What we're about

This group creates opportunities for you to experience deeper connections in life - either within yourself, with others, the world around us, or the divine cosmos itself. Whether you feel it through your mind, your body or your inner being, there can be an awakening and/or transformation that, in the end, leads to greater wholeness, purpose and a sense of belonging.

Utilizing effective models and practices such as Conversation Cafés, TED Talk Discussions, Weekend Retreats, Workshops and Seminars, Sacred Listening Circles, Book Clubs, Food & Nutrition Classes, Holistic Mind-Body Practices, Mindfulness and Meditation, Pay-it-Forward Campaigns, Krafting Kindness Activities, Care & Compassion Programs, Adult Colouring Therapy, Zentangling and Journalling , and many others, a more compelling picture begins to emerge of how everything is interconnected.

WHAT FOLKS ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS MEETUP

"Another stellar moment at Coffee Culture. Love to share with all of you." -Lois C.

"Another great meeting, always good conversation, and friendly atmosphere." -Mel R.

"Good & Good. As usual. Always enjoyable." -Christine G.

"I am so grateful for our connection this morning. What a genuine community, I am so glad I made it out. I will be back!" -Anne M.

"I had a fantastic time. Friendly people and fascinating topics." -Shane K.

"I felt very welcomed to your group. I wasn't sure what to expect, what would happen or what we would talk about. I was pleasantly surprised, I enjoyed myself. Thank you. In fact, the topic of discussion stayed with me for several hours, it did broaden my mind. Great morning." -Barb M.

ABOUT US

Creating Connection Canada is a network of welcoming and inclusive communities committed to sharing authentic conversation, promoting meaningful activities and fostering holistic mind-body practices.

Our mission to invite everyone into community, to continually learn & grow, to abolish poverty & end needless suffering, to pursue peace & justice, and to live life meaningfully together.

By welcoming and accepting people of every walk of life, culture, faith or tradition (including those who identify as “more spiritual than religious”, humanist, agnostic, or searching for meaning), the collective experience transcends the sum of our individual ways of being, and meaningful community is formed.

Creating Connection Canada
Website: https://www.creatingconnection.ca/
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Guided Mindfulness and Zen Meditation

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A weekly holistic practice based on the Zen Buddhist tradition and the Mindfulness technique which is led by your guide Leandro Palacios as we connect live with him on-line from the comfort of our Community Centre Place and 65" HDTV. These sessions are open to everyone: all religious and ethnic backgrounds, gender identities and expressions are welcome. Respect for all spiritual types and sensibilities is embraced, from those who simply wish to achieve deep relaxation, manage stress, anxiety, and depression, to those who walk the path of spiritual growth. You decide what the meaning of your meditation is. The first section is guided and designed to help find the right posture and breathing rhythm through focusing the mind and exploring our consciousness. This is followed by some gentle yoga and stretching exercises to relax the core muscles, and then 10 minutes of silent, unguided meditation. The session is closed out with chanting of simple mantras (short phrases). All levels are welcome. This is a judgment-free, non-competitive environment. You're invited to sit on a chair or your own meditation cushion. Please feel free to bring a change of clothes to make your practice more comfortable. Doors open at 5:30 pm to allow time for greetings and centering preparations. Meditation begins at 6:00 pm. The guided part ends at 7:00 pm, at which point the space is reconfigured for the incoming lecture series, which everyone is welcome to stay for, followed by the exchange of ideas over complimentary snacks and beverages. Hope to see you there, and as always, if you are in need of a ride, please send a message to have one arranged. NOTE: The RSVPs here represent only some folks who may attend since this event is advertised through several other on-line and print mediums. LOCATION: Our new community centreplace is located at the bottom of Bayfield St., next to the parking lot across the street from the Salvation Army. PS: Though there is no cost for this activity, a goodwill donation of $5 is suggested (for those who can) to help continue providing this space, activities, events and programming to the surrounding community. Tax receipts can be issued for amounts of $20 or more. You can also visit our Products 4 Purpose store in-house or online (http://www.products4purpose.ca) and make a purchase that benefits our meaningful partner organizations, gifted artisans and local operations. Your support is gratefully appreciated! Creating Connection Barrie 12 Chase McEachern Way, L4M 1A1 email: [masked] Website: https://barrie.creatingconnection.ca Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barriecreatingconnection/ Creating Connection Barrie is a charter member of Creating Connection Canada, a network of welcoming and inclusive communities committed to sharing authentic conversation, promoting meaningful activities and fostering holistic mind-body practices. By welcoming and accepting people of every walk of life, culture, faith or tradition (including those who identify as “more spiritual than religious”, humanist, agnostic, or searching for meaning), the collective experience transcends the sum of our individual ways of being, and meaningful community is formed. Creating Connection Canada Website: https://www.creatingconnection.ca/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creatingconnectioncanada/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creatingconnexion/ WEEKEND RETREATS Do you long for deeper, more meaningful connection? Then consider attending one of our upcoming weekend retreats. Experience workshops and presentations that focus on the theme “Live Life Meaningfully Together” and the option to participate in holistic mind-body practices and other meaningful activities. It's an opportunity to explore yourself while connecting with others. Creating Connection Spring Retreat Friday May 31 - Sunday, June 2, 2019 "Live Life Meaningfully Together" email: [masked] https://www.connectionretreat.com/

