A Vermilion based mental-health and wellness support organization is hoping to bring mindfulness to Lloydminster residents attention through a new campaign.
The Nest Project was founded by two mental health professionals, Jodi Simmonds and Kerri Lorenson, with the goal of promoting concepts like self-care, mindfulness, resilience and positive self-compassion, among other themes.
Simmonds says they when they began, they realized that many young people were already familiar with self-care and mindfulness, but found many adults weren’t in the know about these techniques.
“Our goal is really to continue to do that work, to help people build skills to promote mental health and wellness and also give them a chance to connect with each other, and a chance to practice the skills, not just talk about them.”
In the interest of promoting this aspect of mental health, The Nest Project will be expanding to Lloydminster via pop-up sessions. The first of them will be happening at Bud Miller Park on Monday, July 26th.
The gathering, open to everyone eight and up, will feature events like yoga, meditation, and journaling. This pop-up session, and the ones coming in the Fall, will be free through a partnership with Project Sunrise and the Thorpe Recovery Centre.
Simmonds hopes by the event being free of cost, will give people an accessible outlet to learn about self-compassion and mindfulness without any barriers, something that’s needed especially now.
“These sessions are supposed to be, of course, but more than anything fun, and a way to connect and meet other like-minded souls, and really come together after what seems like a long period of being apart. It’s a chance to come together and do something really good for ourselves.”
People interested in attending this 7PM event are asked to register on the Nest Project website. When someone has signed up, they’re asked to bring a mat, blanket or towel to do physical activities, along with a journal for the writing activities.