Spring is Springing: A New Awakening

As winter winds down, our minds, bodies and spirits slowly emerge from hibernation. Going are days of extended cold, dryness, and uncertainty. Incoming are the rivers of fresh waters, clarity, and alignment.

The sign of spring always reminds me that no matter how challenging or monotonous winter gets, there is always a wide breadth of life stirring beneath the surface just waiting to spring.

Waiting for spring.

The timing of this convening couldn’t have been more perfect. Gerard Sagassige (our Aboriginal Navigator) led us through a ceremony and teaching as our souls were ready to receive a breath of new life: connecting us to our own spirits and to each other.
We are in relationship to everything and everyone but it’s hard to connect without knowing what connects us.

We often talk about what we do, but we don’t often talk about who we are. Gerard poignantly said that we get disconnected from our spirit stories… we forget them. But now it’s time to know them, to tell them.

This gathering was one of healing and embracing.

The most powerful moment for me was when each person had words spoken over them about who they are. We each then walked around the circle (which symbolized the world), being embraced and honoured by every person we passed. It was a sign of validation, acceptance, a way of saying I see you and you mean something more than just the work that you do. One thing is for sure… an undercurrent of love connects us, UNITES us.

Spring is springing.

The new life that has been rumbling beneath the surface is about to emerge. Seeds that were planted are beginning to grow with love, light, and nourishment. Dust and clutter is being cleared, paving the way for what this next season has in store for The New Mentality. It is such an honour to be building alongside some of the most beautiful people this planet has.
Thank You.


Disable the Label 2016 Registration Open!

For the past nine years The New Mentality has provided an annual summer training retreat for youth leaders and adult allies in the mental health system, in 2010 it was branded as Disable the Label. The event takes place over four days at YMCA Geneva Park in Orillia, Ontario. Youth and adult allies from across the province gather together to learn skills, share about their local work, and build connections with each other. We have grown from hosting 14 youth and adult allies at the first training to 80 in 2015! Each year we get bigger and bigger!

This year we are pleased to announce that due to increasing demand we will be hosting two Disable the Label summer leadership training camps!

Week 1: Tuesday July 12 – Friday July 15
Week 2: Monday July 18 – Thursday July 21

If you have any questions or inquries please contact Mary-Anne Leahy mary-anne@thenewmentality.ca