We host regular workshops, specialty classes, and events to deepen your practice in a community setting. Payment is required at the time of registration and GST will be added to the price. We often require a minimum number of participants to run a workshop, so if you are considering attending, please register one week prior to avoid disappointment.





Restorative Yoga & Thai Massage
with Cedar Sorensen, RYT, Yoga Therapist & Waan Bunsri & Coralie Charland (Thai Massage Practitioners)
Sunday September 11th 2:00-4:00pm

Cultivate deep relaxation through the combined therapeutic power of Restorative Yoga, Restore:Thai Fall 2016Thai massage & a Loving-Kindness practice. During this special 2-hour class, while being guided through a series of relaxing, restorative yoga poses, you will receive Thai massage therapy.  The combination of yoga and massage allows you to  let go of deep tension, breathe more deeply, and almost effortlessly flow into bliss.  The loving-kindness practice offers us a chance for deep self-nurturing and supports our subtle body. This combination will open the practitioner to experience benefits on a physical, mental and energetic level.

Investment: $50 before Sept 5th / $60 after


Yoga & Vedic Chant for Health and Healing
6 Week Series with Brian Kroeker
Thursdays at 7:45-9:00pm. September 15th – October 20th

For thousands of years the divinely revealed wisdom of the Indian sages has been kept Brian Kroeker Chant Series Sept 2016alive through the oral transmission of the Vedas, the oldest known spiritual texts. Vedic chanting offers modern Western practitioners something that many of us long for: a way to pray to the nurturing forces of nature, calling on them for peace, wisdom and healing. Chanting regularly cultivates lasting peace and clarity and strengthens our ability to listen deeply and communicate from the heart.

Over the course of 6 weeks, we will learn a collection of Vedic chants invoking the sun, moon, the vital life force (prana), as well as a special healing (Āyur) mantra. Chants will be learned in an accessible, step-by-step method. No previous chanting experience is necessary! Each class will begin with a simple, gentle asana practice and vocal warmup.

Investment: $80-$100 Sliding Scale
Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

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The Sixth Sense
With Tracey Noseworthy & Maria Filippone
September 17th at 1:00-3:30pm

ajna chakra 2016This 2.5 hour Workshop, co- taught by Tracey & Maria, will focus on the sixth energy centre – Ajna Chakra. Through the practice of meditation, pranayama and specific asanas we will help promote balance & alignment of this powerful energy centre. A properly balanced 6th Chakra allows us to see things as they truly are without the projection and veil of the ego.  While our 2 eyes see the physical world, the third eye reveals insights into our future & strengthens our intuitive and psychic abilities. All levels welcome.

Investment: $40 Advance / $45 Door



FUNdamentals of Yoga for Beginners
6 Week Series with Jenafor Ryane

Tuesdays at 7:45-9:00pm. September 20th – October 25th

This 6 week progressive series for beginners to Yoga offers a safe, fun, welcoming space to Jenafor 2016 beachlearn foundational postures, breathing techniques, and meditation. Develop a safe and empowering understanding of the basics while building strength, flexibility, and balance. If you’ve been wondering: “what’s all the fuss about?” come find out!

Coursework includes:
– Exploration of basic postures, breathing techniques, and meditation
– A focus on alignment based technique
– Exploration of yoga props- how and when to use them
– Debunking of common myths about Yoga, e.g. “I can’t do yoga because I can’t touch my toes”, and “Yoga is only for thin 20-something women”
– Time for discussion

Investment: $80-$100 Sliding Scale
Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

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Friday Night Kirtankirtan bhavantu sound
With Tia and Damian
September 23rd   7:30-9:00pm

Kirtan is a form of Bhakti (devotional) Yoga where community gathers to share in call-and-response chanting, therein discovering that which unites us to each other. Most of the chants are in the ancient but timeless Sanskrit language. These sounds vibrate within the physical and subtle body, quieting the mind and purifying the heart. No experience is necessary, and song sheets are provided.

