New Developments in Meditation Teaching Practice

New Developments in Meditation Teaching Practice

It’s been a busy few months – so busy, that in fact I’ve been neglecting my website!  I have a bit of time today so thought I’d provide a bit of an update.

New Beginnings in Gastown

New Beginnings in Gastown

Yesterday I got the keys for my new office in the beautiful heritage Mercantile Building, at 318 Homer Street. After four years subletting a space from Alistair Moes of Moose Anger Management, we mutually decided to part ways due to the growth of our practices. I’m just two blocks down the hill from Alistair’s office. […]

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 for more details. with Gratitude: Brian

Returning to the Breath, Returning to the Blog

Returning to the Breath, Returning to the Blog

It’s been awhile. When I set up my website as a blog, I actually had the intention of keeping the content current and fresh.  I haven’t been able to do that.  There are many reasons for this, including being the father of a new baby, a very active toddler, and a boy coming into his […]

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 […]

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 […]

Plugged In: Digital Distraction and the Search for Clarity

click here for full pdf of full-colour poster with Ross Laird (PhD, RCC) and Brian Dean Williams (MA, CCC) Saturday October 13th, 9am – 4pm Location:  UBC Asian Centre Auditorium The cultures of technology are now essential features of contemporary life. Social media, mobile devices, screens and applications of all kinds now fill our personal and family […]

Beyond Mindfulness: Buddhism and Post-structural Therapies

Brian Dean Williams (MA, CCC) and Scott Lawrance (EdD, RCC) Preconference session at the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association’s Annual Conference Thursday May 24, 1:30 – 4:30pm Westin Hotel – Calgary, Alberta Mindfulness-based practices have a proven efficacy for depression, substance use treatment, stress reduction, pain management, and for therapist “self-care”. However, mindfulness is […]

Tweet’ked Out: Social Media and the Monkey Mind

It’s been a month of technology interfacing for me. I designed and launched this website, got an Android smartphone, increased my presence on Twitter and Facebook, signed up for LinkedIn, and set up a new email account for my private practice. Needless to say, my new phone has been blowing up with new things to […]