Press Releases

Join the ‘Urban Buddhist Monk’ and Guests for a Day of Mindfulness, Meditation, and Wellness on October 14, 2023

6th Annual Kindful Canada Symposium: A National Conference on Mental health and Kindfulness

Making Canada a more mindful and kinder nation

Promoting mental health, happiness, peace, harmony, patience, tolerance, light and wisdom through mindfulness meditation and kindfulness practice
Speakers from the media, academia, medicine, human rights, arts and sciences, policing, and First Nations
Special mindfulness session guided by the Urban Buddhist Monk


TORONTO, ON, July, 2023 – The Kindful Canada Symposium is a full day dedicated to making Canada the happiest, healthiest, kindest and most peaceful nation through mindfulness and meditation. Now in its third year, the event is expected to attract over 400 people, interested in health and wellness: learning how simple, yet life changing wellness techniques, can lead to a happy and healthy life.

The main theme of the symposium is encouraging people to consider kindfulness (= kindness and mindfulness) practices, physical fitness and mental fitness by meditating and cultivating positive thoughts and actions. Everyone can benefit as individuals, communities, and as a nation, by embracing non-violence, respect for others, generosity, and honesty in relationships. This requires being focused and mindful in everything we do.

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2023 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Aga Khan Museum Auditorium, North York, Ontario (Toronto)
Information and Registration:

The symposium is hosted by the notable Urban Buddhist Monk, Ven. Dr. Bhante Saranapala, founder and president of Canada: A Mindful and Kind Nation.

“Canada can be the happiest, healthiest, kindest, and the most peaceful nation in the world through mindful meditation,” says Ven. Dr. Bhante Saranapala, founder and president of Canada: A Mindful and Kind Nation. “We are also promoting mindfulness meditation and kindness practices to help overcome mental health issues, such as stress and anxiety, in the home and workplace.”


Featured Speakers and Topics


Dr. Norman Farb

Associate Professor of Psychology

Department of Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga

Topic Title: Discovering the Art of Sense Foraging- The Science of How Sensation Helps Us Get Unstuck and Reconnect with the World


Dr. Mitch Abrams, MD, FRCPC

Certified Educator of Compassion, Stanford University's Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE)

Assistant Clinical Professor, Michael G Degroote School of Medical Sciences, McMaster University.

CEO and Founder, NexGenHealth Ltd.

Topic Title

A RADDical Approach to Kindness


Amy Boudreau, B.A., ICPS, SAS-AP®


The Yoga Cop Inc.

Topic Title: Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Public Safety Personnel


James MacNeil

Author of Pure Spiritual Intelligence

Pure Spiritual Intelligence Inc.

Topic Titile:

Everything is Perfect and Everything is Improving

Mastering Love, Joy and Peace through Forgiveness, Faith, and Faith-Filled Actions


Special Group Meditation: Guided by the Urban Buddhist Monk

It's time to raise mental health awareness and reduce its stigma. What can we learn from our unique physiological responses to stress? Start building resilience and healthy coping strategies, along with using practical tools from the "mental health" toolbox - resources applicable to all people.

Learn About Mindfulness Meditation: An Ancient Healing Technique

Introductory beginner sessions: Participate in guided mindfulness meditation practice

About the Kindful Canada Symposium

The Kindful Canada Symposium is an annual conference and exhibition, promoting mental health through mindfulness meditation and kindness practices. The event’s mission is to make Canada the healthiest, kindest, and most mindful and peaceful nation in the world.

For additional information and event registration, visit:


Media Contact:
Michael Weldon

Cell No: 647-208-0675

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Organization Contacts:
Bhante Saranapala Diane Lauzon
Founder & President Coordinator
Canada: A Mindful and Kind Nation Canada: A Mindful and Kind Nation
647-624-2694 647-963-9311
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.