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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 2021

(JANUARY-MARCH)

Registration is now open for another exciting slate of courses I will be offering this winter - all via Zoom due to the ongoing health concerns. 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.

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. 

 

Check out the FREE offerings as well, which include practice sessions.
 

Note to Hospice volunteers: I offer special rates for each course. Please indicate your 
volunteer work in your message to me.


Early Bird discount ends January 2, 2021

WINTER 2021

Transitions
When: 4 sessions on Monday, February 15 & 22; March 1 & 8, 2021; 1-2:30pm EST 
Cost: $125 (Early Bird fee $100); $90 for Hospice volunteers and those who wish to 
retake the course


Getting UnStressed & UnStuck I
When: 4 sessions on Wednesday, January, 13, 20, 27 & February 3, 2021; 1-2pm EST

Cost:  $75 (Early Bird fee $60); $50 for Hospice volunteers

Getting UnStressed & UnStuck II
When: 4 sessions on Wednesday, February 17 & 24; March 3 & 10, 2021; 1-2pm EST
Cost: $75 (Early Bird fee $60); $50 for Hospice volunteers


Re-Story Your Life I
When: 4-sessions on Tuesday, January 12 & 19; February 2 & 16, 2021; 7-9pm EST
Cost:  $125 (Early Bird fee $100); $90 for Hospice volunteers


Re-Story Your Life III
When:  4-sessions on Monday, January 18, February 1 & 15, March 1, 2021; 7-9pm EST
Cost:  $125 (Early Bird fee $100); $90 for Hospice volunteers


Don’t Wait
When: 4 sessions on Monday, January 11, 18, 25 & February 1, 2021; 1-2:30pm EST
Cost:  $125 (Early Bird fee $100); $90 for Hospice volunteers

 

Story Matters

When: 4-session workshop intensive on February 8, 9, 10 & 12, 2021 from 3-5pm EST
Cost:  $125 (Early Bird fee $100); $90 for Hospice volunteers and those who wish to retake the course)


Death Cafe
When: Once per month on Tuesday, January 26, 2021; February 23, 2021; March 30, 2021; 7-8:30pm EST
FREE admission; registration required 

 

GUS Practice Circle
When: Once per month on Thursday, January 14, 2021; February 11, 2021; March 11, 2021; 1-2pm EST
FREE admission; registration required

 

Storytelling Practice Circle
When: Once per month on Thursday, January 21, 2021; February 18, 2021; March 18, 2021; 1-2pm EST
FREE admission; registration required

 

COMING SOON!    
 

Kintsugi Bowl


From Age-ing to Sage-ing


Book Study Circle of a Different Kind


Death Matters


What Matters Now


Story Circle - Writing Alone Together


STAY TUNED FOR MORE

 

 

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

- Galileo

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 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: 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

NEW WORKSHOP: 

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.

 

DON’T WAIT TILL IT’S TOO LATE: IN-DEPTH ADVANCE CARE AND LEGACY PLANNING 

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 workshop focuses on topics related to Advance Care Planning, such as clarifications on important terminology and on what is expected and recommended in Ontario 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 
ethical wills and legacy planning.


All are welcome, regardless where you, or a loved one, find yourself on this journey. Multigenerational participation is encouraged and I also welcome individuals without immediate family.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 interested in finding out more about them.
 

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

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.

 

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.

 

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 tea 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. 

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

 
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