Click on any of the following sessions to learn more about what we can offer and how it can positively impact you and your team. These sessions can be offered as stand-alone experiences or be woven together as a series. Half or full-day events can also be arranged.

Next, click on “say hello” and send us a little more information so that we can learn more about your group and craft an educational experience just for you. If you’d prefer, feel free to email or call us directly and we can have a conversation. That would be lovely too.

Offerings

 /ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/
To be fully present in the moment to the mind, body and surroundings, with a level of curiosity and kindness.

Being mindful is all about awareness - awareness of thought, emotion, sensations and surroundings. It’s also about being curious and kind to yourself about what you discover when paying attention to these things in the present moment. Over time, it can help you to begin to respond intelligently to life’s stressors rather than reacting blindly. The practice of mindfulness is one of the most powerful things you can do to enhance your well-being and you don’t need anything but a little guidance to get started.
This session provides a glimpse into the benefits of a mindfulness practice. We’ll demystify mindfulness techniques for people curious about starting a formal practice and offer simple, informal practices to help you live more mindfully in your daily life.

Note: This session can be expanded into a series for groups interested in delving further into the benefits of a mindfulness practice 


The Practice of Mindfulness

/ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/
Expression of appreciation for what one has. It is a recognition of value independent of monetary worth. Spontaneously generated from within, it is an affirmation of goodness and warmth.


In this session, we'll share just enough of the science so you'll understand the why and how behind gratitude and well-being. We'll spend most of our time together working through gratitude practices that will help you move towards a regular gratitude practice of your own that will leave you searching for and finding the good that exists in every day.



Moving Towards Gratitude

/self/kəmˈpaSHən/
Extending compassion to oneself in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure, or general suffering.


Have you ever noticed that you are likely much harder on yourself than you are on others that you care about? In this session, we'll explore the components of self-compassion, how it works differently than self-esteem, and examine how taking a more loving and supportive tone with yourself is actually more motivating than you might think. Get ready to practice and know that you'll leave with several strategies to start embracing self-compassion right away.


embracing Self-Compassion

/ô/ 
the feeling we get in the presence of something vast that challenges our understanding of the world, similar to wonder and amazement. 


The sunrise, that first glimpse of the mountains, the birth of a child. We’ve all likely experienced moments of awe and often, they feel pretty wonderful. In this session, we’ll examine this complex emotion, learn a little about how it positively impacts mental well-being, and cultivate practices to bring more opportunities for awe in our everyday lives. 



searching for awe


Recent advances in positive psychology research have opened the door to a much greater scientific understanding about what makes us happy and what positively impacts our well-being. In this session, we'll touch on just enough of the science to explain the "how" and "why" surrounding certain pillars of wellbeing. We'll spend most of our time together learning and practicing some new skills that you can share with students but that we hope you'll adopt into your own wellness practice as well. Get ready to explore topics like gratitude, joy, and self-compassion through a mindful lens.


Student well-being: practices for the classroom and beyond

/kəˈneksh(ə)n/ 
an association or relationship


Just as we need food, clothing, and shelter, human beings need meaningful social connection to thrive. In this session, we will learn ways to deepen and strengthen our connections with others. We'll examine where we can be more intentional and present in our current relationships and explore how to make new connections. Participants will leave with new practices to implement, enrich, build, and honor their relationships.




cultivating meaningful connection

/joi/ 
 a feeling of great pleasure and happiness  

It sounds and feels wonderful doesn’t it? But can we really choose it? By prioritizing everyday activities that we know bring us sparks of joy and leaning into those experiences, we can choose more joy. Positive psychologists have determined that we have a window of opportunity to create and sustain happiness and joy. In this session we’ll explore practices that can help you to regularly and fully experience joy in the everyday. 

choosing joy



Make a commitment to boost your own well-being through the practice of journaling. Learn several different forms of journaling to creatively express emotion, practice mindfulness, build resilience, and increase well-being. The only supplies needed are a journal, pen, and markers.

Note: This course is most effectively delivered as three, one hour sessions.



journaling for wellness

 \ ˈjər-nᵊl \ 
a record of experiences, ideas, or reflections kept regularly for private use

/ˌmedəˈtāsh(ə)n/ 
a practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualization, the breath, movement, or attention itself to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth. 


Meditation is a great practice to cultivate resilience amongst humans. It is also a brilliant tool to practice self care, embrace change, find a sense of purpose, and develop social networks. A regular meditation practice can be incorporated into the routines of individuals, businesses, and groups. This practice can be used preventatively (spending more time in the parasympathetic nervous system ) to create a greater sense of patience and clarity while also building problem solving skills. Meditation can also be utilized prescriptively to manage stress and regulate our bodies and minds. Meditation classes are guided in a non-religious manner. 

Note: Meditation classes can run as an individual 6 week series or an independent introduction class. 

meditation

/ˈyōɡə/ 
a type of exercise in which you move your body into various positions in order to become more fit or flexible, to improve your breathing, and to relax your mind. 

The practice of yoga has proven to be beneficial to people for a variety of reasons including; increasing strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, core, stability, and fostering recovery. Breathwork, mindfulness, and mindset will also be introduced throughout sessions to instill the importance of the mind/body connection to foster one’s well-being. 



youth yoga

 /ˈmen(t)l/ˈtəfnəs/ 
“the psychological edge that enables you to generally cope better than your opponents with the many demands of performance. specifically, to be more consistent and better than your opponents in remaining determined, focused, confident, and in control under pressure.” (jones,hanton, & connaughton, 2002). 

As parents and coaches, we want the best experience for our children and youth. We want them to reach their full potential and to build resilience and grit to help them deal with challenges and setbacks in sport and in life. We hope that they’ll contribute to a positive learning environment, maintain a positive growth mindset, and approach others with a sense of gratitude and humility. We want to see them build skills to embrace challenges and not just survive but thrive under healthy pressure. Building Mental Toughness can assist athletes and performers in all these areas. Contact us for more information regarding a mental toughness education plan for your group (ages 13+ please).

mental toughness for athletes and performers

 \ in-ˈten(t)-shən \
what one intends to do or bring about

In this session we will learn about the value of setting intentions including exploring what areas of your life might benefit from intention. This session has a focus on how you want to feel and what inspired actions can you take to get you there. We'll also discover how intentions are different from goals. We'll spend some time creating and reflecting on our boards all while connecting with each other. 

Intention boards

This series offers an introduction to mindfulness and mindful meditation with a focus on movement and reflection throughout one’s practice. This blended approach provides layers of wellness benefits in an active and engaging format. This series is fitting for adults of all ages and differing physical abilities. Each session will host a theme to implement into each area of focus. Themes include: Gratitude, Compassion, and Joy.

Presence 

/ˈprezəns/
the state of being present

In this session, educators from The Nest Project will guide you through the different components of a personal mental wellness plan. We will touch on physical wellness and how it contributes to mental well-being and resilience but spend most of the time exploring mental well-being practices and information. Join us to explore your individual strengths and practices and learn new ways to foster well-being. Plan to move, learn, create, and set intentions for your personal wellness.

ENhancing Well-being: A Personal planning approach

Enhancing well-being: A personal planning approach

CONSIDER: Our educators are not physicians, psychologists, mental health therapists, or counsellors. Services offered by The Nest Project are educational in nature and are intended to introduce participants to general information, discussion and activities designed to promote well-being. No services are meant as mental health advice or counselling nor should they replace or be a substitute for mental health care provided by a physician or mental health professional.
We are practicing physical distancing and COVID 19 recommendations set out by Alberta Health.




We are practicing Physical Distancing and COVID-19 Recommendations set out by Alberta Health.