• Scrabble Club Open Game Night

    Creating Connection Barrie

    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

    Casa Cappuccino

    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!

  • Facilitator Workshop Weekend

    Creating Connection Barrie

    Have you felt called to organize or facilitate a connection group in your area? Or perhaps you already facilitate one and are looking to exchange ideas and best practices with others. This weekend is an opportunity to be introduced to facilitation and take your skills to the next level. Over these two days you can… - Experience an active Community Centreplace - Learn practical models for forming inclusive and meaningful communities - Explore a marketing/networking starter kit - Participate in a community experience activity - Share ideas and learn from others Lunch, snacks and refreshments will be provided. The cost to attend is a nominal $50 to help cover expenses. More details will be added as the planning continues. Space is limited so be sure to register today. https://workshop.creatingconnection.ca If you have any questions, please contact us by phone at[masked] or email to [masked]. See you there!

  • Community Shared Meal (Potluck)

    Creating Connection Barrie

    Community IS the experience, and what better way is there then over good food and social networking. Every month the community is warmly invite to share in a potluck meal together. There will be conversation, stories, laughter, caring, reflecting, connecting, and getting to know others a little bit better. The experience is sure to create many memorable moments of meaning. Please RSVP if you do hope to be there and what dish you might bring along with you. This helps with numbers, knowing who will be there and what food will be available. There is an oven available if you need to heat anything up. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Food is available after 6:00 pm. Drop in anytime. Stay as long as you are able. This month our meal will be followed by a TED Talk video and discussion group, so please consider staying afterwards. All are welcome. Feel free to bring a friend (especially if they are new in town), and if you need a ride, just send a message and one can be arranged. See you there. Bon Appétit! NOTE: The RSVPs here represent only some folks who may attend as this event is advertised through several other on-line and print channels. LOCATION: Our new community centreplace 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, goodwill donations are welcomed (and gratefully appreciated), which 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 Fall Retreat Friday Sep 6 - Sunday, Sep 8, 2019 "Live Life Meaningfully Together" email: [masked] https://www.connectionretreat.com/

  • TED Talk Discussion Group

    Creating Connection Barrie

    For people who enjoy TED talks, big ideas and great communication, this meetup is an opportunity to take TED talk learning to the next level. Through sharing your thoughts and perspectives with others, great conversations often emerge, sometimes in transforming ways. You'll be encouraged to relate the content of the talks to your own life and experiences, and your ideas can be strengthened by sharing them with fellow group members. It's a fun way to meet positive people, adopt a sense of belonging, and embrace life long learning in a relaxed environment. Doors open at 7:00 pm and things get underway at 7:30 pm with a brief introduction before watching the TED video on a large 65" HDTV, followed by facilitated discussion and Q&A. While dialogue is encouraged over debate, diverse perspectives are welcome. Watch, discuss, and get inspired. PS: If you have not seen a TED talk before and would like to know what one is... visit http://www.ted.com/about/our-organization. All are welcome. Feel free to bring a friend (especially if they are new in town), and if you need a ride, just send a message and one can be arranged. NOTE: The RSVPs here represent only some folks who may attend as this event is advertised through several other on-line and print channels. LOCATION: Our community centreplace 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 recommended (for those who are able) and gratefully appreciated, and help to continue providing this space, activities, events and programs 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 Retreats 3 times per year in Feb, May and Sep "Live Life Meaningfully Together" email: [masked] https://www.connectionretreat.com/

  • Guided Mindfulness and Zen Meditation

    Creating Connection Barrie

    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/

  • History, Theology & Philosophy Lectures

    Creating Connection Barrie

    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. 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

    Creating Connection Barrie

    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

    Casa Cappuccino

    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!

  • Guided Mindfulness and Zen Meditation

    Creating Connection Barrie

    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/