LECTURE SERIES: The Romance of Abelard and Heloise

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For those with a desire to "continually learn and grow", you are invited to attend these weekly seminars on a wide variety of topics within the fields of history, theology, and philosophy. Each seminar is presented by local historian John C. Hamer or a special guest. No particular set of beliefs (or creed) is required to be a part of this community building activity. Diverse perspectives are welcome. THIS WEEK: A romantic tragedy between two Medieval philosophers: his castration and her becoming a nun. FREE OPEN LECTURE Abelard and Heloise are among the great scholastic philosophers of the 12th century. Their affair led to their secret marriage, and ultimately his castration by her relatives. Nevertheless their letters have kept the romance alive for centuries, and his philosophical ideas helped change Western history. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Live stream lecture with interactive Q&A begins at 7:30 pm on our giant 65" HDTV. Local discussion to follow over complimentary snacks and beverages. Hope to see you there, and as always, if you are in need of a ride, please send a message and one can be arranged. NOTE: The RSVPs here represent only some folks who may attend since this event is advertised through several other on-line and print mediums. LOCATION: Our new Community Centre Place is located at the bottom of Bayfield St., next to the parking lot across the street from the Salvation Army. PS: Though there is no cost for this activity, a goodwill donation of $5 is suggested (for those who can) to help continue providing this space, activities, events and programming to the surrounding community. Tax receipts can be issued for amounts of $20 or more. You can also visit our Products 4 Purpose store in-house or online (http://www.products4purpose.ca) and make a purchase that benefits our meaningful partner organizations, gifted artisans and local operations. Your support is gratefully appreciated! Creating Connection Barrie 12 Chase McEachern Way, L4M 1A1 email: [masked] Website: https://barrie.creatingconnection.ca Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barriecreatingconnection/ Creating Connection Barrie is a charter member of Creating Connection Canada, a network of welcoming and inclusive communities committed to sharing authentic conversation, promoting meaningful activities and fostering holistic mind-body practices. By welcoming and accepting people of every walk of life, culture, faith or tradition (including those who identify as “more spiritual than religious”, humanist, agnostic, or searching for meaning), the collective experience transcends the sum of our individual ways of being, and meaningful community is formed. These communities are diverse and multi-faceted, expressing the inspirations, aspirations, wisdom, practices and blessings of all. In embracing this unity we discover a dialogue that is enriched by different backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. This inclusive outlook helps build relationships of trust, belonging and inner peace. Creating Connection Canada Website: https://www.creatingconnection.ca/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creatingconnectioncanada/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creatingconnexion/ WEEKEND RETREATS Do you long for deeper, more meaningful connection? Then consider attending one of our upcoming weekend retreats. Experience workshops and presentations that focus on the theme “Live Life Meaningfully Together” and the option to participate in holistic mind-body practices and other meaningful activities. It's an opportunity to explore yourself while connecting with others. Creating Connection Spring Retreat Friday Sept 6 - Sunday, Sep 8, 2019 "Live Life Meaningfully Together" email: [masked] https://www.connectionretreat.com/

