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Let’s Cultivate a More Mindful Hospital

We are devoted to cultivating a more mindful hospital community and culture to best support our patients, caregivers, parents, and health professionals. Mindfulness has broad-reaching mental, physical, and emotional benefits.  Join us.

Why Mindfulness?

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn described mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”  Mindfulness practice can improve our social and emotional well-being, help  manage stress, anxiety, and depression, improve decision-making skills, and strengthen our connection and relationships with ourselves and others.  A more mindful community and society can help us heal ourselves, each other, and our beloved planet. 

Mindfulness can be for Everyone

Everyone has the capacity to be mindful. This quality can be cultivated through training, intentional practice, and community.

Mindfulness for Health Professionals

Mindfulness can provide a way of grounding yourself in your workday. It can support your well being, and help you to manage distress and burnout.  Let our programs for health professionals nourish you.

Mindfulness for Children & Youth

One of the many beautiful things about mindfulness is that you can practice anywhere — whether you are at home, at school, on a walk, or sitting on a bench. Mindfulness can help you to manage stress and pain, improving your well-being and health. Learn more about how we can support your mindfulness journey below.

Mindfulness for Parents & Caregivers

Mindfulness can help relieve some of the emotional and physical stress of caring for and supporting a loved one. Practicing with other parents and caregivers can also help you to connect and build community together.

Our Mission

What we do

The BC Children's Hospital Centre for Mindfulness aspires to support the co-creation of a “more mindful hospital,” in which mindfulness and compassion are core parts of our hospital culture, in every aspect of our work.

Upcoming events

Thankful Thursdays

Thursday July 11, 2024
12:35pm - 12:55pm

Explore Mindfulness Programs

We have several programs that serve parents & caregivers, children & youth, and health professionals. Please explore our offerings. We look forward to supporting you on your mindfulness journey.

Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills
for Parents and Caregivers (MARS-PC)

This free program consists of one 30-minute information session followed by a series of six sessions. The sessions are educational and experiential, and are facilitated by Dr. Joanna McDermid and Dr. Dzung Vo. This group intends to help parents be at their best while caring for their loved one, who may be struggling with psychological distress, including anxiety and depression, and/or chronic illness or pain.

Mindful Healing

Mindful Healing is an in-person or virtual, eight-session in mindfulness course for health professionals that teaches formal and informal mindfulness skills. The goal of this program is to impact, enhance, and support quality of caring, and clinician well-being.  Click here for more details.



Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursdays are weekly, twenty-minute virtual drop-in mindfulness practice sessions for staff at BC Children’s Hospital, Women’s Hospital and PHSA  Staff on Thursdays from 12:35 – 12:55pm.

Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents (MARS-A)

It is a free, eight-week course for adolescents 15-19 years of age. It covers learning and applying mindfulness for beginners. There are eight 90-minute afternoon virtual or-person sessions and one three-hour in-person weekend session. Click here for more details.

New Breathr Version 3.0

Explore the newest version of this free mindfulness app developed by experts at BC Children’s Hospital Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre and Centre for Mindfulness.

Breathr app

Get Involved

Please connect with us. We'd love to share how mindfulness might enhance and support you, your work, and your community. Enroll in a program or partner with us.