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Health & wellness, General, Mental health

The Expressions of Being Alone: Exploring solitude and loneliness

There are many different forms of being alone, from loneliness and isolation to intentional solitude.

Thursday, September 15, 2022
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Registration is closed


Camila Velez


This event is free


Zen Dens



Living through the pandemic drastically changed the ways we connect, with many people experiencing high levels of loneliness, isolation, and solitude. Despite these common experiences, many students still struggle with loneliness in silence, thinking that they are alone in their journey, or navigating feelings of shame.

This interactive workshop will support you in exploring the different expressions of being alone, developing strategies to cope with loneliness and embracing and practising a more positive relationship with solitude.

This workshop is based on the workbook titled "The Expressions of Being Alone" by Dr. Jade-Isis Lefebvre and Debora Rabinovich. 
You can download the workbook here.

Learning objectives:

  • Define the expressions of being alone by looking at a continuum of experiences that range from loneliness to solitude
  • Understand the benefits of solitude and the negative effects of loneliness on overall wellness
  • Practise strategies from the workbook to embrace positive solitude and cope with loneliness
  • Embark on a self-exploration journey by starting and hopefully completing the workbook on your own time

Jessica Tutino

Camila Velez (MA, c.o., Psychotherapist, OPQ) is a Wellness Counsellor at Concordia‚Äôs Counselling and Psychological Services and Zen Dens. She has co-developed and facilitated Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) workshops for medical trainees and survivors of sexual violence. She has further conducted qualitative research on the experience and outcomes of a 6-week MSC program for medical students at McGill University.

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