Workshops & Classes


photoncatcher110500044-web

INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS – 2 Hour Workshop

A great way to get a good sense of what mindfulness is (and isn’t) and what it has to offer is to experience it. This 2-hour workshop introduces participants to a range of short mindfulness practices together with an overview of the core principles of mindfulness and its benefits.

Mindfulness is a gentle and effective way to cultivate awareness of thoughts, emotions and sensations. Mindfulness helps us stay connected to the present moment and break free of automatic, habitual reactions that are often unhelpful for our well-being.  This allows for the opportunity to respond in ways that are more skillful and reflect our true desires, values and intentions. Mindfulness also invites acceptance of our inner and outer experiences and meeting such experiences in a compassionate, non-judgmental way.

Mindfulness can calm the mind and slow things down. It has been well researched with scientific evidence mounting for its positive affect on physical and psychological well-being and its ability to produce positive lasting change in the brain.

Some benefits of mindfulness include:

  • Improved sleep and increased energy
  • Reduced anxiety and feelings of stress
  • Reduced symptoms of depression and relapse
  • Increased concentration, focus and memory
  • Increased resiliency and coping with stressful events including chronic pain
  • Decreased feelings of exhaustion, irritability and anger
  • Increased feelings of self-worth and compassion towards self and others
  • Improved physical health, immunity and feelings of overall well-being
  • Feeling more connected with what really matters in your life

Who should attend
The Introduction to Mindfulness workshop is recommend for anyone curious about mindfulness and would like to learn about its core principles and experience some of the practices. This workshop is also recommended for those considering enrolling in the more intensive 8 or 9 week therapeutic programs.

Mindfulness is free from any particular faith or religious belief. Meditation experience is not required. All are welcomed!

Materials
Participants can use our meditation Zafu cushions and yoga mats during the workshop or are welcome to bring their own. Chairs will also be available. It is advisable to wear loose, comfortable causal clothing.

Fee: $35 (HST included).

In order to make the workshops accessible to everyone we have a “Generosity Policy”.  Should you find the fee an obstacle, please decide what works for you and offer whatever you can upon attendance. We appreciate any contribution you wish to offer.  Registration for the workshop is still required as space is limited.

Please be aware of our payment, cancellation and refund policies.

Completed registrations indicate understanding and acceptance of our Payment, Cancellation and Refund Policy.

CLICK HERE for our policies

Registration

Enrollment is limited as our groups are small (about 12 people). Pre-registration is required.

SEE IF INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS IS CURRENTLY OFFERED/SIGN-UP

ArtmannWitte100200027-web

INTRODUCTION TO MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION – 2 Hour Workshop  

This two hour workshop offers an opportunity to learn about and experience some of the practices of self-compassion and its benefit on well-being, especially when one is suffering. Included in this workshop is an introduction to the three main components of self-compassion: Mindfulness, Self-Kindness and Common Humanity.

Self-compassion is a sensitivity towards our own suffering and the desire to alleviate it. It embodies the qualities of tenderness, comfort, kindness and connection.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who did not receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It’s a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-denial, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, motivate ourselves with kindness, care for others, and be fully human. It has also been proven to lower anxiety and depression, maintain healthy habits for well-being and lead to more satisfying personal relationships.

To learn more about self-compassion CLICK HERE.

Who should attend
This introductory self-compassion workshop is recommended for anyone interested in learning about self-compassion and beginning to develop a more caring relationship with one self, especially in times of difficulty.  This workshop is also recommended for those interested in enrolling in the more intensive 8 week Mindful Self-Compassion Program.

Materials
Participants can use our meditation Zafu cushions and yoga mats during the workshop or are welcome to bring their own. Chairs will also be available.

Fee: $35 (HST included).

In order to make the workshops accessible to everyone we have a “Generosity Policy”.  Should you find the fee an obstacle, please decide what works for you and offer whatever you can upon attendance. We appreciate any contribution you wish to offer.  Registration for the workshop is still required as space is limited.

Please be aware of our payment, cancellation and refund policies.

Completed registrations indicate understanding and acceptance of our Payment, Cancellation and Refund Policy.

CLICK HERE for our policies

Registration
Enrollment is limited as our groups are small (about 12 people). Pre-registration is required.

SEE IF INTRODUCTION TO MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION IS CURRENTLY OFFERED/SIGN-UP

parental

FINDING MINDFULNESS WITHIN THE CHAOS OF PARENTING – 2 Hour Workshop

“It takes a little bit of mindfulness and a little bit of attention to others to be a good listener, which helps cultivate emotional nurturing and engagement.” – Deepak Chopra

In this 2-hour introductory workshop, Christina Fletcher will provide parents with some simple steps to use mindfulness to become present and calm in the most chaotic of parenting challenges.  From this workshop, participants will come away with:

  • Quick and easy processes to drop into a mindful zone, even in the middle of chaos.
  • A deeper understanding of mindfulness and it’s benefits within parenting.
  • A new perspective on Who they really are, within the role of being a parent.
  •  A simple technique to understand their child’s behaviour from a conscious perspective.

Mindfulness in the home begins with the parents own practice, as our children are always watching. When we allow ourselves just a few moments of the day to breathe deep and allow ourselves to become present we enable ourselves to show up authentically and be the parent we want to be.

