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August 26, 2016 – FFood & Mood: Free Mental Health Lecture Series – 12:00 – 1:00 pm: Do you want to learn more about the link between nutrition and mental health? Join Susan Furtado, a Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioner for a presentation which will explore the connection between your mood and the food you eat, the key components of a healthy diet, and the best foods for optimal brain health. You will also be encouraged to learn some nutritional habits that can naturally help to stabilize symptoms of mood swings, depression and anxiety.
September 8, 2016 – Mental Health Initial Intervention – Langley: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm – The Mental Health Initial Intervention (MHII) course is eight (8) hours in duration and is designed to teach how to recognize and help employees in the workplace who are displaying signs of mental health problems until appropriate support is in place or until the crisis is resolved.
September 10 – 11, 2016 – SHINE – 6:30 pm – 2:00 am: SHINE! tells the story of living out loud and proud, shedding the shame of mental illness and addiction through dance, style, fashion and music. Over 350 volunteers will come together to entertain, move, and remind us that we ALL deserve to SHINE.
September 13, 2016 – Introduction to Understanding and Caring for Adults and Adolescents living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Maple Ridge – FASD is an invisible disability. The challenges with learning and functioning experienced by the person living with FASD are caused by brain damage resulting from exposure to alcohol during the embryonic and fetal stage of development
September 17, 2016 – Peer Support Facilitator Training – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM: This training is for individuals who are considering leading or preparing to lead a faith-based group of peers who live with (Living Room) or are affected by (Family Room) the impact of mental health concerns. You will leave the training with an understanding of faith-based peer support, be acquainted with the roles and responsibilities of the team, and have information and experience on how to establish and support a peer group within your faith community.
September 18, 2016 – The Ismaili Walk for Mental Health – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm: Stanley Park – Join us on September 18, 2016 for a family oriented, non-competitive 5km walk around the scenic Stanley Park at Lumberman’s Arch. There are many special family-friendly activities to explore including sampling world class mouth-watering cuisine and enjoying live entertainment.
October 5, 2016 – Boundaries for Psychotherapy 1 & 2 – 8:30 am – 12:00 pm: This half-day workshop will consider the ways in which even well trained and generally conscientious therapists can get into boundary difficulties. Thoughtful attention to boundaries enhances therapy and protects patients and therapists alike.
October 7, 2016 – Talking about Trauma – 7:30 – 8:30 pm: Trauma quietly affects how we view ourselves and others. It works itself out as evidenced in how we lead, how we parent, how we work and how we react to others. It plays a role as we enter into the arenas of addiction, friendship, faith and community. Our panel will explore the subject and highlight some keys to creating places of safety and help for those of us affected by the pain of trauma.
October 18, 2016 – Kelty Centre Beyond the Blues Educational Event – 6:00 – 7:30 pm:
November 22, 2016 – Pinwheel Education: Supporting a Friend or Love One with an Eating Disorder – 12:00 – 1:00 pm: The Pinwheel Education Series are a group of free, all inclusive education events open to anyone in BC. The aim is to provide learning opportunities for the public on key mental health and substance use topics, and host a forum where people can engage in dialogue with experts and persons with lived experience.
December 1 – 2, 2016 – BC Eating Disorders Community of Practice (CoP) 7th Annual Networking & Education Day! – All Day: Free – Join the Eating Disorders CoP Networking & Education Day where you’ll have the opportunity to learn, exchange knowledge, make connections, and share experiences about eating disorders practice in BC!
January 24, 2017 – Pinwheel Education Series: PTSD & Recovery – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: The Pinwheel Education Series are a group of free, all inclusive education events open to anyone in BC. The aim is to provide learning opportunities for the public on key mental health and substance use topics, and host a forum where people can engage in dialogue with experts and persons with lived experience.
February 11, 2017 – The Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves movement celebrates our annual Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness – 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm:
March 21, 2017 – Pinwheel Education Series: Creating Mindful Spaces – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: The Pinwheel Education Series are a group of free, all inclusive monthly education events open to anyone in BC. The aim is to provide learning opportunities for the public on key mental health and healthy living topics, and host a forum where people can engage in dialogue with experts and persons with lived experience.
