Life Long Learning
All Fall Courses - Choose from 1 to 10
Beginning Meditation Practices for Families’ Spiritual Growth
Facilitator: Barb McIntosh.
A skilled Facilitator and Guide, Barb’s work is informed by 25
years of counselling and program development with Children and
Youth, and by years of intensive study and exploration of many
contemplative traditions and spiritual practices.
Learn the playfulness of Meditation. This program will teach families some simple meditation practices, adapted especially for young children. Parents and children will gain first-hand experience with practicing together. They will have more confidence in both their ability to grow their own meditation practice, and in their ability to grow and expand their own spiritual life as a family.
Each week will follow the same format, so that families can begin to develop a regular routine for their own practice together. Sessions will start with a children’s story, followed by a guided meditation/prayer, a few simple yoga/relaxation poses and a short moving meditation. Parents will practice along with their children. Parents will be encouraged to continue practicing with their children as part of their home routines.
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
Facilitator: Angela Woppman.
Before moving to Canada in 2007, Angela was a member of the Queen City Outlaw for 6 years. The Queen City Outlaws were a Gay/Lesbian competition/exhibition line dance team based out of Charlotte, NC. Angela was also one of the Head Dance Instructor’s at a local night club that offered line dance lessons in NC.
Having fun and a good laugh with others in community is a healthy way to live from a place of joy and connection. Line Dancing is a great way to have fun, a good laugh and be with each other in community. Learning how to do ABBAcadabra, Electric Slide, Tush Push, Mambo Shuffle, Reggae Cowboy, Bikers Shuffle or the Dizzy is not only fun it is also a good way to take a deep breath, decompress from a long week and leave renewed in body, mind, soul and heart.
Time: 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Finding our Center through Movement and Writing
Katie is one of the cofounders of the Children’s Peace Theater, has worked with Mike Dodds in appreciative inquiry and the compassionate leadership program, and has guided teen leadership retreats and golden rule retreats at Scarborough Missions for 12 years. Katie teaches yoga, meditation, tai chi, and guides Stillpoint writing workshops where we find our true voice and write from within.
Come join us for a chance to move our bodies through space, to move through memories of our life story, and move our hand on the page with journaling and writing from within. Both evenings will focus on Stillpoint writing to unlock bits of story and unleash our own true voice. Come with an open mind and leave with a relaxed body and a notebook full of stories and poems.
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Building Your Love Muscle through Meditation
Facilitator: Valerie De Souza.
A perpetual student, Valerie has had a thirst for learning her whole life. She has studied and practiced Buddhist-inspired mindfulness meditation and facilitated youth and adult meditation courses for over a decade, while living a Christian way of life since birth. Valerie is awakening to a deeper awareness and understanding of “God”. As she continues on her spiritual journey, she wishes to share her unique insights with others, as a loving and compassionate guide, helping others on their spiritual journeys towards a more abundant life.
The Golden Rule, common to many faith traditions, is “Love one another as you love yourself.” This is predicated on the requirement that you love yourself first. Yes, sometimes loving ourselves is hard to do. In this four-week course, you will learn about self-love and building your love muscle through guided group breath awareness and loving-kindness meditation practices as well as insightful spiritual readings from a variety of inspirational teachers.
All are welcome and no prior meditation experience is required. Just bring an open mind and heart, a keen interest in growing and a willingness to BE in community with others!‘
Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Dancing with the Folks: Ballroom Dancing
Facilitator: Rick Lam.
Rick is a graduate and certified Ballroom Dance Instructor. At a young age Rick fell in love with music and spent many years learning training in voice and piano. Ballroom dancing was a natural fit for Rick. He has many gifts and skills when it comes to Ballroom Dancing. His strongest skill sets are teaching people dance moves by breaking everything down into small steps in order to build and embrace the whole process.
Come learn the art of Ballroom Dancing. Feel the rhythm and beat of the music in your body as you learn the Waltz, Tango, Slow Dance and more. Each week will start with a brief lecture and then move into learning the practical dance steps. Come as a single person, come as a couple, come just as you are. Happy feet make happy hearts. Happy hearts make happy souls. Moreover, according to statistics, serious Ballroom Dancers could obtain the benefit of preventing Alzheimers/Dementia up to 73%. In order to keep our spirit healthy and growing, we need to take good care of our physical health and mental health.
