GROUP BASED PROGRAMS, WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS:
Join host Heather Wittland Slusarcyk for 90-minutes of casual fun, social conversation while working away at your own art and/or craft project. In fact, this program has evolved into one where many have become makers – sharing or demonstrating their talents and skills in creating handmade objects or pieces of art.
Occupying your mind with a creative activity is one of the many tools you can use to distract from your pain and Fibromyalgia symptoms. Share with us your artistic inspirations and projects and unleash the creative genius in you!
From the patient perspective, this two-part peer-led seminar is designed as an introduction, education, and awareness building opportunity, for anyone who:
- has just been diagnosed with FM in the last 0-2 years,
- works as a service provider, medical/health practitioner or professional, community/social worker or advocate whose clients/patients have an FM diagnosis,
- is looking to educate himself or herself on this chronic illness and its symptoms,
- want to understand what living with this condition may be like, and
- is researching his/her next steps, in terms of available community and government resources, supports, and services.
OFFERED FREE, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. ALL GENDERS Caregivers/loved ones, and parents of youth (under 18 years) with Fibromyalgia are encouraged to attend.
Facilitated by Peer Leader, Kholoud Zuhair Al-khalili, Founder & Former President, Jordanian Fibromyalgia Association. This pilot virtual program will expand our community outreach efforts, be more inclusive and accessible to Canadian residents who only speak Arabic or prefer to communicate in Arabic. Besides a sharing circle component, the program will include opportunities for:
- symptom management
- learning coping strategies
- raising awareness
- guest speakers
- information exchange
- building community
- social connection
As a goodwill gesture, FLG welcomes Arabic speaking individuals with Fibromyalgia living outside Canada to join the program, for FREE.
Check out our page: FM Support In Arabic
- Do you like board or word games?
- Do you like laughing and just having some old-fashioned fun, but virtually?
- Do you know playing group games is a great distraction to your pain levels and symptoms?
Our virtual group games are a fun way to meet and make new friends who can are located not just in the city or town you live, but across Canada and USA! Play BINGO, Scavenger Hunt, Trivia, Scattergories, Word games. Perhaps you may learn some new ones too! Our facilitators, Joan Meechan and Evelyn Zurbrigg, are both creative and resourceful, so you never know what we are going to play till you sign on!
ALL AGES, GENDERS & SKILL LEVELS WELCOME. You do not have to be living with pain to participate. Feel Free to Bring your Own Project to Work On or Just Come Online to Socialize!
Knitting has been shown to promote wellness by reducing stress, anxiety and depression, creating strong social bonds, and increasing your feelings of usefulness. It is often used as an occupational therapy because the repetitive and rhythmic movements of knitting are often equated with meditation. It helps retain cognitive brain function and physical dexterity in old age. Once you get past the initial hurdle of learning, knitting can be as relaxing as yoga (without ever having to leave your couch). Knitting and other needle arts like crochet, cross-stich, and needlepoint have been shown to reduce anxiety, depression, and even help in treating eating disorders.
Don’t Know How to Knit? No worries – facilitator and knitter extraordinaire, Janice Sumpton, is happy to teach you and provide instructional help! Bring your own 4mm/4.5mm needles and yarn.
Mindset Matters is a monthly opportunity for members to connect and share in dialogue and interactive discussion on mindset related topics. It is a positivity building workshop where we will explore together how to shift perspectives and more.
Why Does Your Mindset Matter? Mindsets are an important means through which we process and reprocess the events of our lives. That matters, because our processing ultimately shapes our emotional experience. Limits become challenges, and challenges become sources of opportunity and growth.
Twice a week, we offer a custom built program for your body, mind and spirit. Power Up your Mondays with instructor Evelyn Zurbrigg who provides instruction for Exercise for Energy – in both seated and standing positions. Have a chair handy as you will need to use it in some exercises.
On Fridays, prepare for a POWERful weekend with certified Ageless Grace Instructor, Elaine Corriveau. This body-brain fitness program uses 21 tools that are put to music!
