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Treading a Path to the Self: An experiential Yoga Psychology Course for Self Healing and Growth (ONLINE) - SERIES B

Facilitator: Tara McGee

Dates: 8 Saturdays, Starting 27th April – 22nd June. Recording will be available after the class. 

Time: 7:45am – 9:00am 

Cost: $300/person (includes tax) 

Where: ONLINE

Who: This course is suitable for anyone interesting in understanding their own yoga practice more deeply in order to integrate the effects of the practice when they are applied to the right person, at the right time, in the right order.

 

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What: 8 weeks of Online, live yoga classes with short seminar on yoga psychology topic. Recordings will be sent out after class is over and yoga practices that were recorded can be used throughout the week to help you develop a personal practice.

You will learn:

  • We will learn how yogic tools can be employed to work with the Manomaya (lower mind) and the Vijnanamaya (higher/intuitive mind) to offer even more tools to clear the path to the Self within.
  • We will come to understand the linkages between the theories of the Gunas and recent neurobiological theories and how to work with these form a yogic lens
  • We will gain a preliminary understanding of the path of Ashtanga yoga

Structure:

  • 15-30 minute theory seminar
  • 45 minutes -1 hour yoga practice to embody the theory
  • Yoga techniques include asana (poses and movement), pranayama (breath work), pratiahara (initial phase of meditation- withdrawal of senses), dharana (another form of meditation involving focus on an “object”), internal journeys, bhavana (visualizations), mantra, mudra, chanting, sound and more.
  • Because the seminar is so short and there is a lot of information to cover, there will be no discussion or questions during class; Please send questions after class via email.
  • Thorough notes will be sent after class to help you integrate the material
  • I encourage you to access the recording after the session and to use the practices to develop your own daily practice. The energy work that yoga offers has a cumulative effect. In order to experience the effect the Yoga Sutra tells us that we must work with enthusiasm, in the right direction, with the right focus for a long period of time. I offer these classes as a way for you to begin this process of developing a practice that is right for you.

Topics:

  • Week 1: Review of the Panca Maya (energetic layers or sheaths)Intro to the energetic layers or sheaths (Mayas) surrounding Self, with special emphasis on Prana Maya.
  • Week 2-5: Understanding the Manomaya and using yogic tools to work with the Manomaya (lower mind/mental sheath) to clear energetic blocks and move you closer to becoming established in Anandamaya (Bliss)
  • Week 6-8: Understanding the Vijnanamaya and using yogic tools to work with the Vijnanamaya (wisdom sheath) to clear energetic blocks and move you closer to becoming established in Anandamaya (Bliss)
  • Week 9: Understanding the Gunas and how they relate to neurobiology
  • Week 10: Intro to Ashtanga Yoga as a systematic path for healing at all levels of the being

Etiquette:    

  • Please have audio off and chats will not be responded to.
  • Please have video ON (you will not be recorded). Video being on allows me to be able to adjust the practice as needed because I can watch you practice and see if the practice is having the effect that is intended or if I need to alter it to address class needs.

Parenting From Within: Working with your Challenging Teen by Working with You

Facilitator: Tara McGee

Dates: March 27 – May 8, 2024 EVERY OTHER WEEK

Intake 2: September 11 – March 27 2024 EVERY OTHER WEEK

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Cost: $400/person (includes tax)

Where: 126 Huronatio Street, Suite 201

What: A combination of seminar, experiential exercises and therapeutic group process focused on the principles and practices of parenting for maturity. It is requested that all people involved in parenting attend.

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Goals:

  • To teach the principles and practices involved in parenting teens for maturity
  • To provide the opportunity for parents/caregivers to internalize and embody these principles and practices through self-reflection, role play,  group processing, and feedback.
  • To support parents as they try out these principles and practices at home.
  • To help parents/caregivers address common teen anxieties and behaviours as well as more extreme teen issues such as self harm, suicidal ideation, truancy, drug and alcohol use, and other mental health issues.
  • To work with your “stuff” to help you understand more fully how you shape the dynamics between you and your teen and how you can use this powerful truth to help them mature. Be prepared to do your own therapeutic work.

