Jan 22, 2017 Sunday
(Full)

Introduction to Mindfulness

11:30a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Just Us! Coffeehouse
5896 Spring Garden Rd.
Halifax, NS CA

The beginning of a new year is a wonderful time to reflect on how we are relating to ourselves, our friends and family, and our livelihood. This introductory session will provide an introduction and experience of mindfulness practice, connecting it to how we can cultivate presence, clarity and positive intention in different domains of our life. There are many things we cannot control in our environment, but we can shift the way we react to situations moment by moment, finding greater freedom over time to make conscious choices. This workshop will offer teaching, practical instruction and interactive dialogue to ground "mindfulness" in your personal experience.

Bring one of the following:
A sample of your favorite loose-leaf tea
A story of how generosity has made a difference for you
An indoor plant clipping (not spider or jade plants, please)
Seeds for something that can grow in a shady backyard

About the teacher, Julia Sable

From an early age, mindfulness training has been a part of my life. While my professional path has taken me through journalism, civil service, and international non-profit work, my personal path has been a continual exploration of how to develop mindfulness and compassion. My training is in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, where I am a meditation teacher, and I am also interested in how mindfulness can be applied in secular, organisational and day-to-day life situations.

Darn It!

1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Just Us! Coffeehouse
5896 Spring Garden Rd.
Halifax, NS CA

It can be hard to part with a favourite knitted item once some of the areas have worn thin or have holes. Darning is a surprisingly straightforward process that allows you to repair your beloved knitted goods and extend their lifetime for years to come. In this class, participants can bring an item of theirs that needs repairing. By the end of the class they will have learned basic repair skills and they will have had a chance to repair the item that they brought with them. Appropriate items for repair may be: socks, mittens, scarves, toques, sweaters, shirts, etc. Keep in mind that an item should be darned with roughly the same thickness of yarn that the garment was made with - even thin cotton t-shirts can be darned; it just takes longer than repairing a bulky-knit toque. Keep in mind that you don't need to know how to knit in order to learn how to darn! What to bring: - An item that needs repairing. It is ideal if the hole is no bigger than a toonie. - A darning needle, if you can get your hands on one. There will be limited darning needles available, so please bring one if you can. - A couple metres of yarn that you might want to use for darning your item, especially if you are particular about the colour that you would like to use. Yarn will be available in various thicknesses, but with limited colour choice.

Bring one of the following:
a good story (for the soul)
an old, battered pair of size 43-45 rock climbing shoes (for an exciting project)
pickles (I just can't get enough)
red wriggler worms or earthworms (my vermicomposter worms met an untimely death this summer during a heat wave)

About the teacher, Jenna Holz

I started knitting when I was a child, but the real obsession didn't set in until ten years ago. I knit sweaters, socks, mittens, hats, and scarves, and I enjoy making my own knitting patterns. Years ago, my grandmother knitted me several pairs of socks. Determined to continue to wear and repair those socks for decades to come, I took an interest in darning. I am also the co-owner of a local climbing shoe repair shop called Cruel Shoes...so I am in the business of repair too! I believe in the practice of repairing and fixing, and the role it plays in countering our throwaway culture.

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Jan 28, 2017 Saturday
Just Us! Coffeehouse
5896 Spring Garden Rd.
Halifax, NS CA

TBA

Bring one of the following:
Blanket
Coffee
Indoor plant
Tea

About the teacher, Barran Alisso

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Jan 30, 2017 Monday

Intro to Human Centered Design

4:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.
Just Us! Coffeehouse
5896 Spring Garden Rd.
Halifax, NS CA

Human Centered Design is a creative solution to problem solving that starts and ends with the people you are designing for. Come to learn about the process of HCD and meet up with others who are looking for innovative ways to tackle complex problems. Maybe form a group to put the ideas of HCD into practice after the workshop!

Bring one of the following:
Kid friendly baked goods of any kind!

About the teacher, Jennifer Decoste

An extroverted enthusiast of community building often seen dragging two kids around to awesome spaces and places across NS!

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Feb 11, 2017 Saturday

The Conscious Business Startup

1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Just Us! Coffeehouse
5896 Spring Garden Rd.
Halifax, NS CA

In this workshop I'll share the skills I've learned and applied to open seven businesses for less than $200. I've taught these concepts to dozens of students and clients to help them build their dream businesses as well.

Bring one of the following:
Any non-fiction book to add to my bookshelf!

About the teacher, Ricky Goodall

Ricky Goodall is a former professional mixed martial artist, nutrition coach and entrepreneur. He has opened four wellness businesses including his most recent The Nutrition Blueprint, a nutrition coaching service and Elevated Wellness Center. He offers various types of coaching including nutrition, meditation, business and is in the process of creating a Wellness Mentorship Certification course. He has also recently finished writing his first book The Elements, which is a strategic guide to manifesting the life of your dreams.

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Feb 18, 2017 Saturday
Just Us! Coffeehouse
5896 Spring Garden Rd.
Halifax, NS CA

Discover areas you can easily reduce your monthly expenses in areas such as accommodation, insurance, food, transportation, utilities, communication etc by 20 - 40% and save money. We will also cover how people should be mindful of interest rates and the importance of budgeting.

Bring one of the following:
Help with basic carpentry
Help with learning to tie knots

About the teacher, Emo Ikede

MBA and B'Sc , Owner of www.ejitech.com, Passionate about sharing how to save money, spend less and achieve goals.

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Feb 21, 2017 Tuesday
Rad Storm
6050 Almon Street
Halifax CA

Coming soon!

Bring one of the following:
Help with basic car maintenance
Seeds to swap with other participants

About the teacher, Robin Johnston

Robin is a fermentation enthusiast and aspiring farmer. Along with her partner Alex, she runs The Bubbling Jar - a small fermented pickle company based in Halifax. When not fermenting you can find Robin talking, reading or thinking about fermentation.

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Feb 25, 2017 Saturday

Accessing Creativity

1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Just Us! Coffeehouse
5896 Spring Garden Rd.
Halifax, NS CA

A creative Body-mapping workshop that welcomes all drawing skill-sets. A positive, self-reflection exercise that taps into what inspires the work you do while creating a beautiful image as a result. Body-mapping is a collaborative process for every participant present, and it encourages embodied awareness.

Bring one of the following:
Art
Canned goods/dry food/snacks
Craft supplies
House plant
Jewelry
Knitted things
Picture frame

About the teacher, Bria Miller

Some post-secondary at MSVU/Visual and Musical Artist, Arts based Social Justice Advocate, Accessibility for Racialized and/or LGBTQ* folks/Community Facilitator for Youth Art Connection, Graphic Facilitator and Host for Brave Space

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Mar 4, 2017 Saturday
Just Us! Coffeehouse
5896 Spring Garden Rd.
Halifax, NS CA

Coming soon!

Bring one of the following:
Acrylic paint
Help with a chaotic garden
Help with knitting (basics and beyond)
Help with vegetarian/vegan cooking

About the teacher, Krista Decoste

After graduating from StFX University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2009, I spent a number of years abroad living in Central and South East Asia. There I spent time primarily in South Korea where I was an ESL Instructor and Project Coordinator and in Thailand where I was a professional Dive Master and Operations Manager of the onsite dive center at a Condé Naste Johansens resort. After approximately 6 years, I returned to Canada and made talent acquisition my career. In my downtime I enjoys all sorts of sports, COOKING, shopping at the local farmers markets or hanging out with my rescue cat from Thailand- Pepper.

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