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Check Out What’s Happening on MindWell in February

January 31, 2023

A peaceful sunset over a lake with a wooden dock and the MindWell logo.

This February, we encourage you to work on the most important relationship you can have in your lifetime: The Relationship with Yourself. 

The way you feel, think and perform each day is part of this relationship. When you feel good, it shows – at work, in your relationships with colleagues, friends, and family members and everywhere else in your life too.

MindWell has put together new class themes and programs that will help you develop this positive, healthy relationship with yourself.

These programs include:

  • The 4 Aspects of Love
  • Making Difficult Conversations Easier
  • Meaningful Breaks through Movement 
  • Tai Chi: Reduce Stress & Increase Mobility

All workshops and classes are free to Red River College Polytechnic faculty, staff and students. Sign up for a Free MindWell Account to access and find a class that is right for you.


Making Difficult Conversations Easier

Conversations with colleagues or loved ones can feel difficult when you know the person might not like what you have to say. Unfortunately, difficult conversations are a part of life. 

Join Coach Jackie every Monday in February to learn how to apply the skill of mindfulness and compassionate communication to make those difficult conversations easier.

Mondays at noon (virtual)

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Rejuvenate with Movement Breaks

Whether you’re sitting at your desk or standing all day at work, your body (and mind) will benefit from short breaks of varied movement. 

Join Lucia every Tuesday in February to learn how to incorporate shorts bursts of movement into your day to improve your posture, alleviate achy muscles and feel your best.

Tuesdays at 11:30am (virtual)

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Tai Chi: Relieve Stress & Increase Mobility


Tai Chi classes will help you discover simple movements to improve your physical and mental health, balance and relaxation through the ancient art of Tai Chi. Safe and accessible for all – even those recovering from illness or injury. No special clothing or equipment needed.

Join Peter every Monday to learn the foundations of Tai Chi to decrease stress and improve your mobility.

Mondays at 2:00pm (virtual)

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The 4 Aspects of Love

When most people hear the word ‘love’, they automatically think about ‘intimate’ love – the love you have for a romantic partner. However, there are actually 4 types of love: Intimate, Self, Family/Friend and Universal love. 

Join Ross each Friday in February to discover how to deepen your capacity to give and receive love in all areas.

Fridays at 11:00am (virtual)

Learn More

Campus Well-Being February Programs

January 31, 2023

Movement Classes

T’ai Chi (In-Person)

Sifu Josh Schafer

T’ai Chi involves the use of daily gentle exercise to improve health with a focus on breathwork. This longevity practice is easy to access and yet profound enough for a lifelong engagement. The universal martial arts movements serve as a focus for the development of mind, body, and spirit (Chi).

REGISTER – Mondays, 12:10pm to 12:55pm, in the South Gym, NDC. All experience levels welcome.

Join Sifu Josh Schafer who has been training in Traditional Chinese Martial Arts (TCMA) for over three decades. His expertise includes Taiji (Yang Lineage), Tiger Claw Gong Fu (Fu Jiow Pai), and Praying Mantis Fist (Tang Lang Ch’uan).

NDC Immersion Room Yoga (In-Person and Virtual)

Holly Pluchinski guides in-person yoga participants in a room surrounded by soothing sounds and panoramas. Stretch and relax! Suitable for all levels and mats are provided.

Notre Dame Campus only, Wednesdays, 12:10pm to 12:50pm, GM33, near North Gym.

REGISTER: In-person AND Virtual option available

NOTE: Link will be emailed to registrants after registration. No food is allowed in the room. Click here for more information about the Immersion Room (GM33).

EDC Yoga Tuesdays and Thursdays (In-Person)

Join Chaley Martens after school or work for a 30-minute yoga class to unwind from your day. Suitable for all levels and mats are provided. Registration required.

REGISTER – Exchange District Campus only, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:15pm to 4:45pm in P107 of The Roblin Centre.

Friday Yoga (Virtual)

From the comfort of your home or office, Holly leads a 30-minute yoga class allowing participants to stretch, breathe and feel good. Suitable for all levels. 

