Women, Weed & Wellness

For millennia before bong hitting bros and the cowboy culture of today’s emerging industry, women were healers and herbalists, using cannabis for menstrual cramps and labour pain. Today, women are sending the stoner stereotype up in smoke.

 

Through advocacy, venture creation, and organizing, women are leading the charge to legitimize and celebrate the healing powers of this female plant that has blossomed worldwide alongside human migration.

 

Last week, Shecosystem brought together a panel of women entrepreneurs to take a look at the industry through a feminist lens and create a safe space to explore the wellness applications of this healing plant. We gathered in a circle, honouring the experience of the diverse crowd – from “cannabis evangelists” to closet consumers, chronic pain sufferers, new moms, industry insiders, and wellness practitioners looking to expand their toolkit.

 

The cannabis-wellness industry is not just for healers and growers. Women are applying their “straight” skills from other industries to make sure that their stories and needs are represented from the kinds of medical research being done to the way products are marketed.

 

According to the Canadian Press, women currently make up only 5 per cent of the board seats at publicly traded marijuana producers. With over 80% of household purchasing decisions and over 90% of healthcare decisions being made by women, we have immense power and can shape this industry by getting involved all the way up the chain.

 

Though their businesses range from an online platform, a dispensary, and event company, the women on our panel shared a similar mission: making space for women’s voices and experiences. Devon Scoble led the panel starting with her experience using cannabis to ease her neuropathic pains, arthritis, and insomnia. As content boss at Hempster, Devon provides education about products and strains and shares recipes, how-to guides, and stories that inspire wellness through healthy cannabis choices.

 

Tania Cyalume, a chemist and cannabis veteran who has been making edibles for medical patients for over 10 years, first became a patient – and advocate – after an accident which resulted in degenerative lumbar disease. Through her work with the feminist, LGBTQ+ positive dispensary Queens of Cannabis and Bloom High Tea Social Club, she has been building community and helping patients feel comfortable asking questions, not to mention creating jobs for women in weed.

 

Melody Hassan is applying her skills from the hospitality industry to cultivate educational, stigma-busting events through her business, Cannabuzz. As a Muslim woman, she struggles with the stigma associated with consumption, but is proudly speaking up about weed’s health and wellness benefits.

 

The evening wrapped up with a cooking demo from Hempster’s Head Chef, Ronnie Fishman – a gorgeous Vietnamese pomelo salad with cannabis infused honey in the dressing (recipe here!). She went over an easy how-to guide for making your own edibles, safe dosing, and food pairing to complement the aromatic terpenes found in different strains.

 

 

With legalization on the horizon, cannabis industry events are looking more and more like mainstream business events. As one attendee remarked, “Where there’s money, there are white guys in suits.”

 

What used to be a subculture of conscious consumers and people on the margins is being flooded by opportunistic players from within the business establishment. An attendee working in the industry noted that she has often been the only woman in the room.

 

People in the audience commented that there is a need for more places where people can ask honest questions and “come out” in a brave space where their experiences are mirrored by the people around them. They shared stories of fighting with doctors and insurance providers, being told they had to try every alternative including surgery and heavy pharmaceuticals before being covered for a medical marijuana prescription. A new mom shamelessly advocated for using cannabis to relax and get some sleep after a long day caring for a toddler and a 3 month-old.

 

 

While the space felt safe and inclusive, questions remained about the equity of the industry. From a feminist perspective, we cannot simply celebrate white women making strides in “rebranding” weed while women of colour continue to deal with the negative consequences associated with cannabis consumption. Black, brown and aboriginal people have been disproportionately criminalized for marijuana related charges in Canada and as weed moves toward legalization, a criminal record means that these people will be shut out of the burgeoning industry.

 

As a white woman in the audience pointed out, she can freely walk down the street smoking a joint, but for a black woman, this would be much riskier. Devon pointed out that she has had a hard time finding women of colour to feature on Hempster – not because they aren’t out there but because of the risks associated with going public.

