Information About Our Adult Educational Workshops & Programs

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 call the office at 613-523-5143 (Office hours are from Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 2:00pm) or email, workshops@serenityrenewal.ca

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 offers a sliding fee scale from $140 to a minimum payment of $10.

100% subsidies are available.

Healthy Boundaries: Letting Go of Fear, Anxiety, Resentment and the Despair of Addictions and Codependency—Hybrid: In-person or Virtual
Facilitator: Catherine Pepper
Date: Saturday, July 6, 2024
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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 boundaries? How does the setting of new boundaries help in the healing of our broken or empty relationship patterns?

Shame and Guilt —Hybrid: In-person or Virtual
Facilitator: Natalie Bell
Date: Saturday, July 27, 2024
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Shame is grounded in an overwhelming feeling of brokenness. We believe ourselves to be defective or unworthy. Guilt is different. It is the feeling that comes when we are aware of having made a mistake or having done something wrong or improper. Feelings of shame and guilt may cause us to believe ourselves unworthy of the serenity that would come from following a journey of recovery and healing. Facing shame and guilt is important for those of us wanting to accept a spiritual path of trust, humility, tolerance, and gratitude.

Understanding Our Emotional BeingVirtual Only
Facilitator: Maimoona Batool
Dates: Wednesdays, August 7, 14, 21, 28 (four weeks in a row)
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
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—Hybrid: In-person or Virtual
Facilitator: Catherine Pepper
Date:
Saturday, August 17, 2024
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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.

Our upcoming programs are getting a makeover, but don’t worry – amazing things are on the horizon! For more info, email workshops@serenityrenewal.ca

Introduction to Healing and RecoveryIn Person ONLY 
Facilitator:
Jeff Latimer
Date:
Saturday, June 8, 2024
Time:
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
This one-day workshop will explore identifying addictive and codependent behaviours in ourselves and in our loved ones, what are the twelve steps and why are they important? This workshop will encourage participants to email questions to the facilitator. Finally, the workshop will provide direction for next steps in your journey of healing and recovery.

Anger and Resentment—In Person ONLY 
Facilitator:
Catherine Pepper
Date:
Saturday, May 25, 2024
Time:
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Anger and Resentment are 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.

Grief and Loss: Living with the Sorrow of Addiction and Codependency—Virtual only
Facilitators:
Wally Clare and Maimoona Batool
Date:
Wednesdays, May 1 – 22, 2024
Time:
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
There are never simple answers for our individual experiences ofgrief,lossandsorrow. Addictiveandcodependent behaviours in ourselvesandin our loved ones will often make ourgriefmore complicatedandharder to understand. What do we mean when we talk about a healing journey for our sorrow? Is there a way to distinguish betweengrief,sorrow, anddepression? What are the symptoms ofgrief? Can I do anything about the inner voices ofself-judgmentandcriticism? Why is it comforting to share with others who have experienced similargriefandloss?

Acceptance is the Answer—Hybrid: In-person or Virtual
Facilitator:
Catherine Pepper
Date:
Saturday, March 23, 2024
Time:
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The essential element of the healing process. Learn how to develop a healthy perspective of our reality and life circumstances to maintain success on your journey of healing and recovery.

WOMEN’S Only Workshop: Intimacy and Healthy Relationships—Virtual
Facilitator: Leanne McEwen
Date: Mondays, February 26, 2024, March 4, 2024, and March 11, 2024 (three Mondays in a row)
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
What we experienced growing up profoundly shapes our thinking, beliefs, behaviours, and choices for today, including our capacity for intimacy in our relationships with others. Our sexuality is a core dimension of who we are. The failure to fulfill this desire leaves us feeling incomplete, inadequate, and alone. Making healthy relationships and sexual choices is essential for personal growth.
**priority registration will be given to those who have not taken this workshop before.

MEN’S Only Workshop: Intimacy and Healthy Relationshipsin Person ONLY 
Facilitator: Jeff Latimer 
Date: Saturday, March 2nd
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm 
What we experienced growing up profoundly shapes our thinking, beliefs, behaviours, and choices for today, including our capacity for intimacy in our relationships with others. Our sexuality is a core dimension of who we are. The failure to fulfill this desire leaves us feeling incomplete, inadequate, and alone. Making healthy relationships and sexual choices is essential for personal growth. 

Self Esteem and Self Compassion—Virtual
Facilitator:
Catherine Pepper
Date: Saturday, February 10, 2024
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Explore how to accept our own humanness and imperfections with kindness by developing self-compassion. Learn how to shift into a positive mindset with confidence by strengthening self-esteem.

Codependency—Hybrid: In-person or Virtual
Facilitator
: Catherine Pepper
Date
: Saturday, February 24, 2024
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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.

Introduction to Healing and Recovery—Virtual
Facilitator
: Jeff Latimer
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2024
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
This one-day workshop will explore identifying addictive and codependent behaviours in ourselves and in our loved ones, what are the twelve steps and why are they important? This workshop will encourage participants to email questions to the facilitator. Finally, the workshop will provide direction for next steps in your journey of healing and recovery.

Healthy Boundaries: Letting Go of Fear, Anxiety, Resentment and the Despair of Addictions and Codependency—Hybrid: In-person or Virtual
Facilitators
: Catherine Pepper
Date: Saturday, January 20, 2024
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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 boundaries? How does the setting of new boundaries help in the healing of our broken or empty relationship patterns?

Codependency—Hybrid: In-person or Virtual
Saturday, November 18, 2023 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Facilitators:
Catherine Pepper
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.

Introduction to Healing and Recovery—Virtual ONLY
Monday, November 20, 2023 through Thursday, November 23, 2023 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm each day
Facilitator: Jeff Latimer
This four-day workshop will explore identifying addictive and codependent behaviours in ourselves and in our loved ones, what are the twelve steps and why are they important? This workshop will encourage participants to email questions to the facilitator. Finally, the workshop will provide direction for next steps in your journey of healing and recovery.

Men in Recovery: A Six-Week Program – In-Person Only 
Facilitator: Jeff Latimer
Date: Monday, April 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6 and 13th
Time: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
In our journey of healing and recovery, men can face numerous challenges and barriers that may interfere with full healing. Societal pressures can lead us to believe that being a man means we do not need help and that being vulnerable is a sign of weakness or defeat. This six-week program will explore issues unique to men in recovery with a focus on solutions. Within a supportive group environment, we will share and learn from each other’s experiences related to a number of issues including intimacy, anger management, healthy sexuality, stigma and mental health, spirituality, and recovery.
Fee: $300 (sliding fee scale and 100% subsidies are available)

I Matter Too! What About Me?: A Four-Week Program – In-Person Only 
Facilitator: Michelle Tasker and Crystal Lord
Date: Saturday, April 27, and May 4, 11 and 18
Time: 9:30 am to 11:00 am
This four-week program has been developed for family members who have an adult family member (or co-parent) who is in active addictions. This program will discuss the importance of “putting on our oxygen masks first”. By the end of the four weeks, participants will learn about family resources and tools of self-care which can lead to a healthier life,
Fee: $140 (sliding fee scale and 100% subsidies are available)

 

Self Care for Family Members  – In-Person Only 
Facilitators: Leanne McEwen and Wayne Burke
Dates: Feb 5, 2024, February 12, 2024, February 26, 2024, and March 4, 2024
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
This four-week program will enable family members who have an adult family member who is in active addictions. The program offers an in-depth view of how addictions/substance use disorder impacts every member of the family. The program will provide an opportunity to look at ourselves with the idea of making personal changes which can lead to a healthier life.  It gives us hope for change.
$140 fee (sliding fee scale available)