A Be Well-ference for Early Years Professionals
MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2022
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
This event is made possible by funding from the Province of Ontario, City of London, and Middlesex County.
This opportunity will bring the London-Middlesex child care and early years system together to reflect, learn, grow, and celebrate the invaluable contributions early years professionals make each day in service to children and families across our region.
The day will aim to build connection and community while inviting you to invest in your most precious resource: YOU!
KEYNOTE SESSION: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
THE POWER OF SMALL: BUILDING MICRO-HABITS TO COMBAT STRESS AND ENHANCE PERSONAL WELL-BEING
FACILITATED BY MINAA B, LMSW
Everyone has habits, but some of our habits are not beneficial to our well-being. Healthy habits create room for self-care and self-care can happen anywhere you are, even in the classroom. During this workshop, you will learn the difference between habits and routines, the science behind what it takes to create healthy habits, and tools and strategies that will help you practice work-life harmony to better support your mental health and well-being.
Minaa B. is a writer, licensed mental health professional and founder of Minaa B. Consulting, a mental health consulting practice that works with organizations to develop psychological safety and become mental health inclusive. With over nine years of clinical experience as a therapist, Minaa specializes in treating depression, anxiety and trauma. Mina aalso spent over five years working as a mental health consultant in Early Head Start providing services to children ages 0-5 and training educators and staff on early childhood social-emotional development. Minaa’s work and teachings have been featured in a variety of publications such as The Today Show, BBC, Facebook Watch and more. Currently, Minaa sits on the Mental Health Advisory Board for Selena Gomez’s media company Wondermind, and she is contracted with Tarcher Perigee to release her first book in August 2023.
AVAILABLE AFTERNOON SESSIONS: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
BREATHWORK FOR JOY AND EASE
FACILITATED BY JASMINE BOWIE, LMSW and Wellness Consultant
Breathwork is the practice of conscious rhythmic breathing and is a powerful tool in igniting the body’s natural healing systems. Jasmine will guide us through a 60-minute breathwork and guided meditation practice. We’ll be using our breath and visualization to connect with our innate joy and ease.
This session is perfect for people who seek to release- be it stress or emotional blockages. Through deep intentional breathing, we’ll increase our capacity to feel more connected to our body, inviting in lightness, ease, and joy. Participants are welcome to bring a blanket, earphones, and a journal for a small amount of reflective writing.
** While breathwork is a powerful healing tool, risks of participation can include bringing up emotions, trauma, discomfort, growth, expansion & elation.
** If you are pregnant and/or have a known heart condition it may be best to consult a doctor before participating.
Jasmine Bowie is a holistic wellness practitioner, therapist, and breathwork facilitator with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University. With over 10 years of clinical, program design, and mind-body wellness expertise, Jasmine’s practice is rooted in curating integrative wellness opportunities for people to pause, center their breath, and connect with themselves and their community more intimately. She believes through intentionally centering our individual and collective wellness needs, we create expanded opportunities for community healing, self-liberation, and joy.
BUILDING RESILIENCE AND SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATING BIG FEELINGS
FACILITATED BY LIZ FOSSLIEN AND MOLLIE WEST DUFFY
In this engaging and informative session, Liz and Mollie will give participants tactical tips for how to build resilience, successfully navigate big feelings, and practice self-compassion during times of uncertainty.
Liz’s poignant illustrations sprinkled throughout the presentation bring the content to life. The actionable advice will be applicable to those in a broad range of roles, including those who work alone or with others.
Liz and Mollie are the co-authors of the best-selling book Big Feelings and the Wall Street Journal best-selling book No Hard Feelings. Their work has been featured by Good Morning America, TED, NPR, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, and The Economist and they’ve led workshops at organizations including NPR, Viacom, LinkedIn, and Google. Liz leads content and communications at Humu, where she helps leaders and their teams take small steps towards profound improvement. Mollie is an organizational design and organizational development expert and was previously an Organizational Design Lead at global innovation firm IDEO.
For complete event information, please see the event package: Only One You – Event Information Package