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Drop-in Courses Workshops

Teacher: Amanda

Exploring Elderhood: Mini-Retreat for Women 50+ ($30)

This mini-retreat will be held at RiverSound Retreat Centre in Fergus.

Nurture yourself in a mini-retreat for women 50+, a unique opportunity to learn about new possibilities for aging well and claiming your wisdom. The afternoon will include gentle yoga, guided meditation, and community in a beautiful natural setting at RiverSound Retreat. This special time for inner reflection will help you envision what it can be like to grow Elder rather than elderly.

RiverSound Retreat Centre in Fergus offers a unique private location in a yurt by the Grand River. You will feel the energy and intention the moment you enter. Please bring a yoga mat and water bottle and wear comfortable clothing. Yoga props provided.

If you are considering joining Legacy: The Sacred Journey to Elderhood, this workshop is an opportunity to experience a small taste of the program. Following the retreat, Amanda will be available to offer further information and answer questions about the 9-month program.

Teacher: Leena

Dynamic Aging: a Retreat in the City ($110)

This retreat includes a midday break; lunch is included!

A fun and mindful day to learn about honing your balance, building strength for bone density, and improving functional movements like getting up and down from the floor, carrying, walking, and climbing stairs.

The morning session will be focused on techniques and exercises for foot, ankle and hip strength. We'll apply this learning to find more ease on stairs, to improve your balance, and to walking mindfully outdoors. Midday, we'll have a simple and healthy catered lunch together. In the afternoon we'll work on hip and shoulder mobility, discuss smart footwear considerations, and end the day with a rejuvenating Restorative Yoga practice.

We are all aging every day, so all ages are welcome! The exercises and movements throughout the day will be moderately paced with lots of time to ask questions. People of any fitness level, including brand new beginners are welcome. Please note our studio is on the 3rd floor without an elevator. We apologize for this barrier to accessibility.

Teacher: Leena

Teachers Gathering ($10 donation)

These gatherings are a chance to share food (there will be a snack potluck) and sit in a circle for a discussion on teaching yoga.

100% of donations will go to New Leaf Yoga.

Teacher: Leslie

Building Fires: a Fall Yoga Retreat ($365 early bird; $415 regular)

Guided by Christopher Bourke and Leslie Stokman at Harmony Dawn Retreat Centre from the evening of Friday, Sept 28, to the afternoon of Sunday, Sept 30, 2018.

$365+hst by August 19$415+hst as of August 20

Payments will be split between QSY for facilitation and Harmony Dawn for accommodation. Click below to make payment 1 of 2 to QSY ($125+hst by Aug 19 or $175+hst as of Aug 20). We will email you with instructions for making payment 2 of 2 to Harmony Dawn ($240+hst).

Gather together for a weekend of yoga practice, restful sleeps, nature walks, and reflection. Explore strength and stability in yourself and solidarity in community. On the heels of the Autumn Equinox, this season of balance and transition is a great opportunity to harvest your inner resources and build yourself up. Everything is optional, because sometimes you just need to sleep in, be alone, or spend some time with a good book. Join Chris and Leslie for daily practice on the cushion and the mat, outdoor play time, contemplative bonfires, cozy journaling, nourishing meals, and probably a lot of laughing.

Chris Bourke and Leslie Stokman both completed their Yoga Teacher Training in 2016 at Queen Street Yoga. They bring a shared understanding of foundational strength and functional movement, having studied Mindful Strength with Kathryn Bruni Young and Tensegrity with Trudy Austin. Chris and Leslie combine their training and personal practices to access the insight that is revealed through embodied mindfulness and purposeful self-reflection, and carry that wisdom into their daily lives and teachings.

Harmony Dawn is a beautiful, comfortable retreat centre atop a meadowy hill that overlooks Rice Lake. It is surrounded by 50 acres of rolling meadows and healing forest, with many walking trails. Built with environmental impact and healing energies in mind, Harmony Dawn is entirely self-sustaining with renewable energy and was voted one of the greenest buildings in Canada. Because the Centre is off the grid, there is a calm and quiet to the building and surrounding natural area that is deeply rejuvenating. Owners Nicola and Andy’s vision is to provide an ideal environment for self transformation and renewal, as well as giving guests the experience of a greener, more sustainable and attainable future. Facilities include a cozy gathering space, a beautiful dining room overlooking the woods, a bright practice room, clean high-efficiency bathrooms, comfortable dorm-style sleeping quarters, and delicious vegetarian food by Nicola, chef and co-founder of Harmony Dawn.

Read all the details on our website.

QSY Community Hike

Get outside and meet fellow community members. Meet at QSY and carpool to the Walter Bean Trail for a low-impact hike.

Teacher: Amanda

Legacy: the Sacred Journey to Elderhood ($1,300 early bird; $1,410 regular)

Do you long to join in a deeper conversation about becoming older?

Do you sense there is another stage of life that no one is talking about?

Do you want to create a life that gets better with age?

If you have answered Yes, then Legacy may be exactly what you have been looking for!

If you are a woman entering the later half of life you may have already begun to recognize what a huge shift is underway. As your body begins to change, you may be feeling another deeper journey ignited. You may find yourself re-examining your life’s priorities and perspectives.

This shift can seem fearful or surprising initially, and yet if you choose to work with it, it can become an opportunity to align you with what truly touches your heart. Everything will come up for review, even previous desires and choices that have brought you much satisfaction and joy. To embark on this sacred journey will take courage to confront both your fears and your dreams. It will shift you towards deeper meaning, and a new experience of freedom.

Legacy weaves together powerful and transformative practices - such as yoga, meditation and group discussions - to help you sift through these changing priorities and discover new ways forward. This program offers a safe and nurturing environment to explore the joys and challenges from aging into Elderhood.

When you fall in love with a future that will extend far beyond that which you can be a part of, then you will be ready to claim your personal contribution to the future; your Legacy.

This year's Legacy program begins October, 2018, and is open to women (and women-identified folks) who are 50+.

Read all of the details on our website!

Low-Back Relief: a Workshop ($30)

Low-back pain can affect any of us, for a wide variety of reasons. Rather than suffering through low-back issues, you can gain tools to mitigate and address the root causes. In this workshop we will look at exercises and simple changes in posture that have proven effective for reducing or eliminating low-back pain.

Learn about:

  • Core muscle support: how to locate, activate, and strengthen these muscles
  • Neutral pelvic position and its benefits
  • Functional movements that can prevent low-back pain
  • Common postural patterns that may cause low-back pain

Stephen Filipowicz has been teaching Pilates since 1999. He trained as a dancer in NYC with Erick Hawkins and performed in Canada with David Earle. He taught Dance and Choreography at the University of Waterloo. Stephen was first introduced to Pilates in the mid 70’s. Years later he sought Pilates out for its rehabilitative qualities as he recovered from a knee and back injury. He studied Pilates with Susan Greskevitch and Margot McKinnon in Toronto and Certified through the PhysicalMind Institute. His years of movement training and teaching have honed his skills both as a Teacher and a Teacher Trainer.

QSY Community Brunch-Luck

Celebrate the end of the 30-day challenge by joining in conversation and community together. We'll make coffee and tea, you bring a snack to share.

Drop-in Courses Workshops