Call For Facilitators,
Presenters and Posters

Proposal submission for A Mindful Society 2018 has ended. We thank you for your interest and invite you to sign up for our newsletter to be notified to submit a proposal for A Mindful Society 2019. Join us at this years conference by registering here.

We are inviting practitioners and scholars from the mindfulness community to submit proposals for workshops, case studies, panels with Q&A, mindfulness practices, and poster presentations for the upcoming A Mindful Society 2018, taking place at the University of Toronto, May 25-27, 2018. This is an opportunity for knowledge translation and connection with the national and international mindfulness community. We are looking for submissions from those working professionally and academically in the field of mindfulness, from across all sectors and disciplines. Also, we would like to particularly invite people of colour and those working within underserved communities to apply. Please see last years conference agenda for scheduling considerations. All those who have applied, and those have been successfully chosen to present at A Mindful Society 2018 will have the opportunity to register at the Super-Early Bird Registration discounted rate. Presenters are responsible for their accommodation and transportation.

Before you submit an application please read through the details below – we need you to indicate: the type of presentation you’re proposing, what key topic(s) your presentation will speak to, and which of our attendee motivating factors your submission will align with.
Type of Presentation

  • Workshop 60-minute presentation that engages participants with hands-on activities, evidence-based information, and practical application.
  • Case Study 60-minute session presenting on a specific research study, project or initiative. These sessions should inlcude a clear overview of the hypothesis/aims, the significance of the study/project/initiative, approaches/methods, results and conclusions.
  • Panel with Q&A 60-minute panel presentation from an organization, research study or initiative. Panels are asked to leave 10-15 minutes at the end of their presentation to engage with the audience through Q&A.
  • Mindfulness Practice 30-minute session offering/guiding participants through a specific mindfulness practice. We are looking for submissions from academic (i.e. MBSR) and wisdom traditions (i.e. Goenka Vipassana).
  • Poster share and highlight research, initiatives and activities taking place in the field of mindfulness. Submissions may focus on conceptual, practical, theoretical, empirical and/or methodological approaches. Our intention for the poster presentations is to create a hub for inspiration, collaboration and discussion.

Key topics

Based on participant feedback from A Mindful Society 2017, we have identified the following list of key topics that our community wants to hear more about. Please consider these topics before submitting your presentation application. In your application, there will be a section to share with us how your offering addresses any of these topics. If you wish to submit an offering that covers a topic other than these there is an option to do so.We are interested in knowing this information so we can understand how you plan to engage participants and where you might best fit within our program.

  • Diversity & Accessibility: advancing inclusion, accessing people of colour, integrating First Nations, and belonging
  • Engaged Practice: supporting underserved populations, addressing social, cultural and political change, Dharma in action
  • Mental Health: practical applications, therapies, and approaches to address wellbeing
  • Workplace Adoption: successes, challenges, and how to gain the support of key stakeholders and decision makers
  • Research: what connections to mindfulness (intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, organizational, and/or societal) are emerging from scientific research?
  • Compassion: programs, integrations, and applications for self-regulation, self-exploration, and self-liberation.
  • Wisdom Tradition: sharing conceptual and experiential understanding of a specific spiritual and/or secular tradition and its relation to mindfulness.
  • Practical Application: programs, protocols, and/or practices that have integrated mindfulness and that have been applied successfully in the field.
  • Other: contribute a topic that your presentation will speak to

Motivational Factors

We have come to understand specific motivating factors that individuals in our community engage with along their path in mindfulness. In your application, you will have the opportunity to tag your presentation with any combination of the motivational factors below. This will help us match you up with like-minded presenters and gather an engaged audience, so it’s worth taking the time to consider them carefully:

  • Conceptual Understanding: theory, frameworks, philosophies, science, dharma
  • Inspiring the Next Generation: education, parenting, youth groups, teen camps
  • Serving the Vulnerable: health, wellness, inclusion/diversity, inequality, intervention
  • Personal Suffering: trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, grief, injury, pain, death
  • Personal/Professional Communities: org culture, local groups, friends, family
  • Committing to Practice: courses, solo practice, residential practice, technology/apps


Submit Your Application

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Knowledge Translation is defined as a dynamic and iterative process that includes synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically-sound application of knowledge to improve…health…”

– Canadian Institute of Health Research

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