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COMMUNITY IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

VIRTUAL TALKS, MEDITATIONS, DISCUSSIONS WITH ITM'S FACULTY & MEMBERS

AN ONGOING SERIES OF TALKS, DISCUSSIONS, SESSIONS

Join us for these free community virtual gatherings

Pause - and take a breath in the time of crisis

This is a strange time not only in North America but in the world as a whole. We’re in the midst of a pandemic crisis, and a myriad of national and international challenges from political corruption, trade disputes, land claims, human rights violations, climate change, and war to name a few. With the addition of police violence and killings in both the U.S. and Canada, people’s emotions are on full tilt. Our natural impulse is to rush in and fix things, when it may be necessary to pause and take a breath.

This is the time to be together and wonder aloud what we think we know about racism and the impact it has in our culture?

Q&A to follow talk.

Thursday June 18, 7-8pm. REGISTER

This evening session will explore racial diversity, gender identity, bias and inclusion through the lens and practice of mindfulness and within meditation communities.

Moustafa is a Registered Psychotherapist, a Meditation Teacher and an MBA and with over 18 years of international corporate experience working with Fortune 100 companies. Having lived in both Canada and the Middle East, he is familiar with the cultural issues and has extensive experience working with and supporting LGBTQ+ individuals and allies.

Friday June 19, 7-8pm - REGISTER

 

 

Mindfulness & Inflammation

Understanding the underlying causative factors in mood issues is revolutionizing mental health care. In fact, we now know that dysfunction of the immune system is a causative factor in a certain type of depression. It's not all in your head or in your genes; inflammation is a measurable, understandable, and treatable cause of low mood, loss of interest, fatigue, and brian fog. Once we know where to look, mood issues can be greatly helped by safe, targeted, and natural anti-inflammatory treatments, including Mindfulness, that improve all the mental and physical symptoms of this type of depression.  Learn about the condition, why it happens, and how to help reduce the chronic inflammation that's driving your low mood.

Q&A Follows talk.

Tuesday June 30, 7-8pm - REGISTER

 

 

 

Mindfulness Training for Emotional Resilience (MTER) is a brief, trauma informed approach to introducing mindfulness skills for emotion regulation. The program teaches introductory mindfulness and emotion regulation skills to people struggling with mental health challenges with an emphasis on psycho-education and brief meditation practices.  It teaches the participants to use mindfulness to engage in daily life, regulate difficult emotions and develop a feeling of safety in the body. This is an introductory evening offering both an understanding and practical experience of the program, in hopes that the learned skills will aid one during this time.

Rachael Frankford is the creator of MTER

Wednesday June 24, 7-8pm REGISTER

 

 

PAST SERIES OF TALKS, DISCUSSIONS, SESSIONS

Indigenous Teachings for Uncertain Times

Ancestral, land-based teachings that bring balance to life. An Indigenous Perspective on healing, connection and Mino-Pi-Mati-Si-Win – A Good and Peaceful Way of Life.

Donations welcomed towards The Turtle Lodge http://www.turtlelodge.org

Thursday April 16, 7-8pm REGISTER

 

 

 

 

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Grief Songs & Laments

Join Gaelic singer and teacher Sine Jeannie McKenna for an hour of heartbreakingly beautiful laments and songs that stir and move the grief-stricken heart. Join in, or lay back and bask in the mystical experience and power of these songs and laments.

Q&A to follow talk.

Friday April 17, 7-8pm. REGISTER

Mytrae Meliana, psychotherapist, author, musician, sound therapist, returns to facilitate this workshop designed to assist women (& those who identify as) in a revolution of the heart with the divine feminine.

LOVE REVOLUTION is a sacred pilgrimage into yourself. Into your deepest truths. Into the portal of your heart. This evening is an intro into this....

We’re to learn how to love more — ourselves, each other, and our beautiful planet.

Q&A Follows talk.

