Mindfulness Skills for Athletes: The Four Pillars of mPEAK

What does Mindfulness Skills for Athletes Involve?

This weekend is to introduce high performers from all walks of life to Mindfulness Skills for Athletes. The course is based on the  mPEAK program which is a high performance mindfulness  program developed by Dr. Amy Salzman MD and Peter Kirchmer out of University of California at San Diego in the USA.

The full Mindfulness Skills for Athletes, which is founded on the mPEAK program, is formulated as a 3-day intensive followed by 6 weeks of virtual integration sessions to deepen the participants mindfulness practice and integrate the four pillars into daily routines into daily work, training, and life. All sessions provide a forum for dialogue, questions and comments.

Ottawa River Psychology Group invites participants to register for all or part of the Mindfulness Skills for Leaders/mPEAK training. Only those participants who register for and attend the full Mindfulness Skills for Leaders weekend as well as six weeks of follow up online training will receive an mPEAK certificate verifying 30 hours of continuing education credit.

Friday Lecture: Introduction to Mindfulness Skills for Athletes: The Four Pillars of mPEAK 7-9pm

 Saturday Skills Workshop: Pillars One and Two

Sunday Skills Workshop: Pillars Three and Four

Follow Up Six Weeks Online Mentoring

Course Content Description:


Inhabiting Your Body
The first section of the course establishes the body as the primary focus of attention and platform upon which mindfulness unfolds. It is designed to introduce participants to the experience of mindful awareness of the body, including interoception and proprioception.


Getting Out of Your Own Way and Letting Go
The second section is devoted to addressing initial challenges encountered by participants, the universality of the wandering mind and the fruitlessness of trying to stop the mind from wandering. Recognizing “story” and the way in which we think influences how we perform.


Dancing With Pain and Working with Difficulty (Fear, Stress and Failure)
The third section is intended to challenge the notion that avoidance is the best strategy when it comes to difficulty arising (e.g. pain, fear, stress, failure, etc.) and to use the experience of working with the body as a way of grounding oneself in the moment in the face of difficulty.


The Pitfalls of Perfectionism and the Glitch in Goals
This final section deals specifically with the contradictory nature of some concepts and attitudes that seem to be positive, but have some hidden limitations. Perfectionism and self-criticism can seem to be good motivators, but research clearly shows that people perform more effectively when motivated by encouragement, reward and self-compassion. Specific exercises and practices will be taught to address these findings and support people in finding optimal ways to motivate themselves and achieve their goals.

SIX-WEEK FOLLOW UP SESSIONS (6 sessions online)

These sessions are dedicated to checking in with participants, supporting their ongoing practice through inquiry, discussion and mindfulness practice. Each session will also include a specific relevant topic to focus the meeting and reinforce the importance of continued practice. (Note: These sessions are offered via Zoom virtual meeting platform).

Dates & Times

Introductory Weekend November 16-18, 2018

Follow Up Online Training January/February 2019


The location for this course is the Byward Market in Ottawa, Ontario. Details will be provided upon registration.

Follow Up Sessions: online follow up sessions will be one evening per week for six weeks after the first weekend intensive, held online on the Zoom virtual meeting platform.

Also Includes

Course handouts and practice MP3s are included in the fees.

Insurance Coverage

This course is co-taught with mPEAK training Peter Lloyd MBA and CCC Level IV coach and Dr. Kimberly Sogge, C.Psych. Registered Clinical Psychologist.  Receipts may be available for reimbursement from some extended health plans*

Limited seats available. Register now to save your spot.

*Please check with your insurance plan before registering for the course if you plan to seek reimbursement and if you are not sure if your insurance provider will cover this very valuable course. Student experiences with their insurance plans have varied in the past.

Click the link below to register for “Mindfulness Skills for Athletes: The Four Pillars of mPEAK”.


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