REGISTER – Fridays, 12:15 to 12:45pm

Registration required. NOTE: Link will be emailed to registrants separately.


Recreation

Game Night – EDC and NDC (In-Person)

Bring your friends and family for an “all welcome” board game night at Red River College Polytechnic presented by Campus Well-Being and the Students’ Association.

DROP-IN – EXCHANGE DISTRICT CAMPUS: Third Tuesday of every month, 4pm to 7pm, in the Dining Hall in The Roblin Centre near Tim Hortons.

DROP-IN – NOTRE DAME CAMPUS:  Third Thursday of every month, 4pm to 7pm, in The Cave.

Some of the games include: Catan Family Edition, Cranium, Taboo, Cribbage and Crib Wars, Forbidden Island, Monoply Deal, Uno, Scrabble, Boggle, Yahtzee, Telestrations, Chess and Checkers, Sequence, Hedbanz, Battleship, Jenga and Pictionary.

Contact Kristi if you’d like to reserve a specific game for your group of friends, classmates or staff team.

Paint Night – NDC (In-Person)

Feb 2023 Paint Night Picture

“Art is a powerful form of medicine – with the power to heal, to find insight, stillness and growth, to de-stress and feel in balance. Making art is a safe space to be wild and free.” Kisa MacIssac 

REGISTER – Notre Dame Campus on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 – 4:15 to 6:30pm (The Cave, DM30)

Join Campus Well-Being, the Students’ Association and instructor Kisa MacIsaac, for an evening of painting and creative discovery. Participants follow a step-by-step process to create a unique painted canvas. There is no cost for this event and light snacks are provided. All students and staff are welcome to register.  

Make Your Own Fairy Garden (In-Person)

Escape from our wintery world for a couple of hours and relax with some greenery. Pick a container, choose a plant, get your hands dirty and add some accessories to create your own “fairy garden” to take home with you.

All materials and plants provided. Register early, seating limited.

Session Details:

Tuesday, March 7, 2023: Notre Dame Campus – 4:30 to 6:30pm (The Cave, DM30)

*Registration Required


Wellness

Cupcakes and Condoms – Sexual Health Workshop (In-Person)

The interactive Cupcakes and Condoms workshop will be facilitated by the Sexuality Education Resource Centre (SERC) and will feature discussion about healthy relationships, consent, abuse and the connection to overall wellness. And, as the title of the workshop states, students will be encouraged to take home red velvet cupcakes and condoms.

No registration required, come at 12:00pm for the presentation:

Where: P107 – The Roblin Centre, EDC

When: Noon – 1p.m., Tuesday, February 14, 2023

What: SERC will be on campus to teach students about healthy relationships, consent, abuse and the connection to overall wellness through a fun and interactive workshop.

ASL-English Interpretation provided. For more information contact: Kristi Dorian, Recreation and Wellness Coordinator.

The Dimensions of Wellness: A Habit Building Workshop Series (Virtual)

Join this 7-week, step-by-step wellness workshop to create a personal plan tailored to your needs and goals. You’ll also interact with others who are building healthy habits, giving and receiving support and encouragement.

Click for more information and to register.

Cooking for Wellness (Virtual)

Abby Legaspi, Cooking Night Instructor

From the comfort of your own kitchen, Abby Legaspi leads at-home chefs through the step-by-step recipe for Honduran Baleadas, a thick flour tortilla stuffed with some savory filling. Cozy up with good food and lots of fun!

NOTE: The first 20 RRC Polytech students may request an ingredient kit to pick up from NDC or EDC. You will receive email confirmation. Student supply kits are limited, so register early.

Session Details:
Thursday, March 2, 2023: 6pm to 8pm – Virtual
*Registration Required
**LINK and Recipe: Will be emailed separately to registrants closer to the event.


Sport and Fitness

Fitness Classes

We have some very talented instructors and a great variety of programs to help get you moving toward your fitness goals or take your routine to the next level. 

