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October 2 - 6, 2023

Join the Zen Dens for a week of activities for self-reflection,
introspection and mind-body connection!

Schedule of events

Monday, October 2, 2023

Time and location: 12 – 1:30 p.m., online

Have you ever found it hard to manage self-care when juggling classes, exams, family, friends, and work? Do you ever experience issues taking care of yourself because self-care was not promoted or discussed in your culture or community? Do you feel misunderstood or guilty when you attempt to set boundaries related to self-care?

Whether you are a racialized or non-racialized person, this workshop will allow you to better understand how and why we coined the term self-care. In recognition of Truth and Reconciliation Day, we will also honor current issues within Indigenous communities, as well as Indigenous knowledge and sacred ways of practicing radical self-care to maintain community, connection and solidarity.

Facilitator: Myrlie Marcelin, Nmesoma Umenwofor-Nweze, Killaq Enuaraq-Strauss

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Time and location: 12 – 1:30 p.m., online

Do you procrastinate? Do you delay important tasks that need to get done? Procrastination involves a voluntary delay of an intended action, even though it may lead to negative consequences. Although academic procrastination hinders academic achievement and mental well-being, it is quite common in university students. 

In this two-part workshop, you will learn about the nature and types of procrastination and the connection between procrastination and difficulty in emotional regulation. You will also learn some evidence-based strategies to overcome procrastination, including self-regulation and emotion regulation techniques.

Facilitator: Sonia Rahimi, PhD Educational Psychology

Time and location: 11:35 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., EV-2.776 (behind EV Zen Den)

Bring your yoga mat! Seats will also be provided. Register or drop-in!

Accompanying her voice with singing bowls, a hand pan, ocean drum, flutes and other gentle instruments, Irene Feher will perform gentle soothing sounds that will bring you into a restful calm state.

As you sit or lie down and let the sounds wash over you, your brain state will gradually be altered from a normal waking state to a more relaxed state, and maybe even a dreamlike and restorative state.

To have the best experience for yourself and others around you we ask the following:

  • Please arrive 10-minutes before so you can make yourself comfortable before the sound bath begins.
  • Silence your phone and any devices you have with you.
  • Allow time in your schedule to stay for the full 30-minutes, and then allow yourself another 5-10 minutes of additional time afterwards so you can leave the space slowly and retain your state of calm.

Facilitator: Dr. Irene Feher

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Time and location: 12 – 1:30 p.m., online

In this interactive workshop, we will review how to recognize symptoms of anxiety and identify how anxiety can influence our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. We will discuss coping strategies, including mindful self-compassion, grounding and relaxation exercises, and problem solving. This interactive workshop will also give you the opportunity to ask questions and share your experiences.

Facilitator: Dr. Jessica Tutino, clinical psychologist

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Time and location: 12 – 1:30 p.m., online

Do you set excessively high standards for yourself? Are you overly critical of your performance and abilities? Are you very afraid of failure or of making mistakes? Do you measure your self-worth in terms of your achievements? 

The first part of this workshop will help you recognize when perfectionism is taking over and gain strategies to reduce perfectionistic thinking and behaviours. You will learn how to strive in a way that fosters a more balanced and flexible relationship with yourself to help boost your well-being, engagement, and sense of competence.    

Facilitator: Camila Velez, wellness counsellor/psychotherapist 

Friday, October 6, 2023

Time and location: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Le Gym, Studio C (EV S2)

Find release in this high energy & rhythmic class! Discover a fusion of Afrobeat & Azonto foundations and steps from West Africa and more specifically, Ghana.

All levels welcome, no registration required! 

Facilitator: Klassy

Time and location: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., ER-055 (2155 Rue Guy)

Join this mindfulness drop-in series to engage in a “full body” mindfulness practice, encompassing gentle mindful movement, breathwork exercises, and guided meditations. Each session will involve a theme: wisdom, compassion, and loving kindness. Practice with and benefit from being in community. All levels of experience are welcome.

Bring your own yoga mat if possible (we'll have some extras).  

Facilitator: Dr. Shital Sharma, South Asian Religions

Time and location: 12 – 2 p.m., online. 

Have you ever caught yourself switching or changing your tone or how you speak depending on who you're surrounded by? Do you only feel comfortable using African American Vernacular English or AAVE with Black folks in your community and attempt to use a more non-threatening tone with white folks?

The act of codeswitching can feel exhausting for Black folks and is often a conscious or unconscious act that Black people engage in as a means of being perceived positively with inner or outer groups. Because we all want to feel a sense of inclusion and belonging and avoid stereotypical labels that impact us, it can be difficult to grapple with constantly shifting your voice, tone and/or language to fit the context you're in.  

Facilitators: Myrlie Marcelin, Khan Bouba-Dalambaye 

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