 

Groups are fighting for amnesty for people with marijuana convictions, as well as for lower barriers to entry into this industry. Cannabis Amnesty is urging parliament to pass legislation granting full pardons for people convicted of possessing 30 grams of marijuana or less. Sensible Ontario is advocating for a mixed public-private model that includes legal places to consume. Women like Abi Roach, Annamaria Enenajor and Jodie Emery are among the loudest voices fighting for policies that make the Canadian cannabis industry accessible and safe.

 

We’re grateful to everyone who came out for this elevated evening and we hope to see more women shaping the industry, policy, and culture of cannabis in Canada!

Mother F#@ing Business: The Start of a Big Conversation

A few months ago, one of our community members shared a blog post called Motherhood and the Feminist Dream in our closed Facebook group. In her post,Snjezana Pruginic shared that she was having a hard time reconciling her desire to have a child with her identity as a feminist and entrepreneur:

“I feel like I am standing at the  floodgates of mixed messaging that we are given as women throughout our lives. The need to fight for being extraordinary leaders, change makers, the desire to live our life doing what we love, having the kind of social life we want, the pull to have (biologically or otherwise) a child and raise a human being, etc. All these different aspects of ourselves come into play at the same time and due to the social constructs of the time we are living in, often times feel like they are pulling against each other.” 

The post sparked an active thread of comments from business owners thinking of having kids, people who delayed having a family while they started a business, moms who launched or closed down their businesses while raising kids, and everyone in between.

In typical Shecosystem style, we decided we needed to take the conversation offline. One of the reasons we exist is to serve as a purpose built container for women to come together in a safe space and have open conversations about issues like this.

And so Mother F#@ing Business was born.

Around 15 women gathered on an autumn night at Shecosystem to meditate, reflect, and discuss the tensions between motherhood, feminism and entrepreneurship. We mapped women’s identities and explored what it means to be a woman if it’s uncoupled from motherhood, and we explored how women who don’t have kids can still have creative, nurturing, generative roles. We looked at our external and internal narratives around motherhood. We shared personal stories about setting boundaries as a working parent, suffering from gendered roles in home-life, facing the judgements of colleagues and relatives, and contemplating alternative family arrangements. 

The conversation was fiercely honest, non-judgemental, and productive. Women left feeling seen, supported, and less alone. One thing was for certain: we need more of this.

We will be hosting another conversation on January 17 (save the date!).

In the meantime, here is a Resource List sourced by the women who participated in our first Mother F#@ing Business Circle.

If you have something you’d like to see added to this list, please send a short description and link to admin@shecosystem.ca.


Resources for Motherhood, Entrepreneurship & Feminism

Amy McCready- “If I have to tell you more time…” : A Fantastic parenting book for various types of challenges

Working Ensemble: A Toronto coworking space with onsite childcare 

TellentAn online community and resource for professional women to pursue flexible careers. 

Canadian Government: Information about Special Benefits for Self-Employed people – including maternity leave.

Today’s Parent: An article about planning for parental leave when you’re self-employed Mat leave for self-employed.

Snjezana’s original blog postMotherhood And The Feminist Dream

Ann Davidman.  “Is motherhood for me?”:  Online course + book for people unsure if they want kids.

Womb Wellness 101: Clare Kenty’s workshop “The Power of Sound” (November 4th) Connecting to the power of our voice for  womb healing 

The Entrepreneurial Feminist Forum: More conversations about feminism and business (November 11)

Vania Sukola:  Feminist Therapist and with a focus on perinatal and postpartum themes like thinking about becoming a parent, birth trauma, the transition to parenthood, grief and loss, and supporting couples. 

One Part Podcast: Episode #84- Not having children by chance or by choice with Jody Day, the founder of the Gateway Foundation.

 

If you have something you’d like to see added to this list, please send a description and link to admin@shecosystem.ca.

Dreaming Together: Shecosystem & Nurture’s ‘Dream, Girl’ Screening

Shecosystem and Nurture Retreats recently gathered over 30 women for a screening of Dream, Girl: a documentary profiling ambitious and inspiring women entrepreneurs. This film, with its all-woman production team and its  portraits of diverse models of women entrepreneurs and investors sends a powerful message.

