My Offerings

Meditative Counseling

I am offering a new form of support and practice, called Meditative Counseling. Drawn from over 30 years of working with people one-to one or in small groups, it usually involves a combination of teaching, meditation and conversation. It can be a short-term approach of about 5-6 weekly or bi-weekly sessions, or run longer – sometimes for months or even years. It’s up to you! During this time, we will identify a particular area of life where you are having difficulty, or want to become stronger, and then create a customized bundle of meditations and mind-training tools to help you accomplish this. The work can be done in person or digitally through Zoom.

Each session will run for about 65-70 minutes, and usually involves:

– a quick “check-in”.
– a meditation session.
– a wide ranging conversation about whatever comes up in the formal practice or in life!
– learning a new meditation technique, usually each week.
– and finally a quick “wrap-up”.

People often reach out to me when they are confronting:

– an existential crisis, whether sudden or gradual.
– a serious illness or injury.
– a mental health challenge.
– dying and death – personally or with someone they love.
– coping with the strangeness and uncertainty of these times
or,  just wanting to be more focused, self-compassionate, happier and effective.

I have also been finding an unexpected interest in Buddhist practice and ideas, and am happy to explore them with clients/students as well.

It is suitable for 1 or up to 15 people. The cost is $100 per session for one or two persons, $120 for three to five people and $150 for six or more. This cost includes HST. A sliding scale is possible. Please let me know about your situation!

To be clear this is NOT therapy or psychotherapy, however Meditative Counseling can be used in a  way that is complementary to traditional therapy. It is not recommended, if you are experiencing psychosis or serious delusional states, and should be used cautiously with trauma.

If you are interested in working with me, please email me at: jacquie.ken@gmail.com
Please make payments by e-transfer to info@arriveyoga.ca

Testimonials:

“In a world of cookie cutter many-stepped programs that futilely promise change and always fall short, Ken Hood has provided me many opportunities and tools to effect real change in a complicated life.  His wisdom, insight and knowledge have provided very real changes in my outlook on life, my behaviour and my satisfaction with life as it is and could be.  His Buddhist based methodology has been the perfect complement to psychological problems that I’ve been trying to tackle for years and he has brought me a very long way in a very short time.  His ability to tailor the subject matter to help with healing is very much a central part of my success in change.  My love for Buddhism not withstanding, he has made the subject matter so applicable and appropriate that mini-revelations occur in each of our sessions.  Ken has become my favourite hour of every week and I’m very glad to be ‘incepted’ each time.  Thank you, Ken, for the growth and healing you have contributed to with each hour.”
Andy, in his 40’s

My Wednesday Meditation & Inquiry Sessions @ 7:30 pm – Online

All are welcome! We begin with a forty minute meditation. Instruction is available, if you are new to meditation! We then have an open-ended inquiry about our experience. Don’t worry, no one is expected to talk, unless you want to. Finally, there is a little teaching. It is a very relaxed and supportive space.
Drop-in and by donation.

We are at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81365563194

If there are any problems getting on, please email me at:  jacquie.ken@gmail.com
Please support this work with an e-transfer donation to info@arriveyoga.ca

My Introduction to Meditation Series – TBA

Everyone is welcome, especially beginners! During the six weeks, we will be covering six essential practices including: calming the mind, self-compassion and mindfulness. There will be meditation, shared inquiry and a little teaching. We do sit on the floor, however chairs are available. Please no perfumed colognes or body products as they can be distracting and cause allergic reactions in others. This a series that you sign up with a set cost of  $84 plus HST.

We are on Zoom. Code to be announced.

 

 

 

 

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