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Programming and Events

Remote 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.

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, all in-person workshops and programming have been transitioned to online platforms.

Request a Workshop

New in 2020 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 by a Wellness Education staff member 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 campus.

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

New Podcast! Thriving in Progress

Coming soon to your ears! Thriving in Progress is a podcast dedicated to wellness in the post-secondary world. Hosts Nathan and Sarah walk with you on your journey to wellness this academic year, unpacking what it means to thrive and what it takes to get there - one hot topic at a time. Tune in to learn from special guests who share their tried, tested and true tips to help you live your best life at Laurier!

Check out our most recent episodes to keep listening!

Stay tuned for more information about how to listen to Thriving in Progress. Is there a topic or guest you would like to see featured on our podcast? Email wellnessed@wlu.ca with all your ideas!

New Fall 2020! Spill the Tea: On Health & Wellness

Virtual drop-in strategy sharing sessions facilitated by trained peer volunteers. Come learn how other students are staying healthy this year, and share any of your strategies too! These informal sessions will start with Peer Wellness Educators sharing strategies on a current health-related topic, then any attendees will be invited to comment and share what works for them!

Spill the Tea is a space to share, a space to learn, and a space to connect with other students! Check out when you can join us!

  • Managing Stress during COVID-19 | Oct. 6 | 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Zoom Link
  • Supporting Friends with their Mental Health | Oct. 27 | 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Zoom Link
  • Getting Enough Sleep | Nov. 24 | 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Zoom Link
  • Studying for Finals | Dec. 1 | 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Zoom Link 
  • Trying to Keep my Sh*t Together | Dec. 8 | 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Zoom Link

The Golden Rules: Laurier's Resiliency Program

Now offered online and available to all Laurier students, 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 Fall 2020 term. Each individual session can be included on your Laurier Experience Record and/or used toward the workshop participation requirement in BF290. If you complete all 5 modules, you will receive a Wellness Education Certificate. All workshops will be facilitated through zoom. For more information, contact Andrea Dalimonte at adalimonte@wlu.ca

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 events have included Therapy Dog Yoga, free exercise classes, From Surviving to Thriving, and our Self Care and Resilience workshop.

Even while studying remotely, Thrive will continue for the Fall semester! This Fall, Thrive will be taking place October 19-23 and 26-30. Stay tuned for more details!

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.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Fresh Fruit Friday will be running remotely for the Fall 2020 semester. Stay tuned to our social media to find out how you can still participate in remote Fresh Fruit Fridays and win grocery gift cards to help keep prioritize eating well at home.