We are very excited to present our next Evening With Grace - Rethinking Mental Health
We have three fantastic speakers ready to share stories about their journeys, hoping to change the way you look at Self Care, Wellness and Mental Health. We will also have an onsite Registered Clinical Counsellor in case anyone needs support during the event.*
We will have wine for purchase ($5/glass) and proceeds from the bar will go to Tri-City Transitions - supporting all individuals who have experienced domestic violence, and offers women and children a safe, secure place to rest, rejuvenate, and rebuild their lives.
Light snacks will also be provided by The Practice Studio!
As always, we will be collecting in-kind donations of new and gently used toiletries for the DTES Women's Centre. Please bring what you can!
Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make the evening more inclusive.
Our amazing line-up for the evening:
Anita Cheung is a creative who moonlights as a yoga therapist and a meditation teacher. She is passionate about mental health and elevating others. After first struggling with depression and suicidal ideation in her early 20s, she discovered meditation as a tool to help manage her mood. As a result, making meditation cool, accessible, and a thing that people actually do became a strong purpose and driving force in her life. Two years ago, she co-founded Canada's first modern meditation studio - MOMENT. These days, she spends most of her time working on In Bed With Betty (@meet.betty): A private, subscription-based Instagram community that offers Real Live Beditations for Real Lazy People. Anita will be talking about the long-game of mental health including the fallacy of "being cured" and practical self care.
Dora Kamau is a mental health visionary and self-care advocate. As the founder of Bliss Your Heart, an in-person and online platform, Dora creates and holds space for women to be empowered, to be heard and to be seen through honest, no fluff and zero filter conversations. After a near death experience at birth and overcoming a series of unfortunate events in her teenage years, Dora used her shortcomings as a catalyst for growth into the multifaceted woman she is today. Her curiosity and appreciation for life have gained her a toolbox full of knowledge, and years' worth of advice which she uses to support and help other women on their journeys of self-discovery. Aside from being a student of life, Dora also holds a BA in Psychology, with a specialization in adolescent psychology and is currently working to complete her BSc. in Psychiatric Nursing.
Joyelle Brandt is a parenting coach who specializes in working with mothers who are survivors of abuse. As a speaker, mothering coach, and multi-media creator, Joyelle works to dismantle the stigma that keeps childhood abuse survivors stuck in shame and self-hatred. She is the author of Princess Monsters from A to Z and co-editor of Parenting with PTSD, the groundbreaking anthology that breaks the silence about the long-term impact of childhood trauma so that parents can break the cycle of abuse. When she is not busy raising two rambunctious boys, she is most often found playing her guitar or covered in paint at her art desk. You can keep up with Joyelle at www.joyellebrandt.com Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for art and inspiration.
*We understand that even in the most supportive, inclusive environments, talking about mental health can sometimes bring up difficult emotions. Jennifer Hollinshead is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Founder and Clinical Director of Peak Resilience: a feminist therapy practice in Vancouver that specializes in supporting amazing women. She's joining our event as a participant but has also volunteered to help people who want a little extra support.