Andrew Safer is a mindfulness instructor, program developer, workshop facilitator, and writer. A 45-year practitioner of mindfulness and awareness meditation, he began practicing in 1968 while in high school, and then continued in the Tibetan Buddhist and Shambhala traditions over the ensuing decades. Andrew became an authorized meditation instructor with Shambhala International in Halifax in 1993. He moved to St. John’s with his wife, Catherine Hogan Safer, in 2008 and began offering mindfulness workshops in 2010.
Since 2010, Andrew has developed and implemented a number of secular mindfulness programs, including Mindfulness-Awareness (an 8-session weekly program), Mindfulness in Recovery (a 6-session weekly program plus one full day), Dealing with Anxiety and Stress Through Mindfulness (a 7-session weekly program plus one-half day), Mindfulness at School (10 one-hour sessions), and Workplace Mindfulness (10 1-hour sessions). Both the Anxiety and Stress and Recovery workshop series have evidenced strong outcomes (Reports and Evaluation Summaries provided on request). Andrew has led a weekly meditation group since the Spring of 2011, and leads a week-long meditation retreat in the Summer. He is a member of the Faculty of the Atlantic Contemplative Centre in Halifax.