Friday, 14 February 2014

Building Support and Strengthening Resilience

Building Support and Strengthening Resilience
A Group for Persons Living with Cancer and Other Life-Threatening Illness

People living with cancer and other life threatening illnesses often face the challenges of isolation, pain, fear, grief and loss.  This group program offers skills, support and resources to help participants reinhabit and befriend the body, as well as strengthen connection to the resources that have helped them survive and thrive under difficult conditions.  Facilitators draw from the wells of healing practices of various spiritual traditions, as well as those of their respective therapeutic trainings.  The program includes expressive arts (movement, drawing and writing), pain reduction techniques , guided imagery, grounding, centering , breath work, energy clearing, and sharing of spiritual reflections.

Denise Nadeau is a dance-movement therapist, spiritual director 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 led retreats and workshops for people dealing with chronic pain and with cancer, as well as community healing workshops that focus on developing bodily vitality and our sense of connection with the earth.  She has a Doctor of Ministry and a Masters of Divinity, as well as training in BodyMind Psychotherapy, the Halprin Life-Art Process, Popular Theatre and, recently, Moaiku.  From 2006 to 2012 she was the Director of the Interfaith Institute for Justice, Peace and Social Movements at Simon Fraser University.
Wendy McNiven is a Unitarian Minister and certified counsellor.  Her experience over the past twenty years has included pastoral care with people in life-compromising situations,  counselling with individuals and families, energy clearing and healing work, and leading small groups in both workshop settings and interpersonal support and growth.  Wendy has a Masters of Divinity degree and a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology. She has studied energy work, and has a regular meditation practice.  She is dedicated to the belief that each of us has within us a depth of strength and wisdom that can be tapped, with the right kind of support.
When:  Monday afternoons: March 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, May 5 - 2014  2: pm - 4:pm
Where: Royston Hall, wheel chair accessible, corner of Royston Road and Island Highway.
Cost:  $30 - $150 sliding scale ($5-$25 per session).  Registration closed after second session.  Preregistration required by March 17.
To register or for more information see or contact Denise Nadeau 250-871-2401 or or Wendy McNiven 250-339-2019 or .

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