About Us

Chantal and Joseph

Our mission is to offer mindfulness meditation training for better living and a more awakened way of life.

MMC offers weekly programs and private meditation coaching for individuals, as well as mindfulness training in organizations and in schools.

Joseph Emet

Joseph EmetJoseph Emet is the author of Sleep Better With Mindfulness Meditation (Tarcher/Penguin), Buddha’s Book of Stress Reduction (Tarcher/Penguin), A Basket of Plums, Songs for the Practice of Mindfulness Meditation (Parallax Press), and Buddha’s Book of Meditation, (Tarcher/Penguin). These books all have forewords by Thich Nhat Hanh. His book on sleep has won an award as the best self-help book of the year in 2013, and has been translated into 11 languages. The French version is entitled En pyjama avec Bouddha, and is published by Les Éditions de l’Homme.

In his last book, Finding The Blue Sky (published in 2016 by Penguin/Random House), he recounts his own journey toward wellbeing and happiness through mindfulness. These steps are outlined clearly in the book: Each chapter starts with a Zen story, and continues with a set of exercises for applying that teaching to real-life situations. Like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Joseph had his introduction to the mindfulness tradition through Zen. He trained with Roshi Robert Aitken in Hawaii, and then continued with Thich Nhat Hanh in Plum Village (France). At the end of his training, Thich Nhat Hanh appointed him a teacher in his tradition of Zen.

Joseph started the Mindfulness Meditation Centre in 1997. Since then, he has trained several thousand people in mindfulness practices in large and small groups, for organizations, and in private sessions.

Joseph holds a Doctorate in Music from Boston University. He has been certified in Reality Therapy Counselling with Dr. William Glasser, and has been a Fulbright scholar. He is also a long time T’ai Chi practitioner.

Contact: josephemet @ gmail.com (please remove all spaces)

 

Chantal Jacques – (Co-leader)

Chantal

Chantal Jacques has been practicing mindfulness since she was introduced to it in 2002 by Joseph Emet at the Mindfulness Meditation Centre.

By profession she is an Occupational Therapist who has integrated mindfulness practice into her work in order to help improve therapeutic outcomes for veterans with operational stress injuries (PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Chronic Pain). She has developed and monitored weekly mindfulness treatment groups for inpatient and outpatient groups over 5 years at the Veterans’ Hospital in Sainte-Anne, receiving consistently favourable feedback.

Her specialty is offering tailored continuing education to health-care professionals on the benefits of mindfulness in a therapeutic relationship, and how health-care professionals can in turn teach mindfulness practice to their clients.

Chantal has also promoted workplace wellness through offering weekly mindfulness meditation lunch breaks to hospital staff over 8 years. Later, she co-founded the National Mindfulness Ambassador Network that seeks to bring mindfulness activities to Veteran Affairs Canada employees across the country.

She strives to embody and share her mindfulness practice in all aspects of life.

Contact: jacqueschantal @ hotmail. com (Please remove all spaces).