All classes are at the Notre Dame Campus unless otherwise noted. Some fitness & yoga classes are offered virtually and at the Exchange District Campus. 

Class Schedule (Feb 1, 2023 – April 7, 2023)  
 
Mondays  

Tuesdays  

Wednesdays 

Thursdays  

Fridays 

Please register at the links above. All classes are open to students and staff who have valid facility memberships. More information about memberships can be found here. Most students and staff automatically have a membership. Contact recreation with any questions. 

Intramural Sport 

Intramural sports provide students & staff an opportunity to participate in a variety of recreational sport activities on campus in a safe and supportive environment.  

Choose from our sport of the day or drop in to play a sport of your choice. You can sign up as a team or register as an individual and get placed on a team at the time of the event. All skill levels are welcome!   

Check out our Intramural Sport Schedule for more information and to sign up!   

Mondays   

Tuesdays   

Wednesdays  

Thursdays   

Fridays  

  • Cricket 3:00pm – 4:30pm (North Gym)  

Want to add another sport? Or another timeslot? Email Davis to become a volunteer Intramural Coordinator and assist in delivering more sports. More information about the Intramural Coordinator position can be found here  

The Dimensions of Wellness: A Habit Building Workshop Series

January 24, 2023

Have you ever tried to build a new wellness habit? Without support and other effective strategies, it’s hard to make the habit stick.

Join this 7-week, step-by-step wellness workshop to create a personal plan tailored to your needs and goals. You’ll also interact with others who are building healthy habits, giving and receiving support and encouragement.

All RRC Polytech students and staff are welcome to attend. For questions or to register, please email Kristi Dorian. Everyone who completes the program will receive a certificate.

Workshop Dates

Date: Seven Tuesdays from February 7 – March 28 (*no class on February 21)

Time: 6-7pm

Platform: MS Teams


Dimensions of Wellness

You will learn about these eight dimensions of wellness:

  • Physical
  • Intellectual
  • Emotional
  • Social
  • Spiritual
  • Occupational
  • Financial
  • Environmental

Topics

  • Creating daily routines
  • Setting goals
  • Using checklists
  • Keeping track
  • And more!

Your Facilitator

All sessions will be facilitated by Dan Saltel. Dan is an instructor in RRC Polytech’s Business Information Technology program and is also a member of the Workplace Safety and Health Committee. Dan is passionate about both the importance of wellness and the value of habit building strategies. Dan has a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science as well as a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Science in community health sciences. You can learn more about him at Daniel Saltel | LinkedIn

For questions or to register, please email Kristi Dorian.

Intramural Sport – Winter 2023

January 17, 2023

Intramural sports provide students & staff an opportunity to participate in a variety of recreational sport activities on campus in a safe and supportive environment.  

Choose from our sport of the day or drop in to play a sport of your choice. You can sign up as a team or register as an individual and get placed on a team at the time of the event. All skill levels are welcome!   

Intramural Sport Schedule

Click on the link(s) below to register.

Mondays   

Tuesdays   

Wednesdays  

Thursdays   

Fridays  

  • Cricket 3:00pm – 5:00pm (North Gym)

  

Drop-In Sport

Our North Gym is open for drop-in sports! Sign out sport equipment with our gym staff and play between 6:30am and 5:00pm from Monday to Friday.

We have equipment available to play the following sports:

  • Basketball  
  • Cricket     
  • Pickleball 
  • Football
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Spikeball
  • Volleyball
  • Badminton 
  • Futsal (Indoor soccer)

Use your RRC ID card to sign out equipment with our gym staff. We’ll provide the equipment, and you’re responsible for setup and takedown of the activity. Ask our gym staff for help if you’re not sure how to set something up.

Want to add another sport? Or another timeslot? Email Davis to become a volunteer Intramural Coordinator and assist in delivering more sports!  Additional Information about the Intramural Coordinator position can be found here

All students and staff are welcome to join. Get active and make some new friends at the same time.

