Intentional WellBEing

 

 

 

 

 

Our university is not just a place, it is our people – their success is UBC’s success. By promoting their wellbeing, we promote their excellence.
– Santa J. Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor

Intentional WellBEing Sessions are underway and all of the activities free of charge. Jan – June 2021 Program Registration opens, early December.

In June, the UBC Department of Pediatrics (DoP) and the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHR) were awarded a Special COVID-19 Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) grant from the UBC Faculty of Medicine to launch a health and wellness program to support psychological and physical wellbeing and to create social connections and shared experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since 2018, the DoP and BCCHR have executed several joint health initiatives at the C&W campus, through a combination of grants or by sharing financial and human resources.

  • All sessions are virtual unless otherwise indicated. Registered attendees will be sent a Zoom meeting link to attend.
  • REGISTER for one or more sessions with your work or academic affiliated email and you will be eligible to win participation gifts and draw prizes. Full descriptions below.
  • Content will be live-streamed and recorded. Re-watch your favorite sessions afterwards by visiting our VIMEO site.

Our programming leans heavily on the preventative quality of mind/body activities to teach mental, physical and emotional resilience to people under extreme duress. The word “intention” derives from the same base word of “tendency” and “invoke” and WellBEing, as we spell it, puts the emphasis on simply to “BE”. By taking good care of yourself in this moment in time is an act of self-care and self-compassion during these challenging times.

In 2016, UBC was one the first universities to adopt the Okanagan Charter which asked its signatories to embed “health into all aspects of campus culture, across the administration, operations and academic mandates.” As one of the first to adopt the Charter, UBC outlined six priority areas in the Wellbeing Strategic Framework.

Intentional WellBEing aligns its programming with 5 of the 6 priority areas as outlined in UBC’s Wellbeing Strategic Framework  which are: Collaborative Leadership, Mental Health & Resilience, Food & Nutrition, Social Connection, Built & Natural Environments and Physical Activity.

Have questions, comments, feedback? Send us an email!

