Unconscious traps that human service providers fall into that keep them stressed out, overwhelmed and headed straight for burnout:


We get stuck in ruts, doing things that may have been effective at one time.

We put everyone else's needs ahead of our own. 

We let our inner critic reign supreme.

We take on feelings of responsibility for the "success" of the people we support. 


This event is over, but we may be offering another in the fall!


Reconnect with mindful self-care techniques at the:

You will take away:

  • How to create a personal mindfulness practice

  • Techniques to integrate self-compassion into your daily life

  • Simple, effective ways to integrate nourishing self-care practices while juggling so many responsibilities

  • Trusting your inner teacher over your inner critic

  • Clarity on how you want to feel, and what you need to do each day to feel lit up

  • Ways to share these life-changing practices with the people you support

Date: Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Time: 10:30 - 5:45

Location: Highstreet Mall (Unit J150)

 3122 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford BC

Investment: Early Bird Rate $75

After March 31st the price goes up to $100



Brandi is the founder of  Brandi Matheson Yoga and Mindfulness. 

Brandi Matheson

With over twelve years experience in the mental health field, Brandi has a deep understanding and compassion for human suffering. Over the past six years, Brandi has received extensive training in both movement and mindfulness meditation practices, which she believes it at the heart of healing.

She is a Certified Yoga Teacher, specializing in Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma & Resilience, as well as a qualified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction through the University of Massachusetts, Medical School, Centre for Mindfulness.


Jenn is the founder of  Luminate Wellness. 

Jenn is the founder of Luminate Wellness. 

Jenn Cusick

Jenn worked in community mental health for 20 years prior to launching her business. In 2015, she created Luminate Wellness in order to satisfy her visionary spirit, and share what she learned about recovery with the broader community. She is committed to shining a light on strengths, and supporting clients to listen to their inner teachers. She holds the CPRP (Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner) designation, and is also trained in Appreciative Inquiry. She is an Advanced Level WRAP and Desire Map Facilitator.

Jenn is committed to challenging the status quo for the sake of exuberant wellness. 


Brenda Wollenberg

Brenda is founder of  In Balance Lifestyle Management.

A specialist in creating natural health programs, Brenda Wollenberg has been featured on TV and podcasts, has published numerous articles, and is author of Overweight Kids in a Toothpick World, a practical manual for families dealing with childhood obesity. Her decades of experience as a social worker, pastor, nutritionist and mother of five, allow her to uniquely, compassionately and practically share on body, mind and spirit wellness... and have done much to hone her sense of humour!

As far as she is concerned, a spoonful of organic, unpasteurized honey (preferably accompanied by organic, fair trade chocolate) does a very good job of helping “eating for health” medicine go down.



Danielle is the founder of   Re.Pose Therapy Clinic. 

Danielle is the founder of  Re.Pose Therapy Clinic. 

Danielle Braun-Kauffman

Danielle is a Registered Clinical Counselor with the BC Association of Clinical Counselors. She has been working in the field of psychotherapy since 2005. Her experience has spanned into many different community organizations and services while building a solid private practice. She has extensive training in the Satir Model of Therapy through the Satir Institute of the Pacific, as well as training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT), and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).

The Satir theory of humanity is one of hope and growth, and our being naturally desiring to move towards wellness the best way that we know how, at any moment in time.



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Clo Nickel

Clo is an anxiety peer specialist and mental health facilitator. She facilitates self compassion groups based on the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Core Skills Training she received from MSC founder Dr. Kristen Neff and author Dr. Christopher Germer. Clo is also the author of Anxiety's Inner Voice which was endorsed by leading psychologist Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D, founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Clo is passionate about teaching individuals to “turn towards” their feelings and to heal through emotional self acceptance.



