Proposed Groups for 2021!!!

Please contact your Recovery Coach or the Program Coordinator Christa Riddell

Regarding Interest, Registration Info or other questions 

Due to Covid-19 regulations and safety protocols our “Support Groups” are often changing.  

Current Groups

Qi Gong with Frances

When: Thursdays, 2:30 – 4:00 PM, commencing January 13 for 7 weeks ending February 28

Group Size: 8 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, Shambhala Meditation Centre, 1-2033 Belmont Avenue. (please register with your Recovery Coach or Christa Riddell).

Group Description:

Learn gentle, flowing, meditative movements of Qi Gong forms and Tai Chi to exercise the body and calm the mind. Both Tai Chi and Qigong involve sequences of flowing movements coupled with changes in mental focus, breathing, coordination, and relaxation. Students learn basic movements that can be put into practice in everyday life. This group may also as a serve step toward integrating into Qi Gong and Tai Chi programs in the community

Sketching and Drawing with Wendy (Ptarmigan Arts)

When: Thursdays, 1:30 – 3:00 PM commencing January 6 for 4 weeks ending January 27

Group Size: 8 participants.

Setting/Location: Art Room, 125 Skinner Street (please register with your Recovery Coach or Christa Riddell).

Group Description:

This four-week course is an introduction into the wonderful world of drawing.  The purpose is to focus on building drawing skills.  In the first week we will look at: the various materials used in sketching and drawing; finding basic shapes in subject matter and do various quick drawing exercises. Week 2 will focus on tonal sketches and shading techniques.  Week 3 will be a still life study or drawing from a preferred reference and we will look at composition.  Week 4 we will continue with individual drawing projects and finish with a “Before and After” show. As is the case with most things, it is dedicated practice that brings forth skill development. This is certainly the case with learning to draw. Looking forward to sharing some of my knowledge with you. – Wendy Gardner

CBT For Depression

When: Thursdays, 11:00 AM -12:00 PM commencing January 24th for 8 weeks ending March 21st

Group Size: 8 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, 125 Skinner Street (please register with your Recovery Coach).

Group Description:

The Changeways Clinic Core Program is an evidence-based 10-week workshop to learn Cognitive Behavioral Therapy skills. The program provides illness education, thinking strategies, & lifestyle management skills for people who experience depression. Anxiety management skills will also be touched on.

Poetry Workshop, Part One

When: Mondays, 1:00-3:00 PM commencing February 8th for 4 weeks ending March 1st

Group Size: 8 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, 125 Skinner Street (please register with your Recovery Coach).

Group Description:

In this 4-week course, we will meet weekly to explore and examine poetry, as an exercise in building on our creativity and allowing ourselves to share experiences. Suggestions for favourite authors, themes, and topics welcome.

Community Yoga with Nyk

When: Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 PM commencing January 18th for 10 weeks ending March 22nd

Group Size: 10 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC V8V 3G8.

Group Description:

This community yoga class, taking place at Christ Church Cathedral, will replicate a community experience with the support of Grow staff. Nyk Danu, Therapeutic Yoga teacher, will teach Yin Yang yoga – a grounding and centering practice with basic movements to gently warm the body and increase circulation. If you are hoping to develop a new self-care practice, this yoga class could be a great first step. Never tried yoga? This is a great opportunity! All skill levels are welcome!

Sleep Fitness

When: Wednesdays, 1 – 2:30 pm commencing February 23rd for 4 weeks ending March 16th

Group Size: 8 participants maximum.

Setting/Location: On ZOOM (e-mail or your Recovery Coach for the link).

Group Description:

A good night’s sleep! We all want it and need it, but often something prevents us from getting it. Current research demonstrates how overall mental and physical health, productivity and performance are connected to our sleep fitness. This 4 week group workshop will explore why we need it and how lifestyle habits can enhance it. Like 6-pack abs, it’s does not happen overnight.  But with practice, consistency and perseverance, we can all achieve a better level of sleep fitness!

*Clients will be encouraged to keep a sleep record, track and share weekly on their journey towards better overall sleep.

Join us on ZOOM for 60 minutes of learning, sharing and strategizing how we can catch and keep those elusive extra zzz’s!

