Breathe In, Breathe Out, Laurie Ward

Five simple steps to begin your meditation practice:   1.Move into a seated or lying down position. Make sure that you are comfortable yet alert. 2..Close your eyes and remain still. 3.Breathe normally. Don’t try to control or exaggerate your breathing. 4.Focus on your breathing, feel the sensation of each inhalation and exhalation. Bring your […]

Buds & Blossoms is Growing!

Buds-and-blossioms

Contributed by Linnea Obern Hi friends! We are Buds & Blossoms, a family activity studio serving Cabbagetown with a diverse selection of educational and entertaining classes and events for children and their grown-ups. Since January of this year, we’ve been having a blast creating a nurturing, fun and unique space for our treasured community of […]

Green Thumbs

green thumbs

Photo & article contributed by Lenka Gazova – Lenka Life Photography *VIP   Green Thumbs offers food growing and environmental education programs in 4 inner-city schools and 2 park sites. Our programs take place in the east downtown Toronto neighbourhoods of St. James Town, Cabbagetown, and Regent Park. Our gardens are about kids and their […]

THE CYC IS UNDER GOING A REBIRTH IN CABBAGETOWN

The Cabbagetown Youth Centre (“CYC”) has undergone a rebirth with the assistance of the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, a new senior management team interested in promoting new opportunities for children and youth in the Cabbagetown, St James Town and Regent Park . With new HVAC systems, gym lighting and improved handicapped accessibility […]

Laurie Ward wintertime Shiatsu

Like many I know, I spend the better part of the winter under the weather, sometimes for consecutive weeks at a time.  Determined to boost my overall health throughout the upcoming coldest months of the year, I asked Laurie for her insights on winter wellness.   First off, what effect do the dropping temperatures have […]

Gaining Momentum: The Smart Start to Success

If you’re a parent, you’ve witnessed it: The wonderment of a child engaged in their environment.   Splashing in puddles brings absolute joy. Watching a spider spin a web elicits total centration. Discovering the sounds of musical instruments evokes creation. A child who is captivated by their world has questions and ideas and inspiration.   […]

Canada 150 by Duncan Fremlin

This year, being Canada’s 150th Anniversary as a country, will trigger many comparisons with the last national party we enjoyed in 1967.  In some respects, Canada is profoundly different today.  For many, the Charter of Rights & Freedoms was the beginning of Canada as a nation.   Perhaps that should be the date we honour.  In […]

GAIN MULTICULTURAL MOMENTUM WITH MONTESSORI

momentum-montessori

Contributed by Stacey Boorman, Freelance writer and mum One thing I’ve learned is that my kid learns more from experience than me telling her what or how to do something. Do you think I taught her the word “like” (as in “mummy, like, I’m just not tired”)? No! But it’s coming out of her mouth, […]

A very big Country -

Sarah Ennor

Contributed by Sarah Ennor   While I was a little bit early for the official Canada 150 celebrations, I decided last October to take a month to cross Canada by car. I’d never done it, had some spare time on my hands, and thought a fall-time jaunt would do my spirit some good. It turned […]