Self-Compassion Summit
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Schedule of Events: 

10:30 - 10:45: Welcome & Opening

10:45-11:45:  Healing From the Inside Out, The Mind-Body Connection- Brandi Matheson

11:45-12:00: Nourishment Break

12:00 - 1:30: From Self-Care to Cultivating Wholeness: the Role of Self-Compassion in Our Journey- Jenn Cusick

1:30 - 2:30: Lunch Break (Lunch on your own)

2:30 - 3:00: The Journey from Anxiety to Self Compassion–Clo Nickel

3:00–4:15: Creating a Happy, Healthy Life: Three Common Trends that Can Leave Human Service Providers Physically Tired, Mentally Fatigued and Significantly Muffin-Topped . . . and how to self-compassionately avoid them with EASE!- Brenda Wollenberg

4:15-4:30 Nourishment Break

4:30 5:15: The Fine Line Between Vicarious Traumatization and our Own Pain- Danielle Braun-Kauffman

5:15–5:45: Takeaway: How Do We Share This With the People We Serve?- Jenn Cusick

Workshop Descriptions: 

Healing From the Inside Out, The Mind-Body Connection~Brandi Matheson

For practitioners, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) deepens awareness, so we can more mindfully deal with life stressors while nurturing a greater sense of well-being.

In this one-hour interactive and experiential workshop, participants will explore the foundations of mindfulness and how it supports deeper realms of wellness. We will some some time together in a meditative practice, exploring mindful movement, self-reflection and other awareness-enhancing activities.

From Self-Care to Cultivating Wholeness: the Role of Self-Compassion in Our Journey~Jenn Cusick

“Self-care” is a term used a lot these days. We will deconstruct what self-care is by exploring the importance of cultivating a deeper level of wholeness into our lives. Extending loving kindness towards ourselves when we struggle is a fundamental act of self-care. 

We will talk about the three components of self-compassion from the work of Kristin Neff.  Self-kindness—offering compassion to ourselves–acknowledging that it can be easier give compassion to others. The role of mindfulness and tuning in to to the signs our body is giving us, rather than choosing problem-solving or slipping into a pattern of reactivity or numbing. Recognizing the common humanity in struggle. 

We will talk about exercising fierce, active grace towards ourselves when we struggle or make mistakes, and trusting our inner teacher vs our inner critic. 


The Journey from Anxiety to Self Compassion~Clo Nickel

Learn about Clo Nickel's life-changing personal experience with Mindful Self-Compassion. She will also share ways you can incorporate the three steps of Mindful Self Compassion into your own life and work. 

Creating a Happy, Healthy Life: Three Common Trends that Can Leave Human Service Providers Physically Tired, Mentally Fatigued and Significantly Muffin-Topped . . . and how to self-compassionately avoid them with EASE!~Brenda Wollenberg

By the end of Brenda's session, you'll know:

• The difference between a DIET (going without), and a healthy lifestyle (securing good things for yourself).
• What to watch out for in the food information mill. 
• How to design a healthy nutritional plan for you (and your life!).

The Fine Line Between Vicarious Traumatization and our Own Pain~Danielle Braun-Kauffman

A conversation about what draws us to these helping professions, what defines vicarious trauma, and how our own past wounds affect our experience of vicarious trauma. We will explore the meaning of pain, how our own pain is a resource to ourselves and our clients, and how the body-mind connection is essential to understanding this process. Finally, we will practice the art of holding our own pain while being a witness to someone else’s story.


Takeaway: How Do We Share This With the People We Serve?~Jenn Cusick

In this facilitated dialogue, we will explore ways we can bring these simple and profound practices to our work.

We all get into this type of work because we want to play a role in easing the suffering of others. Most of us intimately understand struggle and pain. We want to “help” and make an impact on the world (however small or large).

We will explore the role we play in someone else's journey of growth, healing and self-determination, through exploring questions such as this:

  • How can we support, without over-helping? 
  • How do we let go of our need to see an outcome?
  • How do we create a culture of mindfulness and self-compassion in our workplaces? 
  • What do I need to do to continue a practice of mindfulness and self-compassion in my own life?