Wednesday, 3 August 2016



Opening to the Wisdom of the Heart




In many cultures the word for heart is synonymous with mind and wisdom is understood as centered in the heart.  This workshop will explore the physical, emotional, spiritual and mental dimensions of the heart and introduce a somatic process for opening the heart. We will draw on heart teachings from Indigenous, Buddhist and Christian traditions that support the expansion of the felt sense of the loving compassionate heart. The workshop will include experiential anatomy of the heart, embodied meditation, art-making and movement.


Where: Royston Community Hall, Old Island Highway – wheelchair accessible


When: Saturday October 15, 2016, 10 am-4:30pm
 
Cost: $25-$40 sliding scale


Bring your own lunch or coffee shop next door. Light refreshments provided


Facilitators:

Denise Nadeau is a dance-movement therapist, spiritual companion, and educator whose work in the past twenty years has combined expressive arts with spiritual practice in the recovery of the sacredness of the body. She has worked in many interfaith and intercultural contexts.



Alison Fox is a creative arts therapist, counselor, nurse and educator, specializing in creative approaches to trauma recovery, grief and loss, end-of-life issues, and community healing processes. Formerly based in Iqaluit NU, Alison has been moving back and forth between the Comox Valley and the Qikiqtaaluk region of Nunavut.



Preregistration required by October 1. To register or for more information: contact Denise at dnadeau@shaw.ca or at 250-871-2401.




A Pause for Presence




"The rush and pressure of modern life … [allowing] oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything … .  neutralizes our work for peace … our own inner capacity for peace … the fruitfulness of our own work.” (Thomas Merton)




This six session program explores ways to step outside of a pressured way of living, to pause in the present moment, and to move from “doing” to “being.”  It will bring together embodied meditation, movement, art therapy and sensation awareness with principles of mindfulness and teachings on the pause from different faith traditions.  It is open to people of any or no faith affiliation. 


Where: Royston Community Hall, Old Island Highway – wheelchair accessible


When: Wednesdays September 7 to October 12, 7pm-9pm.
 
Cost: $42 - $120 sliding scale ( $7 to $20 per session) Drop-ins Ok for first two sessions.


PRE-REGISTRATION required by September 1. Contact Wendy McNiven at wmcniven@uuma.org / 250-338-3307 or Denise Nadeau at dnadeau@shaw.ca.


Facilitators:

Wendy McNiven ( MDiv, MEd), is a Unitarian minister, teacher, facilitator, meditator and certified counsellor.



Denise Nadeau (MDiv, DMin) is a dance-movement therapist, spiritual companion, and educator whose work in the past twenty years has combined expressive arts with spiritual practice in the recovery of the sacredness of the body. 

Nicole Crouch is a guest facilitator for one session. Nicole is an art therapist living in the Comox Valley. She has a Masters in Creative Arts Therapies from Concordia University. She has been working in the arts and in community development for over ten years. 

Friday, 26 February 2016

A Pause for Presence



A Pause for Presence

"The rush and pressure of modern life … [allowing] oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything … .  neutralizes our work for peace … our own inner capacity for peace … the fruitfulness of our own work.” (Thomas Merton)

This one day workshop explores how to step outside of this pressured way of living, to pause in the present moment, and to move from “doing” to “being.”  It will bring together embodied meditation, movement, and sensation awareness with principles of mindfulness and teachings on the pause from different faith traditions.  It is open to people of any or no faith affiliation. 

Where: Royston Community Hall, Old Island Highway – wheelchair accessible

When: Saturday, April 23, 2016, 10 am - 5pm.
 
Cost: $25 to $50 sliding scale

Bring own lunch or coffee shop next door. Light refreshments provided.
Plan to spend the lunch hour in a contemplative or reflective way.


PRE-REGISTRATION with a deposit of $20 is required by April 16th. Contact Wendy McNiven at wmcniven@uuma.org / 250-338-3307 or Denise Nadeau at dnadeau@shaw.ca.

Facilitators:
Wendy McNiven ( MDiv, MEd), is a Unitarian minister, teacher, facilitator, meditator and certified counsellor.

Denise Nadeau (MDiv, DMin) is a dance-movement therapist, spiritual companion, and educator whose work in the past twenty years has combined expressive arts with spiritual practice in the recovery of the sacredness of the body.



