The Fifth Precept Meditation and Discussion group is open to anyone in active recovery from addiction.
Any individual who feels as though they could benefit from this group is welcome.
Formal greeting by volunteer facilitator.
Round of introductions, check in
Reading of facilitators selected text on spirituality, the Dharma or the Twelve Steps.
20 min silent meditation
round of discussion
5 min silent meditation
Dana (practice of generosity/paying the rent)
Discussion will be in the round clockwise, 12 step style, it is hoped that discussion will be in response to the reading.
Release your inner child, and learn how to laugh for no reason at all. Take the old proverb “laughter is the best medicine” to heart and get a healthy dose in this 60 minute laughter yoga session. Laugh as you have never laughed before and feel refreshed, invigorated, and relaxed.
In Theatre Class we will prepare the performer’s body. Through movement and breath work, we will become more aware of the space surrounding us. We will play impulse games, group building exercises, and create devised works. This class is open to people of all levels of experience. The exercises are fun and relaxing to do regardless of whether or not you intend to perform in the future.
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
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 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.
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!
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.