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

There is no 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.

Emotional Regulation and the Self: virtual
Monday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 23 then Thursday, August 25 and Friday, August 26 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Facilitator: Jessica Pershick
Do your emotions hold you hostage? Learn how to take back control by discovering the you beneath it all. Let go of shame and come home to your true self. Discover your emotional needs and learn how to compassionately love yourself beyond conditions. Move forward cultivating the life you want to live, not fearing that which you want to avoid. Together let’s transform surviving into thriving.

Codependency: Reclaim Your Identity: in-person
Saturday, September 17, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Facilitator: Marian Meade
Codependent behaviour is a learned coping style that includes hyper focusing on others while being unable to express one’s own needs. Learn to reclaim your identity and create authentic relationships.
(Limited Number of Registrations)

Isolation, Loneliness and Our Need for Connectedness: virtual
Monday, September 26 to Thursday, Sept 29 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.

Forgiveness and Spirituality: virtual
Monday, October 17 to Thursday, October 20 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm
Facilitators: Catherine Pepper and Wally Clare
Forgiveness is both a decision and a process. Explore how to identify resentments – the feeling of being treated unfairly; and the impact that this has on our lives. Learn the practice of forgiveness and the ability to move forward. Discover spirituality that gives meaning and purpose to our lives.

Mindfulness for Mood: virtual
Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Facilitator: Sofie Charron
Find out how mindfulness skills can help improve the way you respond to difficult thoughts and emotions in everyday situations and in times of crisis. Learn about the many ways to practice mindfulness through walking, breathing, eating and more.

Grief and Loss: Living with the Sorrow of Addiction and Codependency
Thursday evenings, August 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (four weeks in a row)
Facilitators: Wally Clare and Lynda Donaldson
There are never simple answers for our individual experiences of grief, loss and sorrow. Addictive and codependent behaviours in ourselves and in our loved ones will often make our grief more complicated and harder to understand. What do we mean when we talk about a healing journey for our sorrow? Is there a way to distinguish between grief, sorrow, and depression? What are the symptoms of grief? Can I do anything about the inner voices of self-judgment and criticism? Why is it comforting to share with others who have experienced similar grief and loss?

Healthy Boundaries: Letting Go of Fear, Anxiety, Resentment and the Despair of Addictions and Codependency
Facilitator: Wally Clare
Monday, June 6 to Thursday, June 9 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Why is an understanding of boundaries so important for addictions and codependency? How are healthy and unhealthy boundaries formed? How are feelings and boundaries connected in recovery? How do we let go of our destructive feeling patterns and the destructive behaviours they drive? Why does the recovery and healing pathway seem harder for some people, easier for others?

Emotional Regulation and Others
Facilitator: Jessica Pershick
Tuesday, June 14 through Friday, June 17 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Has mistrust held you back in relationships? Sometimes our emotions can prevent us from fully connecting with others. Learn how to transform emotional reactions into intuitive responding, better navigate conflict and restore bonds. Explore how to communicate your feelings, set boundaries and create connections that go beyond words. Together let’s see how embracing our emotions can guide us to a greater sense of belonging.

Self-Esteem and Self Awareness
Facilitators: Marie Binelli and Wally Clare
Monday, June 27 through Thursday, June 30 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
How do we acquire and grow our self-esteem? We will explore the importance of learning how to communicate feelings and ideas vital to our self.

Resentment: Letting Go of the Past
Facilitator: Wally Clare
Tuesday evenings, July 5, 12, 19, 26 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (four weeks in a row)
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

Couples Communication
Facilitator: Wally Clare
Saturdays, July 16 and 23 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm (two weeks in a row)
How do we communicate effectively? What are the essential ingredients for a healthy, intimate relationship? Learn how to identify and change unhealthy patterns. In this workshop, you will learn communication skills that can be practised, improving your relationship.