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Becoming Yourself Series 3.0

Whole-Hearted Living

Five week series free from cost, stress, and exams

Becoming Yourself Series will return in September

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


  • Open to all students. You do not need to have completed previous parts to benefit from this Course.

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.