Friday, 18 December 2015

Opening to the Wisdom of the Heart - January 30 2016


Opening to the Wisdom of the Heart







In many cultures the word for heart is synonymous with mind, and wisdom is understood as centered in the heart. This workshop will explore the physical, emotional, spiritual and mental dimensions of the heart and introduce somatic processes that expand heart awareness. We will draw on heart teachings from Indigenous, Buddhist and Christian traditions that support the felt sense of the loving compassionate heart. The workshop will include experiential anatomy of the heart, embodied meditation, art-making and movement.


Where:        Royston Community Hall, Old Island Highway – wheelchair accessible
When:         Saturday, January 30, 2016, 10 am to 5:00 pm.
Cost:           $25 to $50 sliding scale


Bring your own lunch or visit the coffee shop next door for soup and sandwiches. Light refreshments will be provided.

Facilitators:


Denise Nadeau is a dance-movement therapist, spiritual companion, and educator whose work in the past twenty years has combined expressive arts with spiritual practice in the recovery of the sacredness of the body. She has trained in BodyMind Psychotherapy, the Halprin Life-Art Process, and Relational Trauma Therapy, and has worked in many interfaith and intercultural contexts. She has discovered that the healing of the heart involves an embodied spiritual practice.


Nicole Crouch
is an art therapist living in the Comox Valley. She has a Masters in Creative Arts Therapies from Concordia University. She has been working in the arts and in community development for over ten years. She believes that the heart speaks in dreams and images. And that making art about these can help connect to the language of the heart.


To register or for more information: contact Denise at dnadeau@shaw.ca

            or Nicole at nicolearttherapy@gmail.com




Thursday, 17 December 2015

Opening to the Wisdom of the Heart January 30 2016


Opening to the Wisdom of the Heart










In many cultures the word for heart is synonymous with mind, and wisdom is understood as centered in the heart. This workshop will explore the physical, emotional, spiritual and mental dimensions of the heart and introduce somatic processes that expand heart awareness. We will draw on heart teachings from Indigenous, Buddhist and Christian traditions that support the felt sense of the loving compassionate heart. The workshop will include experiential anatomy of the heart, embodied meditation, art-making and movement.



Where:        Royston Community Hall, Old Island Highway – wheelchair accessible
When:         Saturday, January 30, 2016, 10 am to 5:00 pm.
Cost:           $25 to $50 sliding scale



Bring your own lunch or visit the coffee shop next door for soup and sandwiches. Light refreshments will be provided.

Facilitators:


Denise Nadeau is a dance-movement therapist, spiritual companion, and educator whose work in the past twenty years has combined expressive arts with spiritual practice in the recovery of the sacredness of the body. She has trained in BodyMind Psychotherapy, the Halprin Life-Art Process, and Relational Trauma Therapy, and has worked in many interfaith and intercultural contexts. She has discovered that the healing of the heart involves an embodied spiritual practice.


Nicole Crouch
is an art therapist living in the Comox Valley. She has a Masters in Creative Arts Therapies from Concordia University. She has been working in the arts and in community development for over ten years. She believes that the heart speaks in dreams and images. And that making art about these can help connect to the language of the heart.


To register or for more information: contact Denise at dnadeau@shaw.ca

            or Nicole at nicolearttherapy@gmail.com









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Wednesday, 16 September 2015



Opening to the Wisdom of the Heart

In many cultures the word for heart is synonymous with mind, and wisdom is understood as centered in the heart.  This workshop will explore the physical, emotional, spiritual and mind dimensions of the heart and introduce a somatic process for opening the heart. We will draw on heart teachings from Indigenous, Buddhist and Christian traditions that support the expansion of the felt sense of the loving compassionate heart. The workshop will include experiential anatomy of the heart, embodied meditation, art-making and movement.

Where: Royston Community Hall, Old Island Highway – wheelchair accessible

When:  Saturday, November 7, 1pm to 5 pm.

Cost: $25 to $40 sliding scale

Facilitators:

Denise Nadeau ( DMin., MDiv. M.Litt.) is a dance-movement therapist, spiritual companion, and educator whose work in the past twenty years has combined expressive arts with spiritual practice in the recovery of the sacredness of the body. She has trained in BodyMind Psychotherapy, the Halprin Life-Art Process, and Relational Trauma Therapy, and has worked in many interfaith contexts. She has discovered that the healing of the heart involves an embodied spiritual practice.

Nicole Crouch is an art therapist living in the Comox Valley. She has a Masters in Creative Arts Therapies from Concordia University. She has been working in the arts and in community development for over ten years.  She believes that the heart speaks in dreams and images, and that art therapy is an excellent medium for giving voice to these imaginings by letting images speak for themselves.

To register or for more information: contact Denise at dnadeau@shaw.ca or Nicole at  nicolearttherapy@gmail.com.