Conscious Living

A series of 9 classes towards personal transformation

The First and Third Thursday of each month. 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Personal transformation begins by understanding your purpose for this lifetime, and directing energy towards achieving this purpose. This happens when you slow down, consciously start to notice how you make decisions, and ultimately how you spend your time and money. If you’d like to explore conscious living and find your own purpose in life, this is the series for you. Over the next 5 months, we will investigate 8 different modes of “work” and investigate how we spend our time. At the same time, we’ll look at 8 modes of consciousness (represented by Buddhist values called Paramis) connected to these modes of work. Each session, we’ll discuss one pair of aspects and see how they apply to our own lives here in the city. These classes include basic mindfulness techniques, including noticing thoughts, feelings, and perception, but are “beyond mindfulness” in that they include challenges to some of the limiting observations. They are great for people who have tried a bit of mindfulness meditation but now would like a bit deeper dive. Each class includes a 30-minute silent meditation practice time. These meditations will support the exploration of conscious living, and will include a variety of meditation techniques.

Introduction to Conscious Living, September 7

The Earner’s Work + Precepts, September 21

The Hobbyist’s Work + Vitality, October 5

The Creator’s Work + Patience. October 19

The Monk’s Work + Calm, November 2

The Helper’s Work + Equanimity, November 16

The Parent’s Work + Giving, December 7

The Learner’s Work + Humility, January 4

The Elder’s Work + Wisdom, January 18

Cost: Dana – Practice generosity by paying what you value

BYOC: Bring Your Own Cushion (anything to sit on the floor with) or sit on one of our chairs


Awaken in Toronto classes are offered on the basis of dāna. The teacher offers classes without any expectation of compensation, as an act of trust of generosity. We encourage you to reciprocate and give generously to the teacher in return, whatever that looks like in your situation.


LindaThis class will be taught by Linda Hochstetler, a psychotherapist, mother, and Death Cafe host. She has also been a meditation student of Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat for more than 20 years, and is a Buddhist Lay Chaplain. She was a manager of a social enterprise for 13 years, and helped the Clear Sky Meditation and Study Centre generate a balanced budget for the first time for their Farm Social Enterprise.


Classes are held at the Village Healing Centre (240 Roncesvalles Avenue) in the Middle Room on the Main Floor, opposite Yoga Village. Enter through the door to the church via the parking lot.