Joyful Living: Relaxation and Creativity with Michele Lilyanna

UPDATE AUGUST 7, 2017

Unfortunately due to personal issues, I am unable to facilitate at the Aug 22/23 workshops.  Sincerest apologies.  But I am happy to write that Michele will be facilitating! 

Love, Kat

JOYFUL LIVING THROUGH RELAXATION PRACTICES AND ARTISTIC CREATIVITY

SUMMER 2017 WORKSHOPS ON THE SUNSHINE COAST!

with Michele Lilyanna

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NOURISHING SUMMER WORKSHOPS BY THE OCEAN AT CHASTER HOUSE IN BONNIE BROOK

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1549 Ocean Beach Esplanade, GIBSONS

ADULTS*: AUGUST 22, 2017 7:30-9:30 PM $60.00/participant

TWEENS: AUGUST 23, 2017 1:00-3:30 PM $50.00/participant

CHILDREN: AUGUST 23, 2017 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM $40.00/participant

Each session begins with a guided meditation. We then move on to joyful creativity and round out the session with a healing practice. Nourishment and fun at its finest!

NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!

* Teachers may use this class for Professional development. Check with your district as it will give you practices to share in your classrooms as well as provide you with ideas for wellbeing.

 Class size limited so please sign up early!

To register and pay course fee contact Michele at: Email

SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS AND THE FACILITATOR!

About the Workshops:

ADULTS: AUGUST 22, 2017 7:30-9:30 PM 

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TWEENS: AUGUST 23, 2017 1:00-3:30 PM

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CHILDREN: AUGUST 23, 2017 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

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About the Facilitator:

Michele Lilyanna:

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Michele Lilyanna taught in the Canadian public education system for over thirty years. Her teaching focused on social and emotional learning and artistic expression.   She is the co-author, with James Baraz of Awakening Joy For Kids, awarded the 2016 Nautilus Gold medal. She is a featured parenting writer for Dr. Rick Hanson on both his website and in his Ten Pillars of Happiness course. When Michele is not teaching parents, educators, or children, she is awakening joy on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia with her partner, Peter, and her two sons.

Michele’s Website: awakeningjoyforkids.com

 

 

What if today, I just NOT worry?

Today I am giving myself the permission to be just in the moment.  

When fear and worry arise, I will try to let it dissipate without trying to figure out solutions.  I give myself permission to just do what I have committed to today.  TODAY.

I give myself permission to not worry about what is next, what needs to happen, what I need to hustle, what I need to survive.

Today, I have enough bus fare to get to the session, enough supplies for the students, enough coffee in the cupboard.

Today is a gift.

Much love to you all.

You think this is just another day in your life. It’s not just another day. It’s the one day that is given to you today…. It’s the only gift that you have right now. And the only appropriate response is gratefulness. – Brother David Steindl-Rast

Recommended reading:


(This book a gift from my sweet friend, Pamela Post)

Routine? No, ROOTine.

The word ROOTine came up for me the other day when I was texting with my daughter who is on a life-changing journey, travelling in SE Asia:

Looking back on your life from a mom’s perspective as to when you have felt the most happiest is during developing an idea and planning transitions.  When you have gotten “grey” is when things settle into routine.  Your core competencies are definitely on experiencing and facilitating those transitions… what’s beautiful is that by identifying that this trip is about making space for change, that you yourself have the power to facilitate change, has opened you to also embrace DEVELOPING ROOTS.  

As long as where you land, where you you work, who you love, fosters that change power in you–  you will be happy.  Some people need routine and no change.  Predictability.  You- no.  That’s why you will love being a mom as it’s all about facilitating growth and change in your children.  The routine or ROOT-ine in that and in loving a partner is not at all suffocating- as long as you continue to develop yourself

 

The word ROOTine made sense to me as it came up in my text to her.  When I personally feel the angst of being disconnected from the predictability and routine of home (like this past Friday when I headed over to the island for 5 nights to work and and spend time with friends), I know that is the time for self-reflection and mindfulness.  In the way that works for me.

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I don’t seek sameness in my life- that is certainly why I immerse myself in the creative process- it is about CHANGE.

My psychological or even physiological makeup is not one that suits the routine of a 9 to 5 predictable schedule.

I find a rich sense of freedom in the uniqueness of my personal routine.  In what makes me relax IN MY WAY.

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So, I guess the angst that arises is when the flow is disrupted?  I’ve been thinking about this a lot.  Is it ROUTINE or ROOTS?  I am fully rooted in my purpose- blessed to have found it.

