Adulting 101: A Free Workshop on Finding Balance Among Your Ambition
11:00 AM11:00

Adulting 101: A Free Workshop on Finding Balance Among Your Ambition

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Struggling with the day to day grind? Feeling overworked, over tired and overwhelmed? Feel like you're faking it?

Yeah, we've been there. 

Join Megan Rafuse, the Founder and Clinical Director at Shift, for this free workshop on your #SelfCareSunday to learn how to recharge your batteries, challenge those imposter thoughts, improve time management, boost your productivity and reduce everyday stress.

By attending this workshop, will gain a toolkit to manage the daily grind in a healthier way and leave with some strategies to use right away. Plus you'll meet a community other likeminded people! 

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Shift into Summer: A Free Workshop for Transitional Times
11:00 AM11:00

Shift into Summer: A Free Workshop for Transitional Times

So you're just about to jump into summer "vacation"... now what?

Transitioning from school or work into summertime mode isn't all sunshine and swimming pools. Any time we change routine, it can lead to stress, overwhelm, or anxiety.

That's why we're hosting this FREE workshop on the tools & strategies needed for a smooth transition into new routines. Whether you're going from full-time to part-time, school to work, taking vacations, moving cities or jobs, or changing schedules, set yourself up for success with the right skill set and mindset for a sweet summer.

Hosted by our very own Lisa Schwartz, MSW RSW & Jacob Ernst, MSW RSW, this workshop is focused on better enabling you to enjoy your summer, whatever it might have in store.

Forget beach bods, let's get beach BRAINS! Join us at Shift on May 6th. Spaces are limited, so be sure to reserve your spot through Eventbrite early. See you there!

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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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Communi-Tea: A Free Workshop hosted by the Shift Collab
12:00 PM12:00

Communi-Tea: A Free Workshop hosted by the Shift Collab

Join us at the Shift Collab (14 Prince Arthur Ave, Suite 312) for a communi-tea workshop about... TEA!


Just what is an Oolong? How do you pronounce “Rooibos"? Does white tea have less caffeine than black tea? All these questions and more will be answered during our FREE one-hour workshop! Plus, build your OWN personalized tea blend to take with you. What better tea than the one made for me?


Sniff and sip some fine blends over snacks and laughter while learning about the health benefits, and mood-boosting effects associated with tea. By the end of the workshop you’ll be a tea master, a new friend, but most importantly, you'll be able to take your knowledge AND your custom tea blend with you.


Spaces for this free workshop are limited! Secure your spot through Eventbrite.

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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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7:30 PM19:30

An Intimate Night With PostSecret

Join us for a remarkably intimate evening with one of the greatest storytellers of our time, Frank Warren.

Frank is the creator of PostSecret. Over the past 13 years, over a million people globally have sent him heartfelt anonymous postcards sharing their secrets. It's no surprise that he has been dubbed, "The most trusted stranger in America." He will take us on a journey of the precarious moments in life when we start to share our secrets with those close to us; a look at secrets in transition.

Frank will be doing a 90-minute PostSecret Live performance, only in a much smaller venue than normal. This will allow for a remarkable evening of connection, stories and, of course, secrets. 

Tickets are very limited, so don't delay! 

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