2021 REGISTRATION OPEN (Jan-June), Full descriptions below.

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Date Time Description
Friday, Sept 25 2020 12-1 pm Cosy Guided Walking Meditation @ Braemar Park*, Co-facilitators, Sabrina Gill, BSN, and Michelle Man, BFA, Department of Pediatrics, UBC & BCCH | This event is in-person with social distancing.
Tuesday, Sept 29 2020 12-1 pm Breathwork & Ho'Oponopono: The Healing Practice of Ancient Hawaiian Meditation, Jay Bradley
Monday, October 5 2020 1205-1250 pm Fitness Infusion, Zuzana Fajkusova, PST, RYT and Nikki Lefler, PST, RYT
Thursday, October 8 2020 12-1 pm The Mindful Gardener: Create a Fall Container Garden, Grace Neudorf, MDiv, MACs, Spiritual Health Practitioner, Spiritual Care Department, C&W
Wednesday, October 14 2020 445-545 pm Bliss Yoga: Let Go of the Day, Zuzana Fajkusova, PST, RYT and Nikki Lefler, PST, RYT
Tuesday, October 20 2020 1230-1245 “Un-desk” Your Body, Miranda Guimond, Certified Instructor in Yoga, Zumba®, MOC Barre Fitness, and MyoFascial Stretch
Thursday, October 22 2020 2-3 pm How Racism in Our Hospitals Affects Patient Care, Dr. Cornelia (Nel) Wieman, MD, FRCPC, Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer, First Nations Health Authority
Tuesday, October 27 2020 1230-1245 pm “Un-desk” Your Body, Miranda Guimond, Certified Instructor in Yoga, Zumba®, MOC Barre Fitness, and MyoFascial Stretch
Monday, November 9 2020 1205-1250 pm Fitness Infusion, Zuzana Fajkusova, PST, RYT and Nikki Lefler, PST, RYT
Wednesday, November 18 2020 445-545 pm Bliss Yoga: Let Go of the Day, Zuzana Fajkusova, PST, RYT and Nikki Lefler, PST, RYT
Friday, November 27 2020 9-945 am SESSION 1: Leadership retreat, The Power of setting a Daily Intention, Co-facilitators, Sabrina Gill, BSN, and Michelle Man, BFA, Department of Pediatrics, UBC & BCCH
Friday, November 27 2020 10-1045 am SESSION 2: Leadership retreat, The Cycle of Transformation, Jo Mattoon, BA, MPA, ACC, Hoffman Teacher & Coach
Friday, November 27 2020 11-1145 am SESSION 3: Leadership retreat, Midday Yoga Break, Dr. Matt Carwana, MD, FRCPC, Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, UBC & BCCH
Friday, November 27 2020 12-115 pm SESSION 4: Leadership retreat, Exploring Racism in Healthcare and Medical Education through the Lens of Mindfulness: A Conversation, panel presentation
Friday, November 27 2020 145-245 pm SESSION 5: Leadership retreat, From Moral Distress to Moral Resilience: Moving from Inaction to Ethical Empowerment, panel presentation
Friday, November 27 2020 4-445 pm SESSION 6: Leadership retreat, Fri-YAY Zumba party, Miranda Guimond, Certified Instructor in Yoga, Zumba®, MOC Barre Fitness, and MyoFascial Stretch
Wednesday, December 2 2020 445-545 pm Bliss Yoga: Let Go of the Day, Zuzana Fajkusova, PST, RYT and Nikki Lefler, PST, RYT
Friday, December 4 2020 6-830 pm The ART of Wellness: Holiday Painting, Yaymaker Instructor
Wednesday, Dec 9 2020 12-1 pm Holiday Zumba, Miranda Guimond, Certified Instructor in Yoga, Zumba®, MOC Barre Fitness, and MyoFascial Stretch
Friday, Dec 11 2020 3-345 pm Holiday Tea Meditation, Dr. Dzung Vo, MD, FRCPC, Head, Adolescent Health & Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, UBC & BCCH and Director, BC Children’s Centre for Mindfulness
Wednesday, January 6 2021 445-545 pm Bliss Yoga: Let Go of the Day, Zuzana Fajkusova, PST, RYT and Nikki Lefler, PST, RYT
Monday, January 11 2021 1205-1250 pm Fitness Infusion, Zuzana Fajkusova, PST, RYT and Nikki Lefler, PST, RYT
Wednesday, Jan 13 2021 1230-1245 pm “Un-desk” Your Body, Miranda Guimond, Certified Instructor in Yoga, Zumba®, MOC Barre Fitness, and MyoFascial Stretch
Thursday, January 21 2021 12-1 pm Time Management (Achieve more in less time), Neda Brasanac, BA, MA, MSc, Real Life Counselling
Tuesday, Jan 26 2021 12-1 pm EnVISIONing: Create a Vision for your Life that Inspires You, Barbara Burke, Hoffman Teacher & Coach
Friday, January 29 2021 12-1 pm Positive Space, Ajay Puri, UBC Equity & Inclusion Office
Tuesday, February 2 2021 12-1 pm EnVISIONing Session 2: Show & Tell, , Barbara Burke, Hoffman Teacher & Coach
Wednesday, Feb 3 2021 1230-1245 pm “Un-desk” Your Body, Miranda Guimond, Certified Instructor in Yoga, Zumba®, MOC Barre Fitness, and MyoFascial Stretch
Monday, February 8 2021 1205-1250 pm Fitness Infusion, Zuzana Fajkusova, PST, RYT and Nikki Lefler, PST, RYT
Wednesday, February 17 2021 445-545 pm Bliss Yoga: Let Go of the Day, Zuzana Fajkusova, PST, RYT and Nikki Lefler, PST, RYT
Tuesday, February 23 2021 12-1 pm Is happiness a journey or destination? Ralf Schirg, BA, MA, Morneau Shepell
Monday, March 1 2021 1205-1250 pm Fitness Infusion, Zuzana Fajkusova, PST, RYT and Nikki Lefler, PST, RYT
Thursday, March 4 2021 12-1 pm Plant-based Eating, Jen Casey, CNP, Holistic Health Coach and Fitness Instructor, Next Bite Nutrition & Health Coaching
Wednesday, March 10 2021 445-545 pm Bliss Yoga: Let Go of the Day, Zuzana Fajkusova, PST, RYT and Nikki Lefler, PST, RYT
Thursday, April 8 2021 6-830 pm The ART of Wellness: Spring Painting, Yaymaker Instructor
Monday, April 12 2021 1205-1250 pm Fitness Infusion, Zuzana Fajkusova, PST, RYT and Nikki Lefler, PST, RYT
Wednesday, April 21 2021 12-1 pm Chocolate Meditation: Savour the Moment Through Mindful Eating, Co-facilitators, Sabrina Gill, BSN, and Michelle Man, BFA, Department of Pediatrics, UBC & BCCH
Thursday, May 14 2021 12-1 pm Breathwork & Ho'Oponopono Meditation with Jay Bradley, pt 2
Tuesday, May 18 2021 12-1 pm Meal Planning + Prepping: Easy Ways to Make Balanced and Tasty Meals to Meet Your Nutritional Goals, Jen Casey, CNP, Holistic Health Coach and Fitness Instructor, Next Bite Nutrition & Health Coaching
June 2021 TBD Watercolor Enso Meditation: Breathe into Color, Instructors TBD
Thursday, June 3 2021 12-1 pm Sleep Well: Understand How a Good Night's Sleep Affects Your Wellbeing, Bridget Jensen, Sleep Consultant, Better Bedtime
Tuesday, June 15 2021 12-1 pm Effective Communication: Assertiveness and Emotional Intelligence, Neda Brasanac, BA, MA, MSc, Real Life Counselling
Friday, June 25 2021 12-2 pm in-person VanDusen Picnic Lunch and Walk*, Guide TBD | This event is in-person with social distancing.
Date TBD TBD Resident workshop

 

Cosy Guided Walking Meditation @ Braemar Park

NOON-1 pm | Sept 25 2020 | IN-PERSON EVENT

Wrap yourself in a grey or pink "LOVE AND LORE SUPER SOFT SCARF" for a walking meditation around Braemar Park on the corner of Laurel St & W.27th Ave.