Campus Well-Being January Programs

January 3, 2023

Mental Well-Being

30-Day Mindfulness Opportunity (with prizes!)

As we begin a new year amid ever present challenges, it’s a good idea to take time to develop a healthy mindset, along with stress management skills. With this in mind, you’re invited to join dozens of other RRC Polytech students and staff in a 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge.

Read all the details here.

Bell Let’s Talk Day

Bell Let’s Talk, January 25, focuses on destigmatizing, building awareness, acceptance, and action on mental health. After the challenges we have individually and collectively faced, continuing conversations about our mental health is more important than ever.

Hearing the stories others have to tell about their experiences overcoming and navigating mental health barriers helps us normalize and minimize the stigma or shame that we may feel concerning our own mental health.

Bell Let’s Talk Day represents a community coming together to learn about ourselves and the experiences of others and to create dialogue about what it means for us to support our mental health and wellness.

Check back for updates on how you can get involved.

Movement Classes

Ongoing T’ai Chi (In-Person)

Sifu Josh Schafer

T’ai Chi involves the use of daily gentle exercise to improve health with a focus on breathwork. This longevity practice is easy to access and yet profound enough for a lifelong engagement. The universal martial arts movements serve as a focus for the development of mind, body, and spirit (Chi).

REGISTERMondays, 12:10pm to 12:55pm, in the South Gym, NDC. All experience levels welcome.

Join Sifu Josh Schafer who has been training in Traditional Chinese Martial Arts (TCMA) for over three decades. His expertise includes Taiji (Yang Lineage), Tiger Claw Gong Fu (Fu Jiow Pai), and Praying Mantis Fist (Tang Lang Ch’uan).

NDC Immersion Room Yoga (In-Person and Virtual)

Holly Pluchinski guides in-person yoga participants in a room surrounded by soothing sounds and panoramas. Stretch and relax! Suitable for all levels and mats are provided.

Notre Dame Campus only, Wednesdays, 12:10pm to 12:50pm, GM33, near North Gym.

REGISTER: In-person AND Virtual option available

NOTE: Link will be emailed to registrants after registration. No food is allowed in the room. Click here for more information about the Immersion Room (GM33).

EDC Yoga Tuesdays and Thursdays (In-Person)

Join Chaley Martens after school or work for a 30-minute yoga class to unwind from your day. Suitable for all levels and mats are provided. Registration required.

REGISTERExchange District Campus only, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:15pm to 4:45pm in P107.

Virtual Friday Yoga

From the comfort of your home or office, Holly leads a 30-minute yoga class allowing participants to stretch, breathe and feel good. Suitable for all levels. 

REGISTERFridays, 12:15 to 12:45pm

Registration required. NOTE: Link will be emailed to registrants separately.

Recreational Activities

Pop-Up Game Room with Therapy Dogs

Campus Well-Being and the Student Association welcome you back to Campus! Visit with the Therapy Dogs and play some giant games like Jenga, Chess, Checkers or Connect 4, shoot some mini hoops or try table tennis*, join some peers in a friendly card game or do some colouring.

DROP-IN – Notre Dame Campus: Thursday, January 5, 2023 – 10am to 2pm. Library Hallway.

DROP-IN – Exchange District Campus: Tuesday, January 10, 2023 – 10am to 2pm. Dining Hall near Tim Hortons in The Roblin Centre.

*Note: Table tennis and mini hoops only available at NDC.

Monthly Board Game Nights – EDC and NDC

Bring your friends and family for an “all welcome” board game night at Red River College Polytechnic presented by Campus Well-Being and the Students’ Association.

DROP-IN – EXCHANGE DISTRICT CAMPUS: Third Tuesday of every month, 4pm to 7pm, in the Dining Hall near Tim Hortons.

DROP-IN – NOTRE DAME CAMPUS:  Third Thursday of every month, 4pm to 7pm, in The Cave.

