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All workshops are approved Wellness Education Certificate activities and cover seven dimensions of wellness. Workshops are free for registered Laurier students. 

Please note all Wellness Education programming and events have been cancelled for the Winter 2020 term due to COVID-19 regulations.

Waterloo Workshops

The Ride the Wave series runs weekly, led by mental health counsellors. Wellness 101 workshops run monthly and are led by the Wellness Education team of peers and professionals.

Ride the Wave

The Ride the Wave series is a series of psychoeducational workshops designed to offer practical tips for increasing resilience, managing stress, and developing skills to cope with the turbulence of student life.

All Ride the Wave workshops are approved Wellness Education Certificate activities.

Wellness 101

The Wellness 101 educational series of workshops runs once per month on Thursdays, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Wellness Education Centre, SS 1-107 (formerly the Student Health and Development Centre).

There is one Wellness 101 workshop for each of the seven dimensions. Each workshop is run by Wellness Education staff and peer wellness educators and is based on research, active learning strategies, and student feedback. Workshops are free for all registered students, and registration is not required.

All Wellness 101 workshops are approved Wellness Education Certificate activities.

The schedule of events for Winter 2020 is:

Getting More Sleep for your Mental Health
Jan. 16
Discover ways to improve your sleeping habits and how it can positively impact your mental health.
Living a Healthy Active Lifestyle
Feb. 6
Discuss topics such as physical activity, substances, nutrition and other ways you can live a healthy lifestyle as a student.
Getting Your Sh*t Together
March 5
Learn how to effectively manage your time, gain strategies to balance your time and academics, and stay well in the mean time.
Living Environmentally Well
Explore the relationship between your wellness and the environment, and learn ways to live well sustainably.
Previous workshops have included Starting Strong and Staying WellHelping a Friend with their Mental HealthLiving Well, on a Budget, and Finding Your Bliss.

Brantford Workshops

Surfing Lessons Workshop Series

The Surfing Lessons workshop series on the Brantford campus is designed to give students practical tips for increasing resilience, managing stress, and developing skills to cope with the turbulence of life.

Winter 2020 schedule:

The Tuesday sessions run from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and the Thursday sessions run from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

January 14/30 - Stress Management & Avoidance
February 11/27 - Healthy Relationships 
March 10/26 - Grief
April 7/23 - Understanding Trauma
Workshops are free and open to registered students. Drop in to a session or, for a guaranteed spot, email All workshops are located in CB 100, except for February 11 in RCW 324.
All Surfing Lesson workshops are approved Wellness Education Certificate activities.

 Anxiety Group

The six-week anxiety group runs on the Brantford campus once per week throughout the academic year. Different modules rotate weekly, and students are invited to attend any or all modules in any order they prefer. Registration is not required.

Winter 2020 schedule:

Times: Mondays, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Students' Union Boardroom, First floor, Student Centre

January 13/March 2 - Connection to Body and Mind
January 20/March 9 - Utilizing Creative Expression
January 27/March 16 - Utilizing Yoga/Meditation
February 3/March 23 - Mindfulness and Exercise
February 10/March 30 - Self Care
February 24/April 6 - Repeat any of the sessions at student request

Mindful Mondays

Mindful Mondays takes place every Monday from 10 a.m. to noon in the study area opposite the Student Wellness Centre reception area. Students have the opportunity to learn and practice various mindfulness activities such as creative mandala, watch a relaxation video, and try out a muse headband for meditation.

Safer Substance Use Workshop and Drop-in Counselling

At this workshop, we aim to provide space for students to talk about substance use in university, discuss harm reduction strategies to increase wellbeing and safety, and increase students' confidence in making decisions that are right for them.

  • Dates: Tuesday, December 3
  • Times: 1:30 - 2:30 pm, followed by one-on-one drop-in counselling from 2:30 - 4:00 pm
  • Location: Student Union Boardroom

Monthly wellness themes:

 January: Stress Management

Learn to manage stress by identifying your resources and demands. This workshop teaches SMART goal setting, and coping for anxiety and stress.

February: Grief

This workshop explains the grieving process, what to expect in grief, how to help yourself or someone who you know is grieving.

March: Understanding Trauma

Learn the way in which trauma can affect individuals and groups of people, and how to recognise the signs of trauma. This workshop includes the opportunity to work through a case study on the impact of trauma.

April: Healthy Relationships

This workshop explores the aspects of healthy, respectful and consensual relationship. Learn how to identify abusive relationships and build social supports.