This event is in-person with social distancing.

Co-facilitators: Sabrina Gill, BSN, and Michelle Man, BFA, Department of Pediatrics, UBC & BCCH

Sabrina is the Nurse Clinician for the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine at BC Children’s Hospital. She works in a diverse role as a Clinician, Educator, and Resource for staff, patients and the community. Her main goal is to advocate and encourage “youth friendly care” for the adolescent patients at BCCH.

Michelle is the Communications Coordinator for the Department of Pediatrics and a Council Member with the BC Children’s Hospital Centre for Mindfulness. She oversees departmental communications; staff engagement initiatives; grant writing and project management.

Six complimentary scarves to be given out to confirmed attendees at event.

 

 

 

 

 


Breathwork & Ho'Oponopono: The Healing Practice of Ancient Hawaiian Meditation

NOON-1 pm | Sept 29 2020

Join us to discover the benefits of breathwork (stress reduction, lower inflammation, and alkalizing blood PH levels) and ho'oponopono which is a process by which we can forgive others to whom we are connected in a very positive, loving way.

Facilitator: Jay Bradley, Breathwork Healer

Jay has spent over 30 years in the world of health, wellness, and personal growth.

After attending a small Breathwork class where he had a life-changing and out of body experience, he knew that he had found something beyond important! Knowing that if he could literally release a lifetime of pain and grief in one session, what could this do for others?

He has since trained with some of the top Breathwork teachers and has gone on to share this incredible healing modality with thousands of people both privately and in groups. He specializes in combining Breathwork with The Hawaiian forgiveness practice of Ho’Oponopono to help people shift into more self-love, forgiveness, and gratitude for themselves, their life, and for others.

Along with Breathwork, Jay incorporates his healing training as a certified wellness coach, Reiki master, and hypnotist.

Ten complimentary "GRATEFUL BREATHE" necklaces to be given out to confirmed attendees. Pick up to be arranged by organizers.

 

 

 


The Mindful Gardener: Create a Fall Container Garden

NOON-1 pm | Oct 8 2020

Back by popular demand is our fall meditation planter that you can display proudly in your home or desk to remind you of what is important in life.

Grace will lead our group through a combined seasonal meditation and gardening class.

Facilitator: Grace Neudorf, Spiritual Health Practitioner | Spiritual Health Department, C&W

Grace has an MA in Christian Studies and joined the Spiritual Health team with PHSA and BCC&W in 2018. She enjoys nature and is active outdoors as a cyclist and hiker. Her spiritual reflective practice of mindful meditation in the everyday helps her to stop, breathe, and be in the present moment. Writing poetry is an artistic expression that helps her to reflect and process her connection with herself, others, creation, and God. For her, a circle is an inclusive shape connecting individuals with each other and, in particular, she enjoys creating mindful community circles in her workplace.

12 complimentary planter kits (plant, container, soil and decorations) allocated for confirmed attendees. Pick up to be arranged by organizers.

 

 

 

 


Chocolate Meditation: Savour the Moment Through Mindful Eating

NOON-1 pm | April 21 2021

Tantalize all of your senses with this special meditation. Together, we will explore the sweet, bitter, subtle and strong flavors that make eating chocolate so wonderful.

Co-facilitators: Sabrina Gill, BSN, and Michelle Man, BFA, Department of Pediatrics, UBC & BCCH

Sabrina is the Nurse Clinician for the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine at BC Children’s Hospital. She works in a diverse role as a Clinician, Educator, and Resource for staff, patients and the community. Her main goal is to advocate and encourage “youth friendly care” for the adolescent patients at BCCH.

Michelle is the Communications Coordinator for the Department of Pediatrics and a Council Member with the BC Children’s Hospital Centre for Mindfulness. She oversees departmental communications; staff engagement initiatives; grant writing and project management.

Ten complimentary gourmet chocolates to be given out to confirmed attendees. Pick up to be arranged by organizers.

 


Breathwork & Ho'Oponopono: The Healing Practice of Ancient Hawaiian Meditation, PT 2

NOON-1 pm | May 14 2021

We will take a deeper dive into understanding the beautiful Hawaiian  Ho'oponopono forgiveness process, ho‘o ("to make") and pono ("right").

The repetition of the word pono means "doubly right" or being right with both self and others.

Facilitator: Jay Bradley, Breathwork Healer

His book LIVE LOOK FEEL, The 12-Week Guide to Live Longer, Look Younger & Feel Better, taught readers how to find balance in all areas and to forge ahead through even the toughest of times.

