Category Archives: Workshops

The Path of Awakening – The 8 Fold Path of Vipassana Meditation with Allison Ulan

Sundays, October 2nd, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, 2016 ~ 3:30 – 5 pm

Mindfulness is getting a lot of attention in the media these days but the insights and path of buddhism describes a more holistic path that encompasses 8 arenas of practice. It is a mature and comprehensive process towards freedom. The buddha’s insights into the nature of the mind carve a path to awakening that allows a person to live without suffering and with wisdom. Through wise view, wise intention, wise action, wise speech, wise lifestyle, wise effort, wise concentration, and wise mindfulness, we can cultivate this process. Over this 4 week workshop, Allison will offer talks and give dharma practices that illustrate this method and process. In every session, there will be sitting meditation, walking meditation and time for discussion.

Fee: $10 – $20 per session / Sliding scale for everyone to participate.

Opening to the Ground: Hip-­openers workshop with Jeanne Mudie  

Saturday,  October  1st  ~  2:30  –  5:30  pm

Opening  to  the  Ground  focuses  on  finding  a  sense  of  balance  within  the  pelvis,   releasing  tension,  reducing  effort,  finding neutral,  and  experiencing  the  liberation  of  the   hips.  We  will  also  take  a  look  at  how  tightness  in  the  hips  can  affect  the  rest  of  the  body.   This  workshop  is  designed  for  people  with  a  regular  asana  practice  of  any  level,  all  are   welcome  to  come  and  explore.

Fee: Pre-­register:  $40  /  $45  on  the  day

The Science of Stretching with Tony Eng

How does myo-fascia function and how can we balance it for optimal health and performance.

Fascia is a structure of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, nerves, organs, and cells that binds together. It is a continuous structure and every single part of the body are connected through this network. In this workshop, you will gain a deeper knowledge on the anatomy of myo-fascia tissues that wraps around the entire body complex. Also, you will be given tools to analyze full-body posture and compensation factors through the matrix of myo-fascial restrictions. Through these understandings, you will be able to incorporate this information into yoga postures and hands-on bodywork approaches to help bring the body back to correct alignment.

Saturday, September 24th, 2016 ~ 2 – 5 pm


$40 + taxes
$35 + taxes for students, seniors and teachers

Yoga for Beginners: Introductory course to Ashtanga Yoga

Do you want to be more calm, effective at work and emotionally resilient.  Then give yourself the gift of mindfulness through Yoga. These 8 weeklong courses are for the beginner to yoga to learn effective techniques to become fitter, stronger, healthier, and calmer.

Tuesdays, 6:00- 7:30 pm – September 13th to November 1st  with Daniel Belliveau

Sundays, 3:15 – 4:45 pm – September 18th to November 13th with Manona Palardy

Thursdays, 6:15 – 7:45 pm – October 6th to November 24th, with Pierre-Vincent Breault-Ruel

Fee: $100 includes all taxes and a yoga mat for each class.

Meditation at AYM

We meet every Tuesday night and Sunday afternoons to support our weekly vipassana meditation through discussion, study, contemplation, humour, and practice. The group has been meeting for the past 7 years. Allison Ulan and other senior teachers of AYM facilitate this group. This group is an opportunity to be introduced to buddhist meditation in an accessible, relaxed, light-hearted and sincere approach. Somatic exercises, traditional meditation techniques and current neurological findings are offered to support this journey in awareness. These techniques reduce stress, heighten concentration and promote emotional resilience for optimal living. Practitioners of all levels of experience are welcome to join in at anytime.

We will share silence with the intention of connecting with ourselves. We will practice mindful dialogue together to cultivate wise speech. We will study the dharma to open our minds to perceive in new ways.

Meditation Sessions in Autumn 2016
~ Tuesday evening sessions from 7:30 – 8:45 pm will run from September 6th to December 13th.
~ Sunday afternoon sessions from 3:30 – 5 pm will run from September 11th  to December 18th. No classes on September 25th and October 9th, 2016.
Fee per session : donation $10 or pwyc.

Bio: Allison Ulan compliments the tradition vipassana meditation practices with mindful sensory games and mindfulness-based dialogue practices to help meditators access clarity and ease in their practices.  She has been studying Yoga and Meditation since 1989. Her main teachers are the teachers and staff of the IMS centre in Barre, Massachusetts where she has sat several retreats from 7 days and 6 weeks in length. She is deeply inspired by Pema Chodron who she has studied with several times. Also, she has studied with Sylvia Boorstein. And in 2015, she was certified as a Mindful Meditation teacher in the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Program at Spirit Rock, Woodacres, California.