Personal Development


The ESL Conversation Club (Cancelled)

Thursday 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Upstairs Classroom This course is organized to help you become more confident producing spontaneous speech and conveying meaning in English. Using activities specifically chosen to maximize student involvement, the Conversation Club is designed to increase your vocabulary, improve your pronunciation, develop your receptive listening skills, and make you more comfortable speaking English — all in a fun, low pressure environment. Whether you want to learn English for work, for school, for travel, or for pleasure, the Conversation Club is sure ...

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The Art of Letting Go

Thursday 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Upstairs Classroom We all have something we are holding on to that holds us back in life and perhaps keeps us stuck in negative emotions.  Whether it be memories of a painful experience like loss or betrayal, death or divorce, the judgement of "bad" choices, or even the clutter of physical objects, letting go is a skillful art. In this group discussion class, we will seek to understand the emotional drivers of love, fear and anger, confront our personal realities, breakthrough the natural resistance to change, and learn to forgive and let go ...

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Guided Meditation Based On Somatic Awareness

Monday 10:00-11:30 a.m. Childcare Room 2 In guided somatic meditation, we tune into the basic awareness of the body and invite deep presence with our moment-to-moment experience. As the mind becomes more familiar with sensations in the body (soma), it begins to experience the "relationship" between body, mind and breath. Somatic meditation is the natural extension of yoga posture practice but does not require any experience in either yoga or meditation. It is suitable for anyone interested in cultivating a more complete sense of self and enjoying a more refined ...

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Mom and Baby Yoga (6 to 12 mos.)

Friday 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Gym Still not quite ready to leave baby behind but craving the movement and peace a yoga practice can provide? This is the perfect class for you. Ignite - or reignite - the beauty of a yoga practice with baby at arm’s reach. You will practice on your mat while baby enjoys valuable parallel play time on a safe and comfortable play mat. This 45-minute class is suitable for all moms from beginners to seasoned practitioners. Please bring a yoga mat, a water bottle, a diaper bag and one or two simple toys for baby that are easy to clean. Please ...

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Nutrition After 40

Wednesday 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Upstairs Classroom We can't avoid it. A certain age, we will notice changes related to menopause: loss of muscle, weight gain, hot flashes, and sleep disturbances. But what if we can prevent or manage some of these symptoms? In this course, Registered Dietitian Zeina Khawam will look at managing weight loss after 40, exercise and preserving muscle mass, dealing with menopausal symptoms, reducing the risk of heart disease, debunking food myths, and more. Instructor: Zeina Khawam, Registered Dietitian, member of  l'Ordre professionnel ...

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Mindful Journaling

Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Upstairs Classroom This course will combine art journaling and journal writing techniques to explore mindfulness in the pages of our journals.  We will use current mindfulness techniques as springboards in our journaling in order to connect with present-moment awareness. This course is for anyone who wants to slow down her busy mind and connect to her inner world in order to live more intentionally. Please bring a 9 x 12 inch unlined spiral bound book, preferably for mixed media. There is a consumables fee of $5 payable to the instru...

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The Art of Communication

Thursday 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Upstairs Classroom Communication is an art; it is our canvas to get a message across to others.  What does your canvas look and sound like? Have you mastered the art and therefore paint a beautiful picture when you interact with others? There are many "artist" tools that can be used, yet many fail to use them with awareness and purpose.  In this interactive course, participants will be introduced to all elements of the art of communication while learning the listening and speaking skills that help us move beyond the misinterpretations and ...

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Learning to Live More Mindfully & With Self-Compassion

Thursday 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Childcare Room 2 If you want to learn to slow down and take some time to look at yourself, your relationships, and your life and build some new skills to be kinder to yourself, then this course may be right for you. In this 10-week self-exploration and skills-based course, we will cover the following topics: mindfulness, self-compassion, values and living deeply, our relationships, styles of communication and attachment,  real happiness, and embracing our lives. By developing the inner resource of self-compassion and the skills to live more ...

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Hatha Yoga and Meditation

Thursday 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. Gym Hatha yoga is the foundation of all yoga styles. It is easy to learn, beginner friendly, and can be used for physical, mental, and spiritual purposes. It combines controlled breathing with asanas and meditation. It is very popular for stress reduction and a great way for non-meditators to experience the benefit of meditation. This class is for those who are looking for a gentle, grounding relaxation practice. Together we will return to centre by touching upon basic yoga asana, breath work, and meditation principles. The focus will be on ...

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Converse in French: Beginners and Intermediates

Thursday 9:45 - 11:45 a.m. Childcare Room 2 Comment allez-vous aujourd'hui? This course is designed for women wanting to improve their skills in French, in order to communicate effectively in everyday situations. The aim of this class is to improve listening and speaking skills. A large amount of time is dedicated to addressing your specific needs (professional conversation, informal and formal conversation, etc.) that each participant can benefit from. Don't miss this great opportunity to improve your French in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere! Instructor: ...

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Beginner’s French

Friday 9:45 - 11:45 a.m. Childcare Room 2 This introductory class is designed for women with little or no background in French. Come and join us to be motivated to learn French. Participants will begin by learning basic pronunciation, grammar, spelling, and conjugation. Through conversational activities you will learn to meet and greet people as well as practice basic communication for other daily life situations. The course will be adapted to your needs and the instructor will guide you through your language learning process. Please Note: There is no class on ...

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Baby Massage

Monday 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. Childcare Room 2 Giving your baby a nurturing and loving massage is one of the best gifts you can offer. Touch is one of the most important sensory experiences, as it can bring peace and comfort. Massaging your baby helps strengthen the bond between parent and child, and can even help reduce or eliminate mild PPD in mommy. Massaging your baby stimulates different body systems including digestion/elimination, helping to relieve pain caused by gas/colic. In this course, mothers will be guided in learning to massage their babies. There will be ...

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Mom and Baby Yoga (3 to 7 mos.)

Monday 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Gym Here's a 45-minute class for you and baby! Together we will learn the basics of infant massage and baby yoga, with time for you too. A wonderful way to reconnect with your practice or to begin your journey into yoga. Please bring a mat, a towel, and a diaper bag. It is recommended that you consult your health-care professional before beginning any post-natal exercise regime. Please Note: Strollers are not allowed in the class. Please leave your stroller outside the building. Please Note:  There is no class on October 8 (Thanksgivi...

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Evening Kripalu-Inspired Hatha Yoga

Tuesday 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Gym This Hatha yoga course in the Kripalu tradition is suitable for all levels. Exercise your body and mind as you welcome sensation, connect with breath and discover strength already within you. This is a mixed-level class, so by learning to listen and honour your own body, you may practice safely at any level. Ilaini's classes offer detailed instruction so that students feel safe, looked after and confident.  Mindfulness, compassion and patience are encouraged throughout seated centering, warm-ups, standing sequences and guided meditations. ...

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Kripalu-Inspired Hatha Yoga

Friday 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Gym This Hatha yoga course in the Kripalu tradition is suitable for all levels. Exercise your body and mind as you welcome sensation, connect with breath, and discover strength already within you. This is a mixed-level class, so by learning to listen and honour your own body, you may practice safely at any level. Ilaini's classes offer detailed instruction so that students feel safe, looked after and confident. Mindfulness, compassion and patience are encouraged throughout seated centering, warm-ups, standing sequences and guided meditations. ...

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