Monday April 20, 7-8pm - REGISTER

 

 

Through traditional teachings and personal stories of grief and loss, Kenn Pitawanakwat, of Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, shares how ceremony, spirit, and writing journeyed him through grief and deeper insights on the circle of life.

Q&A Follows talk.

Tuesday April 21, 7-8pm - REGISTER

 

Compassion-Based Resilience Training

Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT) is the only proven contemplative training that introduces participants to mindfulness, compassion, imagery and breath-work in one complete program of stress-reduction, self-healing, and mind/body well-being.

In this free session Dr. Joe Loizzo, founder of CBRT and of Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science shares insights and exercises from CBRT to aid us during these uncertain times.

Q&A to follow talk.

Wednesday May 6, 7-8pm. REGISTER

Qi gong has long been used to create a harmonious relationship between our body and mind, using breath, gentle movements and focus.

Studies show that group movement/exercise classes evoke a sense of belonging and purpose.

These sessions are free in May. Virtual Classroom via Zoom:

Wednesdays beginning May 6, 1-2pm - REGISTER

 

 

Meditation Teachings from the Heart

During these times, with restrictions in hospitals, long term care facilities, funeral homes and our own homes, we are not able to grieve as we once were accustomed to. Rami will address the lack of grief awareness, grief education, and how grief manifests in non-death related losses. He will offer insights into how we can embrace grief during this time.

Q&A Follows talk.

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Jeremie is an award-winning actor, producer, and host of the popular Sickboy Podcast. Living with a genetic disease called Cystic Fibrosis, Jeremie is passionate about shifting the perspective and stigma around chronic illness and death. Using humour and frank, unfiltered discussions Jeremie speaks to living critically and passionately and making the most of the time we have left.

A discussion all the more pertinent today.

He is one of the most inspirational humans and most engaging speaker we know.

TBA

 

 

Preparing the Paper Work for End of Life

Amelia returns to discuss the very recent updates on virtual signing of wills, legal documents, etc. As well as answer additional questions pertaining to preparing for our own, a loved one's, or a client's death.

Q&A to follow talk.

Wednesday April 22, 3-4pm. REGISTER

Join Emergency Room & *MSF Doctor - James Maskalyk for an insightful and engaging discussion on 'how to grow' during this time, through meditation, community and knowledge.

Q&A Follows talk.

Wednesday April 22, 7-8pm - REGISTER

*MSF (Medecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders)

 

Disenfranchised Grief: The Multiple Losses of a Pandemic

During these times, with restrictions in hospitals, long term care facilities, funeral homes and our own homes, we are not able to grieve as we once were accustomed to. Rami will address the lack of grief awareness, grief education, and how grief manifests in non-death related losses. He will offer insights into how we can embrace grief during this time.

Q&A Follows talk.

Thursday April 23, 7-8pm - REGISTER

 

 

Join Kevin Toolis, author of My Father's Wake: How the Irish Teach Us to Live, Love & Die, as he shares insights on how grieving together is a lost art even in normal times.
Listen to the recordings of hauntingly beautiful keening (grief songs) of Ireland's Wonders of the Wake band (female musicians aided by an all female community choir - a re-creation for the first time in a century the sound of massed keening.

Friday April 24, 5-6pm - REGISTER

 

MUTAMBA RAINOS / MUSICIAN, CULTURAL ADVOCATE

RITUAL - PRAYER - SONG

There are numerous ways to journey through these current times, one is to honour our connection to our own ancestors, their strength and abilities to forage through struggle - far beyond what we are being asked of today. To pay honour to these connections, to create space for ritual and meaning in our lives during this time.

Mutamba Rainos - Ph.D, Social Justice Advocate, Musician from Zimbabwe will share teachings, prayers and songs of his ancestors.

Saturday April 25, 7-8pm REGISTER

BEING HUMAN

Today - when fear has stricken many, death 'appears' to knock closer to our door, and we have nowhere to go....unfortunately, for many of us, only then, do we seek out the Elders, the teachings, ask the questions, and contemplate, what does being human mean?