It is a message that when venture creation is done in a way that honours our whole selves, it is a tool for women’s economic, social and spiritual empowerment, and in turn a force for changing the world.

Some of my top takeaways from the film:

1. The business case for vulnerability: According to investor Joanne Wilson:  “Vulnerability is one of the most powerful places we can be: it’s where we deeply connect with people, it’s where we engage people in cases that are bigger than themselves.”

3. Entrepreneurship builds resilience: Even someone as “successful” as Marie Forleo still admits to feeling fear and self-doubt.  As Clara Villarosa says, “You melt down, and then you melt up!”

2. Peers are powerful: Filmmaker Komal Minhas says of her ability to accomplish her goal, “It was always there…I just needed to surround myself with ambitious women so I could see it in myself.”

I loved watching the movie together (and snacking on Sonja’s truffle salt popcorn!) but even more powerful was our talking circle afterwards.  We created a safe container to name our fears and voice our dreams.

At registration, we gave each attendee two blank cue cards.  We asked them to write down a dream on one and a vulnerable share on the other, and to place them anonymously  in paper bags. After the screening, we pushed our chairs into a casual circle and passed the paper bags around. Each woman grabbed a “Vulnerable Share” card and read someone else’s fear aloud, commenting on how it landed with her.  Not surprisingly, each card resonated with someone in the circle, and this sharing sparked honest conversations.

Next, we passed around the “Dream” bag and encouraged each woman to speak up and own her dream when she heard it read aloud. Every time, the circle erupted into cheers of validation and support. From providing accessible healthcare services for seniors to going national with an eco-fashion line for kids, these women are visionary dreamers and courageous doers, passionate disruptors and uncompromising in their commitment to serve their communities.

Seeing the nods of agreement and relief around the room when each woman read her anonymous “Vulnerable Share” cue card and the cheers when we claimed our “Dream” cards reinforced Shecosystem’s purpose.

We are creating a space where working on your own dream doesn’t mean working alone.

It’s a space to give yourself permission to break out of isolation and into a space of innovation.

I hope you’ll join us, dream girls.


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10 ways to celebrate International Women’s Day in Toronto

It’s palpable, this groundswell of sisterhood in the 6ix.

For 35 years of my life I’ve been inundated with stories and images of leaders and change-makers who are male and white. Finally I’m seeing and hearing about a gorgeous diversity of women in this city who are galvanizing and working their asses off to manifest a more positive future.  It’s not an echo chamber or an algorithm, because this goes way beyond social media.

But for all of the positive impacts women are having, and for all of the support we are feeling in our communities, celebration is underscored with struggle. It’s impossible to deny that the feminine is rising, and it’s equally impossible to ignore what it’s rising against.  

So this year on International Women’s Day, I celebrate, and struggle with, the women of Toronto who are courageously carving greater and greater pieces of this city into safe spaces. Spaces where we can enjoy the rights that we deserve, express ourselves authentically and vulnerably, wield power as  responsibility, build relationships with empathy, and change the world.
 

Here’s our list of 1o ways Toronto women are making it happen on or around March 8

 

1. Organize! The Women’s March wasn’t just a parade… | March 6

 

The Women’s March Committee is hosting a Town Hall event to bring together community organizations who are at the forefront of advocacy and activism in Toronto. The organizers are hoping to have around 10 organizations on board including Idle No More, International Women’s Day Committee,  and the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty.  This is a chance to listen and learn and to find opportunities to get involved.

 

2. Party with some Nasty Women at the AGO | March 2

 

For this month’s First Thursdays, the AGO partners with OCAD to explore, through a feminist lens, a future that imagines possibilities for diversity of representation and experiences—a future that is more open, more free, more feminist, and non-deterministic. Headlined by d’bi.young anitafrika and featuring performances and installations throughout the gallery.

