What we're about

Many of us crave deeper connections in life. Not only with others, but ourselves, the environment around us, the physical world we live in, the infinite universe, or The Divine itself. Creating connection can take on many meanings and can look different for each of us.

Whether you feel it through your mind, your body or inner being, Deep Connection eludes many of us, thanks, in part, to the noise of the distractions all around us every day. Technology, social media, cultural expectations, schedules too busy to manage, etc., all can dampen our ability to make the very connections that we're craving for in our every day lives.

In this meetup, we will explore these barriers to true connection and help uncover the key principles to breaking through into those 10 seconds of courage that can transform the way you interact and engage, while at the same time learning to exercise your listening muscle to take these connections beyond scratching the surface and into real, authentic relationships.

Utilizing effective models and practices such as Conversation Cafés, TED Talk Discussions, Retreats, & Workshops, Free Listening Stations, Reading Groups, Food & Nutrition Awareness, Physical Mindfulness, Pay-it-Forward Actions, the Zentangle Method, the Kindness Rocks Project, Care & Compassion Programs, Adult Colouring Therapy, and many others, a more compelling picture can begin to emerge for you, and help create a greater awareness of how everything is so very interconnected.

In the end, our goal is to create opportunities for you to experience this awakening and transformation, that in the end will allow you to find more connection and wholeness in your life. We look forward to our journey together.

Upcoming events (5)

[ONLINE] Guided Watercolour Art Class @ 1:00 PM

Online event

"When you can't go outside, go inside" and find a little distraction from the uncertainty of current world issues with this on-line art class featuring guided watercolour techniques. Bring your curiosity to a meaningful activity that includes a mixture of stimulation, reflection, thought provocation, peaceful calm, relaxation and mindfulness. For the purpose and timing of this class, we will focus on a watercolor art piece, but feel free to use whatever tools you have in your art bag (crayon, lead pencils, colored pencil crayons, charcoal, marker, etc.) Your guide will be Cathy Wild, a Barrie resident who began painting as therapy in April 2016 after her own journey through self discovery after brain surgery. Some of her art has been on display at The Edge Gallery and at The Barrie Art Club. Through an association with the Community Wholeness Centre, Cathy is excited to volunteer her time in helping others paint while continuing her own recovery. May you find yourself inspired by the giftedness that emerges through your creations. MATERIALS: Regular paper or craft paper, or sketch paper for pencils and pencil crayons. Watercolor paper for watercolors, preferably 140 lb. This can be Canson’s from Walmart or wherever you are able to order or pick up supplies. Pencil, painters tape, backer board (to tape art paper/canvas to), paper towel, brushes Curry’s #0, #3 & #6, water dish (for rinsing brushes), water dish, paper towel, access to computer or cell with camera to see and follow demonstration. All levels of skill and experience are welcome. Hope to see you there, and if you are in need of a ride, please send a message to have one arranged. DATE/TIME: Every Tuesday @ 1:00 PM (DST) ZOOM ONLINE: From the comfort of your own space, click the link under "Online event" over on the right (after you've RSVPed) to join the video conference on your phone, tablet or PC. NOTE: The RSVPs here represent only some folks who may attend since this event is advertised through several other on-line and print mediums. ABOUT CREATING CONNECTION CANADA Creating Connection is a network of welcoming and inclusive communities committed to sharing in authentic conversation, promoting meaningful activities and fostering holistic wellness practices. We are LGBTQ+ affirming. Please visit our Products 4 Purpose online store (http://www.products4purpose.ca) to make a purchase (or leave a donation) that benefits our meaningful partner organizations, gifted artisans and local operations. Your support is gratefully appreciated! 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 weekend retreats. Experience workshops, presentations, holistic wellness practices and other activities that help explore the inner self while connecting externally with others, the world around us and the divine. email: [masked] https://www.connectionretreat.com/

[ONLINE] Vinyasa Yoga Flow @ 8pm

Online event

Create space in your week for some “you time” - Get out of your head and into your body! You are invited to attend our weekly Vinyasa Yoga Flow with Danica Beth, our certified instructor, and connect live with her on-line from the comfort of your own space. In this class you will coordinate movement with breath to flow from one pose to the next (e.g. from Chaturanga to Upward-Facing Dog to Downward-Facing Dog, etc.​)​ Whether you are new to yoga or a seasoned yogi, all skill and experience levels are welcome and accommodated. Please consider having a water bottle on hand and, if interested, a notebook and pen to journal some reflective notes in. Don't forget to connect 10-15 minutes ahead of time to check your set-up and sound levels (but please be aware the session may be locked at 8:40 pm for security reasons). We can't wait to share in this practice with you!

