Women’s Circle is a place of connection, self-care, and support, where women and the 2SLGBTQ+ community can come together to have fun, engage, and empower one another in a safe space.
This series of bi-weekly sessions will cover various themes, including fostering connections, developing life skills, building resilience, and exploring self-care practices. These gatherings provide a welcoming and inclusive space for individuals who are comfortable participating in an environment that prioritizes women’s experiences. Join us to connect with others, acquire new skills, and enjoy engaging and empowering activities.
Childcare will be provided for all sessions as well as snacks and/or light meals.
Women’s Circle is free, and pre-registration is required. Sign up early as spaces are limited.
For any questions regarding the Women’s Circle: Being an Everyday Upstander for Yourself series, please contact or 403-760-3223.
Session 3 | Flower Art with Jenesa
Thursday November 30th, 2023 | 6pm-8pm
Jenesa (she/her) is an Outreach and Advocacy Counsellor at the YWCA and is excited to host space to build connections, create art and have fun!
Jenesa will be hosting a craft night where everyone will get to explore their own creativity using flowers.
Session 4 | Paint Night with Liz
Thursday December 14th, 2023 | 6pm-8pm
Liz (she/her) is a Residential Programs Counsellor here at the YWCA and has a background in Art Education. Her specific interest is in painting, drawing a large amount of inspiration from the wild shapes and deep colours of the alpine environment. Come create your own alpine artwork in a chill and fun setting. This painting session will be relaxed with prompts from Liz and the intention of creating a unique piece of art for yourself to take home!
Childcare and food will be provided.
Session 5 | Mindfulness with Lannah
Thursday December 21st, 2023 | 6pm-8pm
This mindfulness session will begin with Lannah (she/her) leading us through a short activity followed buy a group grounding exercise. Lannah is our Manager of Residential Programs at the YWCA Banff, she is also a certified hypnotherapy/meditation teacher. Lannah is excited to lead us through an activity followed by a guided meditation for grounding. The guided meditation will focus on encouraging a deeper connection to inner self/voice, working towards releasing and heavy or uncomfortable feelings, help in aligning us with our higher self and through this, build connection to self and community.
Following up the grounding exercise we will grab some hot drinks and head over to Cascade Gardens for a walk through the lit up gardens, YWCA Banff is able to provide some warm clothing, if warm clothing is a barrier please contact Jenesa at .
Childcare and food will be provided.
Session 1 | Gentle Yoga with Ana
Thursday November 2nd, 2023 | 6pm-8pm
Ana has been practicing Yoga for half of her life and she had the opportunity to attend an Instructor Training Course in India some years ago. As a traveler woman, Yoga is something that has always been there to help Ana connect to the present, no matter where she was or what it looked like.
Ana would like to invite you to share a 45 minutes gentle Yoga practice, in which she would like to open the Circle as a safe space where we can be curious about what connection means to us and honour our body in the process. Yoga means union, lets join and enjoy sharing this powerful practice.
Session 2 | Ribbon Skirt Making Activity in Collaboration with Eagles Nest Stoney Family Shelter
Thursday November 16th, 2023 | 5pm-7pm
Join YWCA Banff and Eagles Nest in making ribbon skirts as a group and engage in conversation and learning around ribbon skirts.
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