M.A. Contemplative Education, Mindfulness/Stress Management Instructor
Patrick Mitchell is a certified hatha yoga instructor (Sivananda Yoga Ashram, Quebec, Canada, Aug. 2000) with a deep and growing interest in the mental, emotional, and physical benefits of mindfulness meditation. He began practicing vipassana meditation in 2001 with a series of Goenka retreats and has since participated in many insight meditation retreats in India, Thailand, Canada, Myanmar, and Japan.
Patrick began studying MBSR in 2005, attending Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine: A 7-Day Professional Training with Drs. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli at Omega Institute, New York. In 2008, he spent two months in Worcester, Massachusetts for the eight-week Practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Stress Reduction Clinic (University of Massachusetts Medical Center).
He began teaching mindfulness meditation in Japan in 2009 and has since delivered workshops at American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, British Embassy in Tokyo, British Consulate-General Osaka, Credit Agricole Securities Asia, Hilton Worldwide (Legal Department), Tokyo English Lifeline (TELL), Azamino Art Forum, and Narita Yoga. As an affiliate trainer for Human Dynamic Asia Pacific, he has taught many corporate wellness workshops at major international financial companies. Patrick also studied Contemplative Education at Naropa University in Colorado, USA, receiving his M.A. in 2007.
One of his long-rage goals is to support the integration of mindfulness and other research-based methods for social-emotional learning into the Japanese education system. As an “Enhance Your Element Through Meditation” Leader, Patrick will deliver weekly 60-minute sessions exploring different aspects of mindfulness meditation – both formal and informal – with a short lecture, guided practice, and Q & A time. Topics will include sitting meditation, walking meditation, loving kindness meditation, and some of the historical and scientific context for mindfulness. The goal is to develop greater self-awareness, wisdom and compassion, relevant for all of us on the path of life.
Aya McCrindle: “I attended Patrick’s 8-Week Stress Reduction & Wellness Program in 2015 which included various mindfulness and self-awareness practices. I discovered varieties of mindfulness meditation which I can incorporate into my lifestyle as I saw fit at any given time! As a result, I feel much more equipped in choosing what to do when, and for how long (or short!). I feel much more relaxed as a result. I am better able to accept myself when/ if I can’t clear my mind during the practice, gently trying to bring my thought back to focus on my breathing with kindness.”