Some of the games include: Catan Family Edition, Cranium, Taboo, Cribbage and Crib Wars, Forbidden Island, Monoply Deal, Uno, Scrabble, Boggle, Yahtzee, Telestrations, Chess and Checkers, Sequence, Hedbanz, Battleship, Jenga and Pictionary.

Contact Kristi if you’d like to reserve a specific game for your group of friends, classmates or staff team.

Creativity Workshops

Create a Soundtrack for Your Life (Virtual)

Learn how to choose tempos/genres/melodies to inspire the state of mind or sense of wellness needed to inspire us or help us cope with every day situations or activities. Presented by Mckenna Ogg, Music Therapist from the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts (MCMA).

REGISTERVirtual Session: Tuesday, January 24, 2023 from 6pm to 7pm

Registration required. NOTE: Link will be emailed to registrants separately.

Make a Vision Board (In-Person)

Treat yourself to two hours of creative fun making your own vision board to set you up for the new year with a clear vision of your commitments to yourself.

Also known as dream boards, a vision board is a visualization tool which refers to a board of any sort used to build a collage of words and pictures that represent your goals and dreams. These inspirational collages serve as your image of the future – a tangible example, idea or representation of where you are going. By putting a vision board somewhere you can see it every day, you will prompt yourself to visualize your life on a regular basis.

Your vision board becomes a powerful reminder throughout the year. Conversation and community will arise naturally as we each engage in our own creative work.


REGISTERIn-Person Session at the Notre Dame Campus: Thursday, January 26, 2023 from 4pm to 6pm in the Prairie Lights past Tim Hortons.

All materials supplied: Scissors, glue, poster board and variety of magazines. Bring any personalized pictures or graphics with you to include if wanted.


Facilitated by Amanda Le Rougetel: A writer, collage artist and community educator. She was drawn to collage for how it invites us to take separate, maybe unrelated, images and put them together with our own unique vision in order to tell a whole new story. A retired RRC Polytech instructor, Amanda is now forging new paths that combine her passions and interests. She is delighted to be returning to the college to lead this vision board workshop.

Paint Night – EDC and NDC (In-Person)

Jan/Feb 2023 Paint Night Picture

“Art is a powerful form of medicine – with the power to heal, to find insight, stillness and growth, to de-stress and feel in balance. Making art is a safe space to be wild and free.” Kisa MacIssac 

REGISTERExchange District Campus on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 – 4:15 to 6:30 pm (Dining Hall near Tim Hortons)

Paint Night Nov 2022

REGISTERNotre Dame Campus on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 – 4:15 to 6:30pm (The Cave, DM30)

Join Campus Well-Being, the Students’ Association and instructor Kisa MacIsaac, for an evening of painting and creative discovery. Participants follow a step-by-step process to create a unique painted canvas. There is no cost for this event and light snacks are provided. All students and staff are welcome to register.   

Your Intuitive Style – How do you tune in? (Virtual)

This workshop explores the ways people can tune into their intuition and use their senses to gather information about situations and events. As well as learning to trust the information gathered.  We discuss the overall importance of balancing logical thoughts with intuitive impressions.

Many people have sparks of intuition, but either do not know how to interpret them or ignore them completely.  This workshop will help participants embrace those intuitive moments and become more aware of what their intuition has to offer.

REGISTERThursday, February 2, 2023 from 6pm to 8pm, Virtual Workshop

Registration required. NOTE: Link will be emailed to registrants separately.

Sport and Fitness

Fitness Classes

Winter Term Schedule for Fitness Classes at NDC (January 9th to April 7th, 2023) We have some very talented instructors and a great variety of programs to help get you moving toward your fitness goals or take your routine to the next level. 

All classes are at the Notre Dame Campus unless otherwise noted. Some fitness & yoga classes are offered virtually and at the Exchange District Campus. 

Class Schedule (Jan 9, 2023 – April 7, 2023)  
 
Mondays  

Tuesdays  

Wednesdays 

Thursdays  

Fridays 

Please register at the links above. All classes are open to students and staff who have valid facility memberships. More information about memberships can be found here. Most students and staff automatically have a membership. Contact recreation with any questions. 

