, discussion and experiential exercises in a collaborative learning environment. You’ll work with clay, music and poetry to develop your knowledge and skills. You’ll emerge with a greater understanding of the creative modalities you’re attuned with and ways to implement them within your professional settings.
Yoga with Dr. Ana Bodnar & Monica Voss
Esther Myers Yoga Studio
Sunday, March 26, 10am - 4pm
Yoga is a personal practice based on kindness, awareness and self-compassion. Join Monica in a day of self discovery through asana practice, breathing, and meditation. Ana will offer the theory of self-compassion, practical methods and discussion, all supporting the development of increased happiness.
Conference: Integrating South Asian Healing Traditions into Counselling, Psychology and Psychotherapy
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
May 5, 2017, 3-5:30 pm
Keynote Panel: Weaving South Asian Contemplative Practices with Counselling and Psychotherapy Dr. Ana Bodnar (University of Toronto)
Professional Development Workshop: Self-Compassion in Clinical Practice
Centre for Mindfulness Studies
Friday, April 1, 2016
In this workshop, we will focus on practical methods for supporting the development of your clients’ self-compassion to address a variety of psychological difficulties. You will also gain an awareness of how to apply these methods to your own self-care, as this is foundational to effective client support. There will be instruction, meditation, and discussion on the application of these tools in your clinical practice. A bibliography of relevant publications will also be provided.
Who should attend: This course is recommended for physicians, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals.
Deepening Self-Compassion : Yogic and Buddhist Approaches Esther Myers Yoga Studio
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 3:00pm-5:30pm
with Ana Bodnar
Traditional Buddhist and Yogic teachings in self-compassion are powerful and elegant, and can be interwoven with contemporary evidence-based clinical practices to address such issues as self-criticism and low self-esteem. In this workshop, we will focus on practical methods for supporting the development of self-compassion and increased happiness. There will be instruction, meditation and time for discussion on applications of these tools your daily life.
Self-Compassion for Clinical Practice: Professional Training @ Centre for Mindfulness Studies
Friday, October 31, 2014. 9:30 am-4: 30 pm.
This workshop is for mental health practitioners, teachers and others in counselling services. It will be a rich day with experiential exercises, research findings and practical tools to share with your clients in how they can live with more self-compassion. To register, please contact the Centre for Studies in Mindfulness, http://mindfulnessstudies.com (Professional Development)
Soul Collage and the Self
Saturday, November 22, 2014, 10 am – 4pm.
Based on the work of Soul Collage founder, Seena Frost, this workshop will offer participants an introduction to the Soul Collage process, an imaginative, insightful and creative exploration of aspects of the self. You will create your own Soul Collage cards for insight and to support your personal journey. This will be a wonderful opportunity to express your creativity in a supportive group setting. All materials are provided, and you are also free to bring images and photos that are meaningful to you. For more about Soul Collage, see http://www.soulcollage.com/
Location: The Centre for Studies in Psychotherapy, 316 Dupont St at Spadina
Self-Compassion for Well-Being
April 20: 9:30 am to 4 pm.
This workshop will focus on self-compassion attitudes and practices that can be helpful for individuals who want to develop a more positive and aware relationship with themselves. This workshop will be relevant for individuals who want to overcome self-criticism and low self-esteem, as well as those who are involved as caregivers and want to avoid burnout. For more information and to register, please contact:
The Centre for Mindfulness Studies
647-524-6216
info@mindfulnessstudies.com
Contemplative Approaches to Exploring the Psyche with Pastels.
With Susan Low-Beer, Artist
May 11, 2013
Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Professional Training Program
June 13-14, 2013
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
This workshop is part of the the Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate program, which is in the Factor-Intenwash School of Social Work, University of Toronto.
Mindfulness and self-compassion are seen as two wings of the same bird.
Traditional Buddhist teachings in self-compassion are powerful and elegant, and can be interwoven with contemporary evidence-based clinical practices to address such issues as self-criticism, depression, low-self-esteem, anxiety and social isolation.
Compassionate mind development with individuals has been shown to be a viable clinical approach that engages people in overcoming these negative emotional states, and also supports individuals and communities for general well-being. In this seminar, we will focus on practical methods for supporting the development of self-compassion to address a variety of psychological difficulties. There will be instruction, meditation, role plays, and time for clinical discussion on applications of these tools in your practice. A bibliography of relevant publications will also be provided.
Buddhism and Psychotherapy course
January-April 2013
Instructor of course at University of Toronto.
Part of the Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health focus at New College.

