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Facilitated Conversations: Life transition support for groups

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Buen Camino: Women Encouraging Women

Buen Camino means ‘the good walk’ and is a series of facilitated conversations on topics relevant to today’s woman. Take the good walk with facilitator Elizabeth Short who will offer background information on each topic and guide you in applying it to your own circumstances. As fellow pilgrims, you will benefit from the perspective, support and friendship of others.

What Can I Expect?
We will discuss 4 themes relevant to today’s women. At each of the sessions the theme for the day will be introduced and you will be given the opportunity to explore it individually and as a group. A variety of mediums will be used to aid you in examining the topic fully. The themes will be about drawing from the courage within, coming to terms with a fragmented life, speaking my truth, and change & transition.

What will I take away?
You will come away with new insights and a better understanding of the theme. You will have been given tools to further develop this theme and its relevance in your life. You will be encouraged with a sense of camaraderie and friendship, fostered in your time together. It is hoped that you will leave the session feeling empowered and encouraged.

Sunday’s 12:30pm – 2:30pm
404 4th Ave. NW
Cochrane, AB

Participate in one or four themes that include:


Session One: Drawing on the Courage within


Session Two: Coming to terms with a fragmented life


Session Three: Speaking my truth


Session Four: Change and Transition

Course Information
Buen Camino is presented in four sessions. Participants can register for individual sessions as well. It can also be conducted as a weekend retreat.

REGISTER


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Grief Support for loss of a Loved One

Losing a loved one is one of life’s most difficult experiences. There is no right or wrong way to “do grief”. Nor is there a specific timeline to follow or on which to rely. Every individual is unique and it is to be expected that his or her journey of grief will be unique. It has been said that one cannot truly understand this experience unless he or she has gone through it. Strength and insight can be gained as people share their personal reflections of this shared experience.

Who Should Attend? If a loved one of yours – a family member or friend – has died and you are still experiencing unresolved grief, you can benefit from participating in this group. It doesn’t matter whether your loss has occurred recently or two years ago; if you still feel the need to talk about it and make sense of it, then you are encouraged to participate.

What can I expect? The purpose of this group is to gather people together who share the common bond of having lost a loved one. Elizabeth will create an atmosphere of intimacy and confidentiality that can allow you to safely share aspects of your grief. She will introduce concepts and thoughts about grief, facilitate conversation, and encourage participants to share insights with each other, so that they might support and also be supported through the process.

What will I take away? Grief often creates feelings of isolation and loneliness. In the mutual sharing that occurs in this group, you will come away realizing you are not alone. The insights and encouragement received from the process will assist you in the days ahead as you learn to live with your loss.

Current Assignment
Stoney Nakoda First Nations
Morley, AB

Elizabeth is honoured and pleased to be part of a wellness initiative with the Bearspaw Band at Stoney Nakoda First Nations in Morley, Alberta. Once again she will be collaborating with her colleague, Myrna Kootenay, offering Grief and Loss sessions.

Stoney Nakoda BearspawMyrna Kootney, Stoney Nakoda First Nations


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Divorce Support Group

 

The experience of divorce is one of the most challenging life transitions we can go through. Not only does one want to “get through” a divorce, but also it is important to move beyond a divorce to a place of emotional, spiritual and physical health. You are invited to join a small group of people who are also going through this difficult situation.

What can I expect?

The purpose of this group is to gather people together who share the common bond of divorce. Elizabeth will create an atmosphere of intimacy and confidentiality that can allow you to safely share aspects of your journey. She will introduce concepts and thoughts about life transitions, particularly how they pertain to divorce, facilitate conversation, and encourage participants to share insights with each other, so that they might support and also be supported through the process. There will be time for sharing where you are at right now as well as time to look ahead to a future of confidence and possibility. The goal is to move to a place beyond survival to success.

What will I take away?

You will learn 6 elements of transition that can serve as guideposts in your journey to wholeness. In the mutual sharing that occurs in this group, you will come away realizing you are not alone. The insights and encouragement received from the process will assist you in the days ahead.


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Grief Support for loss of a Pet

Pets are integral parts of our families, and losing one is a devastating experience. You are invited to join a small group of people who have also lost a beloved pet.

What can I expect? Elizabeth will guide you through a series of conversations that will allow you to share stories and feelings, and through that sharing, allow you to express grief and gratitude. You will be welcome to ask the “big” questions, and share your perspective. Elizabeth will create an atmosphere of intimacy and confidentiality that will allow you to safely share aspects of your grief. She will introduce concepts and thoughts about grief as it pertains to pets, facilitate conversation among the participants and encourage participants to share their insights with each other, so that they might support and also be supported through the process.

What will I take away? It is hoped, that through the insights and encouragement received from the process, you will take away a feeling of peace that can assist you in the days ahead as you learn to live with your loss and begin enjoying the memories, with gratitude for the life that meant so much to you.


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Navigating the Journey of Transition

Heraclitus, a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, said something that still holds true today: “The only constant is change.”

Change can be difficult, even good change. The most challenging part of change is what follows it – transition. A time of transition can be confusing, even overwhelming. It can be tempting to avoid the work of transition rather than walk the unknown road.

Who Should Attend?

If you or a friend or loved-one has experienced a major life change and is facing the challenges of adjusting to the change, this workshop will be helpful for you. You may also be looking for clarity in understanding past life changes, or anticipating a major life change, then you would also benefit.

What can I expect?

Spend a day exploring the journey of transition through mutual story-telling and creative activities. Elizabeth will facilitate conversation through definitions, quotes and aspects of her research and experience.

What will I take away?

You will learn 6 elements of transition and you will have the opportunity to apply your learnings either to your own situation, or in the situational context of a friend, companion or loved one. You will take away a better understanding of the nature of major life changes and a road map to guide you to life on the other side.

Course Information

This course is open to both men and women. Session size is limited to ten participants.


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Grief Support for loss of a Spouse

The loss of a spouse is one of life’s most difficult experiences. There is no right or wrong way to “do grief”. Nor is there a specific timeline to follow or on which to rely. Every individual is unique and it is to be expected that his or her journey of grief will be unique. It has been said that one cannot truly understand this experience unless he or she has gone through it. Strength and insight can be gained as people share their personal reflections of this shared experience.

The purpose of this group is to gather people together who have lost a spouse. Elizabeth creates an atmosphere of safety and confidentiality which allows you to share aspects of your grief. She will introduce concepts and thoughts about grief and will then facilitate conversation among the participants, encouraging them to share their insights with each other, so that they might support and be supported.

Course Information
This workshop runs for six sessions.. Maximum number of participants is limited to eight people. A new session will begin upon request.


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