Calendar

Oct
16
Mon
CoDA – Co dependence Annonomous @ QMUNITY
Oct 16 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A 12-step drop-in support group for people in who experience codependence in their lives. – See more at: http://www.qmunity.ca/home/community-groups-and-meetings/coda/#sthash.aQFUe8iz.dpuf

Oct
17
Tue
Yoga @ The Gathering Place @ The Gathering Place
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Yoga for Mental Health Consumers/Survivors Only

 

 

‘Living Room’ Faith-Based Group: Granville/Kerrisdale @ Granville Chapel
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month

Living Room faith-based support groups provide mental health support to the Christian community and partner with mental health organizations like the MDA. Below is a list of the Living Room support groups held in conjunction with the Mood Disorders Association of BC

Oct
18
Wed
Guided Meditation @ The Listening Post
Oct 18 @ 1:30 am – 3:00 am

Guided Meditation will help increase wisdom, open your heart, deepen concentration, develop peace and calm within. With a guide to help the group along, one can learn to meditate relatively easily.THE LISTENING POST is a quiet space to go for peace and sanctuary; there are no phones or communication devices; therefore one can only visit in person.

Yoga Outreach Group @ West End Mental Health Team @ Gordon Neighbourhood House
Oct 18 @ 9:13 pm – 10:13 pm

Yoga for Mental Health Consumer/Survivors Only

Yoga Outreach Group @ West End Mental Health Team

All Abilities Welcome to clients and Family Friends of Clients

This is a drop in program and there is no charge.

Laughter Yoga with Jeannie Magenta @ Kitsilano Community Centre
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wreck Beach is a natural treasure of the west coast where one’s spirit communes and laughter dances freely while we frolic in the sun. I am thrilled to be a part of the supportive environment that has welcomed me with such kindness over the past year and I look forward to many more summers relaxing and playing in the sun. Hooray Wreck Beach, the only place in town you can show up in your birthday suit and still not be breaking the rules!

Come get your fix with “LAUGHTER YOGA”

Drop-ins are welcome. Bring a smile ~ leave with a laugh!

West End Mindfulness Meditation group @ QMUNITY
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

MINDFULNESS meditation: the art and practice of focusing one’s attention, without judgment, in the present moment.

This is a space in the West End of Vancouver for queer folk and friends to practice mindfulness meditation with a group, and to support one another in learning mindfulness meditation.

If you’ve never meditated before, and would like to try it, this is for you. If you’re comfortable with meditation and willing to support others as they learn, this is for you.

This is a drop-in—no need to register or reserve a space. Just show up, and there will be room for you. Please try to be on time.

Particularly if you’re a beginner, you’re encouraged to join us. Come for a session, and try it out. If you’re able to sit quietly in a chair or on the floor for a while, that’s enough to begin with.

What happens in a session?

  • We occupy the setting for our meditation: in a quiet carpeted room, we sit in a circle, usually in chairs but sometimes on the floor. Ceremony is kept to a minimum. The group is just whoever shows up—a mix of regulars and newcomers. Four is a small group, 12 is large; we have never run out of room.
  • We go through a series of exercises in paying attention: to our breath, the sounds we hear, our bodies, our feelings, music, a cup of tea, or any other aspect of our experience during the session.
  • We sometimes take an opportunity to share our thoughts (if we care to), about our own learning and practice, and about the life circumstances that we hope meditation will answer for us.
  • We sometimes have readings that relate to the practice of mindfulness meditation.

What we do
This group practices mindfulness meditationas a way to

  • become more emotionally centred,
  • respond more calmly to stressful situations,
  • worry less, and
  • get a little peace of mind.

[Regrets, not wheelchair-accessible.]

What to wear/bring
Wear casual clothing which is comfortable and not too restrictive. Your street clothes are probably just fine. There’s no air conditioning, and in summer the room tends to be warm. Bring a water bottle if you’d like.

We like it when people bring short readingsto the session that are related in some way to mindfulness, acceptance or Buddhist thought.

Oct
19
Thu
Introduction to Buddhist Meditation and Philosophy @ Unity Yoga - upstairs
Oct 19 @ 2:30 am – 3:50 am

Led by Kyira Korrigan (DIY member, trained by Noah Levine) this class is open to anyone who is interested in Buddhist meditation and philosophy. Class time is split between meditation practice/discussion and philosophy discussion. Questions welcome! Free (and donations are accepted to help cover rent).

Yoga @ The Gathering Place @ The Gathering Place
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Yoga for Mental Health Consumers/Survivors Only

 

 

Mood Disorders Educational Evenings @ Sunrise Hal
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

MDABC Education Evenings are friendly and informative two-hour sessions that provide useful information on a variety of topics around mental health.

With presentations by experienced panelists and guest speakers who work in the field, Education Evenings provide a valuable access point to mental health resources that can otherwise be impersonal, confusing, or hard to find.

Topics change every month, and attendance is free. Audience members are encouraged to join the discussion at the end of each session, so be sure to bring questions!

To receive email reminders about upcoming Education Evenings, please phone 604.873.0103 or email info@mdabc.net.