Exciting New Developments! Launching in January 2010. The Toronto Institute for the Integration of Mindfulness Meditation and Psychotherapy: A professional certificate program through TAPE (Toronto Advanced Professional Education).

Dr. Ana Bodnar is Co-Director of the program and will teach:

  • February 12 & 13: Overview of Mindfulness
  • March 5 & 6: Integrating Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
  • April 22 & 23: Mindfulness for Anxiety Disorders
  • November 19 & 20: Mindfulness for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Course Details

The Institute for the Integration of Mindfulness Meditation and Psychotherapy, under the auspices of TAPE (Toronto Advanced Professional Education, affiliated with University of Toronto/St.Micheal's College).is launching its certificate program in Mindfulness and Pscyhotherapy. This program explores the integration of mindfulness, meditation, counseling and psychotherapy and the application of mindfulness meditation interventions to a wide range of clinical populations and conditions. Those completing the program will receive a Certificate of Professional Education in Integration of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy from TAPE, co-signed with the Director of The Toronto Institute for the Integration of Mindfulness Meditation and Psychotherapy. For more information, please see http://www.advancedprofessionaleducation.com/programs.jsp?prog_id=121

6th Annual Compassion Fatigue Seminar - The Power of Mindfulness
For Gluckstein and Associates, Personal Injury Lawyers
Friday, October 21st, 2011
St. Andrew's Club & Conference Centre, 150 King Street West, Toronto (Downtown District)
Caring for patients, clients and their families can take a heavy emotional toll on health care professionals. Gluckstein & Associates LLP presents the 6th annual Compassion Fatigue seminar for healthcare professionals to address the often overlooked stress and trauma experienced by those providing care.
For more information, please see: http://www.gluckstein.com/news/10/69/Compassion-Fatigue-Seminars/d,in%20our%20community%20detail/
Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
Friday, November 30 to Saturday, December 1, 2012
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
This workshop is part of the the Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate program, which is in the Factor-Intenwash School of Social Work, University of Toronto.
To register: http://www.socialwork.utoronto.ca/conted/certificate/mindfulnessmed/B19.htm
$278 (HST included)
Mindfulness and self-compassion are seen as two wings of the same bird.
Traditional Buddhist teachings in self-compassion are powerful and elegant, and can be interwoven with contemporary evidence-based clinical practices to address such issues as self-criticism, depression, low-self-esteem, anxiety and social isolation.
Compassionate mind development with individuals has been shown to be a viable clinical approach that engages people in overcoming these negative emotional states, and also supports individuals and communities for general well-being. In this seminar, we will focus on practical methods for supporting the development of self-compassion to address a variety of psychological difficulties. There will be instruction, meditation, role plays, and time for clinical discussion on applications of these tools in your practice. A bibliography of relevant publications will also be provided.
Integrating Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
TAPE: Toronto Advanced Professional Education
November 18 and 19, 2011
Mindfulness-based therapies have been developed for a wide variety of mental health problems, such as stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addictions and other emotional, physical, mental and spiritual difficulties. Mindfulness meditation also enhances therapist presence with the client and supports therapist self-care and development. 

