Sessions: 8 (7 online sessions and a 1-day retreat at tiwšɛmawtxʷ campus)

Credential: Micro-Credential

Course Code: MLSM 001 F23W70

Location Offered: tiwšɛmawtxw (Powell River)

Mondays October 23 to December 11  

noon to 2 pm 

Retreat: Friday, November 24 | 9 am to 4 pm 

Change how you manage stress with a mindfulness practice

Would you like to reduce the impact of stress in your daily life and be more present? Mindful Living for Stress Management is for anyone who wants to learn mindfulness or deepen their meditation practice.

This 8-week group course is developed from the evidence-based Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Throughout the course, we will practice mindfulness together and explore how it affects us and our day-to-day lives. 

Mindful Living for Stress Management can help you learn to engage in present-moment awareness, which is known to help manage stress, anxiety, pain, and other challenges.  

You will learn to: 

  • practice mindfulness and to be present with your experience 
  • support the integration of learning into your daily life 
  • form healthy habits and maintain ongoing mindfulness practice 

A recent Statistics Canada survey revealed that over 4.1 million people, representing 21.2% of all employed Canadians, experience high or very high levels of work-related stress. This included stress relating to heavy workload and balancing work and personal life.

  • anyone who wants to put in time and effort to build skills in mindfulness
  • people who want to improve management of anxiety and its impact on their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours
  • people who experience anxiety or distress due to injury, pain, chronic disease, or transitional stressors
  • people who want to slow down from the busy pace of life and be more present in their lives
  • anyone who wants to reduce work-related stress

Emily Gambling 
A smiling woman with long blonde hair standing in front of greenery

Emily works as an Occupational Therapist and is the OT Manager for an inspiring team of clinicians. Emily’s primary clinical focus is mental health though, she has a broad scope of practice and enjoys the diversity of occupational therapy. Emily is an experienced OT. Forest therapy guide and mindfulness facilitator. When not adventuring in the forests or tending to her garden, Emily can be found losing herself in a good book or enjoying quality time with friends. 

  • You will need a chair, meditation cushion and yoga mat.
  • You are expected to do home practice between online sessions.
  • The full-day retreat will be in-person at tiwšɛmawtxʷ campus in Powell River. This will be in silent-retreat fashion, focused on practicing various meditations such as sitting meditation, mindful movement and mindful eating. 
  • Prior to beginning the course, you must complete an intake form.

Disclaimer: Participation in the Mindful Living for Stress Management course does not imply or establish a clinician-patient relationship between students and class instructor. 

A micro-credential is a short program or course that can help you develop new skills to help advance you in the workplace or in your job search. With micro-credentials, you can stack smaller courses to build larger ones, committing only to bite-size pieces. Micro-credentials are competency-based, meaning they’ll guide you through developing and demonstrating important skills, rather than being focused on tests and exams. They’re designed to include hands-on learning with lots of feedback. 

General admission requirements apply.

Course fees

$500.00 + GST

Professional Development and Training courses

For most courses, fees are refundable if you withdraw at least two weeks before the course starts. Extenuating circumstances may be considered for partial refunds. Note that special refund deadlines are stated for some courses, and we are unable to issue refunds after those deadlines.
Non-Refundable Fees: Some courses may have non-refundable Tuition, Application, and/or Material Fees.

A full refund is issued if a course is cancelled.

Register for Mindful Living for Stress Management


For more information on this course please email Professional Development & Training program coordinator Elyse Freeborn at