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 are offered throughout the fall of 2020.
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.
The Flourish Wellness Project is offering Wellness Wednesday online workshops once a month in the fall 2020 semester, with a special focus on strategies to help you cope during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sarah Lefebure, Counsellor on the Penticton campus, and Samantha Johnson, Counsellor on the Salmon Arm campus, will lead the one-hour drop-in workshops.
- Sept. 23 - Building wellness into your semester
- Oct. 21 - Strategies for managing stress
- Nov. 18 - Making room for emotions in challenging times
- Dec. 16 - Acknowledging growth: what are we learning about ourselves through the pandemic?
To attend any of these workshops, OC students and employees self-register for the Flourish Wellness Workshop Moodle, by logging into Moodle. Self-enrol now by clicking "Site home" at the left and search for Flourish.
- Session times are 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Sessions are drop-in – attend as many or as few workshops as you like
- Free for all Okanagan College students and employees from any OC campus
- Please make sure you have paper and a pen/marker with you for the workshop
- Try to choose a quiet place in your home where you are less likely to be interrupted
Flourish with Yoga
This online program of weekly yoga is available to Penticton students and employees. Zoom classes will help you build strength and flexibility to help reduce stress and improve well-being. Classes are held weekly on Tuesdays until Dec. 1 from 4 to 5 p.m.
Stay tuned for future programs
We have had to postpone some in-person wellness activities due to COVID-19. Keep an eye out for announcements when the in-person fun can continue.
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.
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.
Notice to participants
This is not a counselling group. Individuals requiring therapeutic support are encouraged to seek individual counselling. For students, contact OC Counselling Services. OC staff should contact the Employee and Family Assistance Program.
These workshops are designed to be pscyho-educational, which means they will help you to learn about topics related to psychology and how to take care of yourself.
To protect the privacy of other participants, we ask that you take what you learned and leave what you heard, especially any specific information about other participants.