Start your day with a smile! This basic flow yoga class is suitable to all levels, beginners welcome. Awaken your heart, mind, and body with gentle stretches and a lovely flow class that will leave you feeling energized and positive. We will focus on the power of intention, and enter the day with calm, positive energy. Wear comfortable clothes. Yoga mats or towels will be provided.
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Following the loss of her husband in the attacks on the World Trade Center, Abby observes that, "like widow(er)s everywhere, this is my unintentional life." One of the best therapies for grief is to tell the story of this unintentional life. In this workshop, you will learn to capture those stories with all their difficult emotions and memories and put them down on paper, an exercise that will astonish you with the power it has to heal. Come prepared to write and draw and let's harness the incredible opportunity for creativity that grief has to offer
Tanya Villanueva Tepper
Making the decision to enter a new relationship, whether casual or serious, is a major step after loss but it can lead to new adventures, joy, and another great love in your life if you’re open to it.
If you’re thinking of dating again, or you just want to talk about how much you miss having intimacy in your life, or if you are committed to actively searching for your next great love, join Tanya Villanueva Tepper, a happily remarried 9/11 widow, in an honest and open discussion about this strange, yet exciting new frontier!
Topics we will cover include:
- Managing your expectations
- Reframing your feelings of guilt and betrayal
- Managing the judgement of those closest to you
- Dating when you have children
- On-line dating and other means of connection
- Sex: the shop ain’t closed just because we’re widowed!
- When to drop the W bomb
- Keeping an open heart when the next one isn’t the right one
If you have any questions that you may be too shy to ask in this co-ed group setting, feel free to email me at email@example.com, with the subject line- “Question for Dating Workshop”, and I’ll do my best to answer in the discussion.
DISCLAIMER: Raunchy language so if you are easily offended, this workshop may not be for you!
Marny Balodis Williams
Parenting is hard enough when there were two of you but to find yourself a solo parent of grieving children feels just about impossible!
How do we raise, support and care for our child(ren) after the death of their parent? Where do we find the words to help them understand what death means? How do we differentiate between normal childhood behaviour and behaviour of a grieving child? How do we do this when we get no breaks or time away?
Join Marny for discussion and education around solo parenting. She will provide practical information to equip parents with knowledge about children’s grief and strategies to support their journey. Come with your questions and together we will address your concerns surrounding solo parenting grieving children.
After experiencing the death of a spouse or partner, we are often so focused on dealing with all the challenges post-death that we commonly forget about our own self-care. Often we either don't eat at all or we end up eating comfort or convenience foods as cooking and sharing a meal, which may have been fun with a partner, now is an overwhelming or burdensome task. This workshop taught by Christine O'Rourke, MHSc, RHN will re-inspire you to discover the healing power of food for nourishing your body and soul. Following the death of her husband, birth of her first child and her own diagnosis with a chronic illness, Christine used her nutrition training and love of cooking to create delicious healthy food as part of her healing process. This has propelled her on a new journey supporting others that are grieving on how to positively use nutrition and food to support their own health.
This workshop will provide you the opportunity to learn:
- How grief and stress can impact your body
- How to use nutrition to effectively support your body when grieving
- Foods to eat increase energy and vitality
- How to avoid the sugar and caffeine trap
- Strategies to make healthy cooking easier
- Easy recipes to get you started on your healthy eating journey
- And most importantly, some samples to enjoy!
Join Christine for a fun and interactive discussion that will inspire you to get back into the kitchen.
Hurt people hurt people, but helped people help people. On the path to healing we can help others help us.
This workshop will focus on using vulnerability as a key ingredient of resilience. As we let others know what we need they are better equipped to meet our needs. As we are vulnerable with ourselves we are also better equipped to understand our own needs. Identify which voices in our lives are helpful or harmful. How far should we allow those voices to penetrate our lives? Shawna will share stories from her personal experience and point to others who are living the truth that vulnerability is the strongest link. Hear how this truth fed into strong support systems that developed around her. Can vulnerability leave one wounded? Yes. Shawna will look at how to guard oneself while remaining open. Join us as we embark on a journey of discovering strengths through vulnerABILITY.
Michele Neff Hernandez
Widowed people have something in common with goldfish…there are always folks staring into the fishbowl! No matter how far along the road of widowhood you may have traveled, there is no doubt you’ve experienced the potholes created by other people’s opinions.
In the early stages of grief, we tend to expand our boundaries and allow more people into our lives in order to survive the crushing loss of our loved one. Yet, as we heal, the need to restructure our boundaries and find our own unique healing path becomes clear. Join Michele for a practical and honest conversation about boundaries, priorities, judgement, and finding our way to peace and calm in the face of criticism and negativity.