Focusing on the benefits of developing a mindfulness practice, this module presents an overview of mindfulness, its history and its clinical application with various populations.. Specific mindfulness approaches for various clinical populations are discussed, along with particular mindfulness meditation practices that enhance therapist presence and increase self-care.
For more information, please see: http://www.tapestudies.com/index.html
Mindfulness And Self-Compassion: Interprofessional Certificate in Applied Mindfulness Meditation: Psychotherapy
University of Toronto, School of Social Work
December 2 and 3, 2011
Mindfulness and self-compassion are seen as two wings of the same bird. Traditional Buddhist teaching in self-compassion are powerful and elegant, and can be interwoven with contemporary evidence-based clinical practices to address such issues as self-criticism, depression, low-self-esteem, anxiety and social isolation. Compassionate mind development with individuals has been shown to be a viable clinical approach that engages people in overcoming these negative emotional states, and also supports individuals and communities for general well-being.
For more information, please see: http://www.socialwork.utoronto.ca/conted/certificate/mindfulnessmed/B19.htm
Clinical Applications of Mindfulness
April 4, 2010 - Part One
May 15, 2010 - Part Two
This seminar is geared towards mental health professionals, teachers, consultant and those who would like to learn how to apply mindfulness to their clinical work. We will focus on learning mindfulness meditation and its specific applications to clinical practice. Mindfulness enhances therapist well-being as well as improves therapeutic engagement and outcomes.
Topics addressed include:
  • Mindfulness meditation, personal practice and therapist self-care
  • Deepening therapeutic connection and presence through mindfulness
  • Mindfulness approaches to stress management, diminishing anxiety, symptoms of depression
  • Mindfulness meditation and emotional regulation
  • Learning practices of self-compassion and self-acceptance as a way to overcome self-criticism and negative thinking
  • Applications to a variety of clinical situations
  • Mindfulness and spiritual approaches in counselling
We will incorporate Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, as well as approaches from Buddhist and Yoga Psychology. Ana Bodnar’s CD: “ Guided Meditations for Joy and Tranquility” will also be used. Mindfulness for Therapists Study Group
SOUL COLLAGE
June 26, 2010
1 to 5 pm
Dr. Ana Bodnar
Based on the work of Seena Frost in Soul Collage, this workshop will introduce participants to the Soul Collage Process, an imaginative way to create your own archetypal cards for insight and support in your personal journey. Through the soul collage process, you will explore aspects of self, what supports and nurtures you, and how you connect with Spirit. All materials provided. (But you can bring images/photos to add)
For more information on Soul Collage, please see http://www.soulcollage.com/
Location: Bathurst and King St. area
Cost: $65 including materials
INTRODUCTION TO THE YAMAS AND NIYAMAS
January 10, 2010
2 to 5 pm
In this workshop, we will review the Yamas and Niyamas as they are outlined in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and then reflect on them using various translations, including a commentary from a women's, heart-centred perspective. We will discuss how the Yamas and Niyamas continue to be vibrant and engaging in our current times, and how they apply to our teaching and our lives.
Location: Esther Myers Yoga Studio, Dupont and Spadina
Cost: $50
Registration: www.estheryoga.com/workshop.html
Art and Soul in Panama
January 24-31, 2010
Susan Low Beer and  Ana Bodnar
This workshop will be consist of two sections:  
Part I: Pastel or a medium of your choice (watercolour, pen and ink), 4 days
PartI I:  Soul Collage. 2 days Participants can join in for the last 2 days only
Section I: Pastel, Watercolours, Pen and Ink
In this workshop we will integrate the development of your creative self and expand your knowledge of  pastel or your  medium of your choice. The workshop will include instruction as well as extensive time for working outdoors, with an emphasis on individual instruction.   Pastels, watercolour and pen and ink, lend themselves beautifully to the rich and colourful landscapes around Finca La Maya. We ask that participants work in pastel or pen and ink and watercolour for the entire workshop.
In this section you will:
  • Learn about the material of your choice:  pastel, watercolour and pen and ink
  • Learn techniques for that material
  • Introduction to aspects of colour theory
  • Improve your composition and artistic technique
  • Work will be in various landscapes to provide various artistic experiences
Materials list will be sent upon registration. Suggestions will be given for easy travel.
Part II: Soul Collage
Participants will be introduced to the Soul Collage Process, an imaginative way to create your own archetypal cards for insight and support in your personal journey. Through the Soul Collage process, you will explore aspects of self,  that support and nurtures you, and how you connect with Spirit. Soul Collage has been developed by Seena Frost, www.soulcollage.com. Materials  provided.  Please bring any images,  photographs you would like to include.More information provided upon registration.
Finca La Maya is a tropical retreat centre 1 hour from Panama City. Our program will also include 2 outings to the local market, volcanic crater, and other settings. The beach is 15 minutes away and we can go afternoons after the program. Cost is $1500/double for accommodation, food and instruction. For more information on the venue and registration please see www.fincalamaya.com/
Susan Low-Beer, RCA,  is represented in the collections of the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Modern Art in Japan, and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in North Carolina, as well as several other museums in Canada. She has exhibited internationally, in Europe, the United States and in Japan. She continues to do workshops in her studio and has taught at OCAD and the AGO for many years. For more info, see   www.susanlow-beer.com
Dr. Ana Bodnar:  Ana is a clinical psychologist, yoga and meditation teacher, as well as a Consulting Psychologist to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She offers workshop on mindfulness and psychotherapy as well as expressive arts therapy and Soul Collage for mental health professionals and in the community. She has taught at the University of Toronto, Canadian Naturopathic College, Yoga Studio, Yoga Space and other settings.
Grief and the Self, For Canadian Centre for Grief Education and Training (closed).
September 26, 2009
Soul Collage and  Sound Healing
Sunday, November 29, 2009
10 am to 4 pm.
With Dr. Ana Bodnar & Gary Diggins - Musician and Soundwork Practitioner
Based on the work of Seena Frost in Soul Collage, this workshop will introduce participants to the Soul Collage Process, an imaginative way to create your own archetypal cards for insight and support in your personal journey. Through the soul collage process, you will explore aspects of self, what supports and nurtures you, and how you connect with Spirit. With soundwork, we connect with the voices and visions that live in the non-verbal realm. Gary Diggins will weave inspiring soundscapes as part of the workshop. This is a wonderful opportunity to express your creativity in a community setting. All materials provided. (But you can bring images/photos to add)
Instructors: Dr. Ana Bodnar and Gary Diggins. Gary Diggins is a musician, soundwork practitioner, and teacher who collaborates with humanitarian programs globally. See www.garydiggins.com for more information.
Location: Spadina and Dupont area
Cost: $150
PSYCHOLOGICAL DIMENSIONS OF TEACHING YOGA (Exclusively for Yoga Teachers)
December 6, 2009
2 to 5 pm
In this workshop, we will review core issues in teaching yoga classes, including transference and countertransference, common teacher and student issues, and teacher self-care. Lecture, case studies and discussion.
Location: Esther Myers Yoga Studio, Dupont and Spadina
Cost: $50

