Information about Our Virtual Workshops
Designed to promote personal well-being in a safe environment.

There is not requirement to see a counsellor before taking a workshop. However, a counsellor may recommend a series of workshops based on an assessment of your individual personal situation.

If you are interested in any of our virtual workshops, Please email
Or call our Office at 613- 523- 5143 (Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 2:00pm)

Fee for Workshops
Serenity Renewal for Families’ fee for a workshop is $140, Receipts will be issued for extended health care or private insurance.

No one is excluded from services for financial reasons. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Serenity Renewal for Families will continue to offer a sliding fee scale, a minimum payment request of $10 and 100% subsidies.

Upcoming Workshop

Family of Origin
Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Facilitator: Jennifer O’Connor
Family of Origin experiences have a profound influence on our thinking and beliefs. These shape the choices and feelings we experience in our relationships and in parenting our children. Because it is literally the basis from which you develop, your family of origin has a large impact on you and your life. But what happens when that impact is negative? In this workshop, we will
explore how our family of origins have helped shape us and how we can heal to move forward in our journey.

Boundaries: How do I Respect and Love Myself ?
Monday, October 18 to Thursday, October 21 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Facilitator: Wally Clare
What is a boundary? How are they formed, shaped, damaged, or broken? How can we recognize healthy and unhealthy boundaries in ourselves and others? What do our relationship patterns and choices tell us about the health of our own personal boundaries? How does the setting of new boundaries help in the healing of our broken or empty relationship patterns?

Emotional Regulation
Monday, November 1 to Thursday, November 4 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm
Facilitator: Jessica Pershick
Our emotions help us know who we are, and what is important to us, but we don’t want them driving the bus.  When our emotions are intense, we run the risk of suffering, or doing things that we may later regret. By learning how to manage our emotions, we can think and feel at the same time and make wise decisions. Learn what the core emotions are, and how to assess, validate, contain, and express your feelings so that you can feel better more of the time and be comfortable with a wide range of emotions.

Resentment: Letting Go of the Past
Saturday, November 20 and Sunday, November 21 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Facilitator: Wally Clare
Resentment is simply defined as “bitter indignation at having been treated unfairly”. Our addiction and codependency literature identifies resentment as the single most dangerous character defect in our journey of healing and recovery. This workshop will provide the opportunity to explore the roots of our resentments, how they get triggered in everyday life and how we are able to let go of the old wounds at the root of our suffering.

Controlling Behaviours, Perfectionism and the Destructive Powers of Shame
Saturday, December 11 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Facilitator: Wally Clare
Controlling behaviours often cause stress. They lead us to feel insecure in our relationships. Many of us are also perfectionists. Even minor flaws or errors can crash our fragile self-esteem. Losing control or being less than perfect can lead us to believe we are defective, unworthy or broken. We can become overwhelmed by shame. We feel that we are never being good.

Past Workshops

Here are some of the recent workshops. Some will be offered again and new workshops are added on a regular basis. If interested, email and you will be added to the list of people who receive advance notice.

Isolation, Loneliness and Our Need for Connectedness
Monday, September 20 to Thursday, Sept 23 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Facilitator: Wally Clare
Feelings of isolation, loneliness and despair only add to our general state of unhappiness. Fear, anger, resentment, self-pity and denial may also be a part of the pattern. We feel disconnected from other people. We struggle with our self-esteem. 

Understanding Our Sexuality and Ourselves
Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Facilitator: Gerard Vardy
Healthy relationships involve a balanced mixture of physical connection, emotional excitement and
sense of personal comfort and belonging.  Sometimes our needs and wounds can lead us to unhealthy choices and these desires can leave us feeling incomplete, inadequate, and alone. Making healthy relationships and sexual choices are essential for our own personal growth.