Befriending your stressed-out nervous system


with Esther Townshend

Do you ever feel like your body is fighting against you? Are you often feeling burnt out or stressed without knowing how to feel better? These signs could actually be your body giving you important messages about how to feel better! This workshop will discuss strategies for better understanding your body’s signals, and how to use these practices to release stress and calm your body and yourself.

about the facilitator

Esther Townshend is a writer, organizer, peacemaker, disturber of the peace, Gestalt psychotherapy student, and nature lover. Since a concussion in 2018, she has been learning to live well with a finicky nervous system. Her favourite stress relief practices include yoga, singing, walks by the lake, tea and chocolate.

Dancing for self care

(all ages)

with Sheilagh McGlynn (she/her)

Activists of all types are at risk of burning out – we have high hopes, strong expectations, and passionate feelings! If this sounds like you or someone you know, experience this practice of tending to our needs in physical exploration, so that we can keep working for change in our world. We will move to music in ways that energize and as a meditation – sometimes a very vibrant meditation! Bodies and mobility forms of all types are welcome. You may find laughter, tears, and joy through your expression as you build your resiliency and capacity.

about the facilitator

Sheilagh is the Anglican Church of Canada’s Animator for Youth Ministries. Prior to her current position, she worked at the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund as their Youth and Young Adult program staff. She is former staff with the Student Christian Movement. She feels passionate about working for justice as a form of spiritual expression. She is also a Registered Psychotherapist, a JourneyDance and Nia instructor – working with people to get out of their brains and into their bodies. When she isn’t working, you might find her dancing, cooking in her kitchen or riding her bike along the Martin Goodman Trail.

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