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Mindfulness with a Twist
While Mindfulness has been around for 2000 years, Martinis are a little more recent. Pairing the two is totally of the now: Mindful Martinis offers a new twist on an old idea-a mindfulness class in a bar! Not encouraging you to drink … encouraging you to drink mindfully … and eat … and work and play. Last two of the season: Wed. April 8 and Wed. May 13, 2015, 6:30-8:30 pm at the Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6 Phone: (416) 531-4635. Tickets: $15 in advance through Eventbrite and $20 at the door.
The brainchild of mindfulness teacher and singing host, Elaine Smookler, Mindful Martinis is a unique mindfulness class with a social component bringing mindfulness off of the cushion and onto the bar stool. Eating and drinking, live music and learning are had as we find new ways to make every breath count.
Tune in to CBC’s Tapestry to hear Elaine offer a mindful drinking practice on air.
For the past 20 years, teacher and artist Elaine Smookler has explored mindfulness as a theme in the creation of a rich array of projects for stage, screen and print. Elaine is on faculty at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies and offers mindfulness training around the GTA including the Artists’ Health Centre at Toronto Western Hospital as well as on-line to corporate professionals through eMindful. Bringing Mindfulness to the next generation, Elaine recently spoke before over 600 teen students at John Fraser Secondary School in Mississauga with her one-hour Planting Mindful Seeds workshop–an engagement she continues via the Toronto District School Board. A fringe festival alumnus, Elaine’s comedic bent, warmth and experience keep classes, workshops and speaking engagements full, month after month.
Most of us know what martinis are . . . but what the heck is mindfulness? Research shows a link between our short attention spans and a ballooning mental health crisis. Mindfulness teaches a simple, effective way to access other networks of the brain simply by paying attention to what is happening while it is happening, and doing it over and over.
Read Elaine on how to Get More from Your Glass of Wine with this Mindful Drinking Exercise in April 2015’s Mindful Magazine.
Watch the Mindful Martinis’ Promotional Video.