What you will Learn:

  • How to develop maturity in your teen
  • How to respond rather than react
  • How to influence rather than control
  • To set limits to teach rather than punish
  • To develop boundaries from values and connection to yourself
  • To improve your relationship with your teen and your self
  • To improve your relationship with your self and how that helps your teen
 increase the respect they have for you
  • To increase the respect you have for yourself and how that helps your teen
  • To be open to the messages your teen is sending that you don’t want to hear, but need to
  • The importance being on the same page if you have a co-parent/caregiver
  • How to embrace the parenting journey no matter what it looks like

Topics:

Week 1: What is Maturity and how to shape it?
Week 2: Attunement as a key to shaping maturity
Week 3: Limits as the other key to shaping maturity
Week 4: Taking steps: Putting attunement and limits together
Week 5: The importance of your Self
Week 6: Parenting with others – avoiding splitting

Structure:

Seminar followed by group process and/or experiential exercise.

Readings and podcasts will be assigned

Men's Club

Facilitator: Peter Madore

Dates:  8 Tuesdays, January 9 – March 12, 2024

Time: 6:30pm-8pm

Cost: $500 (includes tax)

Where: 126 Hurontario Street, Suite 201 – 8 places available

What: Men have rules that we follow with respect to our emotions and how we express them. Mostly, we don’t express, we mask with stoicism, we perform courage and quietly we bottle up all the hard stuff. The intention behind our performances are noble; I’ve heard men say that they are supposed to be the ones who keep it together, they…

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…have told me that they don’t want to be a burden to their families, and they have expressed that they fear being seen as “weak”. The “rules” can shackle us from our true selves. Men feel deeply.

I see my individual male clients stepping into who they really are by exploring their emotions. They are leading their own revolutions to be fully connected to themselves, their families and their communities. They are becoming whole.I am inviting the clients of CPYC to take part and encouraging more of us to take this risk to really know ourselves and each other.

It is in connection to others that we heal. It is in groups where we find the courage to share and be supports for others. The Men’s Club is an opportunity to express ourselves more fully, to create meaningful connections and to support each other to grow into our greater selves. 

Pre-requisites: 

  • Must be in regular psychotherapy
  • Ready to participate fully in group (listening, taking feedback, repairing relational breaks, sharing with vulnerability, owning our mistakes)
  • Willing to commit to all 8 sessions

If you are unsure or would like more information, please email [email protected] 

Group Therapy for Teens

Facilitator: Tara McGee

Dates: 10th January at 3:15 – 4:45pm (bi-weekly) Wednesdays

$90 per session ($900 for 10wks)

Snacks provided

Who?

This group is for teens of all gender identities, ages 15-19 who want to work on:

  • Social Anxiety
  • Developing healthy relationships with friends and partners
  • Understanding how neurobiology affects our moods and behaviours
  • Managing moods and behaviours for positive outcomes
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  • Building healthier relationships at home
  • Developing a sense of self
  • Being able to express self more fully
  • Developing maturity
  • Building a supportive group environment where relationship issues can be worked through
  • Developing self responsibility
  • Emotional regulation skills including yoga practices
  • Healthy sexuality
  • Any other topic that arises in our discussions

Prerequisites:

  • Interest in being a part of and consciously building a supportive group
  • Open mindedness

Why:

  • Facilitated therapy groups for teens provide one of the best grounding for growth. Peer feedback and relationships are invaluable for building maturity, encouraging self reflection and building self esteem.

Snacks:

  • Snacks will be provided

When:

  • Biweekly on Wednesdays 3:15-4:45pm. Begins January 10th, 2024
  • Individual sessions will also be scheduled throughout the year on Tuesdays 4:05-5:05 – availability will depend on number of people in the group and needs of each person.