 

3. Gather to sustain yourself, your business, and the environment (because after all, they’re the same thing) | March 9-10

 

Studio.89 and Raine Network present the second annual Power of Women (POW) Symposium, a two-day celebration incorporating community, collaboration, conscious living, mentorship, and networking. In support of Studio.89’s youth and community programming, the symposium features power-mentorship sessions, professional development workshops, keynotes and an onsite female artisan market! It’s also the launch of their 2nd annual #WritesForWomen campaign!

 

4. Give Marginalized voices the spotlight | March 1

 

Celebrating Our Voices highlights the contributions of diverse young Black, Indigenous, women and trans-feminine people of colour to Ryerson and the broader Toronto community. As a part of Fondation filles d’action – Girls Action Foundation National Day of Action activities, this event aims to understand young women and trans-feminine peoples’ histories and cultural diversity, empowering them to become leaders for change in our communities. Featuring speakers from Black Lives Matter, Ryerson’s Newcomer Students’ Association, RyePride  and more.

 

5. Seal the Deal with Women Entrepreneurs & VCs | March 8

Startup Toronto has gathered a panel of Women Venture Capitalists and Successful Entrepreneurs who will give you their best advice on how to Seal the Deal and get the financing you need.  

 

6. Feel the goddess energy an interactive art performance | March 4

 

Woman Unmasked promises to be a visceral experience, commemorating International Women’s day through a series of performance pieces, live installations, and visual art. Described as “very sensual, goddess oriented,” the show will transform a Geary Ave warehouse into a dreamscape featuring the National Ballet of Canada’s First Soloist Chelsy Meiss, aerial performance, and live music. The event is a fundraiser for The Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness.

 

7. Join in Resisterhood at the annual IWD March | March 11

 

IWD has been celebrated for more than 100 years, with the first march in New York in 1909. March with thousands of social justice, labour, health and women’s rights activists. Join the rally at King’s College Circle, march in solidarity, and attend an info fair at the Ryerson Student Learning Centre.

 

8. Raise the sisterhood vibration with a global meditation | March 8

 

Join a worldwide synchronized meditation for International Women’s Day! Thousands of women worldwide unify through an online broadcast of a Sacred Sisterhood Heart Meditation, transforming ourselves and transforming the world. There are a couple of live gatherings around Toronto – check the website for locations.

9. Write Her-story (or at least edit it) | March 4

 

Join the local international Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon. Bring your laptop and your Wikipedia account, and put the AGO’s thousands of artist files and books to use as reference material for building up Wikipedia content on topics related to art and feminism.

 

10. Share our space for the day | March 8

This year’s IWD theme is Be Bold For Change, and Shecosystem is boldly changing the face of entrepreneurship.  Spend the day being Bold for Change at a free coworking + Wellness open house, with our regular opening and closing circles, a lunchtime Potluck & Perspectives, an afternoon movement break, and lots of time to connect, get your work done, or just exist in this safe space for a day. See you at Shecosystem! 

 

Sex & Scentuality: Featuring Author Talk with Sarah Barmak + DIY Sensual Oil with Erika Williams

February is all about self-love at Shecosystem, and we’re kicking off the month with a juicy sex talk and massage oil making workshop.


 

We live in a sexually saturated culture, yet a striking number of women are dissatisfied with their sex lives and alienated from their bodies. Journalist Sarah Barmak believes that female sexuality isn’t broken: it’s misunderstood.

 

In her book, Closer: Notes from the Orgasmic Frontier of Female Sexuality she explores the cutting-edge science and grassroots cultural trends that are getting us closer to the truth of women’s sexuality. This isn’t about finding a magic pink pill, it’s about wholeness and individual expression.

 

Join us for an intimate author talk, followed by a candid Q&A with Sarah Barmak

 

And if the thought of talking about sex makes you squirm, we’ll give you something to do with your hands. Erika Williams, wellness blogger and essential oil alchemist, http://rtetracyclineuse.com will fill the room with sexy scents like jasmine and neroli as we blend our own – ahem– massage oil that you can take home and use alone or with a partner!
When: February 2, 2017 | 7-9PM
Where: Shecosystem Coworking + Wellness, 703 Bloor St. W (201)
Registration: $20 for Shecosystem members/$25 for the public. Sign up here.