My niece Emma just sent me this poem and it seems fitting:

What to Remember When Waking by David Whyte

In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake, coming back to this life from the other more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world where everything began, there is a small opening into the new day which closes the moment you begin your plans.

What you can plan is too small for you to live.

What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough for the vitality hidden in your sleep.

To be human is to become visible while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.

To remember the other world in this world is to live in your true inheritance.

You are not a troubled guest on this earth, you are not an accident amidst other accidents you were invited from another and greater night than the one from which you have just emerged.

Now, looking through the slanting light of the morning window toward the mountain presence of everything that can be what urgency calls you to your one love?

What shape waits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky?

Is it waiting in the fertile sea?

In the trees beyond the house?

In the life you can imagine for yourself?

In the open and lovely white page on the writing desk?

The ROOTine is where I find my flow.  And when the flow is disrupted, I feel uneasy.  And that’s OK.

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Delicious book! ‘Awakening Joy- for kids’ by Michele Lilyanna and James Baraz

I reconnected with a sweet friend/soul-sister/colleague last Friday, sharing sacred hours at my kitchen table.
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When I lived on the Sunshine Coast 1996-2003, I was lucky enough to befriend and work with Michele Lilyanna.  (Happy 20th anniversary, Michele!)

Incredibly, both my kids were lucky to have her as a teacher, and her friendship got me through some of the most difficult times of my life.  Michele and I connected through our mutual love of the creative process.  We both push the envelope, think outside the box and know that it is better to ask for forgiveness than beg for permission when it comes to teaching art and encouraging creative expression.  When I look back on our times back in Roberts Creek, I am astounded by our output and workshops.  (I am so looking forward to the collaborations that lie ahead!)

Michele is a master at empowering children through mindfulness, joyful exercises, meditation, being present, creating and AWAKENING!  And Michele is sharing her wisdom with the world!!!  Her mission is simply JOY.  And this includes incredible projects such as her new book!!!  

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About the book:

Awakening Joy for Kids

This unique offering nourishes both adults and kids.

James Baraz shares the practices for adults—parents, caregivers, and teachers.  Michele Lilyanna offers her own experiences as a parent and as a teacher, showing how the themes work with kids, followed by the tried and true lessons that she’s used herself in the classroom and at home.

Packed with practices and activities that James and Michele have gathered over their many years of working with thousands of adults and children in retreats, workshops, and the classroom, Awakening Joy for Kids is imbued with compassion and delight. [source]

This is a magical book. These practices really make joy and wisdom grow. – Jack Kornfield

Awakening Joy for Kids by James Baraz and Michele Lilyanna is rich with simple, powerful, practical things that children and adults can do to grow real and lasting resilience, compassion, and joy inside themselves. It’s a beautiful book that goes straight to the heart. – Rick Hanson

About the authors:

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Awakening Joy for Kids is published by:

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You can purchase it here:

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Check out:

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I can’t wait to “ruin” this book!  Devour it, drop it accidentally in the tub as I reach for a notepad to write down page numbers to remember, write in it, utilize it, implement it.  

A peek inside:

And I can’t forget to introduce Teddy- Michele’s AMAZING pup:

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My daughter Anna with Michele’s Teddy- who awakens joy everywhere he goes!

Check out Michele’s daily tips on Twitter and Instagram (@micheleliliyanna)!  E.g. today’s:

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And her videos:

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Part 29 daily journal workshop. MINDFULNESS. #arttherapy

On Dec 26, I had a powerful conversation with a friend about mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience. [source]

We also talked about tapping into deep old sorrows and purging them.  Mindfulness can bring us to those places and allow us to release.  She talked about tears streaming, mascara running and uncontrollable yawning as she released a deep-rooted sorrow.  She says she feels amazing now.

Write or draw about your experience (if any) with mindfulness.

Today’s guest speaker, Alicia Love:

Mindful Revolution:

The Mindful Revolution is a student-run initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, exploring how mindfulness, positive psychology, and character development can transform the education system from the inside out—at the level of the students themselves. Their goal is to raise awareness on the implications of minding one’s internal health—emotionally, socially, and psychologically. 

Mindfulness Revolution Study PDF

Tomorrow:

REVIEW. RESOLVE.

Daily Journal Workshop:

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train. – Oscar Wilde

JOURNAL PARTS 1 to 25

Part 26 PERFECTIONISM

Part 27 SHUT YOUR EYES AND SEE

Part 28 ANGELS AMONG US