Here is an opportunity to wonder together, ask the questions.

Stephen Jenkinson, culture activist, teacher, author teaches internationally and is the creator and principal instructor of the Orphan Wisdom School.

Sunday April 26, 7-8pm REGISTER

MAKING THE MOST OF OUR TIME

Jeremie is an award-winning actor, producer, and host of the popular Sickboy Podcast. Living with a genetic disease called Cystic Fibrosis, Jeremie is passionate about shifting the perspective and stigma around chronic illness and death. Using humour and frank, unfiltered discussions Jeremie speaks to living critically and passionately and making the most of the time we have left.

A discussion all the more pertinent today.

He is one of the most inspirational humans and most engaging speaker we know.

TBA

Amelia Manera

Do I really need a Will?

As we hear daily stories of people dying in hospitals without family, without having the discussions about our end of life wishes, many are becoming worried and wanting to have the conversations about what is necessary to know at the end of life. 

In times like these, do I really need a Will?

What is a Will? What are Powers of Attorney? What happens if I don’t have them?

Join Amelia Manera of Shanti Estate Law to find out.

Q&A Follows talk.

Monday April 6, 7-8pm - REGISTER

 

 

 

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Grieving Mindfully

Dr. Sameet Kumar, psychologist and author specializing in contemplative approaches to grief, bereavement and trauma, will guide us through a meditation based on the feelings of grief and loss and discuss the various emotional components and how mindfulness practice can assist us during these times.

Q&A to follow talk.

Tuesday April 7, 7-8pm. REGISTER

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Staying Awake

Staying Awake: Mindfulness Through Uncertain Times.

Vimilasara, a certified Mindfulness Teacher, Recovery Coach with over 30 years of practicing mindfulness, and one of the leading African-descent voices in the field of mindfulness and addiction. She is co-founder of MBAR, Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery and author of many books including: Detox Your Heart: Meditations for Emotional Trauma - a self-help guide on mindfulness of negative emotions. 

Q&A Follows talk.

Wednesday April 8, 7-8pm - REGISTER

 

 

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Trauma Awareness

Rami Shami has spent over 3 decades working in end of life care, and continues to during the pandemic. In this session he will share insights from the bedside, and discuss the trauma surrounding end of life as we move through a pandemic; the isolation and fear, the grief of all that has been lost and the anticipated grief of what is to come, and ways and the wisdom of his dying patients, as to how to be with these experiences and feelings.

Q&A Follows talk.

Thursday April 9, 7-8pm - REGISTER

 

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THE HEALING HOUR

Healing sounds calm, relax, and soothe your nervous and immune system. Music and sound is a language your cells understand. The Healing Hour is an hour in which you can tune out the news, chaos, and panic. This is an hour in which you can let go, relax, and receive healing and peace. Leave feeling centered, renewed, nourished, and lighter in mind, body and Spirit. This is an hour where you can find peace, calm, and sanity. Mytrae joins us from California, where she practices psychotherapy, sound work and leads women's retreats and empowerment programs.

Friday April 10, 7-8pm - REGISTER

 

 

Laur-Fugere

THE VIGIL: SOUND, LIGHT, VOICE

Join Laur Fugere, musician, songstress, for an hour of soothing sounds. Light a candle if you can, participate quietly while we explore ways to release our voices and the emotions it carries, or simply sit back and enjoy being in the presence of healing sounds using voice, and a variety of instruments. Together, may we hold Vigil from afar, for all those suffering.

Saturday  April 11, 7-8pm REGISTER

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Tuning The Emotions

Join sound & wellness practitioner Danielle to learn simple tools using Tuning Forks & Acupressure points for working through our emotions, including sadness, grief and feelings of despair. 

Q&A Follows talk.

Thursday April 9, 3-4pm - REGISTER

 

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