We Can Workshops empower women who have experienced cancer with insight and tools to help them start thriving—not just surviving—in the post-cancer treatment journey. Workshops are offered year-round both virtually and in communities throughout central and northern Alberta.
Self-Care is More Than Just a Bubble Bath will provide a social, supportive, and educational setting for participants to learn and discuss the importance of self-compassion and incorporating self-care in the post-cancer treatment journey.
Keynote Speaker: Shelly Prosko
Self-Compassion: The Foundation of Self-Care
Self-care is a popular term these days. While many of us would agree that taking care of oneself is a good thing, each of us may have different ideas of what self-care looks like or we may struggle with balancing our needs and the needs of those we love, particularly if we don’t receive the support we need. The act of “self-care” often becomes yet another item on our “to do” list or an added pressure or expectation in an unrelenting pursuit of better health – which can result in the opposite of self-care.
Self-compassion has been shown to be a powerful antidote to many unhelpful health issues. Many of us, including some researchers, consider self-compassion to be the foundation of genuine self-care.
In this workshop we will explore, reflect, move, learn, and experience the dynamic process of self-compassion and redefine how self-care might show up in your life, offering you and those you love a thriving path forward.
You will learn and experience ways to cultivate and integrate a compassionate way of being in your daily life, amidst uncertainty and adversity, to help carve an enriched and flourishing path forward that may be sustained beyond tumultuous times.
November 25th @ 6 PM – 9 PM
November 26th @ 8 AM – 5 PM
Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre
11633 100 Street
Grande Prairie, Alberta
All are welcome to attend. View the weekend itinerary for more details.
Keynote Speaker: Shelly Prosko, PT, C-IAYT, PCAYT
Shelly is a physiotherapist, yoga therapist, educator, author and pioneer of PhysioYoga with over 24 years of experience integrating yoga into physiotherapy within a variety of specialty areas.
She teaches at numerous yoga therapy and physiotherapy schools, presents at yoga and medical conferences globally, contributes to academic research, provides resources for the general population, and offers continuing education courses and mentorship for yoga and healthcare professionals. She considers herself a lifelong student and emphasizes the immense value gained from clinical experience and learning from the patients she serves, the professionals she teaches, and the colleagues with which she collaborates.
Shelly has authored several book chapters in yoga therapy and integrative rehabilitation textbooks including Compassion in Pain Care and is the co-editor/author of the book Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain. She maintains a clinical practice in Sylvan Lake, Alberta and believes compassion, including self- compassion, is the foundation of healthcare and overall well-being. Please visit physioyoga.ca to learn more.
Guest Speaker: Melinda Laboucan, Goba Care
Melinda has honed her skills in advocacy, navigation, community-based research, and facilitation. Her widely recognized expertise is rooted in strong community relationships and networks, ongoing training, and an unwavering commitment to the care and wellbeing of others.
As a proud member of the K’ahsho Got’ine First Nation, Melinda’s Dene community of Fort Good Hope encouraged her spirit of volunteerism and social justice from a young age. She has formal and informal training in end of life care, cancer survivor care, addiction support, and chronic disease management. She incorporates traditional and western knowledge and healing in patient care. Melinda has led numerous community health initiatives, including launching the first community cancer care program in the Northwest Territories.
Since moving to Edmonton, Melinda has nurtured connections to programs and services that are relevant to people from home. People reach out to Melinda because of her reputation for self-care programming, connections to positive and supportive networks, and effective working relationships with professionals and lay-persons alike.
Guest Speaker: Erika Sveinson, Founder of Barefoot Bohemian Holistics, Grande Prairie
Hi, I’m Erika.
I founded Barefoot Bohemian Holistics for two reasons: I thrive when I’m playing an active part in helping other people feel their best, and I love a good challenge.
A few years ago, my reflexologist moved away. I’ve always been an advocate for reflexology, so I started to think about how I could fill the gap she left behind in my life and in our community.
In my previous career in Health and Safety, I spent over 20 years building the skills needed to identify and remedy hazards that could affect people’s health in a negative way. Now that I’m a certified reflexologist, things really haven’t changed. I help my clients regain their freedoms by targeting the source of their pain and working on the root of the problem – not just treating the symptoms.
My reflexology treatments eliminate the need to compromise doing what brings you joy for just to being able to function.
Visit barefootbohemianholistics.com to learn more.