Tony Richard, Assistant Outdoor Centre Director & Jonathan Sacchitiello, Outdoor Educator, YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre
"In our fast paced lives, the mindfulness ambassador program taught us the importance of slowing down and being more present; it also taught us how to effectively lead structured group discussions. We enjoyed learning about some of the different mindfulness techniques, such as TUZA and the anchor breath. We find these techniques to be practical and easy to use in our daily life. During our staff training, we were able to introduce some of these concepts. For instance, when dealing with challenging individuals, the anchor breath can be used to help teach our front line staff to pause before reacting in emotional situations. TUZA was another technique we were able to use to debrief our training, as well as a technique for our staff to help children and youth reflect on their experience. We look forward to further incorporating these techniques in both our professional and personal lives."