Compassion Project


Journeying Toward Our Deeper Sense of Purpose

The Compassion Project offers a series of workshops, sessions and conferences to support staff, physicians and leadership in renewing our inner strength and purpose, and our well-being.

Click HERE to see the Compassion Project’s Winter 2017 offerings or visit our online calendar. Programming begins in January.

Learning Series


Curious about mindfulness? We offer a one-hour information session that introduces the concept of what it means to be present and the value of finding peace of mind and balance.


with Tom Roche & Bonnie Schroeder

Tuesdays, Feb 9 – Mar 30, 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Orientation: Feb. 2, 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location: St. Boniface Hospital Parlour, 431 Taché Ave.

Tuition: variable*

The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program teaches us how to be aware of influences that affect our well-being and how to find peace-of-mind and balance in an often chaotic world. Based on the teachings of Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts, MBSR teaches participants to intentionally cope with stress and the demands of everyday life. This 10-session course is offered over eight consecutive weeks and is an excellent transition into learning how to practice mindfulness regularly. The program starts with an initial one-hour orientation session followed by eight weekly sessions of 2.5 hours each. It includes a full day commitment on a Saturday, part way through the course. The program includes:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Group discussion
  • Gentle stretching and yoga
  • Daily homework
  • Individual, tailored instruction
  • Home practice with audio files and handouts

The 10-session program is offered throughout the year.

*Scholarships may be available.

For more information about programs and registration, connect with Suzanne Dupuis. Call 204-258-1053 or e-mail


“I went to the MBSR thinking it would help me deal with my stress at work, which it did, but I also learned some life lessons I’m using all the time now.” —GRADUATE OF MBSR 2011



with Michael McIntyre, PhD & Terry Wilson, MW, RSW

TUESDAYS, Feb 7 – Mar 28, 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Orientation: Jan 31, 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Half-Day Retreat: Mar 11, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Tuition: variable: $50-495*

Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits, and more satisfying relationships. Learn how to motivate yourself with the same kindness and understanding we’d offer a close friend who is struggling in this 10-session program based on the teachings of Dr. Kristin Neff, the world’s leading researcher in Self-compassion.  Grain practical skills for responding in a kind, compassionate way whenever you are experiencing painful emotions, enabling you to care for yourself while caring for others.

The program starts with an initial one-hour orientation session followed by eight weekly sessions of 2.5 hours each. It includes a half-day commitment on a Saturday, part way through the course. The program includes:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Group discussion
  • Experiential exercises
  • Home practice with audio files and handouts

*Scholarships may be available.

For more information about programs and registration, connect with Suzanne Dupuis. Call 204-258-1053 or e-mail


Awakening the Heart, Relaxing the Body

with Dillon Cherrett

MONDAYS, Jan 30 to Apr 3, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  (No class Feb. 20)

Location: St. Boniface Hospital Parlour, 431 Taché Ave.

Cost: $100 for 10 weeks

This one-hour movement practice will cultivate your ability to find your way back to the core of your being, to your heart, and to our connection with each other. It is designed to awaken the heart through practices that relax the body and mind, and remember your deeper sense of purpose. Come to this restorative practice, rest, and renew.


Practice Series

Many of the graduates from our learning programs want to continue to practice mindfulness together and drop into our regular short programs.

PAUSE (MEDITATION FOR LUNCH) – Mondays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (except statutory holidays)

Our lunchtime meditation Creating a Space to PAUSE is a great mid-day break from the hectic pace of work. Everyone is welcome to this free drop-in session held on Mondays from September to June (except statutory holidays). This session includes 30 minutes of guided meditation followed by 25 minutes of silent practice. You are welcome for part or all depending on your schedule.

Alumni Support Gatherings Every second Wednesday of the month (from September to June, except statutory holidays)

This gathering is offered to graduates of any mindfulness program. It is intended to provide an opportunity to gather with other past participants, meditate together and discuss issues related to practice with experienced teachers. The evening will include a meditation practice, reflection, and a short inspirational talk offered by a teacher.
There will also be dedicated time to support each other’s practice with inspirational poetry, tips, notices of upcoming events and other resources that encourage our mindfulness meditation journey. All graduates are welcome to this free drop-in session. Registration not required.

