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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.

MARTINA’S OFFERINGS FOR WINTER 2022

(January-April)

Registration is now open for another exciting slate of courses I will be offering this Winter - Almost all via Zoom due to the continued health concerns. However, the good news is that a few events are planned to take place in person as well if possible! 

Sign up early as space is limited for each event. All course times are listed in Eastern Standard Time.


I invite you to contact me here, by email at martina@martinasteiger.com or by phone at 226-338-6707 (call or text) so I can respond with further details. If you are interested, but times conflict with your schedule, let me know as well. I would also be curious to hear of any expression of interest in future courses for the Spring (hopefully some more in person courses as well).

Registration is simple: Register here and send your payment via e-transfer to martina@martinasteiger.com to secure your space. Please include the course title when you send the payment. If you live outside Canada, alternate payment options are available to you. Just contact me.

 

Check out the FREE offerings as well, which include monthly virtual Death Cafes.
 

Early Bird discount ends January 3rd, 2022; final registration date is January 11, 2022

WINTER 2022 (January-April)

Re-Story Your Life - Winter 2022 (continuation from Re-Story Spring and Fall)
When:   4+sessions on Thursday, January 13 & 27, 2022; February 10 & 24, 2021; 
7-9pm EST – with an optional SHOWCASE evening on March 10 together with 
participants from other writing groups.
Cost: $ 125 (Early Bird fee $100)

NEW: Re-Story Your Life V
When:   4+ sessions on Monday, January 17; February 7 & 28; and March 21, 2022; 
7-9pm EST – with an optional SHOWCASE evening on March 10 (Thursday) together 
with participants from other writing groups; 
Cost:  $125 (Early Bird fee $100)

With the End in Mind
When:   4 sessions on Tuesday, January 18; February 1 & 15, and March 1, 2022; 
7-8:30pm EST
Cost:  $125 (Early Bird fee $100)

NEW: Kindred Spirit Circle
When:   Two meeting dates a month for a total of 6 gatherings; join when you can, 
always from 2-3:30pm EST Mondays/Thursdays: January 20, February 7, February 17. March 7, March 17, and April 4
Cost:   $50 suggested contribution (I’d like to keep it affordable for everyone; if you can 
pay forward, please feel invited to do so); if $50 are beyond your budget, just pay what 
you can

Kintsugi Bowl
When:   A full day in-person workshop with two options: 
   Option A: Friday, February 4, 2022, from 9:30am-3pm EST
   Option B: Saturday, March 26, 2022
Cost:  $125 (Early Bird fee $100). ***Hospice Volunteers, please register through Hospice of Waterloo Region as this is a combined workshop

Where: Please note that this workshop is scheduled to be held on location in Waterloo. This might change depending on COVID protocols. More details will be available once we get closer to the date, including lunch arrangements. 

Death Cafe
When:   Once per month on Tuesday,January 25; February 22; March 29 & April 26, 
2022; 7-8:30pm EST
Free admission; registration required at least 4 hours before the event
ALSO: I host an in-person Death Cafe at Hospice of Waterloo Region (HWR) on the second Wednesday of each month, from 1-3pm. No registration is required at this point. However, we may need to update this information depending on Public Health mandates.

 

GUS Practice Circle
When: Once per month on Thursday, January 13; February 10; March 10; April 14, 
2022; 2-3pm EST
If you have not participated in GUS before and are not one of my clients, please let me know ahead of time so we can discuss how to best prepare you before you join the group.
Free admission; registration required at least 4 hours before the event

Book Studies and Story Circle
I will facilitate two book studies for Hospice of Waterloo Region this winter and a once a month Story Circle (no preparation required) and Book Chat (no preparation required), all online, which you are invited to join. If you are interested, just contact me for me information.

COMING SOON/AGAIN!
(Spring 2021)    

 

The Art of Forgiveness 


Legacy Writing

From Age-ing to Sage-ing

Getting UnStressed & UnStuck


Transitions


Re-Story Your Life Part I


Story Matters


as always,

STAY TUNED FOR MORE

 

 
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Your work is to discover your work
and then with all your heart
to give yourself to it.


- Gautama Siddhartha, the Buddha

Course Descriptions

 

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 and imperfections in our lives. In this experiential and reflective full day workshop we engage in joining shards of a beautiful, yet broken 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 on our journey through life and loss.

