OPEN DOOR EVENTS
STRESS REDUCTION: EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING LAB
Open Door has created a simple 6-week curriculum to examine the nature of stress and to learn strategies to minimize its impact. Our team has targeted three primary areas: mindfulness, physical activity, and nutrition. We believe fostering these skills will increase your capacity to manage stress. Our guided curriculum includes discussion, practice, and independent work between classes. Your progress will be measurable using the provided workbook and through a follow up session one month.
Week 1- October 24 - Mindfulness and Mental Health
Week 2- October 30 - Nutrition and Stress Reduction
Week 3- November 7 - Somatics and Physicality for Stress Reduction
Week 4- November 14 - Mind/Body Connection
Week 5- November 21 - Integration
Week 6- December 19 - Follow-up
Classes are held from 6 - 8 pm.
Price: $180, includes course workbook. Register here>
FALL BACK AND RELAX: AN ART AS THERAPY EXPERIENTIAL
Date: October 21
Price:$40 per person (materials included)
Ages: 16 & up
Instructor: Alison Hunt
Join Alison, mental health counselor and art therapist, for an afternoon of relaxation and art making. Alison will walk the class through a guided relaxation, which will be followed by a painting experiential and discussion.
AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT
Time: 5:30-7:30pm on
Please register by email here.
The first workshop will include two lessons that will have a profoundly calming effect on the nervous system. The opening lesson will consist of an exploration of the mouth with the tongue and connecting the oral cavity with the chest and abdominal cavity in breathing. The second lesson will be an introduction to the Bell Movement, which Feldenkrais developed later in life. It connects with peristalsis and is the basis of locomotion.
The second workshop will present two different strategies that lead towards a more resilient spine. The opening lesson explores the interaction of shoulder girdle and pelvis, demanding a flexible rib cage. The next lesson is done entirely in sitting, with the hands turning the spine via flexion and extension.
Frauke Voss is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner. She was introduced to Feldenkrais ATM lessons through radio broadcasts in Switzerland. Years of work as a fibre sculptor led to repetitive strain injuries, physiotherapy and a Feldenkrais training. She maintains a practice in Toronto and Bermuda.
This workshop, taught by Cindy Pierce and Kevin Comeau, will blend two approaches to awareness and empowerment for young women.
Cindy's aim is to inspire women to intentionally seek a stronger sense of who we are. Staying strong in our values and beliefs can be challenging, but the freedom of being our true selves leads to more clarity and conviction.
Kevin's approach to women's self defense centers on agency. Women have the right to determine their own course in life. Kevin will demonstrate practical ways in which women can utilize their strength, along with leverage, precision, and passion, to establish and maintain safe and healthy boundaries for their bodies, and by extension, their spirits.
The women who participate in this workshop will leave with an enhanced sense of their own individual and communal power, with more tools to navigate a challenging but exciting world.