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Roots of Resilience: Self-Care for Nurses Series

A good half of the art of living is resilience.
— Alain de Botton
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Nursing is a vastly challenging profession. At times the challenges nurses face show up like wild storms with the potential to knock us down. Witnessing adversities effecting our patients and clients can lead to compassion fatigue, being in the midst of constant change within the healthcare system leads to additional stress, then there is vicarious trauma, risk of violence, conflict, work-load, time-constraints, shift-work – the stressors are many.

Through these difficult times, nurses can experience feelings of powerlessness, grief, burnout, isolation, confusion, anxiety, and cynicism to a name a few. The emotions experienced in these difficult times, like real storms, are natural and intense, and they also come and go. Our ability be present with and get through the storm brings us into direct relationship with our resiliency.

Just as the trees need strong winds to grow deeper roots and strengthen their ability to stand in future storms, perhaps we do too.

What if we could experience the challenges we face in our nursing roles as invitations to grow deeper roots of awareness of our own “heartwood” and of what we need to fortify our roots?   


Roots of Resilience is the third workshop in the self-care for nurses series. It is possible to take this class alone, without having completed the previous ones. Click here to learn more.

In this workshop you will:

  • Experience connection in the safety of the Red Thread Circle where you can be witnessed in sharing what is on your heart.

  • Be guided through a visualization to engage your intuitive wisdom within and connect to your inner strength – your “heartwood”.

  • Work with the image of a tree and its roots in a symbolic way, exploring what you need to support and fortify your resilience.

  • Grow your self-awareness, self-compassion, and honour your resiliency using Intentional Creativity –  a process of combining inquiry, active imagining, writing, and painting as you reflect on the wisdom gained through difficult times.

  • Gain valuable tools for strengthening your ability to weather the storms that arise in your role as nurse, and in your life.

No previous painting experience necessary.

All art supplies, snacks, and tea/coffee/water are provided.

Space is limited.

Where: my Comox Valley studio

Investment: $55

Full payment is required at the time of registration. If cancellation is required, you must cancel up to 5 days before the event to receive a full refund. If cancellation occurs between 48-96 hours (2-4 days) before the event, a 30% cancellation fee will apply. No refunds will be given with less than 48 hours (2 days) notice. Please connect with me by phone or email to cancel. Thank you!

Click the button below to learn more about the self-care for nurses series,

Earlier Event: November 11
Later Event: November 26
Connections: Red Thread Circle