This course is very dear to my heart, it’s a collaboration between myself and a friend, Michelle Bloom. Michelle and I both have an interest in knitting and mindfulness, and it’s finally the right time for us to join forces and try something a little different. I own a knitting store, but meditation, mindfulness, and generally finding different roads to connection are what I do for fun. Michelle is a Registered Social Worker with a love for knitting and a passion for healing. Michelle will be running the show, and I’ll be there, hosting and learning along with the group.
Personally, I can’t think of a better thing you can do for yourself right now. The new year is the perfect time to learn something new, and with another wave of COVID upon us, learning new skills to help manage stress and the fear of uncertainty seems like a no-brainer. If you are interested please don’t wait to register, as space is limited.
KNITSANA Mindfulness Group Workshop
Mindfulness is the basic ability to be fully present and aware. The practice can help us when we feel overwhelmed, and help us manage how we react to stress. Luckily, mindfulness is a quality that every person already possesses, you don’t need to conjure it up, you just have to learn how to access it and practice using it. In this workshop, we will use knitting as an entry into the practice of mindfulness, with the intention to help you learn how to both improve and maintain your well-being. The craft of knitting with its repetitive and rhythmic motions is well known for its calming and healing properties. Mindfulness practice has been used for years to help people focus themselves in the present moment. Together, we hope to provide you with the needed tools to decrease stress and support your daily well-being.
The only prerequisite is that you already know how to cast on, knit and purl. You do not need any prior experience with mindfulness or meditation, you just need to show up and be present.
Space is limited, so please don’t wait to register.
Who: This group is facilitated by Michelle Bloom, a registered Social Worker who has a love for knitting and a passion for healing. Haley Waxberg, owner of Knit-O-Matic will be co-hosting.
When: Every Sunday morning for one hour from 10:30 am to 11:30 am for SIX WEEKS starting January 16th, 2022: (Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20)
Where: This is an online workshop and will be held over a secure channel.
Skills Required: You must already know how to cast on, knit and purl. For knitting tutorials please see our Knitting Skills Page.
Cost: The cost of the group is $200.00 (yarn is included, see below for details) for all six sessions. Payment and registration will NOT be going through us at the store – because Michelle is a Registered Social Worker it is more cost-effective to offer this workshop directly through her.
Registration: Register by e-mailing Michelle. Payment will be made directly to Michelle Bloom (by ETF), who will issue an official receipt.
Materials: We will all be using the same, specially selected yarn for our mindful journey – 2 skeins of the very delicious Artfil Sweater are included in the cost of registration (you save approx. 35% off the cost of the yarn, you choose your preferred colour). 4.5mm/US7 or 5mm/US8 knitting needles are not included, but if you do not already have some you can get them at Knit-O-Matic (if you are a new knitter we recommend 10” straight bamboo or birch needles. If you are a crocheter that is also fine, you will need a 4.5mm or 5mm crochet hook.)
Insurance Benefits: Because this group is considered to be ‘therapeutic’, any participant residing in Ontario that has insurance coverage for social work can apply for benefits. You may otherwise be able to write off the cost of this group on your taxes (talk to your accountant to see).
I love this idea but can’t make the last two sessions. Is there any chance you’ll run it again later?
Thanks and I wish you and yours the best for the holidays.
Jennifer Hiemstra ________________________________