Susie Kaplan is a certified Mindfulness Instructor. She has been practicing meditation for many years and has attended several silent retreats.
In 2016 she went on a Spiritual Trip to Thailand where she learned with Master Teachers. This trip proved to be life altering as the pure teachings of Mindfulness profoundly affected her heart. Since then, Susie has been immersed in Mindfulness practice and became a certified instructor in 2017.
Susie is passionate about teaching Mindfulness and has created a Course called "Mindfulness for Daily Life". It is a practical course designed to help people implement the practice of Mindfulness from the very first class.
Susie combines her backround in Education and her passion for Mindfulness in her step by step approach helping her students open their hearts to see the truth of body and mind.
Mindfulness is currently a "buzz" word even though these ancient teachings have been around for over 2500 years. Intellectually, many know the benefits of practicing Mindfulness, so why don't more people practice?
Perhaps we feel like we are managing just fine and don't feel the necessity. Maybe there is an awareness of underlying stress and anxiety but we have become so adept at suppressing, denying or distracting ourselves. Wherever you are in your life at this moment and whatever obstacles (large or small) you may be facing, practicing Mindfulness can help improve the quality of your life. When we train the mind correctly for present moment awareness, it becomes stable and helps keep us grounded. We have the ability to remain peaceful during difficult situations.
If you are open and willing to put in the right effort, the potential rewards are huge.
Mindfulness for Daily Life is a 5 week course located in Thornhill Ontario. Classes meet weekly and are 75 minutes long with a maximum of 15 people in a group. Small class size ensures everyone gets individual guidance in setting up both a formal and informal practice. Due to demand and popularity, I have divided my courses into different sections.
PART 1 is suitable for a beginner or someone who has never taken any classes with me.
During this course you will learn:
*The ABC's of meditation & mindfulness
*How to establish a formal practice
*How to eat mindfully
*How to be in the present moment and "awake" in your daily life
*How mindfulness leads to KINDNESS
*How to cultivate loving kindness (metta)
PART 2 - This course is suitable for anyone who has taken PART 1.
During this course you will learn:
*How to re-establish a formal meditation practice
*Become comfortable with your home base
*Review and delve deeper into the workings of the mind.
*Understand what is actually causing pain and discomfort
*Become aware of negative self chatter and how to break the habit
*How mindfulness leads to WISDOM
PART 3 - This course is suitable for anyone who has taken PART 2 several times and is committed to a regular mindfulness practice.
During this course you will :
*Review and delve deeper into the teachings in Part 1 & 2
*Start increasing the duration of your formal practice
*Reflect on how we bring mindfulness into all aspects of daily living, including our speech and actions
*Take up the challenge and spend longer stretches in SILENCE
*Delve deeper into the teachings of metta, compassion and equanimity.
ALL CLASSES ARE ON LINE THROUGH ZOOM
NEXT 5 WEEK SESSION BEGINS in
PART 1/2 Mon. 7:00 pm Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6,13
PART 3 Wed. 7:00 pm Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1,8
PART 3 Thurs. 10:00 am Jan. 12, 19,26, Feb. 2, 9
***PART 1/2 will be a combined group of beginners or anyone who has taken Part 1 in the last year.
COURSE FEES $180
One on one $95 / 60 minutes
Package of 3 $270
Semi private $150 / 60 minutes
package of 3 $400
Private sessions are an option for those who prefer to learn individually, or have a specific issue and would benefit from private mindfulness coaching. These sessions are tailored to one's individual needs. Booking times are flexible including evenings and weekends.
Semi private sessions can also be geared towards specific issues as well as covering all the key components in Parts 1, 2 & 3. For these sessions, you can attend with a friend, partner, parent or son or daughter.
***All private and semi private sessions will be on zoom.
Call 416 561 - 2174 to make an appointment
Drop In Mindfulness Classes will be offered several times a year . These one hour classes are open to anyone who wants to learn about the benefits of Mindfulness and learn how to set up a home practice. It includes Mindfulness instruction, a guided meditation and an opportunity to ask questions. Next Drop In Class TBA.
Cost is $30.
FREE 30 Min. GUIDED MEDITATIONS ON ZOOM
*** RSVP to receive the zoom link
If you would like to create your own private group invite your friends and family for a group class. There is an option of one class , a package of 3 or a package of 5. Contact me for times and fees.
I have had the good fortune of teaching Mindfulness to people ranging in age from 18 - 80 years old. I feel passionately about working with young adults in particular. They are under tremendous pressure and would benefit greatly from Mindfulness training . Any Young Adult between the ages of 18 - 25 can join the 5 week Mindfulness Course at a student rate of $150. You can also create your own Young Adult group with a minimum of 4 participants. All Young Adult Drop In classes are discounted as well and set at $25. Contact me for a convenient time and I will do my best to accommodate your schedule.
I want to thank you for such an incredible experience. You are truly a gifted teacher.
You are kind and generous in sharing what I believe is your gift. You have a lovely sense of humour in your teaching and you lead gently.
