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Becoming Yourself Series 3.0

Whole-Hearted Living

Five week series free from cost, stress, and exams

Tuesdays 11:30-12:20, Tuesdays 1:30-2:20 or Thursdays 4:30-5:20 on February 28 – April 2

Finish out your term living wholeheartedly while accepting your gifts, imperfections, and areas of growth as clues to your authentic self. Experience:

  • Mindfulness and self-care practices
  • Reflective exercises to discover more of who you are
  • Attention to your dreams and what they are telling you about yourself
  • Treating yourself with kindness and respect, letting go of comparison and self-criticism
  • Exploring how to say no to that which is not you
  • Struggle as a path to bravery, kindness, wisdom, and resilience

A chance to share ideas for authentic living with others who are asking similar questions. The course includes weekly 50 minute workshops with interactive group exercises, self-awareness and mindfulness practices to try at home, and a meeting with a staff coach. You will be guided in practicing daily mindfulness exercises in your own time and submit a short weekly reflection about your experiences of these exercises.

A completion certificate will be granted for participating in the full 5 weeks and staff coaching session.


  • Session 1: Embracing the Real Me (and how to get self-defeating opinions out of my head)
  • Session 2: Accepting My Self: letting go of criticism
  • Session 3: Gifts and Shadows: moving beyond comparison (working with dreams)
  • Session 4: Learning from Shadows and Imperfections
  • Session 5: From Comparison to Compassion


The Becoming Yourself series is funded by Student Open Circles and is open to post-secondary students at no cost

From a former participant: For me, Open Circle’s Becoming Yourself Series allowed me to pause and reflect on some very important questions around who I am, what my values are, and how I enact and would like to enact them in my daily life. More importantly, it reminded me that I am not alone in my journey and I am not alone in my courage—we are all connected by our shared humanity.