True life confessions of a busy dad / meditation facilitator

I was asked recently to contribute to a blog related to Sharon Salzberg’s 28-day meditation challenge in February.  Here is my first go at it: with metta: Brian

The “McMindfulness” debate and its relevance to counselling: Five Reflections

Mindfulness had quite a year in 2013 as a cultural phenomenon. It’s increasing in popularity among companies in the silicon valley, being promoted widely as a health and wellness “tool”, and all the rage in my field of counselling for addressing depression, anxiety, and recovery from substance use.  Given the religious/political climate in the U.S., […]

Upcoming Events

Hi there friends and supporters: Here are some upcoming events that I’m involved with over the next few months, click on titles for more information: Lovingkindness:  A daylong meditation retreat  with Brian and Vimalasara Saturday November 16th 9am – 4:30pm Woodwards Community Room – 131 w. Hastings Street Beyond Mindfulness: A Buddhist Perspective on Suffering […]

Upcoming Events – Harm Reduction, Daylong for Beginners, Earth Care Week, Flip the Script

Hey there supporters, Here to update you on a few upcoming events I’m involved in that may be of interest: Beginners Mind Daylong Retreat – space still available Saturday September 7th from 9am to 4:30pm Woodwards Community Housing, 131 e. Hastings Street $20 plus Dana for teacher; no-one turned away for lack of funds […]

First Steps: A Daylong Meditation Retreat for Beginners

Saturday May 18, 2013 from 9am to 4pm * registration is now full, email connect [at] to be added to the waitlist * Mountain Rain Zendo, Vancouver BC facilitated by Brian Dean Williams Have you ever said: “My mind is too busy, I can’t meditate” ? or, “I’ve considered meditation but found the teachings […]

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Narrative therapy, homelessness, mental health, and substance use with Barbara Baumgartner (MSW, RCSW) Brian Dean Williams (MA, CCC) and “Insiders” Saturday January 12th, 2013  9am – 4pm Isaac Newton once said: “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” Brian and Barbara have been working with the […]

Forgiveness: Cultivating Ground for the Sure Heart’s Release

A daylong meditation retreat with Kyira Korrigan and Brian Dean Williams Saturday November 17, 9:30am – 4pm Mountain Rain Zendo – 2016 Wall Street, Vancouver Forgiveness can be an important step in dismantling reactive patterns that do harm to ourselves and others.  In forgiving the actor behind unskillful acts, we are able to let go […]

Resting Attention with the Breath – a guided meditation mp3

Recorded Sept 9 / 2012 in an individual therapy appointment with one of my clients at my office in downtown Vancouver. Thanks to this person for their generosity in allowing me to share it here so that you might benefit.  Click on the link below to stream it, or right-click to save for your computer […]

Baby Buddha: My 14 month-old Dharma Teacher

My youngest son “Sidney” is 14 months old now, with equal qualities of busyness and cuteness.  Certainly keeps me and my partner on our toes.  And it has implications for my Buddhist practice as well, one of which is that a 14 month-old has proven to be a powerful dharma teacher.  I think of him […]