Welcome to the Self-Care Salon! These are a mostly-monthly discussion, workshop, and community-building event, each focusing on a specific aspect of self-care.

After our August hiatus, we’re back!

In September, we’ll be talking about the Resilience. This event will take place on September 9, from 1-3 pm, at Loft 112 in the East Village. You can RSVP to sostarselfcare@gmail.com, or on the facebook event page.

Specifically, we’ll be holding space for talking about all the ways in which we are already resilient, and all the different ways resilience can look.As one of my inspirations, Jane Clapp – Embodied Resilience recently wrote, “What resilience ‘looks’ like is not universal. How mainstream self help defines resilience can be an expression of access to privilege.”

We’re going to take this bit of wisdom (from one of Jane’s Truth Bomb Thursday posts – I highly recommend following her for all of them!) and have a conversation about what resilience means in our lives, how it has shown up, how we have developed our relationship with resilience and how we access that set of skills.

This conversation will be facilitated using narrative therapy practices – group therapy, with an emphasis on the expertise and insider knowledge that you bring into the room. Since so many of us have been feeling worn out, stretched thin, exhausted and overwhelmed by this summer of smoke, I think that this conversation will be an invitation to reconnect to the stories of how we’ve survived so far, and how we plan to get going.

The cost for this event is $50, and sliding scale is available with no questions asked.

Many thanks to my sister Domini for reminding me of this important topic and helping me get the event outlined and set up!

Sustainable and ethical self-care is not possible without intentional and compassionate community care, and the Indigenous communities whose land we live on are often forgotten. These workshops take place on Treaty 7 land, and the traditional territories of the Blackfoot, Siksika, Piikuni, Kainai, Tsuutina, and Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nation. This land is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.