Welcome to the Flourish Wellness Project
Flourish offers drop-in workshops with the aim of creating a safe space to support student wellness and mental health. Flourish started in 2017 at Okanagan College's Penticton campus and started operating online in May 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our online workshops are currently open to all students, staff and faculty across all OC campuses.
In Flourish workshops, we explore what it takes for each of us to flourish – this will look slightly different for everyone. You will learn about and explore a variety of strategies that can help you increase your mental wellness and, hopefully, your success and comfort as a student.
Flourishing during COVID-19
Physical distancing does not meant you are alone! In-person activities for Flourish have been suspended due to COVID-19, but there are still ways to connect with the program. Students and employees are invited to self-enrol in the Flourish Wellness Workshop Moodle to access relevant resources to help you learn at your own pace. Wellness Wednesdays workshops will also be held online.
Why should you check out Flourish?
Having a healthy mind will help you be a successful student. Flourish provides strategies to help you learn how to manage academic stress, while connecting with other students and campus supports. For more information, contact Sarah Lefebure, counsellor at the Penticton campus.
Types of activities
Traditionally, Flourish provides a variety of ways to get involved, including Mindful Monday drop-ins, Flourish with Yoga classes, crochet classes and Wellness Wednesday workshops. We update the offerings on this webpage, so please check back often.
All activities are free for students and employees, and offered in a safe and inclusive space (currently online). Flourish aims to break down stigma about mental illness and/or the challenges we all encounter in our lives, and to connect with like-minded people to learn new skills and increase the overall wellness of our campus community.
Students and employees are invited to self-enrol in the Flourish Wellness Workshop Moodle to learn more, access relevant resources and join our Wellness Wednesdays workshops.
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crocheter, meet up with other students and employees and spend some time crafting and connecting. Currently on hold – stay tuned for possible online offerings!
Drop in for a few minutes of mindfulness to help reduce stress and improve your focus and memory. Don't worry: no meditation experience is necessary. These sessions are currently on hold due to COVID-19.
Flourish with Yoga
This beginner yoga class will help you foster a mind-body connection. You will work on building flexibility and strength to reduce stress and improve your well-being. Classes are drop-in, free for all OC students and employees and offered in the Gymnasium (PC 145).Please note that, due to COVID-19, Flourish with Yoga is on hold until further notice.
Drop-in workshops offer a safe space to learn about ways to support your wellness. You choose how much or how little you'd like to share. We cover topics including self-compassion, taking care of your mental health, time management, making room for emotions and more.
Wellness Wednesdays are currently being offered online. Please self-enrol in the Flourish Wellness Workshop Moodle to learn more and join the workshops.