Investment: $5-$20 Sliding Scale



Embody the Goddess Within: A Yoga Practice for Women
With Melody Walford
September 24th at 1:00-3:30pm

Ancient wisdom from Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine to honour, balance and ease menstruation, hormones, and mood.

A vinyasa flow practice to stengthen our connection to the earth and one another. melody walford goddess 2016Empowering one on the path of embodying the innate goddess within by invoking knowledge, patience, strength, and acceptance. We will use practices to release our conditioned methods of separation by embracing what it means to be sisters. We will use postures, mantra, and pranayama to assist and ease menstrual discomfort, symptoms of PMS, menopause, and hormonal fluctuations.

Come to know your body’s cycles, rhythms, and messages. Learn basic physiology of the menstrual cycle and the hormones involved. Using this wisdom to inform our words, actions and choices. Helping each of us to enlighten our lives with the inner calling of our hearts, while aligning with the greater picture of nature and the cosmos. Using the archetype and Hindu goddess Lakshmi to awaken our health and beauty.

There will be music, chanting, asana, pranayama, and time for discussion. Come gather in community and share in the power of yoga and medicine.

Investment: $35 Before September 16th /$45 After





Weekend Workshops with Natalie Rousseau
October 1st-2nd

Autumn Wisdom Practices
October 1st at 1:00-4:00pm
Yoga & Ayurveda are sister sciences that can offer us great support in maintaining our natalie rousseau Oct2016health and wellness in every season of our lives. In this 3 hour workshop Natalie will provide a short interactive presentation & group discussion on the topic of seasonal wisdom,  followed by a deeply grounding all levels asana practice that will include pranayama and meditation. Students will take home ideas for creating home practices that can nourish them through the transitional season of Autumn.

The Inner Path: Yogic Philosophy & Meditation
October 1st at 6:30-8:30 pm
Yoga is an ancient system of Self Realization, and meditation is at the heart of it’s philosophical teachings and views. Join Natalie for an evening introduction to some of the key philosophical teachings from the Vedic & Tantric perspectives on Yoga, and explore various approaches to meditation. No previous meditation experience needed. Please bring your curiosity and your questions as there will be space for group discussion as well as practice.

Spacious Presence: Invoking Ganesha
October 2nd at 2:00-4:00pm
Ganesha is the benevolent elephant headed deity from the Hindu tradition, known as the Remover of Obstacles he offers us the gift of spacious presence and can teach us how to listen deeply so that we may act skilfully. Join us for an afternoon with Ganesha and explore his teachings through an Intermediate Hatha/Flow workshop that will include deep hip opening, standing & balancing postures along with meditation practice. Practice will be steady and strong, but can be modified to suit all levels.

3-hour workshop: $45 Before Sept 23rd / $55 Regular
2-hour workshop: $30 Before Sept 23rd / $40 Regular
All three workshops: $100

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Anxiety and Depression
9 Week Series with Sarah Kinsley MEd (C. Psych), E-RYT 500, RCYT
Tuesdays 7:15-9:30pm. October 4th – November 29th

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a clinically proven therapy for working sarah kinsleywith anxiety and preventing relapses in those who suffer from depression. It combines the practice of mindfulness meditation with the skills of cognitive therapy. Over the eight-week course, students will learn a variety of techniques that can used to develop a new relationship with thoughts, emotions and body sensations.  MBCT teaches how to break the patterns of anxiety and depression through practical and adaptable skills that can be used in everyday life. This course is for anyone experiencing moderate anxiety/depression.  It is also recommended for people with a history of depression.  This course is not intended as training for clinicians interested in facilitating MBCT courses.  The class size will be limited to eight students.

About Sarah:
Sarah Kinsley teaches in the Integrated Mindfulness Certificate at Royal Roads University and serves as a therapist and facilitator at Bridges for Women Society. She has extensive training in Mindfulness-Based Interventions including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).  Sarah completed a year-long training in MBCT facilitation at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies. Learn more about Sarah.