Ten complimentary "GRATEFUL BREATHE" necklaces to be given out to confirmed attendees. Pick up to be arranged by organizers.

How Racism in Our Hospitals Affects Patient Care

2-3 pm | Oct 22 2020

Why are certain groups of patients getting different care?

Doctors take an oath to treat all patients equally, and yet not all patients are treated equally well. The answer to why is complicated.

Why are doctors sometimes the targets of bias and racism?

Recent published reports include overt bigotry expressed towards doctors of black, Indian and Jewish heritage. Several medical journals have just published guidelines for doctors with titles like “Dealing with Racist Patients” and “The Discriminatory Patient and Family: Strategies to Address Discrimination Towards Trainees.”

And can we fix this?

Articles addressing racism in medicine suggest many of the same things. To fight racism and discrimination, we all need to recognize, name, and understand these attitudes and actions. We need to be open to identifying and controlling our own implicit biases.

Facilitator: Dr. Cornelia (Nel) Wieman, MD, FRCPC, Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer, First Nations Health Authority

Dr. Cornelia (Nel) Wieman works for the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) as the Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer and as an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Nel was also recently appointed as a new member on the Pacific Blue Cross Board of Directors.

Nel is Canada’s first female Indigenous psychiatrist (Anishnawbe – Little Grand Rapids First Nation, Manitoba). She completed her medical degree and psychiatry specialty training at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

She has over 20+ years of clinical experience, working with Indigenous people in both rural/on-reserve and urban settings. Her previous research activities include co-directing an Indigenous health research program in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and the National Network for Indigenous Mental Health Research, being the Deputy Chair of Health Canada’s Research Ethics Board and serving on CIHR’s Governing Council. She has also worked and taught in many academic settings, has chaired national advisory groups within First Nation and Inuit Health Branch-Health Canada and has served on many boards and committees, including the Indspire Foundation’s Board of Directors. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University.

She was recently re-elected to a second 3-year term as President of the Indigenous Physicians Association in Canada (IPAC).

Nel’s clinical, academic and advocacy work has always been focused on improving the health and mental health status of Indigenous peoples, especially Indigenous youth, across Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Positive Space

NOON-1 pm | Jan 29 2021

Understand How You Can Help Raise Awareness and Visibility of LGBT2SQIA+ students, staff, faculty, alumni and allies at UBC.

For staff, faculty and students. The Positive Space Campaign is a campus wide awareness and visibility initiative to make UBC more welcoming to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Queer students, staff, faculty, alumni and allies in all our working, learning and living environments.


Facilitator: Ajay Puri, Equity & Inclusion Office, UBC

Ajay is a movement builder, strategist, and public speaker / facilitator. He has 20 years experience in empowering communities and creating social change in the non-profit, academic, government and social innovation sectors. Prior to joining UBC, Ajay worked in health care and ran his agency Pē′pəl, which specialized in digital media strategy, deepening engagement, and social justice.

Ajay holds a BSc and MHA from UBC. He has published 5 peer-reviewed articles on system transformation. He started a PhD but has put it on hold.

He was acknowledged for his community service as a TEDx speaker and becoming one of Canada’s top five volunteers in CBC’s Champions of Change contest.

He enjoys foraging for fungi, gardening, meditating & bhangra dancing. More on Ajay: https://about.me/ajaypuri

 


Time Management (Achieve more in less time)

NOON-1 pm | Jan 21 2021

In this session we will explore:

  • The importance of time management
  • A look at chaos and its negative impacts
  • Time wasters and ways to overcome them
  • Time management techniques

Facilitator: Neda Brasanac, BA, MA, MSc, Real Life Counselling

Neda Brasanac holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. Currently, she is on her way of earning two Master’s degrees – one in clinical psychology from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, and the other in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Padua, Italy. She is also on the third year of psychotherapy education & training program in Integrative-Transactional approach, in progress of becoming a certified psychotherapist in Serbia.

Neda has been involved in a number of Serbian and European projects with an aim to promote mental health among different age groups and, through education, help them better cope with obstacles and life transitions. She currently works as a psychotherapist under supervision in the Counselling Center for Youth in Novi Sad, and as a marketing and communications manager and workshop facilitator at Real Life Counselling.

 

 

 

 


Is happiness a journey or destination?

NOON-1 pm | Feb 23 2021

Overview

An employee that is engaged and flourishing in the workplace is one that is engaged and flourishing in their personal life. Using reflections and observations on behaviour, this seminar will present ten tips for building the foundation for happiness. Participants will gain an understanding of the concept of happiness and discover attitudes that are more favourable to promoting a sense of happiness. They will also explore how negative aspects in life can contribute to their happiness.

Learning objectives

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Define the concept of happiness.
  • Identify their beliefs related to happiness.
  • Begin to develop their foundation for happiness.

