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Programming and Events

Workshops

The Wellness Education Centre hosts regular workshops to promote students’ optimal well-being. These workshops are free for all registered students, and cover all seven dimensions of wellness. All workshops are approved Wellness Education Certificate activities.

Request a Workshop

New in 2020 on the Waterloo campus are 20-minute workshops available for booking on the following topics:

  • Using the Student Wellness Centre
  • Getting Enough Sleep
  • Stress & Your Mental Health

These workshops are designed for students and can be delivered in lectures, meetings, or trainings. If you are interested in requesting one of these workshops, please email nreeve@wlu.ca with your preferred date, time, and location.

Please note that all workshops require at least three weeks notice.

Wellness Education Certificate

Laurier students can earn the Wellness Education Certificate by attending five approved wellness education activities and completing a short reflection on their learning. After you complete five activities, complete the Wellness Education Certificate Application Form. Once approved, the Wellness Education Certificate will be eligible for inclusion on your Laurier Experience Record.

Thrive Week

Thrive is a weeklong series of free events to build positive mental health on campus. Thrive Week runs every October and January on both Waterloo and Brantford campuses. Popular Thrive Week events have included Therapy Dog Yoga, Chocolate Art Therapy, and our Self Care and Resilience workshop.

The Golden Rules: Laurier's Resiliency Program

Available exclusively on the Brantford campus, the Golden Rules program (adapted from Dr. Diana Brecher and Dr. Deena Kara Shaffer’s ThriveRU program at Ryerson University) aims to help you move from surviving to thriving at university by helping you build resiliency.

The Golden Rules program consists of 5 modules:

  • Perseverance, Persistence, Grit & Creating Habits
  • Strengths, Balance & Confidence
  • Optimism, Perspective & Self-Compassion
  • Forgiveness, Loving Kindness & Gratitude
  • Flow, Thriving & Curiosity
Registration is now open for the Winter 2020 term. Each individual session can qualify for Laurier Experience Record credit or BF290 credit. For more information, contact Andrea Dalimonte at adalimonte@wlu.ca

Weekly Programming

Walking Groups

Mood Walks is a province-wide initiative that promotes physical activity in nature, or “green exercise,” as a way to improve both physical and mental health. Mood Walks in an initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, and the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.

Laurier adopted this initiative in 2018. On Mondays, peer wellness educators lead students on a one-hour walk through green spaces, to boost mood as well as enjoy camaraderie, fresh air and exercise for our physical and social wellness.

In Waterloo, meet at the Wilf’s statue in the quad outside the Dining Hall at 1 p.m. on the following days of winter term for a one-hour walk. Registration is not required.

  • January 27
  • February 24
  • March 30

In Brantford, meet at the Student Wellness Centre entrance at noon every Monday of fall and winter terms for a one-hour walk. Registration is not required.

Yoga for Mental Health

Every Tuesday of Winter term from 1:00 - 1:50 p.m. on the Waterloo Campus, students can visit the Wellness Education Centre to learn how to stretch their mind and body through restorative yoga poses and meditative exercises and leave feeling refreshed and calmer. Mats are available, but please bring your own if you have one.

Fresh Fruit Friday

Every Friday of the fall and winter terms, Laurier students can stop by the Wellness Education Centre on both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses and collect a free piece of fresh fruit to fuel their minds and bodies. Peer wellness educators are available to speak with students about their wellness needs such as how to use the Student Wellness Centre, and how to access counselling services.

A study published in 2018 in Frontiers in Psychology found that eating raw fruits and vegetables is associated with better mental health, including lower rates of depression, and increased mood and life satisfaction.