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OISE Wellness

2020/21 OISE WELLNESS - LIVING & WORKING LUNCH & LEARN SERIES

In this series of workshops, you'll have the opportunity to learn about a wide range of topics related to wellness, including mindfulness, self-compassion, Indigenous understandings of wellness, and more. You’ll also be invited to engage in activities and practices to help you improve your health and well-being. 

All sessions will be held at 12:10pm-12:50pm on Zoom.  Please register for each session and the Zoom details will be sent to you.

Download the flyers: Fall 2020 | Winter 2021


 

2020/21 SESSIONS

Jack Miller: Curious about Mindfulness? | Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | Downlad Session Handout Watch the session

Agnes Hsin (Health & Wellness Centre, U of T): 5 Ways to Well Being | Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | Register

Lindsay DuPre: Ka ootshapatamihk: Envisioning healthier futures through Indigenous understandings of wellness | Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | Register

Jennifer Baradi: iRest Yoga Nidra | Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | Register

Rose Mina Munjee: Self compassion | Tuesday, November 24, 2020 | Register

Hilary Inwood: Exploring Sustainable Happiness | Wednesday, December 2, 2020 | Register

Shelley Murphy: Mindfulness as a Training Ground for Presence and Resilience in the midst of challenge and change  | Tuesday, January 12, 2021 | Register

Rose Mina Munjee: How Can We Transform Racism And Create Inclusion And Belonging With Mindfulness And Compassion?  | Tuesday, February 9, 2021 | Register

Naraindra Prashad: Too Busy to Be Still? Learn Simple Techniques to Calm Your Distractions | Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | Register

TBD: Natural Wellness | April, 2021 | Details to follow


SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

Jack Miller: Curious about Mindfulness? | Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | Downlad Session Handout Watch the session

Jack will share beginner-friendly mindfulness meditation practices along with his experience in teaching this practice. Jack teaches courses in holistic education and contemplative education at OISE. He is author/editor of 20 books including, The Holistic Curriculum, The Contemplative Practitioner, and Love and Compassion: Exploring their Role in Education.  His writing has been translated into 9 languages. 


Agnes Hsin (Health & Wellness Centre, U of T): 5 Ways to Well Being | Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | Register

Coping with the competing demands of graduate studies, meeting expectations, and navigating complex university systems can be exhausting! Investing in being happy, healthy and well provides a foundation for achieving balance and sustaining success. Learn how to apply five simple, evidence-based actions in a variety of ways to promote positive mental health and wellbeing while practicing physical distancing and managing new stressors related to being a student and COVID-19. This interactive session introduces a cluster of activities that promote resiliency and reduce stress.


Lindsay DuPre: Ka ootshapatamihk: Envisioning healthier futures through Indigenous understandings of wellness | Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | Register

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought attention to many of the inequities and structural flaws that exist within our healthcare system. With many of us struggling to adapt in different ways, it has also revealed how deeply intertwined our mental, emotional and spiritual health is with our physical wellness. This session will explore these contexts through the lens of Indigenous health and invite attendees to consider how Indigenous wellness frameworks can be applied more broadly to improve our individual and collective wellbeing. 

Lindsay DuPré currently holds the position of Indigenous Education Liaison within OISE's Office of the Dean, and as a sessional lecturer at York University's School of Social Work. She was born in Mississauga Ontario with Métis family roots along the Red and Assiniboine Rivers in Manitoba. Lindsay recently co-edited the text, “Research and Reconciliation: Unsettling Ways of Knowing through Indigenous Relationships” published by Canadian Scholars Press, and also co-founded the grassroots youth initiative called The Malawi Project. Most importantly, Lindsay is a proud mom and auntie. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology from the University of Guelph and a Master of Social Work specializing in Social Justice & Diversity from the University of Toronto. 

Jennifer Baradi: iRest Yoga Nidra | Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | Register
 
During the session, participants are introduced to iRest basic core concepts and have the opportunity to experience guided practice. Participants are asked to dress comfortably and prepare to relax. Research continues to show that iRest Yoga Nidra effectively reduces: PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, and chemical dependency. iRest ® (Integrative Restoration) Yoga Nidra is a research based transformative practice of guided meditation and deep relaxation.
 
Jen Baradi, MAET, M.Ed, OCT, Level 2 iRest Teacher, 400 RYT Yoga Teacher, is an educator who works with the TDSB and TCDSB. For over 20 years, she has practiced yoga, and is currently completing her certification in Integrative Restoration Yoga Nidra (iRest ®) She teaches yoga and meditation in schools, non-profit organizations, public, and private settings. Jen aspires to promote greater well-being and be of service in schools and their communities.

Rose Mina Munjee: Self compassion | Tuesday, November 24, 2020 | Register

Self-compassion involves responding in the same supportive and understanding way you would with a good friend when you have a difficult time, fail, or notice something you don’t like about yourself.  This session will provide an overview of techniques, reflections, and theory behind mindful self compassion.
 
