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A Break for Health Leaders: Using Mindfulness to Rest, Reflect and Connect

Updated: Jan 6, 2022

As the Vernissage Health leadership community enters a new year, these times call upon us to rest, support and connect with one another. So, we are offering emerging leaders three opportunities to take a “mindfulness break”early in the year:

· Tuesday, January 11 at 8 to 9 p.m. – “Feel Rest”

· Thursday, January 27 at 8 to 9:30 p.m. – “Clarifying our Intention as Leaders”

· Tuesday, February 8 at 8 to 9 p.m. – “Deepening our Compassion for Self and Others”

Please indicate your interest in advance at Although this is curated as a series, please feel free to participate in individual sessions as time allows.

These informal gatherings are open to emerging or early career leaders who are enrolled in or alumni of the Vernissage Health Dialogue Series.

We are delighted these gatherings will be facilitated by your peer, Rachel Whitty (she/her), a 2019 alumnus of Vernissage Health and an IHPME MHSc graduate.

Rachel took her first mindfulness class at work eight years ago, as part of a training program for new hospital leaders. At first, she saw mindfulness as something to learn about on an intellectual level to help patients and staff. But very quickly, mindfulness became a transformative practice that has impacted all aspects of Rachel’s life.

As she shares with her Vernissage Health peers, “In the Vernissage Health Leaders Dialogue Series, we learned about “the inner work of leadership” and the self-awareness and authenticity that is required of us. For me, mindfulness is the foundation from which I build these skills.

In Vernissage Health, we experienced the power of developing these leadership skills together through dialogue, and I believe mindfulness is similarly best learned and practiced in community. This is why I decided to complete a rigorous teacher training program to become a mindfulness coach. It is such a privilege to facilitate experiences of mindfulness in community, especially for my colleagues in health care. After all we’ve been through, we as leaders need this more than ever.”

For more information about Rachel's career and work in mindfulness, please go to

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