Welcome to Blue Owl

Mindfulness Coaching and Meditation Mentor

Mindfulness is observing the self-talk in our head and knowing how to let it go… to feel calm

Mindfulness in Nature Fall Walks 2022

A series of 3 walks, Saturday mornings in October and November, to pause and explore… Mindfulness Techniques, Walking Meditation and Forest Therapy

Designed for those who want the benefits of meditation but prefer to move.

This series was first held last fall, the experience was so positive, we continued to meet for Pop Up walks until the trails got icy.

Dates: October 15, 29 and November 5th 2022

Time: 9:00-10:30 am

Cost: No charge, held in conjunction with Maitland Trail Association, please sign liability MTA waiver

Location: We meet at Goderich and nearby trails

Course Leader: Janie van Essen PCC, Vipassana Meditator, MTA Trail Ranger, Meditation Mentor

Text Janie 519.955.4402 to register

Here are some of the comments I have received from past Mindful Walks…

“The walk was magical ”

“Thank you for creating such a wonderful experience.”

“… I have missed so much just walking and talking or listening to music on the trails around me”

Mindfulness is learned…

In 2008, I quit my job as a project manager in healthcare IT, sold my home and left my life as I knew it to volunteer farm my way across western Canada. I “bumped” into Vipassana Meditation and sat my first 10 day silent retreat in Merritt, BC. This experience has steered my life since. Although my entry point to living a mindful life was drastic, you can start now… from right where you are in life. I share the wise tradition in a way that is consistent with its origins, modified slightly for modern times.

Below are several ways you can learn the skill of Mindfulness with me at Blue Owl…

Mindfulness Coaching…

In private or small group sessions, clients learn how to observe the self talk and related emotions that often control our lives in a negative way. Clients learn how to be aware and manage these “mind habits” to be more at ease, content.

Mindfulness mentorship occurs on Zoom or walking in the woods in Goderich or in West Hamilton. $40 CAD per 1 hour session/person, group rates available. Contact Janie to arrange.

Mindful Living

Discussion Group

Returning… January - May 2023 via Zoom

Time: 7:30-9:00pm Evening TBD

Format: Similar to a book club, we discuss ideas from a book, videos or podcasts that I share, via email, a week prior to each discussion evening.

Registration: Current Group is full. Next Group starts 2023

Cost: $10 per discussion attended, prepaid in packages of 4 = $40, via email transfer. This allows flexibility for busy schedules, vacations, illness etc.

The initial “discussions” were about recognizing our negative narratives and detaching from them. Most recently we have explored “the good enough life”. If you are interested in joining the next discussion group series in 2023 email Janie.

Free Weekly Meditation…

Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 pm and 8:00-9:00 pm. Via Zoom, hosted by the Huron County Library. New meditators join the existing group sits at any time. Janie shares Vipassana based meditation techniques. No prior experience is necessary just a willingness to be present and patient with yourself. These Zoom “sits” are free. Email Janie to start.

Pop-up Mindfulness in Nature Walks…

Our ability to connect with that “silent” place within us is super charged in nature. Janie combines mindfulness techniques, walking meditation and forest bathing concepts. Designed for those who want the benefits of meditation but prefer to move! By donation. Email Janie to receive 24 hr event notification.

Contact Janie

text 1.519.955.4402


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“Being in touch with oneself is the meaning of meditation” …Thich Nhat Hanh

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