Sarah Barmak is a Toronto freelance journalist and author whose writing has appeared in Maclean’sThe Globe and MailThe Toronto Star, Chatelaine, VICE, Canadian Business, Marketing, NOW and Reader’s Digest. www.sarahbarmak.com

 

 

Erika Williams is a Lifestyle Alchemist. As a longtime lover of natural health and wellness, she enjoys living and experimenting with a plant-based diet combined with intuitive acts of daily self-care.  Find her on IG @_esoterika

 

Register here

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Yoga at Shecosystem – Mondays and Fridays

It can be hard as an entrepreneur to find the time to get to the studio for a yoga class, so we’ve brought the yoga studio to your workspace. 

Shecosystem now offers two yoga classes every week for members and the public. Our Hatha class on Monday will get your week started right, and our Friday Yin Wind Down will help you let go and flow gracefully into the weekend.

Gentle Hatha Yoga: Mondays @ 5-6PM

Gentle Hatha is an all levels practice to calm the nervous system by focussing the mind and body on the present moment. Class consists of yoga postures that are held for longer periods of time allowing your body to settle into each shape. There is a focus on breathwork and meditation throughout class.

Suitable for all levels.

$10 members / $15 non-members

Members can sign up below, or log in to apply your Cobot booking credits!

Yin Yoga Wind Down: Friday @ 2-3PM

Yin is a style of yoga that supports longer-held postures focusing on deep stretches mainly in the lower body and spine while targeting the connective tissue. This class will aid in joint mobility and flexibility as well as create a space for a mindful and meditative practice.

Props will be made available for this class.

Suitable for all levels and supports bodies healing from injury.

$10 members / $15 non-members

Members can sign up below, or log in to apply your Cobot booking credits!


Sam Warren: Shecosystem’s Yoga Teacher in Residence

This class is taught by our Yoga Teacher in Residence, Samantha Warren. Sam is a Holistic Wellness Professional specializing in The Art of Slowing Down. Living in a time of constant chaos and busyness, Sam often explores what it truly means to slow down, de-stress and find your joy in life again. Her philosophy is that living a busy life is OK so long as you take some time to step away from things and connect back to yourself.

To help restore, rejuvenate and relax the mind, body and spirit, Sam uses various modalities including yoga, reiki, acupressure, mindfulness and meditation. Her classes are centred around the breath, connecting back to Self, and finding the sweet spot of relaxing with a smile on your face =)

Samantha has over 300 hours of yoga training and loves guiding individuals in the journey of Yoga Nidra and meditation.

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Have a Mindful New Year: January’s Self-Care Circles focus on meditation

We have heard your request for mediation classes!


This month, our Wednesday self-care circles with Resident Wellness + Spiritual Guide Liz Diaz will focus on meditation and mindfulness. Now that you’ve set your intentions for the year, these weekly tune-ins will help you stick to them by cultivating greater internal awareness.

Each week Liz will guide us through a new mediation technique. She is a certified meditation guide and has been formally practicing meditation since 2008. Liz has designed a program that is accessible for all levels, and designed to provide greater clarity, balance and compassion.

Don’t worry, we will not be sitting in silence for the whole hour straight!

We will start our circle with an introduction to the mediation technique for the week, followed by practicing, then http://www.topphentermineonline.com sharing about our experience, followed by a bit more practice. Each week Liz will provide you with take-home exercises so you can continue to deepen your mediation practice at home and at work.  


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What is Mediation & What are its Benefits?


Mediation is the intentional, non-judgmental focus of attention on the present moment. Studies show that meditation can be helpful in managing stress, improving creativity, enhancing focus and concentration, as well as feeling more mentally, emotionally and physically calm, energized and joyful.

Join us on Wednesdays from 12-1 to discover the power and benefits of incorporating meditation & mindfulness into your daily life.

This class is for all levels from beginner to more experienced practitioner. Both cushions and chairs are available.