Scrabble Club Open Game Night

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Good conversation can happen while having some fun too! This enthusiastic group of Scrabble players meets each week for an evening of games, friends and community every Wednesday night from 6 pm to 9 pm as Barrie's newest Official Scrabble Club (https://scrabbleplayers.org/w/Recreational_Clubs#ONTARIO) All players and all levels of skill are welcome to take part in a round of three recreational games each week. You are invited to this casual time of meeting and connecting with others. Participate in all three games or sit out a round or two while hanging out with others in the lounge area over soft conversation or as a spectator Rounds are 50 minutes long with a short time of socializing between games. A nominal cash prize is awarded for highest combined individual score and word played with the most points. Entry fee is $5 for 3 games and includes snacks and treats. Coffee, tea, water and cold drinks will also be available. Please bring your own scrabble board if you have one (but its not required). Doors open at 5:30 pm. Game play begins at 6:15 PM. Hope to see you there, and if you are in need of a ride, please send a message and one can be arranged. NOTE: The RSVPs here represent only some folks who may attend since this event is advertised through several other on-line and print mediums. LOCATION: Creating Connection Barrie located at the bottom of Bayfield St., next to the parking lot across the street from the Salvation Army. Please consider visiting our Products 4 Purpose store in-house or online (http://www.products4purpose.ca) and make a purchase that benefits our meaningful partner organizations, gifted artisans and local operations. Your support is gratefully appreciated! Creating Connection Barrie 12 Chase McEachern Way, L4M 1A1 email: [masked] Website: https://barrie.creatingconnection.ca Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barriecreatingconnection/ Creating Connection Barrie is a charter member of Creating Connection Canada, a network of welcoming and inclusive communities committed to sharing authentic conversation, promoting meaningful activities and fostering holistic mind-body practices. By welcoming and accepting people of every walk of life, culture, faith or tradition (including those who identify as “more spiritual than religious”, humanist, agnostic, or searching for meaning), the collective experience transcends the sum of our individual ways of being, and meaningful community is formed. These communities are diverse and multi-faceted, expressing the inspirations, aspirations, wisdom, practices and blessings of all. In embracing this unity we discover a dialogue that is enriched by different backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. This inclusive outlook helps build relationships of trust, belonging and inner peace. Creating Connection Canada Website: https://www.creatingconnection.ca/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creatingconnectioncanada/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creatingconnexion/ WEEKEND RETREATS Do you long for deeper, more meaningful connection? Then consider attending one of our upcoming weekend retreats. Experience workshops and presentations that focus on the theme “Live Life Meaningfully Together” and the option to participate in holistic mind-body practices and other meaningful activities. It's an opportunity to explore yourself while connecting with others. Creating Connection Spring Retreat Friday Sept 6 - Sunday, Sept 8, 2019 "Live Life Meaningfully Together" email: [masked] https://www.connectionretreat.com/

Community Conversations

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Creating Connection One Conversation at a Time Join us for meaningful conversation, connect with others and meet new friends, as we discuss the week's topic and some deeper questions together. We offer a safe, inclusive, casual, and accepting environment that encourages dialogue over debate through sharing from our diverse perspectives and experiences. We enjoy going beyond small talk, while at the same time building community, creating meaning, and valuing the worth of all persons, in an effort to promote peace and understanding in the world by envisioning our role together... and your voice matters! Come, simply to discover yourself amidst a community on a common journey, or to leave just a little bit better then you came. Come, listen, share, and find meaning here. We welcome you. P.S. Street parking is free in the evenings, but can be difficult to find. We recommend using the parking garage next to the TD Canada Trust on Collier Street. Its also free and only a block and a half away from the coffee shop. See you there!

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