Facilitator: Ralf Sc​hirg, BA, MA,  Morneau Shepell

Ralf Schirg, M.A., is a German native, and he earned his B.A. in Political Science and Psychology and his M.A. in Management and Psychology. He is founder and president of Serenity Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in Leadership Development and Cross-Cultural Consulting for leaders and employees around the world and is an Adjunct Professor at the Hamline School of Business at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota and the University of Minnesota. As a consultant he has supported clients in change initiatives, visioning and human dimension focused issues. In the past six years he has done in depth work in the area of inclusive leadership and team building. As a cross-cultural consultant, he has worked extensively in preparing clients for expatriation assignments, development of multi-cultural teams and building strategies for global growth and expansion. He has worked with both Fortune 100 companies and small businesses in over 20 countries. Clients include Cargill, 3M, General Mills, EY, Honeywell, J&J, Medtronic, Zeiss, Merck, Bausch & Lomb, HP, L’Oreal, BP Amoco, Polaris, ADC, NFL Europe.

He also gives keynotes and presentations for large audiences on a range of professional topics and presents on themes explored in his book, Flying Leap by Ralf W. Oliver (pseudonym), which presents a pragmatic and well humored approach to the role ego plays in our (professional) lives.

 

 

 

 


 

Sleep Well: Understand How a Good Night's Sleep Affects Your Wellbeing

NOON-1 pm | June 3 2021

Shine a light on the important role that sleep plays on productivity.

Topics include:

  • How to start sleep-healthy habits from the moment you wake up
  • How to establish an effective bedtime routine that is maintainable and meets your needs
  • How to handle night wakings
  • Learn how nutrition, fitness, stress and more impact your sleep
  • How to set your bedroom up for ideal sleep
  • Common problems and how to avoid them

10 complimentary sleep mask and matching hair scrunchie set to be given out to confirmed attendees. Pick up to be arranged by organizers.

Facilitator: Bridget Jensen, Sleep Consultant, Better Bedtime

 

 

 

 

 


 

Effective Communication: Assertiveness and Emotional Intelligence

NOON-1 pm | June 15 2021

In this session we will explore:

  • Communication/Emotional Intelligence
  • Basic principles of communication
  • How to be a better communicator
  • Assertive communication
  • Emotional intelligence

Facilitator: Neda Brasanac, BA, MA, MSc, Real Life Counselling

Neda joined Real Life Counselling in 2018. Since then, she has been devoted to helping people grow and increase their wellbeing by planning and running workshops and by writing online content (blog articles, social media posts, newsletters) in the area of personal and professional development.

About the company:

Real Life Counselling is a team of highly-qualified, experienced mental health professionals providing counselling, psychotherapy, and coaching services to individuals and couples. They also offer executive coaching services and corporate workshops and trainings. All services can be provided online, via phone or video, across Canada. Their mission is to support and encourage people to discover and express their authentic voice, reach their goals, lead a richer life, and feel more at ease.

 

 

 

 

Fitness Infusion: Circuit Style Body Weight Class

NOON-1 pm | Various

Monday, October 5, 2020

Monday, November 9, 2020

Monday, January 11, 2021

Monday, February 8, 2021

Monday, March 1, 2021

Monday, April 12, 2021

All levels class led by two experienced health and wellness instructors. No experience or equipment necessary!

10 complimentary personalised bracelets will be given to confirmed attendees. Pick up to be arranged by organizers.

Instructors: Zuzana Fajkusova, PST, RYT and Nikki Lefler, PST, RYT, Active Vegetarian

 

 

 


Bliss Yoga: Let Go of the Day

445-545 pm | Various

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

All levels class led by two experienced health and wellness instructors. Yoga mat, blocks and bands optional.

Ten complimentary "GRATEFUL BREATHE" necklaces to be given out to confirmed attendees. Pick up to be arranged by organizers.

Instructors: Zuzana Fajkusova, PST, RYT and Nikki Lefler, PST, RYT, Active Vegetarian

 

 

 


“Un-desk” Your Body

1230-1245 pm | Various

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Wednesday, Jan 13 2021

Wednesday, Feb 3 2021

Are you working from home and need a quick stretch to loosen tight shoulders and hip flexors? Join us over your lunch for a mini-stretch break that you can incorporate into your daily self care.

Instructor: Miranda Guimond, Certified Instructor in Yoga, Zumba®, MOC Barre Fitness, and MyoFascial Stretch

 

 

 


Holiday Zumba party

12-1 pm | Wednesday, Dec 9 2020

Dance your way into the holidays with some festive Zumba music.

Instructor: Miranda Guimond, Certified Instructor in Yoga, Zumba®, MOC Barre Fitness, and MyoFascial Stretch

See Miranda's YouTube page

Sign up for one or all of the sessions in this one day retreat!

 

The Power of setting a Daily Intention

SESSION 1: 9-10 am | Nov 27 2020

Did you know that high performers and elite athletes use powerful visualisation techniques to achieve their goals?

