Dagmara Urbanowicz and Anna Marie Batelaan are co-founders of Mud & Lotus Wellness. Both are long term Mindfulness Practitioners, each holding a personal practice for 11 years, who have found Mindfulness and Compassion to be transformative to their personal and professional well-being and resilience. They have translated their passion for the practice into Teaching.

Dagmara and Anna Marie both completed their Level A and Level B Mindfulness Certification Training through the Applied Mindfulness Meditation Continuing Education Program at The University of Toronto. Dagmara went on to study Transformative Mindfulness Methods, Level 1 & 2 certificate, while Anna Marie completed Level C training in Core Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Facilitation. Both have trained in Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) at The Centre for Mindfulness Studies and are MSC Trained Teachers. They have attended Mindfulness and Compassion workshops with Dr Dan Siegal, Dr Kristin Neff and Dr. Shauna Shapiro. Dagmara and Anna Marie are regular attendees at A Mindful Society Conference, at U of T, and in 2017 presented “Care for the Professional Caregiver: A Journey of two Social Workers with Mindfulness, Compassion and Self-Care for Staff”. They are the recipients of the 2018 Excellence in Interprofessional Education Award through the Holland Bloorview Teaching and Learning Institute for their work in bringing Mindfulness and Compassion based practices to U of T healthcare students. In 2019 at A Mindful Society Conference, Anna Marie and Dagmara did a poster presentation on their work with healthcare students. Both Anna Marie and Dagmara teach foundation level courses in the Applied Mindfulness Meditation Continuing Education Program at the University of Toronto as well as sit on the advisory committee for the Applied Mindfulness Meditation Program at University of Toronto.

Their primary focus is on developing an understanding of Burnout and Empathy Fatigue amongst professional caregivers and how to address this. Their efforts have been supported by attending a number of conferences and workshops focused on this topic. Dagmara and Anna Marie have engaged in actively promoting the wellbeing of professional caregivers at an organizational level through their active participation in the Holland Bloorview employee mental health committee.

Dagmara and Anna Marie, each have a Master’s degree in Social Work with extensive experience in healthcare and working with vulnerable populations. Both are registered members in good standing with the Ontario College for Social Workers and Social Service Workers and members of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Both have Adjunct Lecturer Status at the University of Toronto Factor-Intwentish Faculty of Social Work.

Dagmara and Anna Marie have collaborated, co-created and taught many Mindfulness and Compassion offerings to various populations, including healthcare colleagues, students, and others in the community and at the University of Toronto.

Anna Marie has facilitated a number of Mindfulness Meditation groups in a hospital setting including a weekly Inpatient Parent Group, a weekly Staff Mindfulness Group, a monthly Parent Talk Group. She co-created and co-facilitated of 7 week Mindfulness group for health care Professionals with Dagmara.  She currently co-facilitates Mindful Self-Compassion Program with Dagmara for staff at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

Dagmara is part of the Mindfulness Meditation community, Wake Up Toronto, in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, where she cultivates her practice of Engaged Mindfulness. Dagmara participates in facilitating Wake Up Toronto and is a member of the groups Care Taking Council, and an aspirant of the lay Order of Interbeing. Dagmara has also facilitated a number of other Mindfulness groups including a Mindfulness Meditation Group for at risk youth and a Women’s Mindfulness Group.