UPDATED DATES Knitsana starts Oct 16th & 17th

Michelle has updated the dates for the upcoming Knitsana sessions to give everyone more time to settle into fall (I know we are all holding on to the last wisps of summer as it gracefully passes into fall …. on Monday afternoon I gracefully jumped into my brother’s pool and then exited just as promptly – water can be such a good indicator of change, nature’s little reality check). If you’d like to get better at things like change, acceptance, consciousness, feelings, and growth, our little course in mindfulness might be just the thing for you.

If the pandemic showed us anything, it was that the need to heal is universal, and the time is always now. Change always starts from the inside, but it takes time and practice for it to lay out. Think of it as a holiday gift that needs time to marinate. Give yourself the gift of getting un-stuck NOW and start the wheels turning in your life so the outside starts to shift.

And yes, I know you’re stuck in your old patterns …. it’s totally OK, we all are. But you don’t have to stay in them, you can release them. I know it’s possible because I’ve done it and I’ll tell you, once you start pulling back the layers you won’t want to stop, (you don’t need to stop either, there’s infinite growth and freedom available, you can go back to the buffet as long as you wish). You are never too young or too old to start, but you are the only person who can make it happen for you, you are the only person who can take responsibility.

With much love,

Haley

P.S.

If you are one of those people who don’t believe that your happiness is important, then I have some bad news – you’ve got it all wrong: YOUR HAPPINESS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THERE IS. Not just because every person is worthy and deserving of love and acceptance (it’s going to take a while to let the old beliefs go and accept this, it comes off with the layers), but because everything you do spins out from you, into the world around you …. especially the people closest to you. What you do for yourself you do for others – you can not do right by others if you don’t do right by yourself. The old ‘nice girl’ rules are crap, they aren’t benefiting any of us, regardles of gender (or lack thereof), throw them away and invest in a new playbook, a new path. You, being grounded in your true self, is what is necessary and important, this is where you will find peace and freedom. It takes work, but it is worth EVERYTHING.


KNITSANA 1: Introduction to Mindfulness Through Knitting

NEXT SESSION STARTS OCT 16, 2022 

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. 

When

Every Sunday morning for one hour from 10:30 am  to 11:30 am for SIX WEEKS
(Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20)


KNITSANA 2: Expanded Mindfulness Through Knitting

NEXT SESSION STARTS OCT 17, 2022 

Welcome to Knitsana 2 – if you are looking for a way to expand your mindfulness skills then this is the group for you! We will continue to use knitting in your practice with mindfulness. Knitting with its repetitive motion, illuminating colours and textures offers so much in the way of healing properties. This group will ‘go deeper’ into concepts explored in the first Knitsana group and will help bridge into your daily living. 

When

Every Monday evening for one hour from 7:00-8:00 pm for SIX weeks. (Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21)


Details that Apply to Both Workshops

Important Notes

  • These groups DO NOT include any knitting instruction
  • Groups are presently only held online
  • Space is limited to 20 participants per group, 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. 

Where

These online groups and will be held over a secure zoom 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 for all six sessions (yarn is included, see the yarn options below for details) . 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 upon completion of all 6 sessions. 

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). 

Materials

We will all be using the same, specially selected yarn for our mindful journey. You have two options, both are enough to make a scarf or cowl. If you are a new knitter we recommend 10” straight bamboo or birch needles.

Option A. (no extra cost)

Option B. (costs an extra $10)

Project Ideas

This is not a knitting skills course, so we won’t be taking on a specific project, but here’s a list of simple project options that are well suited to mindfulness knitting with either of our selecetd yarns (choose something that is simple for you):

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