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From workshops and seminars to drop-in classes, I provide a unique variety of
instruction throughout the year that is designed to generate fresh perspectives, clarity
of mind, a connection between the body, mind, heart and spirit.

Please take a look through my current course offerings and click on the link below to register.  Feel free to reach out to me at any time with questions regarding any of the courses provided.

CURRENT COURSES

Registration is now open for an exciting slate of workshops offered this Fall - mostly via Zoom, given the current health situation. I suggest to sign up early as space is limited for each event. 

I invite you to contact me by email at martina@martinasteiger.com or by phone at 226-338-6707 (call or text) with any questions you may have.  If you are interested, but times conflict with your schedule, let me know as well.

Registration is simple: Send your payment via e-transfer to martina@martinasteiger.com to secure your space. And check out the FREE offering as well. If you live outside Canada, we can make other arrangements regarding payments.

Note to Hospice Volunteers: I offer special rates on all courses/events. Please indicate your volunteer work in your message to me.

FALL 2020

Kintsugi​ Bowl

When: October 24, 2020, from 9:30-3pm  OR   November 21, 2020, from 9:30am - 3pm

Cost: $125 (Early Bird fee $100); $90 for Hospice volunteers

Where: Kitchener - NOTE: this may change depending on the developing health situation - more details will be available once we get closer to the date.

Story Matters

When: Four 2-hour sessions: November 23, 24, 25 & 27, 2020 from 2-4pm

Cost: $125 (Early Bird fee $100); $90 for Hospice volunteers

Where: Via Zoom.

 

Re-Story Your Life Part II

When:  4-session workshop: Monday, September 21; October 5 & 26; November 16, 2020 7-9pm

Cost:  $120 (Early Bird fee $100); $90 for Hospice volunteers

Getting Unstuck

When: A) 4 sessions on Tuesday, September 29; October 6, 13 & 20, 7-8pm

    OR  B) 4 sessions on Tuesday, November 3, 10, 17 & 24, 10:30-11:30am

Cost: $60 (Early Bird fee $50); $45 for Hospice volunteers

 

Don’t Wait

When: A) 4 sessions on Tuesday, September 29; October 6, 13 & 20, 10-11:30am 

    OR  B) 4 sessions on Tuesday, November 3, 10, 17 & 24, 7-8:30pm 

Cost:  $120 (Early Bird fee $100); $90 for Hospice volunteers

 

What Matters Now

When: A) 4 sessions on Thursday, October 1, 8, 15 & 22, 10:30-11:30am 

   OR   B) 4 sessions on Monday, November 2, 9, 16 & 23, 10:30-11:30am 

Cost: $60 (Early Bird fee $50); $50 for Hospice volunteers; drop in rate for individual sessions is $20 per session.

 

Candid Conversations

When: Once per month on Thursdays, 7-8:30pm

          September 24, 2020

          October 29, 2020

          November 26, 2020

FREE Admission - just send me a message to receive the link to the session

 

COMING SOON!

 

Re-Story Your Life: Life Review Writing Part I

Book Study – Circle of a Different Kind

Story Circle – Writing Alone Together

From Age-ing to Sage-ing

Death Matters

AND MORE

 

You cannot teach people anything. You can only help them to discover it within themselves.

- Galileo

Course Descriptions

NEW WORKSHOP: 

KINTSUGI BOWL -

THE ART OF EMBRACING IMPERFECTIONS​

Kintsugi (‘golden joinery’) serves as an inspiring metaphor for how we approach life; in particular, the unexpected events or imperfections in our lives.  In this experiential and reflective workshop, we engage in joining the shards of a beautiful bowl as a tangible means to deepen our capacity to heal and build resilience.  We highlight the cracks that symbolize our scars as we move towards appreciation of the fragility, strength, and beauty we may discover on our journey through life and loss.

All necessary materials will be provided and are included in the cost.

“The true life of the bowl began the moment it was dropped."

