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Mud and Lotus Wellness was started by two Social Work friends and colleagues, Dagmara Urbanowicz MSW, RSW and Anna Marie Batelaan MSW, RSW. They have been long time Mindfulness and Compassion practitioners who translated their passion into teaching.

Like many others they entered the helping profession with the aspiration to help others and alleviate suffering.  Their Social Work experience, in working with vulnerable populations, has highlighted to them the importance of attending to their own personal well-being.

We believe that by promoting the well-being and resilience of ourselves, through Mindfulness and Compassion practices, we nourish and promote positive relationship with ourselves and others.




FREE Online Event: Join us on Oct. 6 @ 6 pm to learn more about the MSC Program.

To register follow the EVENTBRITE link!

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Oct. 20 – Dec.14, 2022: ONLINE EVENT: Mindful Self-Compassion Program

“Join us online, from the comfort of your home, and learn the skills to attend to difficulty with more compassion, ease and kindness!”

Mud & Lotus Wellness would like to invite you to participate in a virtual (ZOOM) offering of the Mindful Self-Compassion program. This program will be facilitated by Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teachers Anna Marie Batelaan (BSW, MSW, RSW) and Dagmara Urbanowicz (MSW, RSW). Go to our About Us page to find out more about who we are!

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a “proven way to accept yourself, build inner strength, and thrive.” In a time when we all need something to hold us up in the flood of life and world challenges, MSC can support us to navigate it all with more ease by starting with compassion for our own challenges and difficulties! 

MSC is an empirically supported 9 session program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. This program was developed by Dr. Christopher Germer, PhD, a leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy and Dr. Kristen Neff, PhD, a pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion. 

To find out more and REGISTER click on the EVENTBRITE link!

“Anna Marie and Dagmara were excellent facilitators.  Although we covered deeply personal and uncomfortable topics like shame, anger, self-criticism, forgiveness, and challenging relationships, they created a safe space in which participants felt supported to share their experiences without judgment.  They were masterful in terms of using silence as a tool, allowing us to reflect and voice our insights voluntarily and at our own pace when we felt comfortable and brave enough to do so.” 

 – K. Siu-Chong, LL.B., Acc. F.M. (OAFM)

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ONLINE RETREAT: Cultivating Self-Compassion 


“The retreat was an oasis in the midst of a busy mind…a chance to breathe, unwind, slow down, be present, and remember whats important.”

“This retreat has helped me to be a better clinician by emphasizing how important it is to be kind and compassionate to ourselves everyday.”

“The retreat gave me space and time to practice in a supportive, guided setting.”

– Retreat Testimonials