In-person workshops on Salt Spring Island Winter/Spring 2023

Join us for one or all of these workshops to deepen your connection with yourself and others

10am to 1pm at Star of the Sea, on Salt Spring Island

I am offering a series of workshops through the Star of the Sea on Salt Spring, by donation, on a drop-in basis. Each workshop is organized around a theme that naturally arises in relationship. My intention is to facilitate a community of people who are interested in cultivating self-awareness, building kindness and friendship, and learning skills to support others to do the same.

In a warm and welcoming atmosphere, we will use a combination of self-reflection practices and exercises in pairs or small groups to discover new information about our relationship to quieting the mind. Together, we will create a gentle, quiet place to connect with ourselves and with others in a way that will stimulate connection, appreciation and joy, enhancing our sense of well-being.

You will be invited to take part in some guided self-reflections, and in some activities practiced in pairs or small groups.

Nourishing Relationships: We will use mindfulness and compassion to explore simple, yet profound, ways of connecting with ourselves and each other that can create a feeling of being emotionally nourished. We will build awareness of what interferes with us getting what we need in relationship, and explore new ways of being that can lead to more satisfaction. Sunday, 22 January 10am-1pm

Non-Verbal Communication: Daniel Goleman, who wrote the book, “Emotional Intelligence”, says that 90% of emotional communication is non-verbal. We will learn about the messages that we give and receive in our communications with others, and explore new ways of relating that will bring us more emotionally satisfying interactions with ourselves and others. Sunday, 5 March, 10am-1pm

Taking Time to Connect: Together, we will create a gentle, quiet place to connect with ourselves and with others in a way that will stimulate gratitude, appreciation and joy, enhancing our sense of well-being. I will guide us in a short silent meditation followed by exercises in pairs/small groups to support a compassionate listening practice.  Sunday, 26 March, 10am-1pm

Quieting the Mind: This time of year our energy naturally wants to pull inward to rest. As we approach the holidays, our energy gets pulled outward with activity and the excitement of celebrations. This workshop is an opportunity to slow down and to explore some of our inner landscape, to discover what helps us to quiet the mind……and what inner obstacles we may have in place that interrupt our ability to feel calm and soothed. Sunday, 30 April, 10am-1pm

All of the workshops draw from the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training and the Hakomi method. No experience is required…..only an openness to connect with yourself and others. Marcia Burton is a Hakomi Trainer and a Certified MSC Teacher, and a Registered Clinical Counsellor, in private practice for over 25 years.

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Please note: Donations of $25 can now be given in advance via e-transfer. If you prefer to donate on the day of the workshop, you can do that by cheque, made to Star of the Sea or in cash.

Hakomi is a word from the Hopi language, meaning, “How do I stand in relation to these many realms?”.  The creator of the Hakomi Method, Ron Kurtz, spent over 40 years refining this method and received a Lifetime Achievement Award and honourary degree from the American Association of Body-Psychotherapists. Marcia Burton has been a student of Hakomi for 25 years and worked closely with Ron Kurtz for the last 5 years of his life.

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