Financial decisions can be difficult at the best of times. After losing a spouse, any decision can be overwhelming. Everyone has an opinion on what you should do. Information surrounds you and yet you wonder which are the sources that matter? What is the point of planning when the future is so uncertain?
During this workshop, one of Canada's premier fee-for-service financial planners, and fellow camper, Rona Birenbaum CFP will provide a step-by-step approach for taking charge of your finances and your life. The workshop will be followed by a free-for-all Q&A providing a safe and supportive forum for asking your unanswered questions about all things personal finance.
Nancy Saltzman & Greg Roman
After the year of “firsts” has passed, many widowed people experience a shift in their grief, and in the support they receive from the people around them. There is a different expectation of what your grief should look like from society, friends, family and sometimes, from ourselves. The people in our lives may think you need less help now and the reality is you may actually need more. The second year marks 365 days that you have lived as a newly widowed person and the absence of your partner is felt even more deeply. Your new reality is beginning to settle in, loneliness might be all encompassing, and managing all the pieces of your life can now be exhausting and overwhelming. You don’t have to do it alone.
Join Nancy Saltzman and Greg Roman to discuss the experience of widowhood after that first year is through, and to collect some tools to help you navigate the new life that you are creating one day at a time.
We live in a society that’s constantly on the go, we are all in a hurry. There is little opportunity to slow things down to quiet our minds. We know that one of the main purposes of grief is to slow us down so we can heal effectively. Walking a labyrinth is just one of many ways to successfully accomplish this. As a matter of fact, labyrinths are often described as walking meditations.
There will be a special focus in the session on grief walking. The labyrinth is one of the best experiential tools available to process grief; it assists the bereaved in their healing process as they navigate their way through their difficult and challenging grief journeys.
Overview: This is a very interactive session with quite a bit of participation and open discussion. People will receive a general understanding of what labyrinths are and how they work. We will address common questions and concerns about labyrinths. An optional labyrinth walk will follow the discussion.
Learning Objectives: At the end of this workshop, participants will:
- Have a better understanding what labyrinths are
- Understand how labyrinths can be used effectively for the bereaved
- Learn the basic guidelines for participating and leading successful walks
Struggling to find yourself after loss? Plagued by illness, self-doubt, or anxiety? Learn about the transformative power of yoga as part of your widowed journey. Taught by a widow & certified yoga teacher, I will share how my grief propelled me onto a yoga mat, what I learned, and how it has shaped my life after loss. Appropriate for beginners or more experienced yogis, this workshop will explore the historical & philosophical roots of yoga as well as their intersection with physical practice, or asana. Attendees are encouraged to join the Saturday morning hatha practice for a full yoga practice but will have small samples of asana in the workshop as well.
“Then came the day when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anias Nin
Have you ever wondered how you’re going to survive this next week, day, or hour? Is there life after the death of a loved one? What does it look like to reimagine the future?
Join Shawna Percy as she takes you on a journey of trauma turned to triumph. Hear a personal story of loss by suicide, and how traumatic grief has been turned into a future of lived out love and pursued passions. Learn what happened when the day to risk became greater than maintaining the status quo.
In this workshop you’ll have the opportunity to:
- Reimagine your future by “Starting With Why”
- Examine what it means to walk the “Stepping Stones.”
- Learn to address emotions of guilt, anger, joy, trauma, etc.
- Move past emotions that can hold one back, and embrace a new normal
- Capture the importance of self-care
Marny Balodis Williams
Recently I embarked on a pilgrimage with my daughter so she could “meet” her deceased Dad! She was only 3 months old when he died and tragically she never had the chance to know him. This spring we spent a week together submersing ourselves in reliving the past and growing the relationship between father daughter. It was a week full of emotions, new wisdoms, growth and bonding. A week that will never be forgotten.
Join me as I share the incredible insights we both learned about the on-going impacts of grief and the importance of continuing the parent child bond even after death.
Gwyneth & Jeff Spaeder
Dating and re-marriage after being widowed can initially seem unimaginable, and even thinking about the possibility raises so many questions:
- How do you know when you are ready?
- How do you meet someone new?
- How do you tell your friends? Your kids? Your in-laws???
- Why would someone want to date a widow?
- How do you navigate anniversaries? Holidays? Old family photos?
- Can I love someone new and still honor the love who died?
