Compassion Restoration: A non-residential meditation retreat for Caring Professionals and Family members Friday September 27th 7pm – 9pm

Compassion Restoration: A non-residential meditation retreat for Caring Professionals and Family members Friday September 27th 7pm – 9pm

There’s a lot of talk in social services about “burnout” and “compassion fatigue” It’s important to know how to sustain ourselves in this work collectively. But what if compassion is not a finite resource, but an unlimited quality that is just who we are? I’ll be exploring this radical idea with my good friend and […]

Workshop feedback from Victoria

It was fun and inspiring to work with Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness back in February. Shannon Whissell offered this reflection, which I really appreciated: Mindfulness as “We Care”: A Day with Brian Dean Williams If I can help out your organization with some training, let me know!  

Our True Nature meditation and yoga retreat in Costa Rica, January 2020!

Our True Nature meditation and yoga retreat in Costa Rica, January 2020!

I’m so excited to be offering this with my dear friend Melissa Berry Appleton, a yoga and meditation retreat down in Nosara, Costa Rica. It’s filling up fast and if you’re interested please check out the registration page.

S.A.L.S.A. How to work with Spicy emotions rather than reacting to them

S.A.L.S.A. How to work with Spicy emotions rather than reacting to them

A little something that’s evolved for me in my Buddhist psychotherapy practice, hope you find it helpful… How do we work with our habitual reactions to life, so that we can respond in ways that are more responsive and aligned with our ethics? Riffing on Stephen Batchelor’s E.L.S.A. model of the Four Great Tasks, I’ve […]

Change the Story, Change Your Life: Online talk via Worldwide Insight

Change the Story, Change Your Life: Online talk via Worldwide Insight

In June 2017, I had the chance to offer up an online teaching for Worldwide Insight , on the connections between narrative therapy and Buddhism, and how these two traditions / approaches might assist us in transforming the stories that guide our lives.  If you missed the live version, here’s the recording.

Rites of Passage: Out of the Therapy Room and into the World

Rites of Passage: Out of the Therapy Room and into the World

In 1909, French anthropologist Arnold van Gennep coined the term “rites of passage.” He was observing that many traditional cultures have celebrations / ceremonies to mark a life transition from one identity to another.

Becoming An Insider: Narrative Therapy Groups Alongside People Overcoming Homelessness

Becoming An Insider: Narrative Therapy Groups Alongside People Overcoming Homelessness

My colleague Barbara Baumgartner and I just published an article, reflecting on our time co-facilitating a weekly group with folks in the process of coming out of homelessness.

Mindfulness Meditation for Clinicians and Educators

Excited to have been invited to guest teach with my friend Michael Stone, for his Mindfulness Meditation for Clinicians and Educators program in Kelowna, BC. Giving attention may be the most potent skill a clinician or educator can offer. This training provides a dual opportunity to establish a meditation practice for personal well-being and resilience, […]

Upcoming Prenatal Meditation workshop as fundraiser for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

After receiving excellent care at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at BC Women’s Hospital in May of 2014, I feel called to offer up this prenatal meditation workshop as a fundraiser to support the good work they do.  Feb 22nd 2015, please see https://briandeanwilliams.com/event-info/12818409207/ for more details. with Gratitude: Brian

Refuge Recovery group starting in Vancouver

I, along with others interested in Buddhism and recovery from addiction, are co-creating Vancouver’s first Refuge Recovery group.  This is a model of recovery developed by my teacher Noah Levine and outlined in his recent book. I have volunteered to facilitate this group for the first six months, and we’ll see where it goes from […]