Increasingly, I am being asked to provide organizations (private, public and not-for-profit) mindfulness, resilience and focus workshops as part of executive retreats, staff retreats, wellness lunch 'n learns and introductory sessions on mindfulness.  Some organizations are also linking several workshops together to form a mindfulness series for their people.

Below are some of the more commonly requested workshops.  All workshops are customized to the context, language and stories of the people in your organization.  Custom workshops or meeting facilitation are also available.  


Focus in the Age of Distraction - 60 - 90 minutes

Workshop Summary

One of the most common challenges in the workplace today is staying focused on the work at hand when constantly interrupted.  Ironically, the importance for focus has never been greater than it is today.  Or seemingly harder to achieve.  The technology we enjoy allows us unprecedented productivity through easy access to information, ideas and individuals.  It also has the undesired effect of overwhelming us with too much information and fracturing our focus.  We live in the age of distraction - where the steady and abundant input from multiple devices, programs, apps and social media connections, as well as the many work, family and social commitments all turn into a fog of distraction. 

What You Will Learn

  • Why we are so easily distracted and what’s going on inside our brain
  • To hone your focus and potentially get more quality work done in less time

How You Will Learn

  • A mix of presentation, stories and video clips
  • Experiential practice of mindfulness techniques
  • Personal Reflection
  • Group discussion

Developing an Open Mindset - 2 hr

Workshop Summary

In a world that changes quickly, we need the skills for greater creativity, innovation and agility. All too often we can find ourselves defending a position, or sticking to what we know, when what is required is for us to see other perspectives, possibilities and options. The ability to accept what is happening (rather than resist it or wish it were different), explore options outside of the norm and find fresh options to our challenges not only produces better results, it greatly lowers our stress levels. Fighting for our opinion or belief is important in some situations, but all too often we rigidly (and often unconsciously) cling to what we know—pushing us in a fight or flight response. This is physically, emotionally and mentally draining and limits our creativity and ability to develop options.  

What You Will Learn

  • Introduction to mindfulness
  • Open vs. Fixed Mindset
  • How to be aware of limited thinking patterns
  • How to find better solutions to problems through creativity and curiosity

How You Will Learn

  • A mix of presentation, stories and video clips
  • Experiential practice of mindfulness techniques
  • Personal Reflection
  • Group discussion

Managing Reactivity When Triggered - 2.5 hr

Workshop Summary

We need the skills to manage our reactivity when triggered. ‘Triggered’ is what happens when we have an irrationally strong emotional response to an encounter, event or situation, often throwing us unwittingly into a reactive state of fight of flight. In a fight response, we may say or do something that is unhelpful to the situation and we may regret our actions later (even if we feel justified at some level).  In the flight response, we may retreat or avoid the situation in an unhealthy way. In either response, our minds can become overly pre-occupied with endlessly looping thoughts of what happened, how we have been wronged, what we did or should have done, etc.  It is exhausting, undermines our focus and confidence, damages relationships and is detrimental to our health. To perform at our best, we need the tools to move past our reactions and respond intentionally to triggers in our lives, rather than react unproductively.  

What You Will Learn

  • Introduction to mindfulness
  • How your brain reacts to triggers
  • How to manage reactivity and have a more intentional response
  • How to foster compassion and self-compassion

How You Will Learn

  • A mix of presentation, stories and video clips
  • Experiential practice of mindfulness techniques
  • Personal Reflection
  • Group discussion

About Your Facilitator

Scott is a mindfulness trainer and coach, who gives leaders and busy professionals the tools they need to thrive in a chaotic and distracting world.  He has studied mindfulness under the guidance of a local expert, Ray Williams, and brings 10 years of designing and delivering highly successful leadership development programs from his former corporate life.  Using a powerful mix of mindfulness tools, clear metaphors, powerful experiences and simple practices, he provides people with the tools they need to be more resilient, more focused and more productive in an age of distraction. 

He was previously the National Leader of HR for one of Canada’s largest employee-owned engineering and science consulting organizations.  Scott draws on his 27 years of corporate experience to connect the concepts of mindfulness with the world of corporate leaders and the analytical minds of busy managers and professionals.

He also walks the walk every day.  As a business owner and entrepreneur, he uses these skills to manage his focus, his resilience and his reactivity to the world on a daily basis. He has an 11-year old son, who while amazing on so many levels, deals with anxiety. Anxiety that can express itself as highly emotional, oppositional and stubbornly defiant behaviour. Mindfulness has become the most powerful tool he has as a parent in dealing with difficult parenting situations.

Scott has had the great fortune to work with the brilliant people at UBC, BCIT, Urban Systems Ltd., Miller Titerle + Co. LLP, Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, Clark Wilson LLP, EA Canada, SAP, Habanero Consulting, Smythe LLP, Schneider Electric, Covenant House Vancouver, BC Assessment, plus numerous entrepreneurs and sole practitioners.