Following each exercise segment, Kelly Renaud will educate participants on Mindful Meditation practices, using guided imagery, oral instruction and videos. We wrap up each Power Up! session with another form of therapy, Journaling. Brief discussion on the journal homework is held in our confidential, safe, virtual space, and a new journal prompt is provided for reflection, recording and sharing at the next session.
Click Here to learn more about this program!
Master Reiki Practitioner and Certified Qigong Instructor, Ron Hicks, provides insight, education, instruction and support in this weekly, sixty-minute program. Ron leads participants through seated Qigong and Tai Chi movement exercises, completing his sessions with guided meditations. This exercise activity benefits anyone with Fibromyalgia, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or Multiple Chemical Sensitivities/Environmental Sensitivities.
What is Qigong? Qigong is a mind-body-spirit practice that improves one’s mental and physical health by integrating posture, movement, breathing technique, self-massage, sound, and focused intent. Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) is an ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique that involves meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises.
Ron often shares resources and materials to further educate and promote this form of gentle movement activity.
Click Here to check out resources shared during our sessions.
Fibromyalgia London Group now offers a Virtual Sharing Circle session every week of a month (except 5–week months)
- 1st week of month: Saturday, 1:00-2:30pm ET
- 2nd week of month: Thursday, 11:00a-12:30p ET
- 3rd week of month: Wednesday, 7:00-8:30pm ET
- 4th week of month: Tuesday, 3:00-4:30pm ET
Caregivers and loved ones are encouraged to attend.
What Happens at a Sharing Circle? Following a set of group guidelines to ensure a CONFIDENTIAL, SAFE space, our peer leaders will facilitate a check-in for mental, emotional and psychological health, group discussion on struggles, challenges and questions participants have about living with FM. Peer support circles are also spaces to show up and be there for each other, learn coping strategies from one another, and find out about local resources and support services.
- Do you know that social and networking conversations can be a great distraction from your chronic pain, Fibromyalgia symptoms and bring you up from feeling down on life?
- Are you looking to widen your circle of acquaintances by getting to know other people with fibromyalgia and/or a chronic illness/condition, whether they live in the same town as you or on the other side of the country?
- Do you enjoy partaking in meaningful dialogue on a range of casual and thought-provoking topics that may widen your own knowledge base and consciousness?
- Do you want to feel connected and cared for by listening to others and sharing your own perspectives, opinions, and experiences on topics that impact our daily lives?
Facilitated by Jacqueline Fraser and Susan Elliott, you never know what we will chat about at any given session!
The theory of “six degrees of separation” contends that, because we are all linked by chains of acquaintance, you are just six introductions away from any other person on the planet. Six Degrees will enable participants who live with chronic invisible illnesses and conditions to engage in mindful, intentional conversations
Spirituality is an essential part of all human experiences. Healthy spirituality gives a sense of peace, wholeness and balance among the physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of our lives. However, for most people the path to such spirituality passes through struggles and suffering, chronic illness/conditions and often includes experiences that have been/are traumatic, frightening and painful.
This peer-led program, centred on helping persons with Fibromyalgia and other chronic conditions, nurtures one’s purpose, grows one’s spirit, brings inner peace and greater understanding to one’s soul. Our virtual meeting space is sacred and confidential, inclusive, non-judgemental and safe.
THIS IS NOT A RELIGION-BASED PROGRAM. We are, however, open to learn theologies, life lessons, observations, and teachings from world religions and respected Thought Leaders, as we seek to become better humans in this increasingly challenging, changing and evolving world.
Certified Yoga Instructor and Trauma-Informed Coach, Andrea Pearson, shares her international training and expertise by offering not one but two types of yoga!
Yoga is a commonly recommended form of exercise for persons living with Fibromyalgia and other invisible illnesses including Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities/ Environmental Sensitivities and Chronic Pain. It is a good, gentle way to stretch your body and loosen up tight muscles and joints. It also helps with balance and strength. Each session concludes with a guided meditation activity.
Click Here to learn more about Yoga, and check out our resources!