This workshop will cover the myriad of questions that surround dating post loss, both from the perspective of a widow and from the man who married her! Come hear their story of love, happiness and growth as they share the joys and the challenges of their life together. Questions and discussion will be encouraged!
Teenagers can be a challenge in the best of times. When they've lost a parent, they can act out, shut down, and become even more baffling than they were before the loss. We'll discuss the particular needs of teens, warning signs for destructive behavior, and strategies to help them and YOU cope.
Some teens who were planning to leave for college or the military at the time of their parent's death can be afraid to leave mom/dad alone...and some are more desperate to go! Are you afraid to let them leave? What is in their best interest? Let's discuss the options and pros/cons of community college, public and private universities.
In V.I.S.I.O.N: The Art of Positive Intent, Energy Healer, Spiritual & Life Guide, Katrin Naumann, MFA, QGT, VH, E-RYT, facilitates an experience in which you will create a dynamic and potent visual expression of the future you wish to experience, a powerful tool to take home with you for inspiration and motivation in the coming months and even years. - Not your average ‘vision board’! - Our ability to change our current circumstances begins with envisioning new possibilities. We can only create something we can imagine.
This 3 Hour, interactive ‘playshop’ asks you to clarify your core beliefs, values and guiding principles, the foundation upon which your whole life is erected. We will begin to specifically visualize how your life will look and feel when you are living your "ultimate vision." We will shed light on where you are now, how that looks and feels, as well as acknowledging allies and personal strengths that will support your forward momentum. Finally we will clarify some ‘actionable steps’ that will propel you toward the goal of a Vibrant, Engaged, Joyful, Life!
This process is very powerful on many levels. It may surface core beliefs and patterning that have been limiting you individual for many years. It is only once you are aware, that you can begin to transform and transcend that which is outmoded in your life. As the consciousness changes so does the experience of life.
This intensive is ideal for those who are ready to visualize then embark on the next leg of their lifelong Journey of Unfoldment.
CONCEIVE IT. BELIEVE IT. ACHIEVE IT.
With grief, they say "the only way out is through", and for me, the only way through is with humor.
Stand-up comedian and writer Kelley Lynn will take you on a ridiculous ride through grief and loss, using the best coping mechanism she knows - laughter. With her energetic persona and witty sarcasm, Lynn's presentation will feature a stand-up comedy style with material that is tailor-made for this audience.
Kelley covers topics ranging from discussing the outside world’s reaction to a place called “Camp Widow”, a phone call with AT&T in which they demanded to speak to her dead husband, to the sad and tragic life of being a “football widow.” Also included will be a performance of rewritten widowed versions of your favorite Holiday classic carols, the most humiliating “Widow Brain” story you’ve ever heard, and a commentary of the “best” well-meaning but idiotic comments from the non-widowed world; including the one that inspired the title for her upcoming book: "My Husband Is Not a Rainbow." Plus, a few fun surprises and cameo appearances with a little help from her widowed friends. With her brutally honest delivery and warm, real persona, Kelley Lynn will leave you feeling both inspired and hopeful. Sign up and laugh the grief away.
Tanya Villanueva Tepper
A Time-Lapse Journey of Grief Through the Years
During the early years of the grief journey it's almost impossible to imagine how a
shattered life fraught with such intense feelings of sorrow can ever transform into
the happily 'even' after one reads or hears about. In the Peabody award-winning
documentary Rebirth, the audience is given the unique opportunity to actually see
how five people coping with loss in the aftermath of September 11th make it to the
other side. Join Tanya, "the weepy widow who finds love again", for an intimate
screening of a 20-minute time-lapse of her journey through the first eight years of
widowhood, where she attests that when it comes to the loss of your partner, what
does not kill you, makes you:
- want to die
- paralyzed with the fear of forgetting.
- feel like a fake when you're not crying your eyes out.
- curse like a $&@!ing truck driver.
- bitter. and envious. and wracked with self-pity.
- ache for intimacy, while feeling like you’re betraying your lost loved one for just thinking about dating again.
- search for reason to hope again.
- take risks you might otherwise never have taken. (cut and/or dye your hair.) (buy a motorcycle.)
- bring new meaning to your life.
- realize how really strong (and resilient) you are.
Following will be a presentation about the nature of grief over time, and attendees will gain insights into these common questions:
- How do we cope with the feelings of shock, loneliness, and hopelessness during the early years of grief?
- How do we "let go, without letting go"?
- How can we carry the memory of our late partners forward in meaningful ways?
- What are some tools we can use to find reprieve that inspires hope?
- When does grief end?
- Where does grief go when life takes joy-filled turns?