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Flowing Through Fear: A Mindful Workshop
6:00 PM18:00

Flowing Through Fear: A Mindful Workshop

Is fear a presence in your life? Does it hold you back from living a full life?

Between stimulus and response, there is space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.
— Victor Frankl

Join Shannon Stach BASc, MSW, RSW and Lisa Mitchell M.Ed. RYT for an embodied workshop, Flowing Through Fear.

At this workshop in the heart of Yorkville, you will learn more about fear, anxiety and doubt, discover how these feelings show up in your body and find strategies to work with these difficult feelings in a compassionate way.

At the end of this two-hour workshop, you will leave with mindful practices and tools that will help you transform fear. Mindfulness, cognitive behavioural strategies, breath and yogic practices will be explored as ways to support and care for yourself. You will learn how to settle and ground yourself in times of challenge and re-connect with your own spaciousness and freedom. This workshop will be a unique blend of social work and yoga practice. Participants may expect some talking, experiencing and personal reflection to promote learning. Hand-outs will be provided with the hope that participants will implement some of these practices at home.

No previous yoga experience is required – just a willingness to show up and connect with yourself. Tickets at $70 plus taxes and fees and they'll go quickly!

A couple items to keep in mind 

  • As Shannon is a registered social worker, individuals with insurance can receive a receipt for reimbursement.

  • This workshop will be capped at 10 people and will sell out. Register soon to secure your spot.
  • Bring a yoga mat if you have one, otherwise one will be provided. Bring a waterbottle, notebook and pen. 
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Meet your instructors 

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Lisa is a registered yoga teacher with more than 10 years experience. Her particular interest is in yoga’s amazing capacity to enhance emotional well being. Lisa teaches yoga at 889 Yoga and also teaches trauma-informed private yoga, mindfulness and relational somatic inquiry at the Healing Therapy Alliance. A significant part of Lisa’s work entails helping individuals cope with anxiety, depression, stress, addiction, trauma and illness. In addition to being a yoga teacher, Lisa holds a Master of Education in Adult Education, Community Development and Counselling Psychology. Lisa is a mother to two daughters and has learned to flow with anxiety. Discover more about Lisa on her website

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Shannon is a registered social worker and psychotherapist who has been advocating, informing, and healing those with experiences of mental health challenges for almost 10 years. With a passion to help others heal in their own capacity, Shannon left her job at a hospital outpatient service to pursue private practice and is enjoying the vulnerable and healing relationships and conversations she has with her clients. She finds that many of her clients are impacted by sometimes paralyzing anxiety and fear that impacts their ability to follow their dreams and passions, ultimately getting in the way of living a fulfilling and meaningful life. Shannon also teaches as a partial-load faculty at Durham College in their Social Service Worker Program. Shannon holds a Master of Social Work and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Addictions and Mental Health, along with individual certifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

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Mental Health Basics: Supporting Ourselves and Others
5:30 PM17:30

Mental Health Basics: Supporting Ourselves and Others

About this event

This is an interactive and skill-based mental health workshop. The goal of this workshop is to increase students' awareness of ways to support themselves and others from a mental health perspective. Participants will gain a new understanding of mental health from a trauma-informed perspective and will leave with concrete strategies and tools for embracing vulnerability and facilitating connection with peers. Participants are encouraged to bring their own questions with regards to mental health and will be given time to talk in small groups and ask questions to facilitators.

About the facilitators

Jacob Ernst, MSW RSW and Kayla Patchett, MSW RSW are Clinical Therapists at The Shift Collab, located steps away from St. George Station near University of Toronto's St. George campus. Jacob and Kayla provide therapeutic support to children, youth and adults experiencing a diverse range of mental health challenges which impacts their life socially, emotionally, psychologically & behaviourally. Jacob and Kayla have extensive experience supporting students understand themselves and their worlds through their supportive style and non-judgmental approach.

Remember to sign up as there are limited spots! Registration is free but you must be a student at the University of Toronto!

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