Find the perfect word to focus your energy to accomplish your goals.

25 complimentary personalised bracelets will be given to confirmed attendees. Pick up to be arranged by organizers.

Co-facilitators: Sabrina Gill, BSN, and Michelle Man, BFA, Department of Pediatrics, UBC & BCCH

Sabrina is the Nurse Clinician for the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine at BC Children’s Hospital. She works in a diverse role as a Clinician, Educator, and Resource for staff, patients and the community. Her main goal is to advocate and encourage “youth friendly care” for the adolescent patients at BCCH.

Michelle is the Communications Coordinator for the Department of Pediatrics and a Council Member with the BC Children’s Hospital Centre for Mindfulness. She oversees departmental communications; staff engagement initiatives; grant writing and project management.

 

 

 


The Cycle of Transformation

SESSION 2: 10-11 am | Nov 27 2020

Journalling is a powerful tool for self-discovery and healing. Learn how expressive writing can often be more helpful than talking when dealing with trauma or behaviours that negatively impact your life.

Facilitator: Jo Mattoon, BA, MPA, ACC, Hoffman Teacher & Coach

Jo Mattoon is a Hoffman Process teacher and coach.  The Hoffman Institute Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to transformative adult education, spiritual growth, and the personal dimensions of leadership.  In addition, Jo is also an Executive Coach and leadership trainer in her own business.  Jo holds a Bachelor's degree in the Humanities from the University of Colorado and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University.  Jo is certified as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC).

12 complimentary journals will be given to confirmed attendees. Pick up to be arranged by organizers.

 

 

 

 

 


Midday Yoga Break

SESSION 3: 11-145 am | Nov 27 2020

Feeling the mid-morning slump? Join us as Dr. Matt Carwana leads us through a gentle flow to refresh your mind and body.

Instructor: Dr. Matt Carwana, MD, FRCPC, Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, UBC & BCCH and Lila Flow YTT , YA Yoga Certified Instructor.

I work in two different clinical settings, and therefore have two general areas of research interest.

My primary interest is around supporting children and families who have faced marginalization or structural barriers to care. I am interested in how we can support families impacted by substance use disorder and poverty, and maximize health and development outcomes for their children. I am currently interested in understanding direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable families, particularly those in the inner city.

I am also interesting in improving care for hospitalized children. I am specifically interested in making care more efficient for children with common infections, and maximizing evidence-based management of pediatric infections. I am working with a team at BC Children's on a novel approach to systematic reviews and meta-analyses, to keep pediatric evidence updated and available in real time.

 


Exploring Racism in Healthcare and Medical Education through the Lens of Mindfulness: A Conversation

SESSION 4: 12-115pm | Nov 27 2020

Join us for an intimate conversation about racism in healthcare and medical education. In this presentation, we will learn more about Dr. Torabi's encounters with racism as she progressed through her medical education, and later on as a physician. She will also discuss her call to action to make things right for the next generation. Together with Dr. Maria Hubinette, key terms will be discussed, such as: allyship, unconcious bias and microagressions.

Dr. Sotindjo will open the conversation with a mindful meditation on our common humanity.

PRESENTER: Dr. Bahar Torabi, MD, FRCPC, MSc, Division of Allergy & Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, UBC & BCCH and President of the BC Society of Allergy and Immunology.

Dr. Torabi completed her Pediatrics training at UBC and her Allergy and Clinical Immunology fellowship at McGill University. She was involved in teaching and research at McGill, while obtaining a Master of Science in Experimental Medicine looking at the changes in the immune system during milk oral immunotherapy in children with milk allergy. Currently she is a clinical instructor at UBC and really enjoys teaching medical students.

Dr. Torabi is the new president of the BC Society of Allergy and Immunology and is proud to serve her fellow colleagues. She is also part of the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Specialty Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

PRESENTER: Dr. Maria Hubinette, MD, CCFP, MMED, FCFP, Assistant Dean, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Dr. Maria Hubinette was appointed the Assistant Dean, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the Faculty of Medicine in September 2019. She works closely with senior leaders, colleagues and partners to enable the Faculty’s strategic approach to equity, diversity and inclusion. She also provides leadership to ensure the Faculty’s processes and systems promote diversity, as well as support an equitable and inclusive working environment.

Dr. Hubinette, a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Practice and Scholar at the Centre for Health Education Scholarship, is a community-based family physician with special interest in youth and women’s health. Her research interests include equity and diversity, health advocacy, social responsibility of the medical profession, and professional identity formation of learners. More recently, she has been exploring gender equity within the Faculty of Medicine using an intersectional lens. She is also engaged in mentorship and supervision of scholarly projects with medical undergraduate students, family medicine residents and clinical education fellows.

GUEST PRESENTER: Dr. Tatiana Sotindjo, MD, FRCPC, Adolescent Health & Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, UBC & BCCH

Through a random draw, 25 complimentary gift cards for lunch provided to confirmed attendees. Pick up to be arranged by organizers.