[ONLINE] Qigong Wellness - Home Edition (Shinsei Way) @ 10am

Shinsei/Qigong develops and promotes wellness through gentle breathing and moving exercises, meditation and facilitated discussion. Improve your health, reduce your stress, and enrich your life. During this time of COVID-19 physical distancing and home sequestering, William will be providing an armchair edition of Qigong with a basic introduction to this ancient practice, some simple movements you can learn to do at home, meditation moments and an opportunity for Q&A. DATE/TIME: Every Tuesday & Thursday @ 10:00 AM (EDT) FACEBOOK LIVE: Tune-in to the live video stream and follow along (or view previous sessions) at our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/creatingconnectioncanada/live ZOOM ONLINE: From the comfort of your own space, click the link under "Online event" to the right (after you've RSVPed) to join the video conference on your phone, tablet or PC. DIAL-IN AUDIO: Can't do video? Just dial-in from your home/cell phone and punch in the meeting ID number. Phone Number:[masked] Meeting ID: (see 9 digits in link to the right under "Online event") Hope to see you there. Here's to your health! NOTE: The RSVPs here represent only partial list of attendees as this event is advertised in many different places. ABOUT QIGONG & THE SHINSEI WAY Shinsei is about change. It is a Japanese word signifying rebirth, starting over, and renewing one’s self. This unique program helps develop healthier, happier, and more satisfying lifestyles in a congenial and professional setting. Learn to control and manage the negative stress and lifestyle issues that damage our lives. These classes are designed to take you from introductory to more involved levels as you develop your practice creating a more positive, energized and relaxed focus to life and living. ABOUT CREATING CONNECTION CANADA Creating Connection is a network of welcoming and inclusive communities committed to sharing in authentic conversation, promoting meaningful activities and fostering holistic wellness practices. We are LGBTQ+ affirming. Please visit our Products 4 Purpose online store (http://www.products4purpose.ca) to make a purchase (or leave a donation) that benefits our meaningful partner organizations, gifted artisans and local operations. Your support is gratefully appreciated! 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 weekend retreats. Experience workshops, presentations, holistic wellness practices and other activities that help explore the inner self while connecting externally with others, the world around us and the divine. email: [masked] https://www.connectionretreat.com/

[ONLINE] Guided Watercolour Art Class @ 1:00 PM

Online event

"When you can't go outside, go inside" and find a little distraction from the uncertainty of current world issues with this on-line art class featuring guided watercolour techniques. Bring your curiosity to a meaningful activity that includes a mixture of stimulation, reflection, thought provocation, peaceful calm, relaxation and mindfulness. For the purpose and timing of this class, we will focus on a watercolor art piece, but feel free to use whatever tools you have in your art bag (crayon, lead pencils, colored pencil crayons, charcoal, marker, etc.) Your guide will be Cathy Wild, a Barrie resident who began painting as therapy in April 2016 after her own journey through self discovery after brain surgery. Some of her art has been on display at The Edge Gallery and at The Barrie Art Club. Through an association with the Community Wholeness Centre, Cathy is excited to volunteer her time in helping others paint while continuing her own recovery. May you find yourself inspired by the giftedness that emerges through your creations. MATERIALS: Regular paper or craft paper, or sketch paper for pencils and pencil crayons. Watercolor paper for watercolors, preferably 140 lb. This can be Canson’s from Walmart or wherever you are able to order or pick up supplies. Pencil, painters tape, backer board (to tape art paper/canvas to), paper towel, brushes Curry’s #0, #3 & #6, water dish (for rinsing brushes), water dish, paper towel, access to computer or cell with camera to see and follow demonstration. All levels of skill and experience are welcome. Hope to see you there, and if you are in need of a ride, please send a message to have one arranged. DATE/TIME: Every Tuesday @ 1:00 PM (DST) ZOOM ONLINE: From the comfort of your own space, click the link under "Online event" over on the right (after you've RSVPed) to join the video conference on your phone, tablet or PC. NOTE: The RSVPs here represent only some folks who may attend since this event is advertised through several other on-line and print mediums. ABOUT CREATING CONNECTION CANADA Creating Connection is a network of welcoming and inclusive communities committed to sharing in authentic conversation, promoting meaningful activities and fostering holistic wellness practices. We are LGBTQ+ affirming. Please visit our Products 4 Purpose online store (http://www.products4purpose.ca) to make a purchase (or leave a donation) that benefits our meaningful partner organizations, gifted artisans and local operations. Your support is gratefully appreciated! 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 weekend retreats. Experience workshops, presentations, holistic wellness practices and other activities that help explore the inner self while connecting externally with others, the world around us and the divine. email: [masked] https://www.connectionretreat.com/

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