Bronson RISE, 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 AUGUST. 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, Bronson RISE
Monday, August 24th @ 11:00 AM – 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. Some of 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.
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.
Tuesdays @ 11:00 – 11:45 AM
Chair yoga is a great option to find joyful movement from the comfort of a seat. In this 45-minute class, we will explore various yoga postures, moving our bodies in ways that are both supportive and energizing. Class is designed to have participants remain seated throughout while moving our bodies through a gentle yoga flow. No previous experience required. Wear comfortable clothing and find a seat that is supportive to your body for the duration of the 45-minute class.
Gentle Flow Yoga with a Chair
Wednesday, August 5th @ 11:00 – 11:45 AM
Join Kate for a gentle 60-minute yoga flow. We will be using a chair throughout our practice, both seated in the chair and using the chair as support for our standing poses. Participants will need to be able to get in and out of their chair comfortably and stand up for periods of time. We will use the tools of breathwork and meditation in this class as well.
The Message: a poetic look into the Black Experience in Canada
Wednesday, August 12th @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Poet, educator and arts ambassador Jamaal Jackson Rogers explores the legacy of the Canadian black experience using poetry and storytelling to engage his audience. A question and answer period, plus a group writing session will be part of the exchange. Participants are invited to write and share.
Art with Maria
Wednesdays @ 2:00 – 3:00 PM
August 5th: Learn to Draw
In this session participants will learn the basic skills needed 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
August 12th: Collage
Participants will learn how to use printed materials in a creative way. They will learn new words, explore using colors and textures, composition, etc. Maria will show samples and discuss them with participants. This workshop is not only about learning new skills, but also involves spending quality time with peers. At the end of the workshop each person will leave with a finished collage.
You Will Need: A flat surface to work on. Magazines, Coupons, Old Books, Brochures, Cards, Postcards, Stamps, Wrappings, Scissors, Glue Stick, One Sheet of Paper or Cardstock (any colour)
August 19th: Soap Sculptures
Did you think that soap was only used to wash your hands? In this fun workshop you will learn how to make sculptures using a bar of soap. At the end of the workshop each participant will have a beautiful soap sculpture to decorate their house.
You Will Need: Solid Bar Soap, Knife, Fork, Paper or Newsprint (to collect shavings), Small Bowl
August 26th: Making Cards 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: Magazines, Scotch or Packing Tape, Scissors, Water, Paint Brush, Cardstock
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 our 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 like to share with the group. You will be encouraged to tell a fun story about the song, why you chose it and something about its 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 @ 11:00 – 11:45 AM
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 originated. 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 Afro-Caribbean Dance.