LET GO OF WHAT WAS
OUR VISION. OUR MISSION. OUR TEAM.
Our mission is to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of individuals and communities through the development, delivery, training and research of mindfulness based teachings. We feel very deeply that these services be available to anyone who feels they may benefit from it, no matter their financial or social status.
Kingston Mindfulness provides mindfulness based courses for anxiety, depression, depressive relapse prevention, healthy eating, ADHD, stress reduction, and much more.
We are also very passionate about intergrating mindfulness into the current education curriculum. Our teachers have been co-piloting multiple programs for a number of different schools througout the city.
Terry Ann Haynes
Founder and Teacher, Kingston Mindfulness Centre
Graduating with a B.A. from Ryerson in Hospitality and Tourism, Terry felt the pull to mindfulness at a very early age. Spending her summers growing up in a cabin with no power or running water allowed her to experience freedom and connect to her inner-self at a very early age. Though it wasn't until she experienced a great personal loss later in life, and began feeling the debilitating physical and emotional effects of painful migraines, that she began to investigate alternative ways to treat her pain. Beginning with simple daily meditation and a gradual shift towards mindfulness, Terry was truly amazed by the changes in her life -- both mentally and physically. It soon became clear that teaching would be the next step in her life.
In addition to her work at the Kingston Mindfulness Institute and private counselling sessions, Terry is very passionate about integrating mindfulness into our education curriculum. She has completed three pilot projects for the Limestone School Board where she works with students from grades 7-12. Terry has also been a guest speaker at dozens of different engagements, including the Care 4 U Conference and the Queen's University Conference on Education.
Terry is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, educated through the Oasis Institute Center for Mindfulness (CFM), at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Over four years of training is required for this accreditation, and much of that time was spent learning from and working with some of the top teachers and researchers in the field, including: Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn (Founder of MBSR), Saki Santorelli (Executive Director, CFM), and Florence Meleo-Meyer (Director, CFM).
Hope Murphy started practicing mindfulness when she was 10 years old, with her mother Terry. To her, mindfulness is a multidimensional practice which helps connect you to the present moment. It is the constant practice to accept and love the things you might not like about yourself. It is a time to let go of ego and
Hope's parents have spent their whole lives dedicated to mental and physical wellbeing, and she has adopted this way of life. Her father working with chronic pain patients, and mother being a certified MBSR teacher, health and wellness has always been at the forefront of their parenting. She has grown up in an environment where these things became important to her at a very young age.
Hope has not yet pursued a university education, as she has always known that this is what she wanted to do. She has been searching to find a degree program that incorporates all that she wants to learn and share with others, and quickly realized it does not exist. She is currently following a different path to further her education.
Hope has received 2 yoga certifications (hatha and bikram) and is working to become a certified MBSR teacher.
Yoga Instructor, MBSR Teacher in Training