A Day of Mindfulness

Saturday, March 18, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:  St. Boniface Hospital Parlour, 431 Taché avenue

Free / Bring your own lunch / No registration required.

All  Mindfulness programs alumni are welcome to attend this full-day retreat to renew their practice in community.

For information call: Dawn MacDonald 204-235-5700 / or Micheline St-Hilaire 204-258-1052 /


Event Series

In honour of World Day of the Sick

Mindful Practice: promoting effective, efficient and compassionate care while also improving clinicians’ own resilience and well-being

With Dr. Mick Krasner, M.D., F.A.C.P. – Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Primary care internal medicine practitioner, and Co-director of the Mindful Practice programs at University of Rochester.

As a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for over 13 years, Dr. Krasner has touched the lives of over 1,600 patients, medical students, and health professionals.

Compassion Grand Rounds

Friday, February 24, 2017, 1200-1300

Location: Samuel N. Cohen Auditorium, St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre, 351 Taché Avenue

This Grand Rounds will explore how mindful practice contributes to quality of care and to increased resilience and well-being for health care providers. Spend time with Dr. Krasner to identify common challenges faced by health professionals, the obstacles to practicing mindfully in our current health care environment and how we might address these barriers.

Open to all /Free / No registration required

Who should attend? This lecture is open to all, and will be of interest to all health and human service providers, as well as the general public.


Mindful Practice Workshop

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 900-1600

Location: St. Boniface Hospital Parlour, 431 Taché Avenue

Join us for this one-day workshop designed to improve the quality of care that physicians and other clinicians provide while improving their own resilience and well-being. This workshop offers an experiential learning environment, with a focus on developing the capacity for self-awareness in stressful and demanding situations. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Increase self-awareness and self-monitoring during clinical work and teaching
  • Attend to patient’s needs, reduce and respond to errors, practice with greater effectiveness and compassion, and attend to their own well-being
  • Incorporate mindful practice into clinical and educational activities at their home institutions.

For more information: Call Suzanne / 204-258-1053 /

Register online for the workshop today!

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Re-creating the heart of compassion: an annual mindfulness meditation silent retreat

with Dawn MacDonald and Jonathan Austman


About the workshop

In this five-day retreat, we will explore mindfulness meditation as a foundational pathway to discovering our inner light. Mindfulness is the awareness that arises when we pay attention, in the present moment, in a tender and disciplined manner. This retreat will offer beginners and experienced meditators silent periods of sitting and walking meditation, mindful yoga as well as group and individual teacher interviews. It will also offer daily talks and meditation instructions.


Jonathan Austman

Jonathan began meditating in 1978 and teaching yoga in 1994. He has studied intensively with many of North America’s most senior teachers. Inspired by his ongoing daily practice of Ashtanga yoga, he approaches teaching as an act of service; working patiently, compassionately, and respectfully with each student and their needs.

Dawn MacDonald, MSW, RSW

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Education Lead with the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba, Dawn discovered mindfulness meditation as a process of healing through the teachings of Jon Kabat-Zinn over 20 years ago. Strongly influenced by Catholic social teachings, she has been studying the dharma as offered by many eastern and western spiritual teachers as an act of love.

Saturday, March 11 – Thursday, March 16, 2017

St. Benedict’s Retreat Centre

225 Masters Ave, West Saint Paul, MB

Tuition: $600-650


Who should attend?

This intensive training is open to all. It is designed for members of the general public and professionals who wish to integrate mindfulness into their work and life. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in the program.


To find out more: 204-339-1705


Teacher Development 

As the demand for Mindful Self-Compassion and MBSR grows, we know we will all need experienced and committed practitioners. Graduates of our programs also have an opportunity to begin their journey to become teachers of the various protocols offered through the Compassion Project.


To learn more about the Compassion Project’s initiatives, contact  Dawn MacDonald  (204.235.3700) or Micheline St-Hilaire (204.258.1052).

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