- Ancient Kintsugi quote

 

NEW WORKSHOP: 

STORY MATTERS -

EXPLORE THE POWER OF TELLING YOUR STORY

“Baby shoes for sale, never worn.”

Ernest Hemingway illustrates the power of skillfully crafted words with this poignant six-word story that evokes deep emotions and curiosity.  We are hooked; we pay attention.  As human beings we are hard-wired for story.  Everybody has a multiplicity of stories and everyone can learn to access these stories. How we tell them to others also requires an understanding of how we listen, which in turn shapes the stories we tell.  Story Matters is designed as an immersive and interactive oral storytelling workshop in which participants discover the power personal stories hold in their lives.  We focus on learning how to tell brief (3-5-minute) stories through collaborative exercises that foster specific skills to craft and deliver the stories.  Many of the skills taught here can be readily transferred to the process of life review writing.  As a workshop participant, you learn to reflect on your personal experiences in memorable ways.  Developing to connect with your audience will enable you to become a more effective communicator.  And you will have an opportunity, if you wish, to share one of your stories with the other participants on the last day.

 

NEW WORKSHOP: 

RE-STORY YOUR LIFE:

LIFE REVIEW WRITING PART I

In this workshop, we explore how our lives unfold in the stories we tell, remember and share. Together we reflect, write and share moments and events in our lives in a small group environment.  You receive structure, guidance, and helpful exercises along the way to excavate the stories that want to be told. These processes may lead you to discover overlooked and unappreciated aspects of your past. You may also reshape existing stories in a manner that generates new perspectives on your life right now and builds resilience and coping strategies that serve you well now and in the future.

RE-STORY YOUR LIFE:

LIFE REVIEW WRITING PART II

Part I serves as a prerequisite. If you are interested, but didn’t take Part I, simply get in touch with me so we can decide on the best plan for you.

In this workshop, we continue to come together to explore how our lives unfold in the stories we tell, remember and share. We reflect, write and share moments and events in our lives in a small and supportive group environment - via Zoom. We will explore new topics and questions and build on what we covered in the first part. You also receive structure, guidance and helpful exercises along the way to excavate the stories that want to be told. You may also reshape existing stories in a manner that generates new perspectives on your life right now and builds resilience and coping strategies that serve you well now and in the future.

 

WORKSHOP: 

DON’T WAIT TILL IT’S TOO LATE

As has become apparent during this pandemic, we need to do a better job at creating clarity for how we or our loved ones want to be treated at the end of life.  The time to think about it is NOW, not when under pressure.  This series focuses on topics related to Advance Care Planning, such as clarifications on what is expected and recommended in Ontario, ethical wills, and most importantly, how to relate your wishes or concerns to members of your health care team and your family, and much more.  Our time together is designed to assist you with your questions, concerns, and decision-making.  We engage in difficult and crucial conversations and share tools and strategies in small group gatherings.  All are welcome, regardless where you, or a loved one, find yourself on this journey.
Multi-generational participation is encouraged.

 

WORKSHOP: 

BOOK STUDY

CIRCLE OF A DIFFERENT KIND

In this book study circle, we come together to explore one book in depth over the course of six sessions. For each session, we read about 30-50 pages which we delve into at our pleasure.  I facilitate the conversations while you have the opportunity to articulate your questions and comments and share your observations with the circle.  While all books provide insights and new understanding on subjects related to aging, transitions, loss, grief and end-of-life, this book study circle is also designed as a means to discover how to wake up fully to life.

 

NEW WORKSHOP: 

GETTING UNSTRESSED & UNSTUCK (GUS) IN

UNCERTAIN TIMES

This experiential workshop is built on the ABCs of GUS to build a solid foundation to accomplish the goal of getting unstressed and unstuck.  Each session focuses on a variety of exercises, tools and strategies that have proven to lower the stress response.  We apply the new skills to current specific concerns that pose challenges for the participants in their lives right now, with the intention to foster greater levels of balance and choice.