Rose Mina Munjee, RP, MBCT, MBSR, MSC, MBA, BMath, CYT, CST, AMM-Mind, is a Registered Psychotherapist, certified mindfulness facilitator and mentor, corporate mindfulness trainer, and therapeutic yoga teacher. She teaches at The Center for Mindfulness Studies, Center for Mindful Self Compassion - UCSD, University of Toronto, Mindful Gateway Consulting, Mindful Wellness, Royal Victoria Hospital, CAMH, and several organizations including MasterCard Foundation, Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance, IBM, Union Yoga, and several Yoga Studios. Rose Mina facilitates evidence-based mindfulness interventions including MBSR, MBCT, and MSC. She also has a private practice and does clinical work in Health Care for staff and patients in trauma informed care and psychotherapy. Her focus is on trauma informed care, somatic practices including craniosacral techniques, race-based trauma, anti-oppression, and cultivating greater equity, diversity, inclusivity, and belonging for marginalized populations.

Hilary Inwood: Exploring Sustainable Happiness | Wednesday, December 2, 2020 | Register
 
What does Health & Wellness have to do with the Environment? Scholars around the world are making the links clear through the concept of Sustainable Happiness.  By connecting the dots between our individual need for happiness and the universal need for clean air and water, sustainable food sources, supportive and equitable communities, Sustainable Happiness clearly demonstrates the links between physical and mental health and wellbeing, social justice, equity education, and environmental sustainability. This webinar will explore the key concepts of Sustainable Happiness and how this connects to your own life.
 
Dr. Hilary Inwood teaches in the Master of Teaching program at OISE, and has led its Environmental & Sustainability Education Initiative for the past decade. Her teaching centres on art education, environmental education and teaching methods, while her research focuses on developing teachers' knowledge and skills in environmental literacy and environmental art education. Her work as a teacher educator, researcher, and artist often extends beyond the classroom to include school gardens, outdoor education centres, parks, and galleries.

Shelley Murphy: Mindfulness as a Training Ground for Presence and Resilience in the midst of challenge and change  | Tuesday, January 12, 2021 | Register

Now more than ever, we need to be intentional about cultivating our capacity to engage with the world more wisely and with more presence and resilience. In this session, you will learn about the science and practice of mindfulness for strengthening parts of the brain that govern emotion regulation, attention and resilience to stress. Learn about and engage in practices that can contribute to individual and collective healing and change.
 
Shelley Murphy, PhD, is a former classroom teacher and a lecturer and researcher at OISE, University of Toronto. She has extensive training in the science and practice of trauma-sensitive mindfulness and has been a mindfulness practitioner and educator for over 20 years. Shelley developed and teaches the Mindfulness in Education course at OISE and is the recipient of A Mindful Society’s 2019 Michele Chaban Spirit of Leadership Award for her work and research in the field. Her book on mindfulness for children in classroom settings and beyond, Fostering Mindfulness, was published by Pembroke in 2019. 

Rose Mina Munjee: How Can We Transform Racism And Create Inclusion And Belonging With Mindfulness And Compassion?  | Tuesday, February 9, 2021 | Register

Recently, in addition to a global pandemic, we have faced increasing racial tensions in our social systems across Canada and the rest of the world. Recent events have further exposed what has been long known to many in BIPOC communities about the dangers of racism, oppression, and marginalization of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour. In this session, participants will have an opportunity to hear about a lived experience and to engage in mindfulness and compassion practices to support dialogue about how racism can be transformed, and how inclusion and belonging can be cultivated. Resources will also be shared for further reading and exploration.

Rose Mina Munjee, RP, MBCT, MBSR, MSC, MBA, BMath, CYT, CST, AMM-Mind, is a Registered Psychotherapist, certified mindfulness facilitator and mentor, corporate mindfulness trainer, and therapeutic yoga teacher. She teaches at The Center for Mindfulness Studies, Center for Mindful Self Compassion - UCSD, University of Toronto, Mindful Gateway Consulting, Mindful Wellness, Royal Victoria Hospital, CAMH, and several organizations including MasterCard Foundation, Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance, IBM, Union Yoga, and several Yoga Studios. Rose Mina facilitates evidence-based mindfulness interventions including MBSR, MBCT, and MSC. She also has a private practice and does clinical work in Health Care for staff and patients in trauma informed care and psychotherapy. Her focus is on trauma informed care, somatic practices including craniosacral techniques, race-based trauma, anti-oppression, and cultivating greater equity, diversity, inclusivity, and belonging for marginalized populations.

Naraindra Prashad: Too Busy to Be Still? Learn Simple Techniques to Calm Your Distractions | Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | Register

Join Naraindra as he explores the culture of "being busy" while sharing some simple transformative techniques for "being still." Comfortable clothing is recommended as participants will engage in some chair yoga, stretching and breathing exercises as a transformative step to quiet the mind and body and help cope with the distractions of everyday life.
 
A Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance of Canada and a Specialist in Mindfulness/Mindfulness Meditation from the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto, Naraindra Prashad now dedicates a part of his time to teaching yoga, mindfulness and meditation.  During his 25-year career at the University he held various managerial positions, prior to which he held roles in accounting and finance in the corporate sector. 

Naraindra’s experience during his pre-retirement career in the corporate and university sectors has provided him with a solid understanding of the stresses that the average employee may face while trying to “bring balance” to their lives. Through these professional experiences, and with his formal training in yoga, mindfulness, and meditation, he is now well equipped to share his knowledge and the skills in managing a 35-year career, with others. 


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