The Bronson Hub, in partnership with Flo’s Seniors, is offering a series of virtual workshops for free to older adults in Ottawa. These workshops will run for three months from June 1st to August 31st. Below you will find information about the workshops and a calendar of when the workshops are being offered in June. Calendars for July and August will be set by one week prior to their start. If you would like to attend a workshop, you are asked to register by emailing or calling the below contacts:
Joan Robinson, Flo’s Seniors
Alicia Borisonik, Seniors Social Inclusion Team
Virtual Nature Walk
Mondays @ 2:00 – 3:15 PM
Yes, we have to keep our distance from each other, but nature invites you to come closer.
Join this virtually guided nature walk, wherever you are, indoors or out. These walks, led by
Andrea – a Nature & Forest Therapy Guide, are designed to help you quiet your anxious
thoughts and find a place of calm. Instead of getting together to walk, we’ll connect through
Zoom. I’ll be in a forest or park and you’ll be someplace you choose, indoors or out. Use
your phone to connect, and earphones/earbuds if you have them. If you’ll be indoors you can
use your computer.
Chair Yoga, Gentle Flow, and Meditation
Tuesdays @ 3:00 – 3:30 PM
These gentle flow chair yoga sessions are a chance to exercise, move your body, and calm
your mind. In Chair Yoga and Gentle Flow, Kate will be leading participants in a series of
postures that are performed while seated and/or with the aid of a chair, making this a perfect
first yoga experience. Meditation will be a quiet period of contemplation led by Kate, to help
clear your mind and settle your thoughts and anxieties.
Safety and Awareness with WISE
Tuesday, June 16th @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Elsy David – Executive Director of Women’s Initiative for a Safer Environment (WISE) –
will host an information and discussion session about factors that enhance awareness and
personal safety during the pandemic. Topics will include:
-Information and Social Connection
-Exercise and Meditation
Tuesdays @ 11:00 – 12:00 PM
Gardening workshops will explore basic gardening tips that you can try at home, such as
splitting plants, growing plants from grocery scraps, and dealing with pests. The workshops
will also explore online resources that you can access to take your gardening to the next level.
The gardening workshops will be hosted in the newly established Dalhousie Courtyard
Garden at the Bronson Centre and will showcase the vegetables being grown there by the
Dalhousie Food Cupboard.
Art with Maria
Wednesdays @ 2:00 – 3:00 PM
June 3rd: Learn to Draw
In this session participants will learn the basic skills need it to draw a round fruit like a pear
or an apple. They will also learn to draw the contour of a shape, and how to create volume.
You will need: Paper, Pencil, Eraser
June 10th: Card Making using Transfers
Did you know that you can transfer images from magazines to a piece of paper and make a
creative card? Let’s learn how to do transfers using household elements, for a thank you or a
get-well card, or even to send to our frontline health workers.
You will need: Cardstock, Magazines, Scotch or Packing Tape, Scissors, Water, Paint Brush
June 17th: Drawing Birds using Lines
Participants will draw several overlapping wavy lines. Within the emerging shapes, they will
look for birds. The goal of the session is to outline and coloured the birds creating a beautiful
composition full of colour and life.
You will need: Paper, Pencil, Coloured Pencils
June 24th: Texture Scavenger Hunt
Did you know that in your house you can find different textures? In this session participants
will create a piece of art using textures that they will find around their houses. Let’s go on a
texture scavenger hunt around the house!
You will need: Paper, Cardstock, Pencil, Coloured Pencils, Scissors, Glue Stick
Tai Chi for Health
Thursdays @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tai Chi QiGong was developed by professor Lin Hou-Sheng in 1979 in Shanghai, China. The
class will include slow exercises in postures, aligning, breathing, and awareness. The
benefits: improves health, circulation, digestion, increases energy, agility and flexibility,
rejuvenates body, mind and spirit, reduces stress and strengthens joints and muscles. A real
treat for your body!
Sharing the Songs You Love
Thursdays @ 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Alicia will guide you in a series of workshops designed to enjoy music in different fun ways.
Participants will be asked to bring songs that they love to share with the group. You will be
encouraged to tell a fun story about the song, why you chose it, and something about it’s
cultural background and context. This is a flexible class in which we will also learn about
multicultural instruments, move, and learn interesting facts about musicians from different
genres and cultural backgrounds.
Afro-Caribbean Dance with Suzan Lavertu
Fridays @ 2:00 – 2:45 PM
Participants will explore the fundamentals of Afro-Caribbean dance while learning traditional
movements and then integrating them into a short choreography. Throughout the workshop,
information about the history, indigenous people of the Caribbean, music, traditional clothes,
and movements associated with these dances are shared by the artist, allowing the
participants to anchor their learning in the cultural context from which these dances originate.
This unique blend of cultures mixed with the traditional and ceremonial rites of passage of
the indigenous people of the Caribbean has created the vibrancy and celebratory nature of