FAQ

What is Mindfulness?

According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally.”

In the Art of Living Mindfully courses, we define mindfulness as the practice of being fully present with whatever is, right here and right now, with acceptance and without judgment.

What is Meditation?

Meditation is a practice of formal mindfulness. It is a practice of focusing and quieting the mind, often associated with states of of deep relaxation, peace and insight. Meditation is part of many spiritual and religious traditions and yet is also simply a tool and a skill of  seeing one’s true consciousness and how one may best relate to one’s mind and body.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

CBT is a form of psychotherapy which focuses upon how a person thinks and how a person behaves as a large determinant in how a person feels about their moments, their experiences, their relationships and their life. CBT invites each of us to be mindful of our repetitive thoughts and actions, and the beliefs we hold. This allows us to create change where these cognitive behavioural patterns no longer serve us.

How much does the ALM course cost?

Patient Targeted Courses:

British Columbia Medical Services Plan (MSP) covers the attendance costs of referred patients. The individual is responsible for an administrative fee of $50, payable upon registration confirmation.

If you are interested in attending the course privately, the cost would be $350 and would include all materials for the 8 weeks.

All participants must understand that due to the popularity of the classes they will be responsible for paying a $25 fee for multiple absences from class and/or a fee of up to $50  for withdrawing.

Workplace/Corporate/Organizational courses:

BCALM offers 1.5 hour presentations, full day workshops or complete 8 week classes  to organizations, schools or workplaces. Contact us to find out full information.

How can I register for the ALM course?

Referred Patients

You are invited to discuss with your physician the appropriateness of this class in your health care plan. If they agree, they will submit a referral on your behalf.

Once a completed referral form is received, your name will go on our waitlist and you will receive a “Welcome Letter” shortly after that which contains information about the classes, registering, etc. *Please note that we use the programs MailChimp for mass emails and PayPal for invoicing. You are requested to allow these senders in your email account and to also check your “spam” folder for communications from us*

As classes are created, you will receive email announcements of start dates/times of upcoming courses when there are seats to offer, based on how long you have been on the waitlist.

When there is an offering that suits your schedule, please respond to the email indicating which class you would like to commit to joining. Classes do fill quickly, so you are encouraged to respond sooner rather than later.

If you get a seat in the class you will receive an email affirming your registration. This will be followed shortly by a PayPal invoice for the administration fee. The invoice will also contain your confirmation as an attachment, where you will find more info.

If you are unable to get into an announced class, your name will remain on the waitlist and you will continue to get emailed class announcements until such time as you get confirmed into a class.

General Public:

If you would like to take the class privately, contact us to get your name on the waitlist.

Schools and Workplaces:

If you would like to arrange a private ALM course for your school or workplace, you are invited to contact us for more information and to discuss arranging a course time and location.

Where are the ALM courses held?

Patient targeted classes are held in various rented venues throughout Victoria. As class dates are established and confirmed, so too are locations. This information is then emailed to those on the wait list, who can then register for one of the announced classes. Please do not contact any announced venues with respect to our classes. Direct all questions to our administrator.

When are classes held?

Many of our groups are presented during daytime hours and thus may conflict with work responsibilities.

The classes are funded through MSP and are classified group medical visits with a physician facilitator.

For this reason we recommend consideration in asking for weekly time off from your work in order to attend these regularly scheduled “medical appointments”.

Consistent attendance in the class will allow you to bring the skills practiced throughout the 8 weeks into your life more fully, improving your ability to manage your stress and reduce suffering.

Do I need a referral for the ALM course?

Individuals whose lives are being affected by stress related physical or mental health challenges should see their doctor, who can determine if they qualify for MSP funding and can then refer them to the ALM course. Referrals are only required for MSP covered attendance and the referral package is available for download here. If you are not eligible for MSP funding or would like to attend on a private pay basis, the cost of the course is $350 for eight weeks, including all materials.