When parents practice mindfulness and self-care we equip ourselves with more than the ability to sit still for a few minutes. With mindfulness, we create a positive perspective and foundation for ourselves to deal with our children’s problems productively as present and compassionate parents as well as a toolbox for our children to use for themselves.

Mindfulness in the field of parenting has been shown to:

  • Decrease a sense of failing and overwhelm for a parent.
  • Provide a child with higher self-esteem and self-discipline.
  • Build stronger, healthier relationships within the family as children grow.
  • Prevent the need for punishments and battles of wills between parents and children.
  • Create a calmer, happier home.
  • Create communication instead of shouting and “flipping out.”

Who should attend
Parents of children of all ages, who are eager to become more consciously aware of Who They Really Are and how to be a calm, loving, compassionate parent.

If you are fed up of feeling overwhelmed and stressed with your kids, of pushing to get them to see things your way and do what you tell them to do, if you are consistently feeling tired and drained and eagerly want to feel present and relief within your parenting; this workshop is for you.

Materials
Participants can use our meditation Zafu cushions and yoga mats during the workshop or are welcome to bring their own. Chairs will also be available. It is advisable to wear loose, comfortable causal clothing.

Fee: $35 (HST included).

In order to make the workshops accessible to everyone we have a “Generosity Policy”.  Should you find the fee an obstacle, please decide what works for you and offer whatever you can upon attendance. We appreciate any contribution you wish to offer.  Registration for the workshop is still required as space is limited.

Please be aware of our payment, cancellation and refund policies.

Completed registrations indicate understanding and acceptance of our Payment, Cancellation and Refund Policy.

CLICK HERE for our policies

Registration
Enrollment is limited as our groups are small (about 12 people). Pre-registration is required.

SEE IF FINDING MINDFULNESS WITHIN THE CHAOS OF PARENTING IS CURRENTLY OFFERED/SIGN-UP

Portrait of an attractive woman at table , lotus pose

MINDFULNESS FOR TEENS – 1 1/2 Hour Workshops  

These 1 ½ hour long workshops teach teens simple yet effective mindfulness practices. Throughout the workshops, participants will create a mindful toolbox of skills by examining and defining the foundations of stress, understanding self-care, experiencing the power of breath and yoga, utilizing positive coping strategies, cultivating resilience, building positive relationships and setting future life intentions.

Workshops:  

Mindfulness for Teens (15-18 years) – EXAM STRESS
Feeling stressed about exams?  This workshop will focus on how to positively cope with EXAM STRESS.  Participants will begin to build a mindful toolbox by examining and defining the foundations of stress, understanding the importance of self-care and experiencing the power of breath and yoga.

Mindfulness for Teens (15-18 years) – ATTITUDES AND MINDFUL QUALITIES
This workshop will focus on cultivating awareness of positive experiences and pleasant moments in life. Participants will explore gratitude, and other mindful qualities, as well as practice heartfulness meditation to build appreciation in their lives.

Mindfulness for Teens (15-18 years) – VISION BOARDING
This workshop will focus on exploring who you are, purpose and desires in your life. Participants will set intentions and reflect on their personal goals and vision. They will walk away with their new sparkly vision boards and are encouraged to view them daily.

Mindfulness for Teens (15-18 years) – BUILDING RESILIENCE
This workshop will focus on building positive and beneficial relationships with yourself and others. Participants will learn to mindfully approach communication, cultivate respect in all relationships and understand the power of letting go and forgiveness.

 

Who should attend
This workshop is for teens ages 15-18 years who want to learn to embrace their inner calm within a safe, soothing and fun environment.  No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is necessary to attend this program. 

Materials
Participants can use our meditation Zafu cushions and yoga mats during the workshop or are welcome to bring their own. Chairs will also be available. It is advisable to wear loose, comfortable causal clothing.

Workshop Fee: $35 (HST included) per workshop.

In order to make the workshops accessible to everyone we have a “Generosity Policy”.  Should you find the fee an obstacle, please decide what works for you and offer whatever you can upon attendance. We appreciate any contribution you wish to offer.  Registration for the workshop is still required as space is limited.

Please be aware of our payment, cancellation and refund policies.

Completed registrations indicate understanding and acceptance of our Payment, Cancellation and Refund Policy.

CLICK HERE for our policies

Registration
Enrollment is limited as our groups are small (about 12 people). Pre-registration is required.

SEE IF MINDFULNESS FOR TEENS – 1 1/2 HOUR WORKSHOPS ARE CURRENTLY OFFERED/SIGN-UP

business-meditation-17659823_web

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION DROP-IN GROUP (30 Minutes)

***Please note, the mindfulness meditation drop-in is CANCELLED until further notice.***

A weekly invitation to step out of the pace of your day, to sit, take a breath and practice mindfulness together. Please join us for a 20 minute mindfulness practice followed by an opportunity to share experiences and ask questions if desired.

Who Should Attend
Anyone who wants to experience mindfulness practice or maintain and deepen their existing mindfulness practice. No experience necessary. All are welcome.

Materials:
Participants can use our meditation Zafu cushions or are welcome to bring their own. Chairs will also be available.

Fee
Free

SEE WHEN MINDFULNESS MEDITATION DROP-IN GROUP (30 Minutes) IS OFFERED/SIGN-UP