I can’t wait for your next session. – Linda D.
Thanks Susie! I really enjoyed and got so much out of each class. I really appreciate your dedication and wealth of knowledge.
You have a way about you that is so warm and comforting and I always look forward to learning more from you. – Rosalie R.
Susie is an amazing and passionate teacher. I have participated in Part 1, 2 and 2.5 Each course has provided new insight into my daily life.
I have gained so much knowledge and learning both from Susie's amazing teachings, and from the participants in the group. I have been able to incorporate everything I learn into my daily life. My favourite classes are the gratitude classes. I've also learned how meditation helps you in your daily life. I highly recommend Susie's mindfulness for daily life classes, and I look forward to continuing my journey of mindfulness with Susie.
Susie’s classes are like a breath of fresh air! She makes you feel so at peace and helps you go forward in all avenues of life by just grounding you in the now! I can’t wait to continue my journey with more classes!
- Linda H.
I recently completed Susie’s 5 week Mindfulness course . I had taken a few other mindfulness and meditation courses but Susie’s course was the one that really resonated with me. It was very practical and it made complete sense! I have been able to seamlessly integrate the strategies that I learned from Susie into my daily life. Susie is a gifted and passionate teacher who really cares about her clients. I would highly recommend this course since the benefits are truly amazing.
Susie, you are an amazing teacher! You bring such clarity to the teaching of Mindfulness. It is inspiring and a privilege to be learning from you. Today we talked about "peacefulness" and that's exactly how I feel when I'm in your class. I wan't to thank you so much for teaching me.
- Robyn N.
Susie, I want to thank you so much for being an amazing coach. Your insight and wisdom into teaching Mindfulness has opened my eyes to a new world. Remembering to practice everyday will hopefully begin to change my life, help me to heal and be kinder and gentler to others.
- Cheryl L.
Susie, I wanted to thank you for the last 5 weeks of classes. You are a great communicator / instructor (and a good story teller too!). Mindfulness has already made a difference in my every day life thanks to you.
- Marlilyn L.
I have attended several 5 week Mindfulness sessions with Susie. I love the classes. She has a very easy going and informative way of teaching and at the same time allowing time for everyone to share their experiences. My favorite class was about mindful eating. It was a real eye opener for me.
I am working towards becoming more mindful in my every day life and am using what I have been taught. I also enjoy the meditation part of the classes and it helps with my daily practice at home. I hope to continue taking classes with Susie.
Susie's Mindfulness course has impacted my daily life. Her practical teachings combined with a gentle, non-judgmental approach have helped me to understand and begin to practice what it means to live Mindfully. The small class sizes and intimate setting allow for discussion and sharing as the group starts to incorporate the guidance into their lives. Susie's class is a unique opportunity to learn from someone who is also on a journey and has been able to distill her knowledge over many years of practice and share it with others. I could not recommend this course more highly.
Thank you Susie for an incredible course! Your genuine and warm nature created an environment of comfort and openness and allowed me to realize the benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation in my daily life. This is the first time in a long time that I have really learned and connected.
I recently completed my first Mindfulness Course led by Susie Kaplan. Susie's patient and creative teaching style coupled with her kind and compassionate disposition, made me immediately feel at ease, allowing me to try new pathways to gain access to the ultimate treasure of balance and inner peace. Namaste!
Thank you Susie for the very special and insightful Mindfulness Course. You have put into motion incredible changes into my life. I am skeptical by nature but these teachings made so much sense! Susie is professional, articulate and encouraging. Each class is jam packed with wisdom. I encourage anyone to jump at the chance to learn from her.
I had read articles about Mindfulness and Meditation. I resisted practicing it and kept busy escaping my worries and negative thoughts. My life changed after the first hour of Susie's class. Her voice exuded the passion she feels for these teachings. She taught me along with the group to notice my thoughts and gently come back to the breath. By the third class, people close to me noticed positive changes and that I was much calmer. Susie is so gifted as a teacher. I look forward to our next set of classes and highly recommend Susie for anyone who is ready to make a change!
The five week experience of Susie's calming voice and depth of knowing has made me realize that it is possible to be present in any given moment. It has opened my mind to a new state of peace, calming the thought storms that have been constant for decades.
I have been feeling better emotionally as well as physically.
I cannot say thank you enough and I look forward to continue learning with Susie.
***** SILENT MINDFUL WALKS ****
So looking forward to meeting in person and offering these mindful walking classes!!!
The purpose of theses sessions is to spend one hour in nature completely "unplugged" while walking in silence. This gives participants an opportunity to wake up to the inner world of body and mind. Mindfulness Instruction, a guided meditation and an opportunity to share and ask questions are included. Walking locations will be primarily at Earl Bales in North York or Pomona Mills in Markham. If this is something that interests you, please contact me for more info.
POP UP WINTER MINDFUL WALKS COMING IN 2023!
***RSVP for for details and meet up spots. Dates and locations are subject to change.