Investment: $250-$295 Sliding Scale
Note: Week 1 is Orientation & Interviews, followed by 8 week course. Class held in Acupuncture Clinic.

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Sunday October 16th

We are deeply grateful for YOU and your support over the last 9 years. Every person who walks through our front door contributes to the special community feeling here. Come celebrate with us on Sunday October 16th with cake, prizes, sales, and fun. Stay tuned for more details!



Mindfulness Training for Yin Teachers – 15 Hours
With Carly Forest
October 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 2016

With over a decade of combining Yin yoga and mindfulness, Carly Forest carly forest 2014offers a training that delves into the heart of the two arts, helping participants emerge with the capacity to weave them together in both personal and professional practice.

Designed with strong emphasis on theory and practice, this 15 hour training will ground participants in the foundations of mindfulness and facilitate a rich exploration of how it relates to emotional intelligence, science, and Yin yoga. Through in-depth teachings and embodied practice, participants will experience ancient wisdom teachings translated into contemporary form, thereby deepening their own understanding and expanding what they can offer to others.

This training is one of deep immersion. Participants can expect extended practices infused with depth teachings, poetry, and reflective pause.  A manual is provided for reference and participants are asked to bring their own journals. From the roots of mindfulness, to the spirit of Yin, this workshop promises to land in the heart.

Friday October 21st at 12:30-4:30pm  &  7:00-9:30pm
Saturday October 22nd at 12:30-4:00pm  &  6:30-9:30pm
Sunday October 23rd at 2:00-4:00pm

Investment: $350 before October 3rd / $395 After

A Written Practice: Release Your Yoga Experience Through Writing
A Workshop with Jen Craig Evans, Yoga Instructor and Reiki Practitioner & Danielle Pope, Writer, Editor and Story Midwife
October 29th at 1:00-4:00pm

Writing is a lot like yoga — you have to be present. You have to listen to your inner wisdom and tap into what is surfacing for you.

This workshop will intertwine a series of balanced yoga postures with stimulating writing exercises to give you the tools you need to express your internal experience on the mat with the written word. Bring along your favourite notebook and pen, and prepare to dive deeply into the space between movement of the body and movement of the mind. Join Jen and Danielle for this journey of self expression.

Investment: $40 Before October 24th / $50 After




Age  Well with Yoga
6 Week Series with Pam Nicholls MD
Tuesdays at 7:45-9:00pm. November 1st – December 6th

Did you know that it is important to start building bone density in  your 20’s, and that Pam Nicholls headshot 2016yoga can be as effective as weight training?  Or that the exercise, including yoga, releases Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor, which actually “grows” your brain?  Or that meeting regularly with a community, like your regular Tuesday evening yoga class, is one of the key factors of healthy longevity?

Pam is a retired family doctor and senior yoga teacher, known for her creative and alignment-focused classes.  This series, designed for all ages, will present current research on yoga benefits.  Each week Pam will introduce the theme, then a full-length moderate flow class will embody and illustrate the concepts. All levels of yoga practice are welcome, although beginners will be encouraged to pace themselves. Discover how well you can feel – at any age!

Investment: $80-$100 Sliding Scale
Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

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Journey Through the Meridians: A 6-week self-care Series
With Aaron Banfield R.Ac.
Thursdays 7:45-9:00pm. November 3rd – December 8thAaron Banfield headshot2016

This highly experiential workshop will take you on a trip around your body to deepen your relationship with your meridian systems and the role they play in your physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual wellness. Each week will focus on one meridian and its associated organ.  We will explore its nature what we tend to experience when disharmony arises within it.  Then we will practice acupressure, meditation, and qi gong techniques to bring that meridian system into balance. The purpose of this workshop is to help deepen your understanding of your own health patterns, and to provide you with simple, effective tools to create positive shifts in your wellbeing.

