Mindfulness

Inspiring Life Through Mindfulness

Just because we want to be present in our life, does not mean we have the capacity to do so. Mindfulness is both a state of being and a practice. Without a consistent mindfulness practice, our ability to be present will be limited. 

 

Traditional Mindfulness was based in three higher teachings: Wisdom, Ethics and Concentration. Together, they help one to live with attention and intention cultivating a fulfilling, meaningful and purposeful life. 

Though I aim to keep my services secular, I offer comprehensive mindfulness instruction which includes these traditional three higher teachings.

 

Being insightfully present with a clear understanding of our values promotes intentional living fostering genuine happiness. 

"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives."

Wilfred Arlan Peterson 

 

Mindfulness Programs

I offer many different talks, workshops, events and courses of varying lengths and intensities. Below you will find programs ranging from one-hour presentations to intensive year-long courses.   

Course and Facilitation Testimonials

"Dan's Mindfulness Meditation Turn It Over Workshop was a welcome retreat from my head down/elbows flying life. It gave us all a rich opportunity to pause and consider how we might practice mindfulness in our days in order to quiet the cacophony around us and inside our own heads, and to care for ourselves in ways that are bound to ripple out from our lives as care for others and the planet. Dan created a safe container in which to do this deep work. He nourished us on all levels, including a delicious and nutritious meal and lots of healthy snacks throughout our time together. We had ample opportunity to meditate, reflect on our experiences, and interact with each other. The pace was perfect--just the right amount of information was presented with plenty of time to absorb, practice, and integrate it. I have left similar workshops in the past with a feeling of overwhelm and hopelessness for my own ability to actually change my behaviors and my life. I left Dan's workshop inspired, replenished, and hopeful about my ability to be more present in my life, with a handful of very clear and useful tools with which to do the work of change. Wonderful." 

~  Mary D. Aug 2018

"Dan is a great teacher and listener. The course helped me improve my mindfulness in meaningful ways. I will be taking it again."

~ Paul D. May 2019

"Dan’s mindfulness class proved to be well worth my time.  The material on learning how to keep our actions in line with our values and learning how to do the breath-focused mindful meditation really helped me solidify things I have been working on for several years.  I haven’t previously spent much time zeroing in on what my values are, and the exercises really brought me quite a bit of insight.  As to the breath meditation—learning to set thoughts aside and focusing on the breath instead—helped me to be able to set aside negative thoughts that arise while I’m working.  This enables me to focus on the task at hand rather than how much I’d rather be doing something else!  There is much more to the course than what I mention here, and I will keep exploring and developing the concepts into my life.  Dan is a wonderful, compassionate teacher and very accepting of people from all walks of life.  I highly recommend Dan’s course!"

~ Terri T. Oct 2019 

"Dan is a steady, reliable, inspired guide into the realms of mindfulness. He is organized, clean, encouraging and a beacon who clearly practices these simple techniques himself. Grateful Grateful."

~ D. D. May 2019

 
 

Presentations & Public Talks

My presentations are typically one to two hours in length and may precede an upcoming event. I am, nevertheless, always excited to have the opportunity to speak on a variety of Mindfulness topics:

  • Four Keys

  • Attention

  • Meditation

  • Values

  • Wisdom

  • Perspectives

  • Misperceptions

  • Happiness 

  • Motivations

  • Equanimity

  • Compassion 

  • Loving Kindness 

  • Mindfulness in Recovery 

There are no presentations scheduled at this time

If you would like me to speak at your location on any of these topics, please Contact Me and we can make it happen.  

Course Description:

 

While meditation is one key to a mindful life, there are other keys that improve the quality of one’s life, relationships, sense of clarity, and meaning. In this course, you will learn how to develop the skills to integrate Attention, Values, Wisdom and an Open Heart in your daily life. Join me and the Mindful Life program and gain insight into how these mindfulness practices can offer you a greater sense of well-being and fulfillment. 

