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A Mindful Society Conference 2020

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University of Toronto, Medical Sciences Building

1 King's College Circle

Toronto, ON M5S 1A8


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We are thrilled to invite you to our 6th annual conference, A Mindful Society 2020: Our Present Future.

About this Event

The creation of a more mindful, compassionate, sustainable future is within reach - perhaps now more than ever - and it is up to us.

A Mindful Society is a live conference and events organizer for professionals, organizations, and the curious interested in applying mindfulness to work and life.

Join us.

About the Conference

The Keynote: On Saturday, May 2nd, Dr. Hanson will speak on ‘Courage and Compassion: Living with a Strong Heart in Challenging Times’ He will teach us how to develop courage to face hard facts, and keep going when it’s stressful or scary using positive neuroplasticity to weave grit, self-worth, and confidence into your nervous system.

On Sunday, May 3rd, Elisha will speak on 'The Science of Tribe: Our Future Depends On It'. Elisha will explore the science of interdependence as the key hidden driver for making mindfulness easier, feeling more empowered and facilitating a sustainable future. 

The Pre-conference Workshop: For a deeper dive into Dr. Hanson's ground-breaking work, join us for the full-day Pre-conference Workshop, 'A Neuropsychology of Awakening: Healing and Practicing with the Brain in Mind', on Friday, May 1st.

The Post-conference Workshop: In 'Creating a Practice that Lasts', we will learn practices that you can do or teach to others to help create the clarity and energy required for consistent motivation and practice. Elisha's full-day Post-Conference Workshop takes place Monday, May 4th.

Both workshops can be purchased as part of the Four-Day FULL ACCESS pass or as individual tickets.

For more information on these workshops specifically, please see our website >>>

41 presentations, practices and breakout sessions on mindfulness in healthcare, education, the arts, business, parenting and life allow you to design your own personalized conference experience based on your specific professional growth and development needs. (Click here for a detailed conference program)

Examples include:

Mindfulness and Climate Justice

MakerMinds™: an Exploration of Making and Mindfulness in Schools

Mindful Ethics: the challenge of embodying professional values

Pixels and presence for well-being in life and workplaces

Promoting Compassion For Mental Health Professionals

The Death Incubator: Mindful 360 Design in the VR Environment

What others are saying:

Prices listed above are Early Bird Rates. Prices will increase February 4th, 2020.

Learn more about A Mindful Society 2020: Our Present Future at:

Applications for scholarships open in November.


Cancellation Policy

Registration ticket cancellations prior to January 31st, 2020 receive a refund less 25% of the registration price. Cancellations between January 31st and March 31st, 2020 receive a refund less 50% of the registration price. After April 1st, 2020, tickets are non-refundable.

One (1) attendee name change is permitted on a registration ticket up to 30-days before the conference start date. To transfer a ticket, please email us directly at with all new attendee details and we will update his/her information to the registration. No changes are permitted after that date.

In the unlikely event the conference is cancelled, we will refund all tickets limited to the amount paid. No other refunds or compensation will be provided. Speakers are confirmed. However, sometimes life events may prevent them from attending as expected. Speaker cancellation does not alter the cancellation policy.

Purchase of A Mindful Society registration ticket confirms you have read and agree to comply with the cancellation policy. This policy is subject to change. Ticket holders are to be notified of any changes.



Conference Parking?

Plenty of street and Green P parking on the University of Toronto campus. Along King's College Circle, prices are: $4.00/half hour. $20.00 max until 10pm. $10.00 Weekends.

Breakfast / Lunch / Refreshments?

A light breakfast will be provided each morning and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Lunch will not be provided. You may wish to bring your own lunch, or visit one of the many restaurants within walking distance. If you require a suggestion of local places to eat lunch it will be available at the info desk.

What to wear?

Come dressed with comfort in mind. Whatever you wear will be the right thing, whomever you meet will be just the right person to meet.

What to bring?

Please bring your own yoga mat, meditation cushion/mat for the practice session breakouts (chairs will be provided). You may also wish to bring a thermos or reusable water bottle. Thank you for supporting us with our sustainability project.

Accommodation & Transportation?

For information regarding suggested nearby and/or onsite hotels and transportation please click here.

Additional Questions?

Saturday morning there will be a short orientation, and if you have more questions, find one of our helpful volunteers wearing orange lanyards. Urgent questions? Email us at

We look forward to seeing you soon at the A Mindful Society 2020 conference!

The A Mindful Society Team

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