 

 

January Meetups – Tuesdays with Liz Diaz and Heather Briggs

JOIN A GROUP OF HEART-CENTRED WORKING WOMEN WHO ARE COMMITTED TO MAKING SELF-CARE PART OF OUR WORKING LIVES.

We meet every Tuesday morning to cowork, support each other through mentorship, and take time to promote our holistic health & wellbeing.

We know that women – and their businesses – thrive when they are consciously connected with their bodies, minds, emotions, and with an authentic and supportive community.

So many of us struggle with isolation, depression and lack of motivation when we work alone. It helps to get our of our heads and connect with other entrepreneurs for support and inspiration!  Coworking promotes collaboration and creative engagement among independent workers.

When: Every Tuesday, 10AM-12PM (Pot-luck lunch 12-1PM)

Where: 703 Bloor Street W, 2nd Floor

What to bring: Laptop & work materials, and a dish or salad item to share at our pot-luck!


WHAT TO EXPECT

Coworking: After a quick check-in to set our intentions for the day, we get down to business for around 90 minutes. Each of us focusses on her own projects, occasionally turning to the group with a question, an insight or a helpful resource to share.

Mentorship: We always have a business mentor onsite to answer your questions, give feedback on your ideas, and connect you with the resources you need. This month our featured mentor is Heather Briggs of Radiate Real. Heather is a creative strategist, brand advisor and intuitive coach with an inside-out approach to developing feel-good content and communication that grows your business.

Wellness: After 90 minutes of work, we take a purposeful 20-minute wellness break. We look at wellness through a broad lens – activities may include dance, meditation, creative writing, yoga. This month our featured wellness facilitator is Liz Diaz of Awaken Your BlissLiz Diaz is Shecosystem’s Resident Wellness + Spiritual Guide. Her calling is to facilitate spaces for women to feel emotionally and intuitively empowered, spaces where your instincts are valued and developed. As a Spiritual life coach Liz is committed to journeying with you as you restore, rediscover and Awaken to Your Bliss.

If you are interested in volunteering as a monthly mentor or wellness facilitator in 2017, drop us a line with the subject line “Meetup Mentorship” at info@shecosystem.ca

 


JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY IN JANUARY

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Meetup Only:

Your registration includes coffee & tea and fast wifi and 2 hours of work & wellness.

Registration Fee:

$8 for Shecosystem Members (or one “Meetup” resource booked through Cobot)

$15 Non-members

$12 Women in Biz Network Members

Make a Day of it! Add a Day Pass and stay all day:

Your registration includes Meetup programming plus access to our flexible workspaces between 8AM-6PM on the day of the Meetup.

• Includes any additional free member programming that is happening in the space that day.

• Includes coffee + tea and fast wifi throughout the day.

• Join us for our regular Tuesday Potluck + Perspectives – share a dish or salad-bar ingredient and share your ideas, topics change by the week.

$25 Shecosystem Members – Register on our events page or through Cobot by booking a “Meetup + Day Pass” Resource!

$40 Non-members

$34 Women in Biz Network Members

More info: www.shecosystem.ca

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Take time for your self-care this December!

Self-Care Circles for the month of December will focus on helping you build a self-care plan

December can be a stressful time for many, so it’s a perfect time to up the dose of self-love. Each Wednesday from 12-1PM Liz Diaz, our Resident Wellness & Spiritual Guide will share tips, tools and exercises that you can use to bring more ease into your life and help you build your own self-care plan.

Wednesday December 7

Morning self-care practices: succeeding in your day before you even get out of bed

*If you join us on Dec 7th please bring yoga mat or blanket

Wednesday December 14

How to practice saying yes to your self-care throughout your day

Wednesday December 21

Evening self-care practice – reset and recharge


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As part of celebrating our commitment to self-care, Liz is offering 15 minute Bliss Sessions (mini hand, head, neck massage with essential oils and Reiki) to women in the office on Wednesdays for only $20.  Sign-up when you arrive at the front desk.

