• CAD $295.00 – Program Price

Date & Time Details:
November 5 (6:00-9:00 pm PT)
November 6 (9:00-4:30 pm PT)

Location: Online

Tuition: $295 CAD

Scholarships: Full and partial scholarships are available based on financial need. We prioritize Indigenous people, people of colour, people who identify as LGBTQ2IA+, youth, elders, and those who can articulate how their Hollyhock experience will support positive impact in their life and communities. A refundable deposit is required, please apply within your registration form.

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Fostering Resilience for Health Professionals (Online)

With Mark Lau, PhD and Andrea Grabovac, MD

November 5 - 6, 2020

In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. – Dalai Lama

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the British Columbia Chapter for up to 9.0 Mainpro+ credits.

Eligible for 4.5 hours of MOCOMP Section 1 unaccredited small-group activity credits for specialist Canadian physicians (9.0 hours total – 0.5 credits per hour).

Replenish and revitalize yourself in this online mindfulness workshop for physicians and other health care professionals, along with their partners. Learn evidence-based skills to foster resilience and reduce the risk of burnout. Dr. Mark Lau and Dr. Andrea Grabovac draw on mindfulness meditation practices and elements of cognitive therapy from Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MiCBT) to offer a different way of identifying and encountering habitual patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaviour that can lead to overwork and stress.

Burnout is a normal response to working in a system where the demands on our internal reserves outstrip our ability to replenish those reserves. One of the first steps in creating meaningful, effective systemic change is to shift our habitual reactions to daily stressors and burnout triggers. Development of specific burnout prevention strategies is included in the later stages of the program. Specific tools to develop equanimity, adapted from Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, will be introduced, and the applied integration of these into daily personal and work life will be practiced.

The workshop structure consists of large group, teacher-guided mindfulness practices, including sitting, mindful movement, and body scan meditations as taught in MBCT. Engaging discussion, with a focus on meditation technique, supports the cultivation of sustained, moment-to-moment attention. Periods of silence, including guided practice, further support a deepening of mindfulness skills. There will be the option of taking breaks in silence to support continuity of practice.

Mark and Andrea offer an important and unique experience for those working in the field of mental health. Both are caring, wise, and knowledgeable. I learned a great deal both personally and professionally. – Lynna Jones, 2018

By the end of this retreat, you will:

  • Apply a precise, actionable definition of mindfulness to your relationship with well-being and resilience
  • Understand how to work with attention and awareness to develop mindfulness, metacognitive awareness, interoceptive awareness and equanimity
  • Practice the ability to attend to present moment experience in a more spacious, non-reactive, and effective way through a carefully sequenced progression of meditations, including:
    • Mindfulness of breath
    • Body scanning
    • Mindfulness of sounds and thoughts
    • Loving kindness
    • Mindfulness interoceptive exposure task (MIET)
    • 3 minute breathing space
  • Develop practical and effective strategies for cultivating mindfulness and equanimity in daily life

Click here to enjoy a guided meditation practice used to cope with chronic pain, led by Andrea Grabovac.

Virtual Gathering

This event will take place on Zoom, a video conferencing tool. You may download the application for free. You will also need a device with speakers, microphone, video, and internet connection. You may test your Zoom connection in advance. A short tutorial for Zoom etiquette will be provided at the beginning of the event.


Mark Lau, PhD
Mark A. Lau, PhD, R Psych, who worked with Zindel Segal for 11 years, has over 25 years experience as an internationally respected MBCT teacher, trainer and researcher. Mark is an MBCT mentor with the UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, and is one of a handful of MBCT trainers who provide the…
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Andrea Grabovac, MD
Dr. Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC, is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, and Co-Director of the North American Chapter of the Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MiCBT) Institute. She has practiced inpatient psychiatry for 20 years at Vancouver Hospital, and her outpatient…
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