April 30-May 3, 2012

Open for Registration. Register Online

This Workshop is meant to "walk its talk". That means you will not be sitting passively listening to what "experts" have to say on the topic of Life Balance - you will be actively involved in looking at you, your work, your relationships, your thinking and your beliefs. You choose how you want to do this - maybe by sharing with others, journaling or making a painting that expresses your thoughts. Plenty of time has been planned in to experience a calmer way of being through a balance of materials, a balance of working time and reflecting time, time to nurture your body/mind/spirit and time to nurture the sightseer/adventurer within.

The Workshop will take place at the Monash University, Prato Centre.

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(subject to change)

April 30: Monday Morning Session (9:00am-12:00pm)

9:00am – 12:00pm
Faculty Introductions and Overview
 Session 1
"It's Hard to Make a Living When All You Do Is Work"
Jane Tipping

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them - work, family, health, friends, and spirit - and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls - family, health, friends, and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.

This portion of the 4 day program looks at where we spend our time, what we give up when there isn’t enough time and making a different choice. What is important to you in your life? Do your activities match what you stand for?  What does your life actually say about what is important?

Session 2
 Michele Chaban
We know what to do and how to do it all - so why don't we take better care of ourselves?

Picking up from Session 1, Session 2 takes a deeper look at what is valuable, the beliefs that we have accumulated over the years and how these beliefs can interfere with self-care; causing a split between what we say we want and what we actually do.

Introduction to mindfulness meditation – self compassion

Lunch (12:00pm-1:00pm)

Monday Afternoon Session (1pm-4pm)

Session 3
"That Fine Balance - Caring for Self while Caring for Others"
Susan Lieff

Like the elephant, we are unconscious of our own strength. When it comes to understanding the power we have to make a difference in our own lives, we might as well be asleep. If you want to make your dreams come true, wake up. Wake up to your own strength. Wake up to the role you play in your own destiny. Wake up to the power you have to choose what you think, do, and say.

When we do not respect our own boundaries (values) a small piece of ourselves is eroded and over time we become resentful, burnt out, fatigued.  This session will explore authentic communication and the role it plays in maintaining a healthy balance between self- care and the care of others.  Where is it easy to be authentic, where not? What happens when we say yes and mean no or vice versa? When we do too much, how are we out of integrity?

Evening: Free Time

May 1: Tuesday Morning Session (9:00am-12:00pm)

Session 4
"How to say "No"
Susan Lieff

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

We think boundaries are about defending ourselves against something, some request or demand that we do not want to grant. Boundaries are actually the opposite- they are things we will not give up because they represent what we believe. They are the essence of authenticity. Women in particular seem to find it difficult to stick with themselves rather than “give in’ or “give to’ another. This session will provide skills and practice in the art of saying “no”.

Session 5
Choice of Workshops
All Faculty
Writing or Expressing through Art as a means for Balance
Meditation Techniques
Burn Out and the Art of doing nothing

Tuesday Afternoon and Evening

Free Time to explore the Beautiful Surroundings or do Nothing!
Explore the city of Prato, the birthplace of biscotti!  Or travel to the exquisite city of Florence, 30 minutes away.

May 2: Wednesday Morning Session (9:00am-12:00pm)

Session 6
"Back to Self"
Michele Chaban
- Being and Staying Grounded - the Role and Practice of Mindfulness Meditation"
Session 7
"Being and Experiencing "Enough" 
Jane Tipping
Sometimes it seems your ever-increasing list of things to do can leave you feeling totally undone.

Meditation: The Role of Women in Healing

Lunch (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

Wednesday Afternoon (1:00pm-4:00pm)

Session 8
Choice of Workshops
All Faculty
Writing or Expressing through Art as a means for Balance
Meditation Techniques
Burn Out and the Art of doing nothing

Wednesday Evening

Option of Dinner together in town or Free Time; your choice

May 3: Thursday Morning (9am-12pm)

Session 9
 "My Life is My Message"
All Faculty

New decisions and sustainability - taking it home.

Completion of Workshop - Departure

Registration Fees:

EARLY: Paid Registrations by Wednesday February 15th: $800 CDN  (Currently 589.91-  Euros - Exchange Rate 12/12/11@ 1.356)

LATE: Paid Registrations after Wednesday February 15th: $950 CDN

(Currently 700.57 -Euros - Exchange Rate 12/12/11 @ 1.356)

Payments are in Cdn funds only, accepted by VISA, MasterCard or AMEX.

The Registration Fee includes your participation in the Workshop as well as materials and meals during the Workshop timetable.

All Travel, Accommodation and Meals (not included during the Workshop) are the responsibility of the participant.

GROUP DEAL:  (4 or more people) Please contact our office for further details.

Cancellation Policy:

A Full Refund of your Registration Fee will be available until February 16, 2012.

A 50% Refund of your Registration Fee will be available until March 1, 2012.

Any Cancellation after March 31, 2012 is subject to a 100% Cancellation fee.

Requests for cancellation must be made in writing/email. Registrations are not transferable.

The University of Toronto reserves the right to cancel events. Registrants will be notified at the earliest possible date in the event of a cancellation. Registration fees for events cancelled by the University will be refunded; however, the University will not be liable for any loss, damages or other expenses that such cancellations may cause.

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