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10.31.19 – New Circadia Wellness Programming

The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design is pleased to announce its 2019 Wellness Programming Series at the inaugural exhibition New Circadia (adventures in mental spelunking) in the Architecture and Design Gallery at 1 Spadina. This series is presented in partnership with UofT Health and Wellness.  

The wellness programming will expand on themes and questions posed by the New Circadia exhibit, by inviting students and the public to enjoy mindfulness as a part of their weekly routine. Below is a schedule of the weekly programming.

January 7 - March 31, 2020

Note: New Circadia wellness programming will be suspended on the following dates: February 6,  February 10 - 14, and February 25.


Tuesday / Friday  - Mindful Movements Yoga
1:10 - 1:40pm | Architecture and Design Gallery

A series of mindful Yoga sessions that allow participants to boost energy and mood, improve your mood, and improve your sleep. No experience is required to participate in Mindful Movements. All sessions are all levels welcome. Practice is informed by the science of movement.

About Mindful Movements Yoga Instructor Nene Brode: Nene Brode is certified as an instructor of yoga, Canfitpro Group fitness, Barre Above, Schwinn Cycle and bootcamps.

About Mindful Movements Yoga Instructor Kelly Sullivan: Kelly Sullivan, BFA (she/her), is a Masters of Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy candidate with a double emphasis in Wellbeing and the Arts. She is a certified yoga instructor, with a particular interest in the benefits of Restorative Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation to counter our culture of busy-ness, particularly within academia. She also has an extensive background in dance which led her to the practice of yoga as a therapeutic movement alternative


Wednesday / Thursday  - Mindful Moments (Meditation)
1:10 -1:25  | Architecture and Design Gallery

A series Mindfulness Meditation sessions that allow participants to enhance focus and reduce stress. 

About Mindful Moments facilitator Professor Ravi Thiruchselvam:
Ravi Thiruchselvam teaches psychology at both the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. He completed his Ph.D. in affective neuroscience at Stanford University, with a focus on emotion regulation and mental health, and has become dedicated to teaching mindfulness meditation in academic settings.

Join Professor Ravi Thiruchselvam for Mindful Moments Wednesdays from 1:10-1:25 PM.

About Mindful Moments facilitator Kevin Chiao:
Kevin is an arts educator and mindfulness facilitator. He holds an Honours Bachelor's degree in Professional Writing and is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy at OISE. As a facilitator, Kevin has led mindfulness-based bereavement groups, mindfulness arts groups and spiritual growth meditation groups. Kevin enjoys working with people from all backgrounds and using mindfulness and meditation to promote self-compassion, cultivate resilience and inspire people to live life with an open heart.

Join Professor Kevin Chiao for Mindful Moments Thursdays from 1:10-1:25PM.


About Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a practice of being aware of yourself, your body and your surroundings in the present moment. Rooted in Buddhism as a spiritual practice, it is also used in clinical psychology to help treat patients with chronic anxiety and stress. By learning to incorporate principles of mindfulness in your life through meditation and yoga, or in your diet through mindful eating, you can improve how you manage academic stress.