Investment: $80-$100 Sliding Scale
Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

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Meditate & Educate:  Sharing Meditation with Kids & Teens
With Cara Calibaba
November 19th at 1:00-4:00pm

Giving ourselves and the children in our lives the tools to build present moment awareness, emotional literacy and a sense of oneness.
In this adult workshop you will learn how the basic science and philosophy of meditation cara youth mediationcan empower the children and teens in your life!
-Discover how mindfulness techniques can inspire youth to embody a regular stillness practice
-Investigate how meditation and emotional literacy can help children cope with everyday stressors
-Examine four pillars of critical development in children and teens
-Explore breathwork techniques combined with movement

This workshop is great for school teachers, Yoga teachers, parents, or anyone who works with kids & teens. No prior meditation experience is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a journal, pen, Yoga mat, and meditation cushion if you have one. Bolsters, blocks, and blankets will be provided.

Investment: $40 Before November 14th / $50 After



Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Training – 20 Hours
With Facilitator Nicki Mosley, MSW, E-RYT 200 and assistance from Sarah Kinsley MEd (C. Psych), E-RYT 500, RCYT
November 25th, 26th, 27th, 2016

This is designed for yoga teachers, practitioners and professionals working with trauma nicki mosley aug 2016survivors.  It focuses on understanding the foundations of trauma theory, the principles that inform trauma sensitive yoga, and provides specific tools to support serving anyone who has experienced trauma within a public yoga class or professional clinical setting.  This applied skill development opportunity will strengthen an understanding of resilience within the body and brain, and what supports creating a trauma-informed practice and space.  The program is designed for professionals and practitioners who are looking to expand their practice to include treatment of the body, as well as the mind.

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an evidence-based adjunct technique for clinical treatment supporting healing from complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  TCTSY has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, Neuroscience, and Hatha Yoga practice with an emphasis on body-based yoga forms and breathing practices.

Required pre-training reading: David Emerson, Trauma Sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the body into treatment  *NOTE: please pre-order the book as it can take a while to search out. For more information on facilitator or trauma sensitive yoga visit: or

Friday November 25th at 12:30-4:30pm  &  7:00-9:30pm
Saturday November 26th at 12:30-4:00pm  &  6:30-9:30pm
Sunday November 27th at 2:00-4:00pm
(20-hours includes 15-contact hrs, with 5-hrs of pre-course reading and homework)

Investment: $365 Before November 10th / $395 After
*Note: Participants DO NOT need to be certified yoga teachers to attend the training.



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Meditation Facilitation Mentorship Program
With Michael Stone
January 16th – 28th, 2017

Have you studied mindfulness or meditation and want to go deeper? Are you aMichael Stone 2015 yoga teacher, psychologist, nurse, educator or in the caring professions and want to facilitate meditation at work? Do you want to learn the deeper roots of contemplative practice?

This Meditation Facilitation Mentorship Program (MFMP 2017) is designed for delivering mindfulness meditation practices to others, including a variety of different populations, in small groups and one on one.

The course will integrate the traditional maps of meditation in the Buddhist and yoga traditions with the insights of Western psychology and neuroscience. The aim is to prepare participants to teach meditation by combining deep personal understanding, a contemporary language for describing what happens in meditation, and the essential skills for facilitation.

Read more about Michael Stone, structure of the training, course content, and payment options.

Mondays – Fridays 12:30-4:30pm
Saturdays 12:30-4:00pm
Sunday – Day off

$2300 if registered by December 15th / $2450 After



Refund Policy:

– If you cancel 7 days prior to the event, we can offer you a full refund or credit at Hemma.
– If you cancel within the week prior to the event, we can offer you a credit at hemma, minus a $5 administration fee.
– If you cancel the day of the event, or don’t show up for it, no refund or credit will be offered.
– It is rare that we cancel a workshop, but if we do we will give you 24 hours notice and offer you a full refund or credit at Hemma. 

Thank you for your understanding.