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Materials for the MBCPM™ and MBCSM courses are available in French as well as English  



Attendees learn the principles of mindfulness meditation, the importance of living in the moment, and the power of now, and how these relate to suffering less pain. Mindfulness assists in remaining calmer and more pain controlled despite the challenges of everyday life, such as when interacting with family, friends, colleagues, employers, workers compensation, and insurers.  This can change the intensity of pain suffering, both emotional and physical, in a very positive way.  Life skills are also enhanced in this course.


  • Module 1 (first 5 classes):  Introduce tools to increase wise-mind and resilience
  • Module 2 (classes 6 to 9):  Enhance the mind-body connection, self-nurture, and awareness
  • Module 3 (classes 10 to 13):  Enhance relationship skills in a broad context

The full three modules are usually taught over 12 to 13 weeks at 2.5 hours per class, but can be taught over three to four days, or over two weekends.


The cost of participation is covered by the Ontario provincial health insurance plan, if led by an MD facilitator or a health care professional covered by a health facility’s budget.  Cost of this course would otherwise be $900.

Participants do need the MBCPM™ course materials to achieve the best outcomes:  The book The Mindfulness Solution to Pain and the CD or download bundle ($85 plus applicable taxes and shipping). The MBCPM™ Basic and Advanced Review Workbook is recommended particularly for the revision courses and costs $52 plus taxes and shipping.


Health care professionals wishing to apply to bring MBCPM to their centre can email us at to discuss training to become a facilitator, and/or, if in Ontario, to discuss connecting with a facilitator delivering the course via Telemedicine to bring it to their centre.  A minimum of 8 participants should be signed up for the course to ensure a viable site.


This course to is parallel to the pain course, as most of what is covered is just as relevant for those suffering from stress and stress-induced conditions.  Facilitators trained to run the pain course can also run this course using the customized MBCSM workbook and the meditations created to accompany this course.  Alumni from the pain course may also work with this workbook and find it to be a useful revision.

This course is particularly relevant to staff or corporations, health care workers and others in many industries and may help prevent stress-related challenges and enhance resilience.


  • Mindfulness-Based Chronic Stress Management Workbook ($52 plus taxes and shipping)

DOWNLOADS of MEDITATIONS ($50 plus taxes)

These downloads have been created to accompany the Mindfulness-Based Chronic Stress Management course.  An added bonus is the poetry which can be used to encourage thoughtful discussion during this course, two of the poems helping with the concept of being mindful (Download 1) and two poems to shed light on the formal practices of body scan and guided imagery (Download 2).  Alumni of the pain version of our courses will appreciate having these meditations, too.  Music plays quietly behind the introductions and the poetry.  It is not used in the formal practices:  Music being a distraction from simply being open with awareness to whatever arises during the guidance.


Revision courses take the same content to a deeper level for Alumni of the basic courses.  Facilitators who teach the basic pain course can facilitate these revision courses. 


MBCPM™ Advanced Review is open to participants who have completed at least one MBCPM™ course, have been consistent in attendance, and are meditating at least 5 days a week leading up to the MBCPM™ Advanced Review course.

The MBCPM™ Advanced Review courses are 12 to 13 weeks long, with participants attending once per week.  Classes are 2.5 hours long, with a 15-minute break, and are a more in-depth revision of the content of the MBCPM™ course, with other alumni.  Consistent attendance is required to remain in the course.



MBCPM™ Mindfulness Maintenance is called “Mindfulness Matters” and is a “drop-in” class for alumni of the MBCPM courses and trainings.

The class is open to alumni of MBCPM™ programmes.  Anyone who has done a mindfulness programme elsewhere may also apply with a physician’s referral.

There are currently three ″Chapters” of “Mindfulness Matters” in Ontario, but as groups at health facilities can no longer congregate, the affected chapters are suspended during COVID-19 restrictions:

Chapter 1 is hosted by facilitators Annie Hebert RN and Barb Fraser MSW from Noelville and Haliburton respectively, and links with a number of sites via telemedicine including Aurora, Blind River, Bracebridge, Elliot Lake and Newmarket, but please check our table periodically for site updates.  Scripts of themes and guidelines are provided by NNC, to explore through formal practice and discussion.  Classes run on Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 pm EDT;

Chapter 2 is hosted by NNC, online, via Zoom interface into participant’s homes, following the NNC themes and guidelines, to be explored through formal practice and discussion each week.  Classes run on Mondays from 7:00 to 8:15 pm EDT by NNC team members Katherine Hall and Debbie Joel.  The first 9 classes are free and thereafter there is a charge of $55 per 9 drop-in classes, or $130 for the year.  There are four to five “sets” of classes per year.  Where there is financial hardship special arrangements can be made by contacting NNC at; and,

Chapter 3 is an onsite self-management group in Kingston, volunteer-coordinated, hosted by another capable MBCPM™ alumni volunteer, Christine Sugrue, again with clear guidelines and theme scripts.


