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Sunday Qigong Circle

MINDFULNESS, MEDITATION, MOVEMENT

VIRTUAL: Wed. Nov 13.th- Dec.4th

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Sunday Qigong Circle…

A Sunday Somatic Practice to heal in connection and relationship with your wise body

 

Our Sunday Qigong Circle offers a warm, welcoming circle for you to celebrate your body as a sanctuary for wisdom and healing… to explore being bodyful.

 
Becoming “Bodyful” with Mindfulness, Meditation & Movement

Each Sunday, we will take time to pause, connect to our wise body and restore whole-body health through the healing practice of Qigong (chee-gong). Somatic Qigong brings together the body wisdom of somatics with gentle, easy-to-learn body movements and breathing of Qigong that still your mind, move your emotions and restore the flow of life-energy or “Qi” to your body. Our circle offers a compassionate, body-oriented and trauma-informed experience.

  • Being gently present in your body: noticing its wise cues
  • Finding space in your body to feel again, with patience and respect for your limits.
  • Discover safety in your body
  • Exploring what it means to be compassionate with yourself.
  • Discerning the choices that support feeling settled and comfortable in your body.
 
Benefits of Somatic Qigong
  • Supports self-regulation and resilience
  • Reduces symptoms of stress
  • Enhances our capacity for empathy
  • Builds awareness of our body cues
  • Helps us feel grounded and think clearer
 
 
Dates & Times | Virtual I Drop-In Registration
  • Sunday Morrnings I 9:00am-10:00am PST I November 13- December 4, 2022
  • $15 +GST
  • A sliding scale is open to all. If you want to be part of the circle, simply Get in Touch with Elisa.
 
Everyone Welcome

An inclusive, warm, welcoming approach makes this a class for everyone to experience. No experience needed… only your presence!

 
Description

The class is delivered live as an Online Zoom Class. Once registered, you will be sent simple instructions to connect to Zoom and join the class.

 

Just over a year ago you helped me discover where my edges are and changed my life. Thank you!

Janet

Somatic Therapy Client

TIME FOR REFLECTION

ONLINE: Tues., Nov. 1- Dec. 6, 2022

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Shorter Days Give Time for Reflection

Late Fall teaches us about the importance of taking time for reflection. AS the days become shorter, nature gives us the opportunity to notice what nourishes our body and what pulls us farther away from feeling balanced and rested inside. That somatic awareness can help us self-regulate and support emotions such as

sadness,
grief,
or melancholy
 
that we can experience during late fall. 
 
With wonder, curiosity, and patience, we will explore the wise body cues that support our wellbeing during the change of seasons.
 
Becoming “Bodyful” with Mindfulness, Meditation & Movement

Each Wednesday, we will take time to pause, connect to our wise body and restore whole-body health through the healing practice of Qigong (chee-gong). Somatic Qigong brings together the body wisdom of somatics with gentle, easy-to-learn body movements and breathing of Qigong that still your mind, move your emotions and restore the flow of life-energy or “Qi” to your body. Our circle offers a compassionate, body-oriented and trauma-informed experience. 

 

Dates, Times and  Drop-In Fee

Tuesday, Nov. 1st – Wednesday, Dec 6th, 2022.

10:30am – 11:30am PST

Class Drop In: $15 + GST

 

Everyone Welcome

Qigong’s simplicity and Elisa’s warm, welcoming approach makes this a class for everyone to experience. No experience needed… only your presence!

 

Payment

A sliding scale is open to all. If you want to be part of the circle, simply Get in Touch with Elisa.

 
Description

The class is delivered live as an Online Zoom Class. Once registered, you will be sent simple instructions to connect to Zoom and join the class.

Elisa Peterson is an extraordinary teacher. Her remarkable ability to impart her knowledge, skills and wisdom about qi-gong in an engaging, caring and gentle manner brings me back to her time and again. From each session with Elisa, I have gained new insights to further my understanding of qi-gong. The beautifully simple practice of qi-gong has taught me how to quiet my mind and live more fully in the present. I am forever grateful to Elisa for enabling me to bring “better karma” into my life.

Charlene Dulacka

Retired High School Teacher

Trauma-Informed Practice

FOR MASSAGE THERAPISTS

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Trauma-Informed Practice (TIP) for Massage Therapists

Raise Trauma Awareness | Build Compassionate and Collaborative Practices | Promote Resilience and Regulation

 

Facilitator: Elisa Peterson, BA, MEd Candidate, SEP
CMTBC Approved for 10 EIP CECs
 
Dates & Times | Mixed Mode Delivery
  • Online: Friday Evening I 6:30pm-8:30pm PST
  • In-person: Saturday and Sunday I  9:30am- 4:30pm PST
 
About Trauma-Informed Practice for Massage Therapists

A Trauma-Informed Practice fosters an environment where the diversity of each patient’s lived experience is met with compassion, safety and awareness to provide care and service effectively, and respectfully. Trauma-Informed Practice (TIP) for Massage Therapists is a unique training that integrates cognitive and contemplative learning to support massage therapists in creating a trauma-informed environment for their patients. Prevalence of trauma in all communities makes it such that clinicians are both knowingly and unknowingly treating patients who have experienced trauma.  The goal of the training is to raise awareness of trauma and help massage therapists develop polyvagal-informed communication skills that build safety and trust in the therapeutic relationship.

 
Integrated Learning Approach

Our training combines foundational, didactic theory with experiential, contemplative practices such as reflection, movement, and sensory self-awareness to build an integrative learning experience for students.

 
Curriculum At-A-Glance

For a list of Learning Outcomes: Please Contact Elisa.

I. Trauma through the Lens of the Nervous System

  • Your Brain and Trauma
  • Neuroception
  • Threat Response or Self-Protection Cycle
  • Neurobiological Safety and Trauma
  • Sources of Trauma and Statistics

II. Introduction to Polyvagal Theory:

  • Our Evolved Social Engagement System
  • Communicating Cues of Safety
  • Sensory Cues of Safety in the Body

III. Physiological Symptoms of Stress and Trauma

IV. The Science of Safety in the Therapeutic Relationship

  • Neural Regulation and Communication in the Social Engagement System
  • Principles of Neurobiological Safety, Building Our Felt Sense of Safety
  • Benefits for Therapeutic Relationship and Treatment Efficacy

V. Scope of Practice and Trauma Support Referrals

VI. Neural Regulation Exercises for Massage Therapists

 
Sliding Scale | Open to Everyone

If you would like to be part of the training,  Get in Touch with Elisa.

Donated Class Fee | Healing As A Community

10% of your registration fees will be donated to support Indigenous Communities of Canada:

Details

LocationHollyburn Family Services

Venue Phone: +1 604-987-8211

Address: 267 Esplanade West, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V7M 1A5

Elisa is a true healer. She has beautifully integrated her expertise in many healing therapies with her passion for teaching qigong. The result is a unique experience that will create an opportunity for you to heal, grow, and transform your life. Elisa’s open heart and old soul wisdom is the perfect companion for your journey. Enjoy! 

Dr. Jason Loken, RMT, ND

Naturopathic Doctor, Author