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Living the Questions: An Introduction to Progressive Christianity
Facilitator: Andrew Holmes.
Andrew is the Team Lead for Life Long Spiritual Development and Volunteer Engagement at MCC Toronto. Andrew is also a Clergy Candidate and doing his internship with MCC Toronto. A skilled Facilitator, Andrew enjoys exploring and asking curious questions about spirituality, theology and community.
You are invited to come on a journey. To think theologically. To question everything and to wonder out loud. Through exposure to provocative theological and spiritual insights and the engagement of small group conversations, participants in Living the Questions will experience how profoundly important the journey itself is. So come as you are, get ready to question, doubt, explore and grow in your understanding of spirituality in a progressing church. We will focus on what it means to think theologically, taking the bible seriously, the life of Jesus and so much more. Come and dare to Live the Questions.
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Facilitator: Angela Woppman.
Angela is a MMA Conditioning Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). She is also a Master Trainer for Fitness kickboxing Canada (FKCI) and was their “2012 Trainer or the Year” for Ontario. Angela is also the Head Instructor for ABC Women’s Self-Defense Canada, offering Women’s Empowerment and Self-Defense Seminars. Angela is a 2nd Degree Black Belt in ITF Taekwon-do and holds a Black Belt level in Kickboxing through FKCI.
Finding harmony and balance in our lives sometimes means focusing on our bodies. Scripture states our bodies are temples, a dwelling place for God. Our bodies are sacred and deeply connected to the divine source of life. Caring for our bodies is one way we care for our spiritual selves. Mind, Body, Soul and Heart are deeply connected to each other. Through Kickboxing we can get in touch with our bodies and develop a sense of balance, coordination and endurance. Through this course we will become more aware of our breath and body connection. Each week we will review and expand on various kickboxing techniques. Together we will work on getting into shape, build community and support one another to reach our goals.
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm
Meditation Practices for Spiritual Growth
Facilitator: Barb McIntosh.
A skilled Facilitator and Guide, Barb’s work is informed by 25 years of counselling and program development, and by years of intensive study and exploration of many contemplative traditions and spiritual practices. Barb is most passionate about supporting people in tapping in tot their own personal gifts and energetic well-being.
If you are looking to explore and grow in your spiritual life, to connect more deeply with your body, mind, soul and heart, this course will help you discover the tools and practices that work best for you. Come learn the art and gift of meditation and mindfulness. Leave with the possibility of connecting practices to your own inner spiritual life. Come and connect with others, yourself and God.
The Queer and Holy Spirit: A Queer look at the Book of Acts
Facilitator: Robbie Walker.
Rob has been a part of MCC Toronto since 2011. Rob is currently entering his second year as a PhD Theological Studies student at Trinity College in Toronto. Rob loves bible study, healing ministry, preaching, Netflix, reading and Star Trek!
Ever wonder what the Book of Acts is all about. Ever wonder what Queer Theology is. Come bring your questions. Learn how to look at scripture with queer eyes. As we explore the gifts of Holy Spirit we might just discover our own unique gifts. Together we are invited to go a bit deeper in our practice of prayer, evangelism, social justice, healing and community.
Yoga for All
Facilitator: David Johnston.
David is a charismatic and free spirited yoga teacher. He has taught Yoga in various formats around Toronto since 2005. David is humble enough to know that an effective yoga/meditation practice can guide one through some dark times. In addition to Yoga, David can be found teaching Grade Six and bombing around on his motorcycle.
Are you looking for a way to bring balance and harmony into your life? Why not try Yoga. Yoga embraces mind, body, soul and heart that can lead participants into a greater awareness of themselves, their sense of spirituality and connection with community and God. Each week we will begin with a seated meditation that helps us to be still and get in touch with our center. Throughout the evening we will move with and through sitting poses, standing poses, balancing poses and final poses. The yoga experience finishes as it begins with a meditation that brings a cohesive flow of energy for each participant. All levels of yoga experience are welcome.
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
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