Week#1– The science of sleep~ why do we need it?

             – Setting the stage for sleep

             – Goal setting for the week ahead

Week#2– Nutrition and physical activity for sleep

            – Review and goal setting for the week ahead

Week#3– Strategies to “Power Down”, when the mind won’t co-operate!

             – Review and goal setting for the week ahead

Week #4– Dreams, themes and trending now~ the future of sleep science

             – Looking back, what’s worked and goals going forward

Please note: Dates and setting/location of groups are subject to change.

Brain Workout: Organization & Planning

When: To Be Determined.

Setting/Location: In-person, 125 Skinner Street (please register with your Recovery Coach).

Group Size: 12 participants.

Group Description:

Do you like playing computer games? Do you sometimes have trouble remembering, organizing, or socializing? With a combination of computer games, role playing activities, and strategy discussions, we will target thinking skills in separate 4-week modules. Sign up for 1 or more!

Modules being offered: 1. Memory; 2. Organization & Planning; 3. Speed & Attention; 4. Social Skills.

Talk & Step

When: Fridays, 1:30 – 2:30 pm commencing March 4th for 8 weeks ending April 22nd

Group Size: 10 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, off site meeting at 125 Skinner Street parking lot.

Group Description:

Join us for a leisurely walk and talk around the Vic West Area. This group will aim to provide exercise and social connection. The level of activity will be light.

Book Club: “Where the Crawdads Sing”

When: Thursdays, 11am – 12pm commencing January 20th for 6 weeks and ending February 24th

Group Size: 8 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, 125 Skinner Street, Room 117

Group Description:

A safe and non-judgmental space to practice sharing and interacting with others on various topics that relate to the book. Clients should have the ability to read approximately 60-75 pages a week. The practice of connecting in a group can build confidence and trust in ourselves and others, as well as broaden our own interests and appreciate the different points of view of others. In addition, the practice of reading can also help to reduce stress, increase creativity, memory, sleep and a host of other benefits! The book this time is: Where The Crawdads Sing.

Music Appreciation

When: Fridays, 10:30 – 11:30 am commencing January 7th for 6 weeks ending February 11th

Group Size: 8 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, 125 Skinner street

Group Description:

Build confidence and connections in this weekly morning meet-up group, where we will (each of us) share songs that inspire, uplift, and resonate with us on a different theme each week, and discuss our thoughts and feelings around different pieces of music.

Future Groups

Adult Upgrading Camosun College

When: TBD

Group Size: 8 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, 125 Skinner Street, upstairs in the Bridge Centre.

You can upgrade your Math and/or English in a safe supportive environment. An instructor from Camosun College comes to Grow to teach adult upgrading courses, grade 8 to 12 English and Math.

Group Description:

Perhaps you are wanting to finish your high school diploma or improve your Math and English skills before starting a program at college.  Or perhaps you would like to improve your general literacy skills just for the enjoyment of learning. Whatever your goals, adult upgrading is a good option.

  • Upgrading courses are tuition free
  • Upgrading is for all ages; if you’ve been out of school for 10-20 years, upgrading is a good choice
  • Not sure where to start?  You can take an assessment to determine your starting course
  • If you have a learning disability, the instructor will ensure you achieve your learning goals
  • A friendly, caring learning experience is provided
  • The instructor is committed to your success by offering customized upgrading to meet your individual needs
  • Courses are in a self-paced format, allowing you to study at your own pace

Upon completion of an upgrading course, you may decide to continue with upgrading or apply to a college program.

Mindful Movement

When: To Be Determined

Group Size: 8 participants.

Setting/Location: In-person, Shambhala Meditation Centre, 1-2033 Belmont Avenue.

Group Description:

In this course, we will explore a blend of mindfulness concepts and gentle, low-impact movement in the peaceful studio of Fernwood’s Shambhala Centre (1-2033 Belmont Ave.). Become familiar with practicing a mode of self-care that incorporates both mental and physical well-being. An effective way to lower stress, release stagnant energy, and strengthen our mind-body connection. No experience required, and all bodies/abilities/mobility levels welcome. Recommended: comfortable clothing that allows you to sit, stand, and move through gentle movements as able. Please bring a yoga mat if you have it, otherwise we can provide one.