Mindfulness was not developed so people could sit in a contortionist-like lotus position under beautiful waterfalls (as seen on the cover of any number of checkout stand magazine racks). Mindfulness was developed so that we can learn to navigate difficult and challenging times with mental and emotional balance, clarity, acceptance, understanding and compassion for ourselves and others. In the face of fear and uncertainty, Mindfulness helps us to show up in a way that we feel good about, with peace in our heart. 

 

In hoping to accommodate multiple schedules, I am offering 3 opportunities for you to take part in a four-week course that can help you to cultivate more peace and resiliency in your life.

 

What’s included:

  • 6 hours of live-remote online discussion sessions

  • 8 30-minute videos hosted by the Mindful Life Program

  • Downloadable Four Keys companion journal

  • 28 days of meditation Course also hosted by the Mindful Life Program

  • 2 months membership in the new Mindful Life Community platform

Four Keys

Four Weeks

Multiple Opportunities:

Sundays - Mondays - Thursdays

After you Register, I will confirm which day you prefer. 

Scholarships and payment plans are available

Contact me for more information

 dan@turningleaffoundation.com 

Course fee:

$150.00 (a $200 value)

 

Three Opportunities:

Sundays    3:00 – 4:30 PM (PST) June 7 – June 28

Mondays    6:00 – 7:30 PM (PST) June 8 – June 29

Thursdays  3:00 – 4:40 PM (PST) June 11 – July 2

 

Mindfulness Foundations Course

Session One:

Introductions and overview of course

Following introductions, I introduce the Four Keys of Mindfulness and how they help us cultivate mental and emotional balance.

 

Session Two:

Attention and Happiness

The focus on the first key of mindfulness – Attention. We discuss why attentiveness is invaluable and how meditation fosters present moment awareness. We'll distinguish between stimulus driven pleasure and genuine happiness. 

 

Session Three:

Attention and Values

This week we continue discussing Attention and introduce the second key – Values.  We look deeper into mediation and its benefits and additionally examine the role of values and how they contribute to our flourishing.

 

Session Four:

Values and Wisdom

In the fourth week we continue with Values and introduce the third key; Wisdom. In the second half, we investigate how we try to predict happiness and examine how our expectations influence our perspectives.

 

Session Five:

Continue with Wisdom

In this session we discuss perceptions and motivations and how they create suffering. We find an antidote to this suffering through a Mindfulness practice. 

 

Session Six:

Continue with Wisdom

This week we examine how a limited lack of perspective leads to harmful and inaccurate judgments. We also discuss the pervasive effects of emotions and how they negatively influence our decisions.

 

Session Seven:

Wisdom and Open Heart

This session is dedicated to Relationships. We discuss how a Mindfulness practice fosters positive mental states and also introduce four attitudes which promote a rich and meaningful life. 

 

Session Eight:

Cultivating an Open Heart

Focus is on inseparability and connection. We explore our personal roles and reflect on how the Four Keys of Mindfulness helps us to live meaningful and purposeful lives, with attention and intention.     

Course Description:

In addition to offering access to relief from stress, the Mindful Life Program’s Mindfulness Foundations Course combines meditation training with practical, accessible and universal tools that empower you to cultivate a more purposeful and meaningful life. The Foundations Course is an intensive mindfulness program that integrates four key areas of mindfulness: Attention, Values, Wisdom and an Open Heart. Through the use of these four keys of mindfulness, we offer skills that help you to live in alignment with your values, with wisdom, clarity and an open heart cultivating inner peace and lasting genuine happiness. You can read more about the Mindful Life Program and all they have to offer on their website:  www.mindfullifeprogram.org

 

The inspiring 20 hour Mindful Life Program's Mindfulness Foundations Course is offered in Australia, Canada and throughout the United States. 

Current Course Offerings

 

Investment: $350.00 | $175.00 Students

This courseis being offered through the

Contemplative Studies Initiative

at Oregon State University

Please follow the link to register:

https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/sps/contemplative-studies/events/8-week-mindful-life-program

Scholarships and Payment Plans are available. 

