Live Online Four Week Course

Yaffa Maritz, LMHC, Jeeta Kaur Sahota, RN BSN

About this Event

Healing Our Hearts with RAIN.

In this four-week program, Yaffa Maritz and Jeeta Sahota introduce RAIN, an empowering meditation practice designed to help you deal with life’s stresses and difficulties.

Popularized by the well-known author and meditation expert Tara Brach, the acronym RAIN is a simple, easy-to-grasp tool for practicing mindfulness and compassion using the following steps:

Recognize what is happening;

Allow the experience to be there, just as it is;

Investigate with interest and care;

Nurture with self-compassion.

The practice of RAIN helps build the capacity to widen the window of tolerance for managing emotional tangles. Using mind-body practices, RAIN fosters emotional healing by gently encouraging you to turn toward your own vulnerabilities with loving awareness and self-compassion.  

We will build the skill of RAIN each week as outlined:

Week 1: Pause, embodied presence, creating and clearing through RAIN
Week 2: Stepping out of reactivity
Week 3: Letting go of anger and blame
Week 4: Widening the circle of compassion

Scholarships Available

CCFW aims to promote well-being by making evidence-based mindfulness practices available and accessible to community members, particularly professionals working with children and families. We believe that mindfulness has positive implications for professionals as well as the children and families they interact with. Therefore, we wish to encourage mindfulness training by removing possible financial barriers for professionals working with these specific populations. If these fees are cost-prohibitive for you, we invite you to apply for a scholarship.

About the Presenters

Photo of Yaffa Maritz

Yaffa Maritz, LMHC

Yaffa is the founder and director of the Community of Mindful Parenting, a co-founder of Listening Mothers, and the clinical director of both Listening Mothers and Reflective Parenting, two research-based parenting programs. Yaffa was born and trained in Israel as a clinical psychologist. She is also a licensed mental health counselor with advanced training in infant mental health. She is an advocate for the well-being of children and their families and served on several local and national boards that promote this agenda, including the Governor’s Commission for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention. Yaffa believes that by supporting parents and creating nurturing communities for them, we can set the foundation for the positive growth of children’s social, emotional, and mental health. 

Yaffa is a certified facilitator of Mindful-Self Compassion. She participated in the Stanford yearlong teachers training program called CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training) that was offered through Stanford’s Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education. She also completed the advanced training program in MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion) with Drs. Kristin Neff and Chris Germer


Jeeta Kaur Sahota, RN BSN

Jeeta Kaur Sahota is the founder of The RAIN Sangha and co-founder of The Guest House.  These drop-in meditation groups focus on RAIN and on creative practices to develop self-awareness and equanimity. She also provides private mindfulness sessions. 

A graduate of the two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach, Jeeta also is a teacher in the online Monday-Friday Covidian Sangha.

Raised in Vancouver, BC by her Sikh parents, she grew up steeped in both Eastern and Western values and is fluent in English and Punjabi. She holds a BSC in Nursing from the University of British Columbia and is a certified RN whose work has focused on promoting physiological, mental, and behavioral health for teens and adults. A mother of two teenage children, Jeeta credits her mindfulness practice with transforming how she shows up both as a mother and community member. 

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