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Reflection Circles this Week

Reflection Circles are a safe space for connecting with your self and others in an atmosphere of respect and awakening to your authentic life through mindfulness practice, creative expression, and discussion. You are welcome to attend any week – no need to signup!
When Mar 27, 2017 02:30 PM to
Mar 31, 2017 01:20 PM
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Meditation Circle - Monday, March 27
2:30-3:20, in SWELL meeting room (MUSC B118) 

This week we will learn a practice called “Soften, Soothe, Allow,” that you can use in your daily life whenever you’re facing stress or difficult emotions. This meditation teaches how to locate emotions or stressful feelings in the body, to gently relax those areas, to allow yourself to feel whatever you are feeling, and to reconnect with compassion for yourself in the midst these feelings.

Creativity Circle -  Tuesday, March 28
1:30-2:20, in the McMaster Museum of Art – basement Educational Library

Meditate with art images, and then express in watercolours your experience of the meditation. When painting, we’ll use a reflective process of setting aside symbol or intention, and then let what we create point us in new directions.

Body, Mind, Spirit Circle – Friday, March 31
12:30-1:20, in the McMaster Museum of Art – basement Educational Library

Reflect on where your spiritual journey has led you this term and where see it going into the future. To reflect on where your journey might take you, you will have space to create from the insights others have offered you, look at the reminders you have added to your journey jar, and return to the Live Awake podcast we experienced at the beginning of term.

The Desire Map Workshop

When Mar 30, 2017
from 04:30 PM to 06:30 PM
Where MUSC 213
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How do you want to feel? We often pursue external goals as a means to help us achieve certain feelings like success, happiness, meaning, connection, and so forth. Yet we seldom reflect on how we actually want to feel, how we can generate those feelings from within, and what pursuits are in alignment with our desired way of being. Once we know how we want to feel, we can live and set goals with intention to create more meaning, happiness, and fulfillment in our experiences.

Join us to learn more about the basics of The Desire Map theory and spend the evening reflecting, sharing, meditating, cultivating gratitude, and practicing gentle yoga as we work towards discovering and clarifying our Core Desired Feelings.

End of Term Celebration: Open Circle and CVA

When Mar 31, 2017
from 05:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where (option to join for part of the time)
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Join us for an evening of dinner and conversation as you transition from the end of term to exams. We will be starting with a potluck dinner on campus(there will be places to store leftovers so we won’t need to carry them with us all night) and then will be heading downtown for a photo walk. Explore the city with a camera or your camera phone and later we will have a platform to post our photos on to see all our unique point of views of the same experience! We will also have a chance to share our favorite quotes or poems at some point in the evening. We will end off the night with playing board games at Marybeth and Jeff's place. We’ll also honour the people who are graduating this year.

Items to bring:

  • potluck item
  • student card
  • health card
  • board games
  • a camera/camera phone
  • a quote or poem
  • money (if you desire to purchase food or beverages, the place we are going only accepts cash)
  • your lovely self!

Meet on Campus: 5:30pm in MUSC 224

If you wish to join us later in the night text/call 403-466-6337 at the time to find out where we are.

Volunteer with CVA in April/May-June!

Sign-ups now open
When Apr 01, 2017 12:00 PM to
May 23, 2017 12:00 PM
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Get out of the bubble and volunteer to help out in the Hamilton community! This is a chance to volunteer with a group of Mac students – choose from the following:

  • LAF (Learning and Fun) afterschool program – choose 1 of Mondays – Fridays (3:00pm-5:30pm)  Tutor and mentor at-risk kids from Grades 1-8 in small groups and one-on-one using creative and fun tools to assist with financial literacy activities, homework completion, and social skills.

  • Pathways to Education  Thursdays (4:30-7:35pm)  Tutor high school students through homework assignments, studying, social engagement and conversation.

  • Dr. Davey Breakfast Program – Tuesday or Wednesdays (7:45-9:30am) – Be a role model for children, serving and cleaning up breakfast and snack program

You can choose to begin during the 1st week of April or the 1st week of May.

More Info and to Apply

Yogathon & Meditation Retreat day – Pose for a Cause

When Apr 08, 2017 10:00 AM to
Apr 09, 2017 05:00 PM
Where (half day option). Hamilton Mennonite Church, 143 Lower Horning Drive
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Take a de-stressor break between classes and exams to recharge! This day-long event will feature both yoga & meditation sessions in a variety of styles and levels. From beginners to experts- all are welcome! Sessions will be led by 7 prominent teachers from local companies & studios.


    • Student Tickets: $25 full day or $15 half day or PWYC option at door
    • Regular Tickets: $40 full day or $30 half day
    • More info and Tickets:

    Students and Community Members are welcome, whether you are new to yoga or meditation, or are already experienced.

    Proceeds go directly to Student Open Circles Programming, so that young people in our community can join safe places where diverse students find support in their life and spiritual journey.

    Upcoming Events
    Reflection Circles this Week Mar 27, 2017 - Mar 31, 2017
    The Desire Map Workshop Mar 30, 2017 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM — MUSC 213
    End of Term Celebration: Open Circle and CVA Mar 31, 2017 05:30 PM - 10:00 PM — (option to join for part of the time)
    Volunteer with CVA in April/May-June! Apr 01, 2017 - May 23, 2017
    Yogathon & Meditation Retreat day – Pose for a Cause Apr 08, 2017 - Apr 09, 2017 — (half day option). Hamilton Mennonite Church, 143 Lower Horning Drive
    Upcoming events…