16 GUIDELINES FOR LIFE - OCTOBER - Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario Canada

Tools for Personal and Cultural Change two-day workshop
with international facilitators, Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw and Craig Mackie with Elizabeth Skronski

Saturday October 29th, 9am - 5pm
Sunday October 30, 9am to 4pm

Location: Niagara on the Lake Community Centre
14 Anderson Lane
Niagara on the Lake, ON

The 16 Guidelines for Life are about making life more meaningful. They offer tools to increase awareness of your world and intention towards it. They are taught so that they will deepen your personal values while challenging you to consider your world and the happiness of others.

Whether your greatest challenges exist at home, in the work place, in your community or the world beyond, the 16G provide the opportunity to deeply examine the nature of thought, action, interconnectivity and the creation of meaning in your life. 

Who can benefit? 
The 16G have attracted everyone from neuroscientists to school teachers, corporations to social services agencies, parents to community builders – anyone who is in need of motivation to change their outlook and practices. 

The 16G are currently being used for personal and cultural change in hospitals, schools, social service agencies, drug rehab, youth at risk programs, youth leadership programs, businesses, prisons as well as in families, communities and neighborhoods.

The workshop:  Participants will explore each of the 16 Guidelines from Humility to Courage, deepening their understanding of what they mean and how they might be of use in their lives. The workshop is structured around 4 Wisdom Themes that provide the backbone of the 16 Guidelines, exploring:

1.    How we think – the way we use our mind determines the way we live

2.    How we act – every skilful action makes a better world

3.    How we relate – to take care of others is to take care of ourselves

4.    How we find meaning – if everything is changing, anything is possible

 Participants receive:

  • Tool kit consisting of a personal exercises and educational resources detailing the philosophy and origins of the 16 Guidelines.
  • 16 Guidelines for Lifebook
  • 16 Guidelines Exercise Cards
  • Access to on-line resources and Essential Education community
  • On-going support from the facilitators for working with the 16G in your life and community as well as a path to become a 16G Facilitator

$150 (adult)
$100 Student and youth (under 18, limited spaces)
Please inquire about rates for low income earners and in-kind trades.
Maximum participants: 20 (with waitlist)

To register and for further enquiries email: eskronski@riseinternational.ca or phone: (905) 468-9054. 50% deposit required at time of registration, by check or Paypal


Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw is the Canadian co-author of 16 Guidelines for Life and has been teaching methods that help people create healthy, meaningful, happy lives since 1988. A writer, speaker, trainer and former Tibetan Buddhist nun, she was the founding director of The Centre for Compassion & Wisdom in Canada and Lamp On The Path. Her Transformative Mindfulness has been used in 10 countries by mothers, youth, educators, social workers, health and medical professionals. www.transformativemindfulness.org. She is an international faculty member and on the board of The Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom, UK - Essential Education - whose patron is The Dalai Lama.

Craig Mackie, MA, MSWSW, is an experiential educator and international faculty member of Essential Education based in Toronto. He has worked with youth and adults in the field of addictions and mental health for the past 5 years and has trained over 200 facilitators in the 16 Guidelines (in the UK, France, US and Canada), including educators, therapists, social workers, and people in the profit and not-for-profit sectors. Essential Education has published his experiential therapeutic manual, “The 16 Guidelines at Pine River: Working with Youth in Groups.”

Elizabeth Skronski is personal and executive coach whose passion is to help people and organizations
be re-inspired and create strong and sustainable results by incorporating principles of happiness in their life and organizations. She is a certified facilitator in Meditation, Transformative Mindfulness, Five Tibetan Yogas, Laughter Yoga and is a Reiki Master. Her web site is www.coachingforwellbeing.com

This workshop is endorsed by Essential Education
whose patron is His Holiness The Dalai Lama www.compassionandwisdom.org

This workshop has benefited from support through The Centre for Compassion & Wisdom, Southern Ontario.www.centreforcompassionandwisdom.com