Intramural Sport 

Intramural sports provide students & staff an opportunity to participate in a variety of recreational sport activities on campus in a safe and supportive environment.  

Choose from our sport of the day, or drop in to play a sport of your choice. You can sign up as a team or register as an individual and get placed on a team at the time of the event. All skill levels are welcome!   

Check out our Intramural Sport Schedule for more information and to sign up!   

Mondays   

Tuesdays   

Wednesdays  

Thursdays   

Fridays  

  • Cricket 3:00pm – 4:30pm (North Gym)  

Want to add another sport? Or another timeslot? Email Davis to become a volunteer Intramural Coordinator and assist in delivering more sports! More information about the Intramural Coordinator position can be found here  

Mindfully Begin 2023 (with prizes too!)

January 3, 2023

As we begin a new year amid ever present challenges, it’s a good idea to take time to develop a healthy mindset, along with stress management skills. With this in mind, you’re invited to join dozens of other RRC Polytech students and staff in a 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge.

Can you receive difficult messages with openness? Can you reverse the stress response and calm your nervous system? Are you able to step back from your thoughts and watch them come and go? All of these skills are key to building good mental health and all are part of the Take 5 Daily curriculum.

Take 5 Daily takes just five minutes a day, anytime, anywhere and on any device, yet there is evidence that it lowers stress, increases resilience, improves teamwork, and strengthens leadership skills.

This opportunity teaches ‘mindfulness-in-action’ so people don’t need to stop what they are doing to become calm, present and focused.

Registration

All RRC Polytech students and staff can register for a Mindwell account and then sign up for Take 5 Daily. You can even register a buddy to keep you motivated.

Prize draw

Complete all 30 days of Take 5 Daily and you unlock a certificate that will get you entered into a draw for awesome prizes.

Prizes include:

Simply send your certificate to Kristi before February 28 and you will be entered to win.

Please contact Kristi Dorian with any questions.

Ongoing Intramural Sports in January: Student Intramural Coordinators Needed!  

November 29, 2022

Starting in January, Campus Well-Being will be expanding our intramural sport schedule to include more sports, more often. Intramural sports provide students an opportunity to participate in recreational sport activities on campus in a safe and supportive environment.  

Volunteer to Help Out

Students are encouraged to volunteer to become an Intramural Sport Coordinator to help plan and run intramural sport events. This is a great opportunity to meet other students, coordinate a sport of your choice, or help to make other sports a positive experience for everyone.  

Volunteer Coordinators will be responsible for creating teams and explaining the rules of the game while promoting inclusiveness, sportsmanship, and fair play. Intramural Sport Coordinators can participate in the sport they are facilitating. The ideal candidates have a passion for sport & recreation, can communicate effectively, and are eager to use and enhance their leadership abilities.  

Each volunteer will work with our Sport and Fitness Supervisor and complete up to 12 hours of service. Upon completion of service, all volunteers will be provided with a certificate of service and will be invited to an appreciation event. Volunteers who display exceptional service may request letters of recommendation for awards.   

Get in Touch

Please email Davis Chase if you’re interested in becoming an Intramural Sport Coordinator or if you have any questions about Intramural Sport.  

Campus Well-Being December Programs

November 27, 2022

Recreation and Wellness

During exam week, when you need a break from studying or marking, check out these events:

Pop-up Game Room

Photo by Angshu Purkait on Unsplash

Play some giant games like Jenga, Chess, Checkers or Connect 4, shoot some mini hoops or try table tennis*, join some peers in a friendly card game or do some colouring.

Details:

Monday, December 5, 2022:  In the NDC Library Hallway, 10am to 2pm

Tuesday, December 6, 2022:  At EDC in The Roblin Centre Dining Hall near Tim Hortons, 10am to 2pm

Wednesday, December 7, 2022:  In the NDC Library Hallway, 10am to 2pm

*Note: Table tennis and mini hoops only available at NDC.