RELIGIOUS – SPIRITUALITY
August 21, 2016 – Walking Tour of Jewish Strathcona & Gastown – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Discover the rich history of Vancouver’s early Jewish community by exploring the neighbourhood this community once called home. Meet the men and women who made a new home here, starting businesses and laying the foundations of a tight-knit community
September 5 – 9 2016 – Science, Religion and an Evolving Earth, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm (5 day retreat), Naramata Centre Society Naramata, BC, $185
September 7, 2016 – Introduction to Buddhism – 7:00 – 9:00 pm: This is an Introductory Buddhism course that touches on the traditions and practices of Buddhist groups based in Vancouver. It features 5 Senior Buddhist teachers from the Pureland Shin, Zen, Vipassanna, Burmese, Thai and Tibetan (including Dzogchen) Buddhist backgrounds.
September 10, 2016 – Fit Faith Challenge – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm: The Fit Faith Challenge starts with a short teaching session where you will hear testimonies from people who have experienced the power of Christ at work in the world. We’ll give you practical tips on how to share about Jesus and how to pray for the Holy Spirit to begin to impact people’s lives in tangible ways.
September 11, 2016 – Mountain View Jewish Cemetery Walking Tour – 12:00 – 2:00 pm: The recently restored Jewish section of Mountain View Cemetery is the final resting place of over 450 members of our community, including many early pioneers. Join one of our expert guides on a walk through this community landmark.
September 16, 2016 – Faith and Politics: Between A Rock and A Hard Place – 7:30 am – 8:30 am: City in Focus is pleased to be joined by several parliamentarians as we explore the convergence of faith and Canadian politics. Our friend and politically astute moderator, Mike Meneer, takes over Tom’s hot seat and interviews political leaders.
September 18, 2016 – Walking Tour of Jewish Strathcona & Gastown – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Discover the rich history of Vancouver’s early Jewish community by exploring the neighbourhood this community once called home. Meet the men and women who made a new home here, starting businesses and laying the foundations of a tight-knit community.
September 18 – 23, 2016 – Spiritual Eldering, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, Naramata Centre Society Naramata, BC, $360
September 19 – October 31, 2016 – Yin Yoga & Meditation: 10:15 am – 11:30 am – VanDusen Botanical Garden – Member: $80, Non-Member: $105 – Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga that focuses on stimulating the connective tissues of the body with the intention of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. The slow, mindful nature of yin yoga blends perfectly with a meditation practice. Bring a yoga mat, any props you may wish to use, and a light blanket or towel. Class takes place in the beautiful VanDusen Guides Classroom and may go out in the garden when the weather permits.
September 21, 2016 – Shi’a Ismaili Muslim Centre Tour – see times on website: The Shi’a Ismaili Muslim Centre, designed by Bruno Freschi, is a synthesis of traditional Islamic architectural principles and modern construction techniques. From reports of people who have visited the Centre, we can assure you a most memorable day. The Centre, inaugurated in 1985, is one of BC’s best kept architectural secrets.
September 22, 2016 – Vancouver’s Women Circle – The ultimate “me” time, fill your cup, participate in activities and meditations that will leave you feeling grounded, connected, rejuvenated, loved and present. $16 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
September 24, 2016 – Spiritually Rooted Direct Action Training – 2:00 – 5:00 pm: Free – Surrey – This workshop invites people of faith and others who see action for justice as a spiritual pursuit, to learn skills for effective, creative, non-violent action. The workshop is open to people from all religious, spiritual and secular backgrounds.
September 25, 2016 – The Record Keeper Screening – 7:00 – 9:00 pm: Burnaby – Free – Whether you have finished one of the Record Keeper Community Groups, or just have an interest in compelling storytelling, Let’s Move Vancouver Invites you to the exciting Screening of The Record Keeper.
