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A Mindful Society is the flagship annual event of Mindful Society Global Institute, whose mission is to help mindfulness advocates, facilitators, and leaders integrate mindfulness into all facets of work and life.

At our learning events, you’ll find scientists beside spiritual teachers of all traditions, indigenous healers beside medical doctors, schoolteachers beside parents, business leaders beside community leaders, and new practitioners beside residential monastics.

Conference attendee trying out the Muse Technology at AMS 2017
Digital group practice during a breakout session at AMS 2020
Monastics lead a walking meditation through Toronto at AMS 2017
Giving gratitude during a breakout session at AMS 2018
Dr. Dan Siegel and John Rice conversing after the closing remarks at AMS 2017
Dr. James Doty and conference attendees after the keynote at AMS 2018
A Mindful Society: 2012 - present
  • 2012
    A Mindful Society Founded

    A Mindful Society forms its Founding Advisory Council comprising of leaders from the field of mindfulness.

    October 1, 2019 1pm
  • 2015
    A Mindful Society 2015:
    Integrating Mindfulness Into Society

    Inaugural conference held at the University of Toronto’s Multi-Faith Centre.

    October 2, 2019
  • 2016
    A Mindful Society 2016:
    Change from Within

    Second annual conference held at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Medical Sciences Building at the University of Toronto.

    Other Events in 2016

    • A Mindful Leader Forum
    • Discovering Mindful Living

    October 3, 2019
  • 2017
    A Mindful Society 2017:
    Finding Common Ground

    Held at the Medical Sciences Building and Convocation Hall the third annual conference brought together leaders from around the world.

    Other Events in 2017

    • Discovering Mindful Living
    • Masterclass with Dan Siegel M.D.

  • 2018
    A Mindful Society 2018:
    From Curiosity to Compassion

    The fourth annual conference was held in partnership with SickKids Hospital at the SickKids Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning and University of Toronto’s Chestnut Conference Centre.

    Other Events in 2018

    • Day of Mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Masterclass Workshop with Zindel Segal Ph.D.
    • Masterclass Workshop with Chris Germer Ph.D.
    • Masterclass Workshop with Shauna Shapiro Ph.D.

  • 2019
    A Mindful Society 2019:
    Be. Act. Belong.

    Attracting a global community to University of Toronto's Chestnut Conference Centre, the fourth annual A Mindful Society attracted over 800 people from around the world to explore pressing questions.

    Other Events in 2019

    • Masterclass Workshop with Dan Siegel M.D.
    • Masterclass Workshop with Thupten Jinpa Ph.D.
    • Masterclass Workshop with Patricia Rockman
    M.D. and Evan Collins M.D.

  • 2020
    Our Present Future

    We took AMS 2020: Our Present Future virtual in response to the worldwide pandemic. We had an incredible turnout of attendees, and we learned that we can provide authentic community experiences via online breakout sessions and keynotes.

  • 2021

    A Mindful Society 2021: Revolve was a unique version of our annual summit where we hosted a 1-day virtual festival of uplifting, engaging, and thoughtful mindfulness experiences for international practitioners, leaders, and change-makers. We revolved across 11 different time zones, attendees practiced, learned, and enjoyed a sense of belonging and directly interacted with the leaders in the mindfulness field.

Mindful Society Global Institute

A learning community providing practitioners and professionals interested in applying mindfulness direct access to leaders in mindfulness, a like-minded community, and updates on the latest research and resources available.

Our goal is to equip and support individuals integrating mindfulness in work and life through education, application, experience, and community. Our first 8 years were dedicated to a groundbreaking annual conference called A Mindful Society. The Mindful Society Global Institute is the next chapter of our growth. The Institute has been established to further support the life-long learning of our expanding global community.

Organizations that are part of our community

University of Toronto

McMaster University

University of British Columbia


University of Massachusetts

Singapore Management University


Toronto District School Board

Peel District School Board

Buffalo Teachers Federation

Centerville City Schools

The York School

Upper Canada College




University Health Network

Ontario Shores

Hamilton Health Services

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto






Royal Bank of Canada

Morneau Shepell

Proctor & Gamble


House of Commons

UK House of Commons

Federal Government

Ontario Government

Ontario Public Service

Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services

Law and Policing

Toronto Police

York Regional Police

Law Society of Upper Canada

Durham Regional Police

Ministry of the Solicitor General (Ontario)

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