We are 10 Years Old!

Ten years ago, we (Frank Musten & Lynette Monteiro) were inspired by the development of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (see Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A new approach to preventing relapse by Zindel Segal, J. Mark Williams & John Teasdale; Guilford Press) and, after a brief correspondence with Dr. Segal, launched the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic. It [...]

A Celebration of 10-years and a new site!

The OMC began in 2003 with a class of 10 people drawn from our private practice.  We met in a conference room at the Riverside Hospital that barely fit 12 of us and a three-section oak conference table.  Each evening that table had to be stacked in the corner so we could do the Body [...]

New courses at the OMC

We are thrilled to announce three new courses scheduled on the OMC roster. Managing Chronic Illness Discovering our lives may be limited because of a chronic illness can be difficult to accept.  Emotionally and psychologically, this is a challenge in a world that values productivity and performance.  Often, we spend time trying to push past [...]

Springing into a new future

Happenings at the OMC The OMC began its Spring programming on May 4 with two MBI classes and another on May 6 focusing on burnout resiliency training.  The classes are at capacity but we managed to squeeze in a couple of extra folks who really, really wanted to join up for a life change.  How [...]


Compulsion is being trapped in a known psychic reality, a dead-end space.  Freedom is in the unknown.  If you believe there is an unknown everywhere in your own body, in your relationships with other people, in political institutions, in the universe, then you have maximum freedom.  If you examine old beliefs and realize they are [...]

Teacher Training Graduates 2010

On November 28, 2010, eleven participants of the Professional Training Program in Mindfulness-Based Interventions completed their practicuum and training retreat.  This is an intense program requiring them to attend the 8-week course, write reflections on books and articles, design their own program or attend to the unique needs of their own mental health population, and [...]

Five Skillful Habits – the heart of the OMC program

We're thrilled to share our first publication in a journal: Five Skillful Habits: An ethics-based mindfulness intervention has been published in Counseling and Spirituality, 2010. This is a culmination of 7 years of courses at the OMC.  We've always been conerned about the ways in which the idea of mindfulness can be misunderstood in a teaching [...]