Finally, this workshop offers an opportunity to build a community in which we can share creative approaches to the questions, anxieties and perhaps feelings of loneliness and helplessness with which we may feel confronted during these uncertain times.

 

DROP-IN CLASS: 

WHAT MATTERS NOW

These gatherings provide an opportunity to read and discuss a meaningful essay, article or a piece of literature that inspires us to reflect deeply on what matters most to us in this rapidly changing world. The reading is sent out in advance of the class.  In our time together, we enter into conversation about the challenges we are experiencing as well as the beliefs that support our resilience when we tap into our inner strengths.  You also receive suggestions for further reading, reflections, and writing. I provide all materials needed and facilitate the conversations we share.

I provide all materials needed and facilitate the conversations we share.

 

DROP-IN CLASS: 

STORY CIRCLE -

WRITING ALONE TOGETHER

Story Circle offers a unique opportunity to encounter pieces of writing or art as a focal point for our conversations.  We meet to read and reflect together, to engage in conversation and share short written reflections.  The topics we tackle together pertain to life and death, health, and illness as well as age-ing and sage-ing with the purpose of enhancing our capacity to enjoy life in the moment.  I provide all materials needed and facilitate the conversations we share.

 

DROP-IN CLASS: 

CANDID CONVERSATIONS - EXPOSING DEATH AND DYING

This informal gathering is designed to address all matters of death and dying.  Similar to a Death Café, we won’t have a specific agenda; instead, you have a chance to bring forth questions or topics of concern to you.  I serve as the facilitator and guide to the conversations, ready to generate further talking points.  Just be curious and come with an open mind and heart.  A monthly event, open to anyone 16 years of age and older who is interested in exploring various aspects of death, dying and end-of-life.

 

SEMINAR: 

FROM AGE-ING TO SAGE-ING -

CHOOSING CONSCIOUS ELDERHOOD BY HARVESTING LIFE’S POTENTIAL

What does aging mean to you? Do you consider yourself an elder? What difference exists between “age-ing” and “sage-ing?”  What is elderhood and how does it distinguish itself from retirement of old age? And how might your understanding of conscious elderhood support your own sense of wellbeing and the larger community?

We will explore these questions together and engage in conversation about their significance in our third act of life.  Aging is a natural process of life we tend to celebrate when we are young.  A shift to conscious elderhood contributes to our ability to harness our intelligence, courage, resilience, passion, and grace to cope well with the changes and new complexities life provides us.  Through stories, videos, art and poetry we will journey through a life review in all seven dimensions of wellness.

When we confront the challenges and opportunities of aging, we increase and deepen our potential to cope along with our passion and sense of purpose.  We then create the space to serve as storytellers, wisdom-keepers and stewards, in short, as “elders.”  This seminar explores the meaning of “age-ing” and “sage-ing” and its implications for ourselves and the world around us. We will examine a reimagined model of conscious elderhood that can serve as a foundation to supporting ourselves and future generations in a sustainable, joyful, and purposeful fashion.  Although this course is structured as a seminar, your active participation is encouraged. You also receive a wealth of resources to pursue at your own leisure.

 

SEMINAR: 

DEATH MATTERS -

LIVING FULLY BY INVITING THE WISDOM OF DEATH AND DYING INTO LIFE

Death matters in all of our decisions, from how we cross the street and what we eat to which risks we take in life.  So how then might an increased understanding of our mortality serve us as a valuable companion to living fully?  In this multidisciplinary course, we explore death matters – often considered dark and stark – with humour as well as with open-hearted and inquisitive reflection to learn how to live more fully regardless of circumstances.  We examine how we can gain insights from end-of-life experiences to navigate a personal crisis or life transition at any time in your life.  Although this course is structured as a seminar, your active participation is encouraged. You also receive a wealth of resources to pursue at your own leisure.

 
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