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Social & Emotional Learning ♢ Anti-Bullying ♢ Mindfulness
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Student Workshops

Anti-Bullying & Mindfulness Training

Professional Development
Teacher Training

Social Emotional Intelligence ♢ Bullying ♢ Mindfulness

Meet the Facilitator

Jodi Derkson

The Latest

A Self-Care HAPPY HOUR on June 25th

A Self-Care HAPPY HOUR on June 25th

The school year is almost over and teachers and parents and kids are TIRED!!!! I know because I've been with you throughout the year. I've connected with you at your school, at conferences, online, and in life and you've told me! You've cried to me. You've shared your...

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Self. Other. Community. What an Event!

Self. Other. Community. What an Event!

I'm so very grateful for the people who attended my event: Self. Other. Community. on July 24th! Everyone was open and vulnerable and that' something to celebrate. We shared some truths, stepped outside our comfort zones, and immersed ourselves in learning about one...

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Self. Other. Community.  Imperative Education Event for Schools & Businesses. July 24th!

Self. Other. Community. Imperative Education Event for Schools & Businesses. July 24th!

Brief, snappy, experiential snippets of our most popular workshops for both schools and businesses. Let’s come together and connect on topics like mindfulness, anti-bullying, relationship building, communication strategies, and improv! Fun for all!

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Our Philosophy

Life lessons belong in the classroom as well as the home.

It’s true: mindful connection to one’s community can change and save lives. Let’s face it, young people today (and their adults) are inundated with information, technological tools and a near-constant connectivity through social media that they find incredibly difficult to unplug from.

Their own bedrooms may not be the safe havens they used to be. What was once a private space is now a public forum, where a young person can be all alone and yet utterly exposed, reacting to provocation spontaneously in ways that can have serious long-term repercussions on their real-world relationships and reputations. And it’s happening constantly! This is their experience and we must do whatever we can to help them navigate these unchartered waters.

So, our workshops and presentations help people self-inquire, as well as improve their relationships with others. By educating about how to calm the mind we reduce anxiety and addiction. Ultimately, we empower students, teachers and adults igniting inspiration and hope in this oft confusing and ever changing world. … more

From Our Blog

Mindful Start to the School Year

Mindful Start to the School Year

After a long, hot and fun summer - it is time to go back to school. Considering the pandemic and the anxiety it has caused (and continues to cause!) - I'm sure many parents and educators are worried. Worry and uncertainty are our new normal. So, what can we do? Begin...

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A PINK SHIRT DAY with LASTING IMPACT

A PINK SHIRT DAY with LASTING IMPACT

The most effective way to combat bullying is from the inside – through student input and leadership. When adults tell kids what to do, or how to behave with one another, it doesn’t always work. For Pink Shirt Day to really reduce bullying then a focus on relationship building and student-led initiatives are the way to go. Yet, staff still need to lead the way. In this post – educators can understand the action plan and steps to empower youth to take ownership of their school community in a way that yields lasting results.

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Testimonials

It’s not about you…but then again (SEL workshop for educators)

“Fantastic! Motivational! Inspiring! Eye Opening!”
Rabbi Lichtman

4-week Bullying Buster

“Jodi made a real effort to get to know our school community, and throughout our time together, it was evident that she cared about the students. She provided us with high-energy, interactive sessions and helped students build a repertoire of strategies to use in social situations. She was flexible in adjusting her activities to meet our students’ needs.”
Colette Foran, Principal, Immaculate Conception School, Vancouver

It’s not about you…but then again (SEL workshop for educators)

“Really powerful ways to encourage self-reflection and growth. I loved how you reframed ideas in new and innovative ways to promote developing into our best selves and teachers.”
Eliana

The Rules of !mprovisation are the Rules of life

“I was so afraid to do this workshop but I’m glad I did. It’s important that I learned how to go with the flow more and to listen to my colleagues without too much attachment to my own agenda. Super powerful!”
F. Blakely, Vancouver teacher

Bullying for Educators Define. Resolve. Prevent

“Good, important information to share. And, very interesting!”
Mary K., Columbia College

It’s not about you…but then again (SEL workshop for educators)

“Jodi helps you focus on the value of education as a tool to help every student maximize their potential. This truth, although universally accepted, is rarely discussed and implemented in schools – which is a huge disservice to our children. Fantastic!”
Devorah

It’s not about you…but then again (SEL workshop for educators)

“This workshop was useful is many ways: a time to reflect on my teaching practices; an opportunity to examine ways to help students deal with anxiety and their emotions through meditation and mindfulness; and a chance to reflect on how to be a happier, more positive person and find ways to help my students in these areas too!”
D. Lawrence, Vancouver

Mindfulness Workshop

“A meaningful and powerful workshop that could positively transform our educational system if its teachings were to be implemented on a regular basis.”
J. Sullivan, VSB

Negotiation for Women

“Jodi really demystified a lot of the mystique around negotiating at her workshop. So many women are uncomfortable and unsure about making demands at the beginning of a relationship. In addition to the validation, Jodi also offered alternative ways of phrasing and approaching situations that are effective and still true to who we are.”
Jade, Vancouver

The Rules of !mprovisation are the Rules of life

“Jodi led us through one exercise after another and before I knew it I was telling a story, in front of others, and having a blast! I didn’t know I was that creative!”
M. Mclallan, North Vancouver

4-week Bullying Buster

“Best professional development course I’ve attended in years! Jodi has great energy and is able to connect with her audience 100%.”
Jo, VSB

Negotiation for Women

“Thank you for the encouragement, wisdom and practical advice.”
Sophia, Vancouver

It’s not about you…but then again (SEL workshop for educators)

“Jodi talks to you in a meaningful, relatable, and humorous way. She uses her own life and vulnerabilities to help us look at ourselves. Her practical examples can be used immediately in the classroom or in our other relationships.”
Lisa Altow

Mindfulness Workshop

“Empowering. Awareness on the development of your soul. A start to a better life. Jodi has opened up my eyes.”
Fuzzyb, VSB

It’s not about you…but then again (SEL workshop for educators)

“Jodi is a captivating and dynamic presenter! Her workshop was a refreshing change from other workshops. It was fun, engaging and reflective, and covered important aspects of self care, and connecting with student and our school community. I’m left rejuvenated and refreshed!”
Denise @Killarney, Vancouver