September 27, 2016 – Walking in the Buddha’s footsteps: the Eightfold Path – 7:00 – 9:00 pm: $25 – This class will follow the same format as other Essential Dharma classes, with a mix of guided meditation, discussion, and interactive exercises; the intention is to engage with the teachings both intellectually and experimentally.
September 30, 2016 – Pause for Perspective 2016 Fall Silent Retreat 9:30 am – 3:30 pm: A facilitated retreat offering periods of contemplation, prayer and spiritual direction. Join Christopher Chiu as he leads us in the practices of St. Ignatius. Spiritual direction is available upon request and is meant to aid in focusing contemplation.
October 2 – 16, 2016 – Spiritual technique to manage your stress & anger: 3 class series – 3:00 – 5:00 pm each day: Everyone wants to experience more happiness in life and to truly achieve this we need to go deeper within ourselves. How we react or respond to situations depends on the impressions within our sub-conscious mind. In these interactive classes we will guide you on how to identify which impressions or personality defects are causing you stress or reactions such as anger and share with you an effective spiritual technique that will help you overcome them.
October 8 – 14, 2016 – Retreat, Renew and Give Thanks, 7:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Naramata Centre Society, Naramata, BC, $675
October 11, 2016 – Laudato Si + 1: Faith, Business & Climate Change – 7:00 – 9:00 pm: Limiting global warming to 2°C by the end of the century is the greatest challenge our generation is facing. Cities, businesses, communities, and individuals around the world are taking action by reducing their green house gas emissions and embracing solutions to create a sustainable future. Faith communities are also supporting this task to help care for our planet.
October 16, 2016 – Mass of the Holy Spirit – 7:00 – 8:30 pm: Please join us for Mass of the Holy Spirit that celebrates the opening of the Academic Year on the Vancouver campus of UBC. Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver, and Reverend Robert Allore, SJ, Chaplain of UBC and Pastor of St. Mark’s Parish.
October 21, 2016 – Why God? – David Asscherick – 6:30 – 8:30 pm: We have more questions about God and faith than we can answer. In this weekend series, David will highlight some of the most asked questions related to God. Some of the questions include: Who is right? Jesus or Darwin? Why do children have to suffer? Will there ever be justice on earth? In this weekend-long series, international speaker and author will tackle some of these difficult answers with clarity and honesty.
October 27 & 29, 2016 – 2016 Day of Inner Peace // Awakening to Love //Two-Day Celebration – see times on link: The Day of Inner Peace celebrates the cultivation of inner peace within our hearts and the potential for global peace that begins with each individual.
December 2, 2016 – Reimagining God – Ty Gibson: Surrey, 6:30 – 8:30 pm -In the Reimagining God series, international speaker, and author Ty Gibson will paint a picture of God worth more than a passing glance. Along the way, we will ponder some of the most important questions of life and, who knows, we may just discover a God worth believing in.
December 3, 2016 – Gita Chanting 6th Annual Event by Samskrita Veena Foundation – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm: Free – Surrey – Our goal is to create a Samskrita Speaking Community build a Hindu School that teaches regular curriculum while teaching Samskritam from 1st grade. Gita Shloka recital event is for 4 groups 5 – 10 years old, 11 – 15 years old, 16 – 25 years old and 26 and above. There will be certificates for all participants.
December 16, 2016 – Joy to the World – 7:30 – 9:30 pm: musica intima performs a traditional Christmas concert, featuring organist and alumni founding member Michael Murray. Works include Canadian Christmas pieces, contemporary works for ensemble and organ, and audience sing-along carols.
December 21, 2016 – Light the Night: A Solstice Walk in Nitobe Memorial Garden, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, UBC Botanical Garden, Vancouver, BC
March 31, 2017 – The 51st Annual British Columbia Leadership Prayer Breakfast – 7:30 – 9:00 am: This annual event attracts over 1,000 people from all walks of life: public servants, business leaders, non-profit organizations and students. Together, we offer support and prayer for those who serve in elected positions in our community at municipal, provincial, federal and international levels.