Where:

  • Collingwood Psychotherapy and Yoga Centre – 126 Hurontario Street, Suite 201, Collingwood (location subject to change – you will be notified)

Fee:

  • $900 for 10 weeks ($90/session). All weeks must be paid for in advance either in 1, 2 or 3 instalments (please speak to Office Manager Sharon for instalment plans). Cancellations/missed sessions will still require payment.
  • Regular fee ($165) for individual sessions on Tuesdays.

Dates:

  • Jan 10/24, Feb7/28, March 20, April 3/24, May 15/29, June12.

Number of participants:

  • Minimum 3, maximum 8.

Psychotherapist Facilitator:

  • Tara McGee, MSW, RSW, Dip TIRP is a Psychotherapist, Social Worker (OCSWSSW), and Yoga Therapist (IAYT) who has been working with teenagers since she was a teenager herself! She has brought countless youth on canoe trips ranging from 8-36 days at Camp Wapomeo, Project Canoe (canoe trips for at risk youth), and in collaboration with Project Canoe and Eva’s Initiatives Homeless Shelters for Youth. She also worked at Camp Horizon in Alberta as a counsellor for children and teens who were experiencing disabilities, cancer, loss, blindness, impaired hearing and ostomies. She worked individually with children diagnosed with autism and was the child and youth worker at the Victoria Women’s Transition House for women fleeing abusive relationships.
  • She turned her love for working with youth into a career after completing both her Diploma in Psychotherapy and Masters in Social Work in 2007. Tara was blessed to work at the Blake Boultbee Youth Outreach Service (BBYOS) in Toronto, offering long term, relational psychotherapy for individuals youth, groups and even some canoe trips for 7 years. She then moved to Creemore with her family, working at the Pine River Institute as a psychotherapist and team lead for 5 years.
  • For the past 5 years, Tara has been developing the Collingwood Psychotherapy and Yoga Centre, working with adults, youth, children and families. Over those 5 years the team has grown from just her to now include 3 other therapists, a student therapist and an office manager. During this time, Tara has also offered clinical supervision and training to the Georgian Bay Family Health Team counselling services and to Athena’s Sexual Assault Counselling and Advocacy Centre.
  • She is excited to be offering a group for teens as therapeutic groups have been one of the most powerful tools she has experienced for developing teen maturity, self esteem, helping youth to build positive peer relationships and make healthier choices in their lives. She still hears from some of the wonderful youth she worked with over 10 years ago at BBYOS about how powerful the group was for them and continues to inspire them in their lives today.

***Please note: At times, guest speakers may be invited to attend depending on the needs of the group.

Healing Collective Trauma - Group Process

Facilitator: Tara McGee

DatesAll Monthly groups to be held 1:30-4:30pm on the following Fridays:

  • January 19, 2024
  • February 16, 2024
  • March 29, 2024
  • May 3, 2024
  • June 7, 2024
  • July 19, 2024
  • October 11, 2024
  • November 15, 2024
  • December 20, 2024 (Group to debrief and Ground after the Intensive)

Time: 1:30-4:30pm

Cost: monthly groups: $125/ 3 HOUR Group Session ($1125/year for 9 group sessions)

Where: 126 Hurontario Street, Suite 201, Collingwood, Ontario

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What is the intention:

A group that would utilize yoga and CRM tools and philosophies to work on healing not only our own trauma, the trauma of our lineages but to go beyond to intentionally work to heal the collective trauma that is plaguing our world. The intention would be to do healing work so as to impact the instability in the world and the destruction of the ecosystem. We will choose various intentions collectively  and work as a group or with individuals while in the group setting. We will then reflect together on the effect for your personal life, in your immediate family, friends, community, ecosystem and globally. The intention would be to heal not only ourselves but also beyond as the collective is in deep need of healing.