From Moral Distress to Moral Resilience: Moving from Inaction to Ethical Empowerment

SESSION 5: 145-245 pm | Nov 27 2020

As healthcare providers, we all face situations where our ability to engage in best practice is challenged by lack of resources, inequities, systemic racism, the pandemic context, and countless other difficulties. Over time, these experiences can lead to “compassion fatigue” and burnout.

In this session, we will introduce the concepts of moral distress and moral resilience as ways to understand our relationship to the challenges inherent in healthcare practice. We will also discuss how cultivating mindfulness is an important part of building and sustaining moral resilience.

We invite attendee questions and reflection.

PANEL: Dr. Patricia (Paddy) Rodney, RN, MSN, PhD; Associate Professor Emerita, University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Nursing; Faculty Associate, UBC Centre for Applied Ethics.

Dr. Rodney’s research focuses on the moral climate of health care delivery and end-of-life decision-making, particularly regarding older adults.  She has worked with practice based research colleagues to attempt to address the difficulties that nurses and other health care professionals experience with cost constraints and related policy challenges in health care delivery. Dr. Rodney teaches leadership, ethics, policy and relational practice in the undergraduate and masters nursing programs, and in the doctoral nursing program, she teaches the genealogy of nursing knowledge.

PANEL: Dr. Elisabeth Bailey, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC (ANCC, USA), School of Nursing, UBC

Dr. Bailey is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. She has been a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner for over ten years with a particular interest in the treatment of anxiety, depression and the sequelae of complex trauma. In addition to her psychiatric NP work, Dr. Bailey has practiced pediatric nursing in acute, primary care, and long-term rehabilitative settings. She is also interested in using contemplative practices such as meditation to support compassionate nursing practice.

 

 


Holiday Tea Meditation

Rescheduled to 3-4 pm | Dec 11 2020

There is a popular quote amongst tea practitioners in Japanese traditions: “The taste of Tea and Zen are one.” This opens the door to an understanding that earnestly practicing tea, with your whole mind and heart, is equal effort to time spent on a meditation cushion. Tea is about abiding in the present moment, witnessing the reactive mind, and calmly learning to accept and be with what is. - Tea Journey

Facilitator: Dr. Dzung Vo, MD, FRCPC, Head,  Adolescent Health & Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, UBC & BCCH and Director, BC Children’s Centre for Mindfulness

Dr. Dzung Vo is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine; the founding director of the BC Children’s Hospital Centre for Mindfulness; and a clinical associate professor and division head for the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine, DoP at BCCH and UBC.

Dzung X. Vo, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at British Columbia Children’s Hospital, and clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver, Canada. His medical practice, teaching, and research emphasize promoting resilience in young people to help them thrive in the face of stress and adversity. He co-developed (with Dr. Jake Locke at BC Children’s Hospital) a mindfulness training program called MARS-A, or Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents. MARS-A is a developmentally appropriate adaptation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), for youth with chronic stress, chronic pain, depression, and anxiety. Dr. Vo also developed a Mindful Healing course for health care providers, adapted from Mindful Practice (Ron Epstein and Michael Krasner) and other sources. Dr. Vo is the author of The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time (New Harbinger, 2015). Dr. Vo also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mindfulness in Education Network (MiEN), and is also the founding Director for the BC Children’s Hospital Centre for Mindfulness.

Dr. Vo has been practicing mindfulness regularly since 1999, and has experienced the transformational power of mindfulness practice firsthand. All trees have roots, and Dr. Vo’s root mindfulness teacher is the Vietnamese Zen Master, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and author, Thich Nhat Hanh. Dr. Vo has also been deeply inspired by the pioneers of the mindfulness movement in the West, including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfield, Zindel Segal, Daniel Siegel, and many others. Dr. Vo hopes to share the benefits of mindfulness to diverse youth in a universal, secular way that is appropriate for anyone, of any religion, or no religion at all.

Complimentary DavidsTea provided to 30 confirmed attendees. Pick up to be arranged by organizers.

 

 


Fri-YAY Zumba Party

SESSION 6: 4-5 pm | Nov 27 2020

Join us for some latin music and dance your way into the weekend with an all levels Zumba class.

Instructor: Miranda Guimond, Certified Instructor in Yoga, Zumba®, MOC Barre Fitness, and MyoFascial Stretch

 

 

 

 

 

The ART of Wellness: Holiday Painting

6-830 pm | Dec 4 2020

Discover the health benefits of creative expression through art making (stress reduction, focus, relaxation).

Confirmed attendees will be able to vote on the subject matter of our winter painting.

20 complete painting kits (canvas, brushes, paint & palette) to be awarded to confirmed attendees. Pick up to be arranged by organizers. Supply list provided prior to event along with Zoom meeting link.