AND

Receive 25% off private Self-Care Sessions purchased by Dec 20th. Offer applies to 90min Reiki & Restorative Yoga Sessions and to Meditation & Wellness Coaching Packages. Gift Certificates also available.

****Sessions scheduled on Wednesdays between now and the end of January will receive an extra 5% off, for a total of 30% off services, just because YOU’RE LOVED!! **** Email connect@awakenyourbliss.com to book.

 

See you in Circle on Wednesday!

Register below or pay onsite – $10 for members/$15 non-members

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December Meetups with Katia and Barbara

JOIN A GROUP OF HEART-CENTRED WORKING WOMEN WHO ARE COMMITTED TO MAKING SELF-CARE PART OF OUR WORKING LIVES.

We meet every Tuesday morning to cowork, support each other through mentorship, and take time to promote our holistic health & wellbeing.

We know that women – and their businesses – thrive when they are consciously connected with their bodies, minds, emotions, and with an authentic and supportive community. So many of us struggle with isolation, depression and lack of motivation when we work alone. It helps to get our of our heads and connect with other entrepreneurs for support and inspiration!  Coworking promotes collaboration and creative engagement among independent workers.

Shecosystem’s signature weekly Coworking, Wellness + Mentorship Meetups have been taking place in locations around Toronto since October 2015, and we are thrilled to finally hold space for this community to connect in our beautiful new coworking space at Bloor and Christie.

When: Every Tuesday, 10AM-12PM

Where: 703 Bloor Street W, 2nd Floor

What to bring: Laptop & work materials


WHAT TO EXPECT

Coworking:

After a quick check-in to set our intentions for the day, we get down to business for around 90 minutes. Each of us focusses on her own projects, occasionally turning to the group with a question, an insight or a helpful resource to share.

Mentorship:

We always have a business mentor onsite to answer your questions, give feedback on your ideas, and connect you with the resources you need. This month our featured mentor is Katia Millar is the Founder of Positive Fabulous Women – as well as a Mentor, Speaker, Connector, Social Media Maven and Business & Visibility Strategist supporting mission-driven entrepreneurs to stand out and be seen & heard.

Over the past 9 years, Katia has gone from being an overwhelmed, under-employed single Mom with no connections and no purpose, to creating a network of over 15K, hosting over 340 events, speaking to audiences on stage and on camera – and living a juicy life of purpose and service. She is passionate about helping others in shining their light and unleashing their fabulous so that they can do what they love and love what they do.

If you are interested in volunteering as a monthly mentor, drop us a line with the subject line “Meetup Mentorship” at info@shecosystem.ca

Wellness:

After 90 minutes of work, we take a purposeful 20-minute wellness break. We look at wellness through a broad lens – activities may include dance, meditation, creative writing, yoga. This month our featured mentor is Barbara Erochina. Barbara is an emotional wellness coach and founder of ‘Be With Cards’. She teaches people that the best way to speed up is to slow down. Her ‘Be With’ cards for self care suggest simple prompts to help you Be With yourself in the moment.

If you are interested in volunteering as a monthly wellness facilitator, drop us a line with the subject line “Meetup Mentorship” at info@shecosystem.ca


JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY IN DECEMBER

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Meetup Only:

Your registration includes coffee & tea and fast wifi and 2 hours of work & wellness.

Registration Fee:

$8 for Shecosystem Members (or one “Meetup” resource booked through Cobot)

$15 Non-members

$12 Women in Biz Network Members

Make a Day of it! Add a Day Pass and stay all day:

Your registration includes Meetup programming plus access to our flexible workspaces between 8AM-6PM on the day of the Meetup.

• Includes any additional free member programming that is happening in the space that day.

• Includes coffee + tea and fast wifi throughout the day.

• Join us for our regular Tuesday Potluck + Perspectives – share a dish or salad-bar ingredient and share your ideas, topics change by the week.

$25 Shecosystem Members – Register on our events page or through Cobot by booking a “Meetup + Day Pass” Resource!

$40 Non-members

$34 Women in Biz Network Members

More info: www.shecosystem.ca

Sign up:  https://www.shecosystem.ca/events-directory/