Living in the Moment: Meditation for Well-Being

Experience the benefits of mindfulness and meditation for:

  • Stress Management
  • Emotional Well Being
  • Mental Well Being
  • Physical Well Being

Attend the workshop and you will:

  • Learn the various approaches to mindfulness and meditation
  • Learn breath, concentration and insight meditation practices
  • Learn tools for self-compassion & compassion for others
  • Learn about research on the mind/body connection
  • Learn tools to develop a regular meditation practice
  • Learn tools to address anxiety, depression, and other emotional states
  • Learn how mindfulness can become an attitude of daily living

This workshop is suitable for both the novice and experienced meditators.

Clinical Applications of Mindfulness: Tools for Therapeutic Practice

This seminar is geared towards mental health professionals, teachers, consultant and those who would like to learn how to apply mindfulness to their clinical work.

The seminar will focus on learning mindfulness meditation and its specific applications to clinical practice. Mindfulness enhances therapist well-being as well as improves therapeutic engagement and outcomes.

Topics addressed include:

  • Mindfulness meditation, personal practice and therapist self-care
  • Deepening therapeutic connection and presence through mindfulness
  • Mindfulness approaches to stress management, diminishing anxiety, symptoms of depression
  • Mindfulness meditation and emotional regulation
  • Learning practices of self-compassion and self-acceptance as a way to overcome self-criticism and negative thinking
  • Applications to a variety of clinical situations
  • Mindfulness and spiritual approaches in counselling

We will incorporate Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, as well as approaches from Buddhist and Yoga Psychology. Ana Bodnar’s CD: “Guided Meditations for Joy and Tranquility” will also be used.

Mindfulness for Therapists Study Group

Ongoing study group for therapists to practice meditation, discussing Mindfulness and Clinical Practice. This group is for doctors, therapists, psychologists, artists, teachers working with mindulness and healing. Meeting once a month on Mondays.

Journey Through the Body with Pastels with Ana Bodnar and Susan Low-Beer (artist)

In this workshop, we will use meditation, visualization and writing to engage with a journey through our inner vision of our bodies, which we will express in pastel images. The workshop will include various ways of dialoguing with ourselves to gain a new way of sensing and knowing our bodies, and giving form to this in the pastel medium.

Please bring something to share for a potluck lunch, as well as your art materials. (paper, pastels)

Instructors: Dr. Ana Bodnar and Susan Low-Beer. Susan Low-Beer is represented in the collections of the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Modern Art in Japan, and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in North Carolina, as well as several other museums in Canada. She has exhibited internationally, in Europe, the United States and in Japan. She continues to do workshops in her studio and has taught at OCAD and the AGO for many years. See www.susanlowbeer.com .

Soul Collage and Healing

With Dr. Ana Bodnar & Gary Diggins - Musician and Soundwork Practitioner

Based on the work of Seena Frost in Soul Collage, this workshop will introduce participants to the Soul Collage Process, an imaginative way to create your own archetypal cards for insight and support in your personal journey. Through the soul collage process, you will explore aspects of self, what supports and nurtures you, and how you connect with Spirit. With soundwork, we connect with the voices and visions that live in the non-verbal realm. Gary Diggins will weave inspiring soundscapes as part of the workshop. This is a wonderful opportunity to express your creativity in a community setting. All materials provided. (But you can bring images/photos to add)

Instructors: Dr. Ana Bodnar and Gary Diggins. Gary Diggins is a musician, soundwork practitioner, and teacher who collaborates with humanitarian programs globally. See www.garydiggins.com for more information.

Contact Information

By phone: 416-765-2141

By email: info@anabodnar.com