Instructor: TBD

 

 


EnVISIONing: Create a Vision for your Life that Inspires You

NOON-1 pm | Jan 26, 2021

COVID-19 has taken away life as we knew it, but also has given us the opportunity to re-evaluate what is important. Learn how to create a portable vision board to achieve your 2021 goals.

As we enter 2021, join me in creating a vision for your life.

In Part 1, on Jan 26 2021, you will learn why “visioning” is so important, and create a powerful road map by tapping into what your heart desires. You will have the opportunity to begin to create a “travelling vision board” to remind you each day about the life you are choosing to create.

Facilitator: Barbara Burke, Hoffman Teacher & Coach

Barbara Burke is a writer, multi-media artist, and educator. She is the author and illustrator of I Am Divine, a boxed set of 52 affirmation cards with an accompanying book of meditations first published in 2001. She published an accompanying journal, A Year of Living Your Divinity in 2012. In 2017 she created a set of children’s cards called I am Divine.

12 complete vision board kits (gluestick, assorted magazines and folder) will be awarded to confirmed attendees. Pick up to be arranged by organizers.

 

 

 

 


EnVISIONing Session 2: Show & Tell

NOON-1 pm | Feb 3, 2021

In Part 2, of this two part workshop, you will have an opportunity to share what you have created and look at what action steps you can take to manifest your vision.

Facilitator: Barbara Burke, Hoffman Teacher & Coach

She is a Supervising Teacher and Coach with The Hoffman Institute Foundation. Barbara currently lives in Toronto.

Lunch gift cards provided to the first 12 confirmed attendees.

 

 

 

 

 

 


The ART of Wellness: Spring Painting

6-830 pm | April 8 2021

Discover the health benefits of creative expression through art making (stress reduction, focus, relaxation).

Confirmed attendees will be able to vote on the subject matter of our spring painting.

20 complete painting kits (canvas, brushes, paint & palette) to be awarded to confirmed attendees. Pick up to be arranged by organizers. Supply list provided prior to event along with Zoom meeting link.

Instructor: TBD

 

 


Watercolor Enso Meditation: Breathe into Color

NOON-1 pm | June TBD 2021

The Zen Circle is a round form of art which draws the mindfulness practitioner into a meditative state.

Learn how this beautiful art form can train the mind and the breath to come back to the present moment with each brush stroke.

No experience necessary.

A complete painting kit to be awarded to the first 10 confirmed attendees.

Pick up to be arranged by organizers. Supply list provided prior to event.

Instructor: TBD

 

 

VanDusen Botanical Garden Picnic Lunch and Walk

12-130 pm | June 25 2021 | IN-PERSON EVENT

Experience how to make mindful movement part of your everyday life.

Entry fees and group lunch provided for 12 confirmed attendees.

This event is in-person with social distancing.

Guide: VanDusen Botanical Garden Guide TBD

 

 

 

 

Plant-based Eating

NOON-1 pm | Mar 4 2021

Learn about the benefits of eating plant-based foods for all sorts of health issues. You will discover how to put together balanced, filling meals that go beyond boring salads.

A copy of the recipe ebook, "Healthy Little Bites" is included with your registration.

Facilitator: Jen Casey, CNP, Holistic Health Coach and Fitness Instructor, Next Bite Nutrition & Health Coaching

Jen is a certified Nutritional Practitioner, Holistic Health Coach and Fitness Instructor in Vancouver. She focuses her practice on building healthy habits around all pillars of health, including nutrition, movement, sleep and stress. Jen's work can be seen in the Wall Street Journal, MindBodyGreen.com, Global TV, and through corporate wellness programs around the Lower Mainland.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Meal Planning + Prepping: Easy Ways to Make Balanced and Tasty Meals to Meet Your Nutritional Goals

NOON-1 pm | May 18 2021

Discover how a few simple meal planning steps can greatly reduce weekly stress and help you stick to your wellness goals.

A copy of the recipe ebook, "Healthy Little Bites" is included with your registration.

Facilitator: Jen Casey, CNP, Holistic Health Coach and Fitness Instructor, Next Bite Nutrition & Health Coaching

Jen works as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Health Coach with her company, Next Bite Nutrition Coaching. She does Healthy Menu Consulting, and also focuses her practice on women’s health, reducing inflammation and mind-body-soul integration. She includes nutrition education, healthy recipes, goal setting, fitness, sleep habits and stress management as part of her customized wellness plans and health coaching sessions. She teaches classes on nutrition, holistic workplace wellness seminars, and workshops on greening your home and body.

Jen is also the in-house Nutritionist at two Nature’s Fare locations and is the Academic Advisor at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition. Book in to for a free 30 minute consult in White Rock or Langley, BC.

 

 

 

 

 

 


We respectfully acknowledge and thank the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations on whose unceded and traditional territories we are privileged to live, learn, teach and practice upon.

Intentional WellBEing Team:

Michelle Man (DoP), Project Lead
Research Education (BCCHR), Support

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