All necessary materials will be provided and are included in the cost. Lunch will be extra. If you are a Hospice volunteer, please register through Hospice of Waterloo Region. Of course, we need to see if Public Health regulations will allow us to proceed.

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

- Ancient Kintsugi quote

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RE-STORY YOUR LIFE:

LIFE REVIEW WRITING PART I

In this workshop we gather to explore the stories of our lives.  Together, we reflect, write and share moments and events in our lives in a small group environment. You receive guidance, structure and helpful exercises along the way to excavate the stories that want to be told. These processes lead you to discover new or previously overlooked and unappreciated aspects of your past in a way that may help you generate new perspectives on your life right now and build resilience and coping strategies for the transitions in your life.  


    This workshop is intended for individuals of all ages either new to telling their stories and individuals who are interested in exploring their lives in new ways. No writing experience is required, just a willingness to explore possibilities.

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RE-STORY YOUR LIFE:

LIFE REVIEW WRITING PART II

In this workshop, we come together again to continue our exploration of 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. We 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 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.


    Part I serves as a prerequisite. If you are interested, but did not take Part I, check out the unique offering this Fall to combine Parts I & II. See the explanation above.

RE-STORY YOUR LIFE:

LIFE REVIEW WRITING PART III 


In this workshop, we continue to review how our lives unfold in the stories we tell, remember and share. In a small and supportive group environment, we reflect, write and share moments and events in our lives. In addition to new topics and questions, you receive further guidance and helpful exercises designed to aid you in excavating the stories that want to be told. As before, you may also reshape existing stories in a manner that generates new perspectives on your life right now, leading you to re-story your life.

Prerequisite: Part I. If you are an experienced journal writer but have not yet participated in my workshops, contact me.

RE-STORY YOUR LIFE:

LIFE REVIEW WRITING PART IV 

 

This workshop serves as the culmination of our writing sessions together. We build on the stories explored and gathered so far. We work towards a precious treasure trove of stories that help us create our legacy documents. 


Together, we continue to review how our lives unfold in the stories we tell, remember and share. In a small and supportive group environment, we reflect, write and share moments and events in our lives. In addition to four new topics and sets of priming questions, you receive further guidance and helpful exercises designed to aid you in excavating and reshaping your stories in a manner that generates new perspectives on your life right now, leading you to re-story your life.


Prerequisite: Re-Story Your Life: Part II

RE-STORY YOUR LIFE:
LIFE REVIEW WRITING PART V 

 

This workshop serves as a continuation of deepening our writing journey together. We build on the stories explored and gathered so far. We work towards a precious treasure trove of stories that help us create our legacy documents. 


Together, we examine carefully and with intense curiosity how our lives unfold in the stories we tell, remember and share. In a small and supportive group environment, we reflect, write and share moments and events in our lives. In addition to four new topics and sets of priming questions, you receive further guidance and helpful exercises designed to aid you in excavating and reshaping your stories in a manner that generates new perspectives on your life right now, leading you to re-story your life.


Minimal Prerequisite: Re-Story Your Life: Part III

 
 
 
 

WITH THE END IN MIND: IN-DEPTH ADVANCE CARE AND LEGACY PLANNING​

 

This workshop centers on the question of how do we live now with the end in mind. We consider how our values, purpose and beliefs about our life connect to our desires and expectations concerning our dying and death. We also devise concrete plans on how to prepare ourselves, our families and friends and our healthcare teams through thoughtful conversations for a well lived future that starts now, regardless of age or health status.


We begin with Advance Care Planning, such as clarifications on important terminology and on what is expected and recommended in Ontario (or your own province or state) with regards to end-of-life care. We discuss how to relate your wishes or concerns to members of your health care team and your family, and much more. Your specific questions, concerns and scenarios form an important aspect of our time together. We engage in difficult and crucial conversations and share tools and strategies in small group gatherings. Lastly, we examine the importance and benefits of 
intentional legacy planning that is focused on your non-material life as a means to consciously express who you are and what you want to say. Your story matters.

 

All are welcome, regardless where you, or a loved one, find yourself on this journey. I specifically encourage individuals without immediate family, or for whom family support is not available locally, to enter into this conversation. Multigenerational participation is encouraged.