No-one will be turned away for lack of funds! 

Contact me for information about these discounts

Canceled 

COVID-19

What's Included:

20 Hours of Comprehensive Mindfulness Training

Course Companion Journal

Book: The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life

by John Bruna

Three Months Membership to the Mindful Life Community

Course Location:

Oregon State University campus

Exact location to be

announced shortly

 

Eight Week Course:

Tuesdays: April 14 - June 2
 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Two, Eight-Week Opportunities

"The only thing that separates the person you are, from the person you want to be, are the actions you take."

John Bruna

 
 

A YEAR OF MINDFULNESS

Online Personal Development Course

Course Description: 

Over this next year, your life is going to change. Your life can change insignificantly through habitual choices, or, you can enhance your life in meaningful ways by learning how to live intentionally through a comprehensive Mindfulness practice.   

Or, maybe you already have a Mindfulness practice and have become frustrated with trying to maintain your commitment to yourself. Do you set an intention to meditate daily yet frequently find that it has fallen to the wayside? Do you keep making the same mistakes? Do you want more from your Mindfulness practice - you see it, but you can't quite reach it?

This year-long Mindfulness Online Course is designed so that you can do it from the comfort of your own home. If you are passionate about establishing a comprehensive daily Mindfulness practice, this is for you! Using the tools and skills found in the Mindfulness Foundations Course and my personal Mindfulness practice, I designed this program to provide you with the time, tools, skills and coaching support making it possible to maintain a consistent daily practice.

 

For a fraction of the cost of most year-long personal development course, you will learn to: live with less stress and tension; improve on making intentional choices based on your values; see with more clarity and truly understand the source of your suffering and happiness; help you loosen the grip of overpowering emotions, better understand your biases and live with a more open, loving and compassionate heart.

It takes time, patience and practice to develop healthy habits. This is your opportunity! 

   

What's included in the personal investment:

  • Each week (or bi-weekly depending on subject), you'll receive a manageable assignment with detailed instructions which fall under a monthly Mindfulness topic. 

  • You can expect occasional reading and/or video assignments to supplement practical exercises. 

  • We will meet monthly as a group online

  • You will receive bi-weekly 50-minute personal coaching sessions. These sessions alone are worth the investment! 

  • Unlimited email contact for clarification between meetings.

  • Two, day-long silent meditation retreats during the course of the year.*

  • An optional three-day residential retreat to celebrate your new Mindful Life.**

 

*Transportation is not included. 

**There is an additional cost of $175.00 and transportation to the retreat is not included.

Multi-family member and hardship discounts available
Please contact me for more information 

Starts Anytime!

Investment: 

$65.00 per month 

Or

Get a month FREE by paying up front:

$715.00

Month One:

Values - During this first month we will explore our current habits and define our values.

 

Month Two:

Relaxation - Here we will get more in touch with our body, noticing our tension areas, stress triggers and practice relaxation.

 

Month Three:

Attention - Meditation and Mindfulness exercises.

 

Month Four: 

Happiness - Explore the different sources of happiness and common misperceptions.  

Month Five:

Motivations - Develop a better understanding of what drives you and work towards value driven motivations.  

Month Six:

Perceptions - This month we'll explore three types of misperceptions and how they create suffering. 

Month Seven:

Wisdom (Insight) - Gain wisdom with ourselves by critically looking at our own biases, labels and judgments. 

Month Eight:

Emotions - Develop equanimity through understanding our attachments and aversions.  

Month Nine:

Relationships - Embracing our inseparability and interdependence upon one another to cultivate healthy and meaningful relationships.

Month Ten:

Compassion - Understand what it means to live a compassionate life and put it into action.

Month Eleven:

Loving-Kindness - We will spend this month putting our love into action. 

Month Twelve: 

Values - Time to re-evaluate and assess our progress. 

contact

Turning Leaf Foundation

Dan Piquette

1639 Berkeley Lane E

Monmouth, OR 97361

​​970.209.6489

dan@turningleaffoundation.com

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