Referral Form for Chapters 1 and 3:  Mindfulness-Matters-Referral-Form

Referral Form for Chapter 2:  MBCPM-Mindfulness-Matters-Class-Registration-Form-2020



The Emotional Skills course teaches insightful and less reactive ways to communicate effectively with others and with yourself.  This can result in keeping pain more under control, as pain intensifies under stress.  It is a 10-week course divided into 5 modules, each of which focuses on a specific topic, and participants work closely with the material in the Emotional Skills workbook.

Module 1:  Emotional Development and Neural Pathways

Module 2:  Emotions and the Immune System

Module 3:  Mental Illnesses

Module 4:  The Male and Female Brain

Module 5:  Personality Differences

(Module 5 segways into the Lumina Spark course offered as the level 4 of the MBCPM™ series)


  • Two of the MBCPM™ Courses, OR
  • One of the MBCPM™ Courses and one of the MBCPM™ Advanced Review Courses
  • Consistent attendance at the prior courses
  • Regular formal practice


The course is based on seven books, on which the Emotional Skills workbook for the course is based (Please note: you do not have to purchase these books, just the workbook):

§  Emotional Intelligence

§  Working with Emotional Intelligence

§  Social Intelligence:  The New Science of Social Relationships

§  The Female Brain

§  The Male Brain

§  When the Body Says No:  The Cost of Hidden Stress

§  Why Zebras Don’t Have Ulcers

By Daniel Goleman

This course consists of 10 sessions.


This Lumina Spark course is for alumni of the MBCPM™ courses, specifically profiling the unique qualities of each participant, in their confidential customized “portrait,” in detail.  Dr. Gardner-Nix trained in this course and became a Canadian Lumina affiliate in 2011 and has since researched this course for managing pain:  Pilot research on more than 50 patients who completed this course showed it did reduce pain.  More than 150 patients and MBCPM™ facilitators have now gone through this course.  Sheri-Leigh Liddard, a graduate of MBCPM™ and an MBCPM™ facilitator assistant, has also been trained by Lumina Canada and is offering courses for MBCPM™ alumni and facilitators, and corporations, in Lumina Spark.


NNC now offers Lumina Spark, Lumina Leader, and Lumina 360 to corporations and workforces wanting Lumina as their team building and leadership tool within their organizations.  Lumina is the latest generation of such tools and is aligned with Jung’s school of psychology, providing insight in how our characteristics shift under our underlying, everyday, and over extended conditions experienced by us all in our day to day lives.  This tool assists in strategies to work well with others, regain our composure during challenging times and understand our unique strengths we can leverage in achieving team objectives.  “Blending” our differences can be our team’s (or family’s) strength.  For information about other courses offered please read  Lumina-Learning-Flyer


From an alumnus who took it in 2013:

“Upon first hearing of Lumina Spark, past corporate trainings such as Myers-Briggs or other personality-Type/Psychometrics training sessions they may have attended in the past came to mind.  What follows is my attempt at a comparison:

Many of these courses are geared toward one’s “working style” or “at work persona” and, I found, offer little insight to one’s critical family and social styles.  Having worked most of my career in a corporate world I found these corporate offerings useful.  They helped by giving folks a common terminology, insights in bringing out their best, and how to truly benefit from the diverse styles and backgrounds within the team.

Stepping into Lumina Spark I was expecting another similar product.  What I found most beneficial was the very detailed profiling of the various “personas” or “modes” we operate within during our daily lives away from work as well: how we operate at work vs. how we act with family or friends vs. how we truly feel inside about how we are perceived. Lumina Spark helped me profile at least 3 of my personas and understand previously unrecognized differences between them, and at times, internal conflicts between them.

So as much as Lumina Spark could be applied to a work or corporate setting, to me it seems to be somewhat unique by providing methods to resolve internal conflicts between our various personas, putting one’s mind at ease.  Interpersonal relationships are usually a significant stressor on our lives and this tool does seem to help with this a great deal.  Having identified a direct link between pain and stress Dr. Jackie takes it one step further by leveraging her years of experience and customizing the courses to the everyday needs of those of us experiencing chronic pain.  The results are surprisingly effective.

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