We are living through unprecedented times. The future, so long predicted but also denied, seems to be suddenly present. We are experiencing a pandemic, the possibility of future pandemics, the realities of climate change, the turmoil of social and economic uncertainty, an unnerving sense of political unrest, and the rise of technologies competing and clamouring for our attention. This is a different age for which none of us seem adequately prepared. However, we do have the capacity to not only ride these waves of change but navigate a new course. To go deeper. To excavate inner resources from our already available inner world.
These resources are available to us in the present.
The program of The Present will help you build an understanding of how mindful awareness and mindful attitudes can support you in the present moments you are living through as well as during the many different moments of your life, both joyful and challenging.
The Present was developed by mindfulness teacher and author, Sarah Silverton and neuroscientist and author, Dusana Dorjee. It has been taught since 2018. The program has clear roots in both MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) and MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) but is adapted to meet the needs of people who live busy lives and who may be uncertain about how and why they might benefit from learning to practice mindfulness. The Present also offers a fresh perspective on mindfulness for those who already have an established mindfulness practice.
If you're curious about finding a mindfulness practice that makes sense for you in your busy life and would like to find out more about The Present, just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I was looking to take a course that would expand my personal repertoire of mindfulness strategies, but would also give me tools I could use in my classroom. After being fortunate enough to attend one of Chris’s Professional Development sessions, I knew I wanted to learn more from him. The Present has helped me immensely. I now have a whole toolkit of strategies to use with my students. I am seeing them benefit significantly from the incorporation of mindfulness practice into our classroom. Chris is an incredible resource and his delivery of the material is exceptional. I very much enjoyed the way he incorporated the practices themselves into our sessions and found myself leaving the sessions both relaxed and inspired. I cannot recommend Chris and The Present highly enough. Jacqueline Dunn. Grade 3/4 French Immersion Teacher. Elementary teacher from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
I wanted to take Chris’s course The Present because I want to be able to better support the students that I work with. As an Educational Assistant, I observe a lot of behaviour in our classroom that stems from not being able to regulate emotions and calm the mind. Chris’s course presented an opportunity to learn how to practice mindfulness and how to bring that into the classroom. I was able to apply the techniques we learned in the course and was able to model mindfulness. The Present helped me to make space for myself and see things more as they are rather than from my own limited perspective. I am less reactive in the classroom and with my own family, which results in being able to take things less personally and to be in a better space to support my students and colleagues. The result is that I feel happier going to work, I feel like I have more tools in my toolbox to deal with uncomfortable emotions that arise, for both me and for the students I work with. Chris Reck has a beautiful soothing voice and presence. He has years of training and experience with mindfulness and meditation. If you’ve ever heard yourself telling a child to “pay attention” and you realize you don’t really know how to do this yourself - let alone teach them how to - this is the course for you. Tracey Nolan, Education Assistant, School District 61, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
I found Chris’s course fascinating because it was informative about many subjects not just mindfulness. Additional philosophies were added to further support students understanding of mindfulness and mindfulness training. His teachings were delivered with humility, humour, and real talk. He highlighted how you can meditate “now”, at this very moment. I love that. It can be a challenge to make time for consistent meditation when one feels they are at their max. Simply “Pausing”, taking in your surroundings, centering through the breath for just a couple of minutes. We can all do that. He has many insights to share, which he backs with a follow-up email that contains all information covered in the class. I highly recommend doing one of his courses. Tatanja De La Hoz, Administrative Assistant
My 6 week class with Chris Reck was just what I needed. He taught me many proven techniques of mindfulness and the science behind it. Mindfulness doesn't have to be a strict practice done in a dark room with your eyes closed. Mindfulness can be practiced anywhere at any time. I can teach these simple techniques to students I work with or my family. Thank you, Chris and The Present! Leona Marchand, Education Assistant, School District 61, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.