The group would be highly experiential, experimental and would require of you the ability to go deep into the work with the intention of allowing your work to radiate out beyond yourself.

Requirements to join:

  • Experience with the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) or willingness and ability to engage in regular psychotherapy with a CRM practitioner
  • Very open minded and collaborative
  • Ability to remain grounded in the midst of possibly difficult material unfolding
  • Ability and commitment to hold a non-judgmental stance
  • Commitment to group processing even if it is a challenge (collective issues may emerge in group and this is a wonderful opportunity to clear them if we stay with the process)
  • Ability to commit to a short daily practice (5-10 minutes) to deepen the work
  • Access to your adult self
  • Open to working on any material that emerges individually with your own psychotherapist or a CRM psychotherapist as needed
  • Authorization from Tara (I want to make sure people are grounded enough to engage in the group – if you are not sure, please email me)

General Monthly Group Structure (subject to change based on what’s happening in the group and what we discover together):

  • 15 minutes – Debrief anything that came up between sessions
  • 10 minutes set group intention for target of collective healing
  • 20 minutes – embody with yoga/breathing/core self/resources
  • 45 minutes – process and breath work
  • 15 minutes -write down story and/or experience of process (somatic and emotion)
  • 15 minutes break
  • 45 minute debrief
  • 15 minute integrative meditation/movement/sound with New Truth – individual and group – recorded for use throughout the month

Homework to share with group in debrief :

  • Draw parallels between:
    • Your own life and the story that emerged
    • Your lineage’s patterns and the story that emerged
    • What is happening in the collective and the story that emerged
    • How the collective healing has impacted your life, your family, your relationships, the collective

Examples of issues we may target (but this will be decided collaboratively with the group):

  • Moral Conflicts/Paradoxes
  • Collective Conflicts/Community Conflicts
  • Persecutions (Political, religious, gender etc.)
  • Perpetrator activities
  • War
  • Subjugation of women/men/people/children/religious beliefs/moral beliefs/animals/planet/land/soil/ecosystems etc.
  • Loss of land/attachment disruption from tribe or community
  • Traumatic survival terror experiences (could include animal survival terror)
  • Attachment disruptions: Self from Intuition, Feminine from Masculine, Parents from children, Self from Source, People from Land, people from animals, people from each other – anything we can see as “current issues” in this timeline and can be traced back to attachment disruptions in the lineage.
  • Separation of mind from heart
  • Separations of Humans from Source directly
  • Judgement and ruthless condemnation
  • Corruption of authority that further corrupts
  • (This list is adapted from Lisa Schwarz’s CRM Generational CRM Training Manual, pg.18)

Healing Collective Trauma Group Intensive

 Facilitator: Tara McGee

DatesNovember 25th – 29th, 2024

Time: 7:45am – 6:00pm 

Cost of Intensive: Please contact us – this intensive is only for participants of the Healing Collective Trauma Group

Where: TBC

This will be an opportunity for the Healing Collective Trauma Group to consolidate the work we have done through the year. We will work both collaboratively and individually, as in the monthly groups, but in a more intensive environment.

General Daily structure of the intensive:

  • 7:45-8:45 Yoga Practice
  • 8:45-9:15 Pranayama and meditation
  • 9:15-10 Breakfast
  • 10-1 Group work
  • 1-2:30 – Lunch and Break
  • 2:30-5:30 Group work
  • 5:30-6 – Grounding work as needed
  • 6pm – Free time (free to go for walks, go into town for dinner, play, rest etc)

Friday we will stay later to close the week.