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GETTING UNSTRESSED & UNSTUCK (GUS) AT ANY TIME

Level I

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.

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GETTING UNSTRESSED & UNSTUCK (GUS) AT ANY TIME

Level II

This experiential workshop is a continuation of Level I. After reviewing Level I materials and practices, we delve into the second layer of the ABCs of GUS. Each session, just like before,  focuses on a variety of exercises, tools and strategies that have proven to lower the stress response and build resilience. We apply the new skills to current specific concerns that pose challenges for participants in their lives right now, with the intention to foster greater levels of balance, choice and coping strategies.

 
Finally, this workshop offers the benefits of a community of peers who provide meaningful support and encouragement.

GUS - MONTHLY PRACTICE SESSION

This is open to anyone who has participated in the GUS workshops before or is one of my private clients. If you are interested, but have no prior experience with it, just contact me and together we will determine a way forward that facilitates your participation.


Free Participation - just send me a message to receive the link at least 4 hours before the event

 
 
 

FREE PARTICIPATION -

REGISTRATION REQUIRED


DEATH CAFÉ: CANDID CONVERSATIONS ABOUT DEATH AND DYING

This informal gathering provides a free and supportive space once a month to share thoughts, ideas, concerns, questions and experiences about end-of-life, loss, death and dying. Without a set agenda, this is an engaging way to connect with others in candid conversations to help us live life more fully now. 
 

Be mindful that this is not a counseling or grief support group. And of course, feel free to bring your own snacks and beverage to our online gathering.


This is 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, all with the view of how to live life fully at any time. 


Free Participation - just send me a message to receive the link at least 4 hours before the event

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NEW WORKSHOP: 

TRANSITIONS: A JOURNEY OF TRANSFORMATION THROUGH LOSS, GRIEF AND MOURNING

Our lives are replete with changes, which can happen suddenly and unexpectedly or slowly and over a long period of time. Every change begins with an ending that invites us to enter into a journey of transition. This often paradoxical journey provides the opportunity to explore our losses, while we evaluate, reorient and redefine our thoughts, beliefs, emotions, even our body and spirit. Grief and mourning that accompany loss are painful, yet may also be mysteriously hope-filled when we move through transitions with awareness and courage.

 

This course offers participants information about the nature of change and transitions. We share strategies and tools to recognize and intentionally explore the many personal, economic and social changes that occur in our lives, especially during these pandemic times. We will address topics that include the complexity and singularity of grief and mourning, along with self-compassion, chaos, loneliness and relational energy, the significance of ritual and the phases of transitions.


During our time together, we make space for ourselves through active engagement in listening and learning, conversation and contemplation in a compassionate and caring environment so that we may discover a new sense of meaning and wholeness.

 

This course is open to anyone who has experienced a loss or losses in their lives–recent or many years ago. Such losses–or anticipated losses–could be the loss of good health, a job, a partner, parent, child or loved one, retirement, divorce or separation from a partner or the demise of a friendship. Be aware, though, that this course does not serve as a grief support group.

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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.

This intensive workshop is taught in four 2-hour sessions and is open to newcomers or those who wish to retake the class and improve their skills.

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STORY MATTERS - MONTHLY PRACTICE SESSION

This is open to anyone who has participated in the Story Matters workshop before or is interested in finding out more about personal storytelling.

FREE Participation - just send me a message to receive the link to the session at least 2 hours before the event.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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NEW: KINDRED SPIRIT CIRCLE

Who are the kindred spirits? If you are over 55 and sometimes feel alone or separate from your other circles of friends, or perhaps you perceive yourself on the outside looking in or questioning your sense of belonging, then this gathering is for you. The ongoing pandemic has highlighted the peculiar position many of us find ourselves in as single people, childless couples, people without significant family or with children who live at a considerable distance.

What are we planning to do here? We will provide a forum where we address any question that arises about our needs, hopes and dreams that allow us to carry on during these challenging times and beyond. The idea is to listen from the heart and serve as compassionate witness for the other people in the circle. We share our stories, which also means we are willing to discover something about ourselves in the stories of the other participants.


No preparation is necessary. Just bring an open heart and mind to our virtual circle along with your questions and concerns.

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