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Examples of issues we may target (but this will be decided collaboratively with the group):

  • Moral Conflicts/Paradoxes
  • Collective Conflicts/Community Conflicts
  • Persecutions (Political, religious, gender etc.)
  • Perpetrator activities
  • War
  • Subjugation of women/men/people/children/religious beliefs/moral beliefs/animals/planet/land/soil/ecosystems etc.
  • Loss of land/attachment disruption from tribe or community
  • Traumatic survival terror experiences (could include animal survival terror)
  • Attachment disruptions: Self from Intuition, Feminine from Masculine, Parents from children, Self from Source, People from Land, people from animals, people from each other – anything we can see as “current issues” in this timeline and can be traced back to attachment disruptions in the lineage.
  • Separation of mind from heart
  • Separations of Humans from Source directly
  • Judgement and ruthless condemnation
  • Corruption of authority that further corrupts

Remembering the Healer Within Intensive

Facilitator: Tara McGee

Dates: 17th – 21st June & 8th -12th July (two seperate events) with 4 nights stay

Cost: See brochure download for details of early booking offers and save. Prices will change on our website as the months move forward to reflect change in pricing offers.

Where: Sequel Inn, Creemore, Ontario

What: This intensive is an opportunity for you to re-member and re-connect to the innate knowledge that lies within the layers of you to heal your body, energy system, mind, and soul. It is an opportunity for you to have the time to forge deep contact with the expanse of the wisdom contained in your inner world, to the resources nature provides and to be a part of a supportive community of people looking to heal together. It is a chance to take the time you need to be in contemplation, to allow the answers you have been seeking to have the space to float into your awareness. It is a time to offer yourself the opportunity to sink back into who you truly are and to rediscover who you really want to become as you move forward with meaning and purpose re-infused into your life.

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**Please download the brochure for full details of this intensive experience**

 Purpose:

Sometimes we get to a point in life where things don’t go as we had hoped or planned. Maybe we find ourselves burnt out, stressed out, depressed or anxious even though everything in life is objectively “great”. Maybe we have suffered an unexpected loss, or our children are struggling in ways we never imagined or have left home, and we don’t know who we are. Perhaps someone in our family or close community has become ill, maybe we have developed a chronic illness we were not expecting. Perhaps our work is no longer as meaningful as it once was, or our relationship has become dull or lack lustre. Maybe we have the distinct feeling that we have everything we want but are still not content inside. 

 At these times, it can be confusing to feel we have worked so hard and ended up feeling that our lives don’t hold the meaning and purpose we thought they would.  Often, we spend our time looking for the answers without – looking for a pill, seeking out experts, reading books, “googling it” or scanning Instagram and Facebook searching for an answer to what will heal us. Although we can find some answers from outside of our being that can help, healing is not a one size fits all proposition; we have forgotten how to go within to discover the answers that we hold inside that are specifically designed for us. 

 Structure:

Working with the subtle tools of yoga, and the magic of the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM®) you will be provided with guidance to dive deep inside you, revealing new truths, hidden wisdom and paths to healing that are co-created from both within and without. You will discover the powerful impact that you can have on your own health, wellness, and direction in life and the powerful impact your healing can have for your family, community and the planet.

 Prior to the intensive you will commit to: 

  • A 1.5 hour psychotherapy assessment and goal setting session (in person preferred, but online possible).
  • A 1.5 hour individual yoga therapy session (in person preferred, but online possible).
  • A commitment to daily yoga practice (designed and taught to you during the yoga therapy session) 
  • 5-day intensive starting 7am- 5pm daily, with personal time after 5pm for relaxation, reflection and to enjoy your surroundings.

 How to apply:

Email us at [email protected] or call 705 300 2329 (ext. 0) to express your interest and book your initial psychotherapy assessment and goal setting appointment with Tara. 

Our Mission

To provide clients with an accepting, friendly space to discover their healing path and to develop therapeutic relationships that sustain, inspire and guide them.

To provide clients with highly skilled, self responsible and self aware psychotherapists and yoga therapists who are always striving to learn about advancements in their fields and to continually develop themselves.

To create psychoeducational opportunities for clients to empower them to learn about their symptoms and how they can move towards healing and growth.

To provide innovative training programs that develop highly competent, self aware, self responsible, and inspiring psychotherapists and yoga therapists.