Drop-in Zen Zone

Need something a little quieter? Visit the Zen Zone in the Immersion Room at NDC.

Photo by Jay Castor on Unsplash

Relax. Lie down or sit. Breathe. Listen to soothing nature sounds, bring your own guided meditation or watch the peaceful vistas projected all around you.  Yoga mats and cushions will be available. 

Details:

Tuesday, December 6, 2022: 11:45am to 1pm

Thursday, December 8, 2022:  11:30am to 1pm

Please note: There is a room capacity limit (14). Please enter the room quietly and remain silent to respect others’ quiet contemplations. No food is allowed in the room. Click here for more information about the Immersion Room (GM33).


Immersion Room Yoga

Holly Pluchinski guides participants for a full hour of yoga surrounded by soothing sounds and panoramas. Stretch and relax! Registration required.

Details:

Wednesday December 7, 2022: 12pm – 1pm – Register Here 


Sport and Fitness

Fitness and Yoga Classes

Come on out for our last days of free fitness classes for 2022. Classes are suitable for all fitness levels and take place at the Notre Dame Campus unless otherwise noted. Classes will resume in January.

Thursday December 1 

Friday December 2 

Tuesday December 6 

Thursday December 8 

  • Yoga (30min), 12:15pm – 12:45pm *EDC 

Friday December 9 

Class descriptions & more information can be found here.  

Please register at the links above. All classes are free of charge and open to students and staff who have a valid facility membership. More information about memberships can be found here.

The following requirements are in place: 

  • A valid Student or Staff I.D. card is required each visit. 
  • All members are required to complete the Informed Consent form in HUB prior to using the facility. 
  • All members must abide by the rules and etiquette

Drop-In Sport

Our North Gym is open for drop-in sports! Come choose from a variety of options. We have the following times available for the month of December: 

  • Monday-Friday, 6:30am – 5:00pm 

Notes:

  • The North Gym is closed for an event on December 12.
  • NDC North Gym and The Loft and EDC Fitness Centre is operating at reduced hours from December 19-23 (open from 6:30am – 2pm).
  • All facilities are closed from December 24 – January 2.

Intramural Sport

Intramural sport is taking a break in December, but will resume in January with more sports, more often. Read more here and email Davis if you’d like to volunteer to help coordinate and play a sport of your choice.  

Wellness Activities Coming Up

November 15, 2022

Painting for November 29 and 30, 2022

Practice Creativity – Paint With Us!

“Art is a powerful form of medicine – with the power to heal, to find insight, stillness and growth, to de-stress and feel in balance. Making art is a safe space to be wild and free.” Kisa MacIssac 

Join Campus Well-Being, the Student Association and instructor Kisa MacIsaac, for an evening of painting and creative discovery. Participants follow a step-by-step process to create a unique painted canvas. There is no cost for this event and light snacks are provided. All students and staff are welcome to register. 

Register online:  

Exchange District Campus on Tuesday, Nov 29, 2022 – 4:30 to 6:30 pm

Notre Dame Campus on Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022 – 4:30 to 6:30 pm. 

For questions or accessibility needs, please contact Kristi Dorian, Recreation and Wellness Coordinator, Campus Well-Being. 


Meditation and Quiet Contemplation Room

Relax. Lie down or sit. Breathe. Listen to soothing nature sounds, bring your own guided meditation or watch the peaceful vistas projected all around you.  

Campus Well-Being and EMP welcome you to take a break in the Immersion Room at the Notre Dame Campus. Yoga mats and cushions will be available.  

Drop-in Dates: November 16 and 30, 2022 – Wednesdays, 12 to 1pm 

Please note: There is a room capacity limit (14). Please enter the room quietly and remain silent to respect others’ quiet contemplations. No food is allowed in the room. 


Immersive Yoga

Holly Pluchinski guides participants for a full hour of yoga surrounded by soothing sounds and panoramas. Stretch and relax! Registration required.

Click here for more information about the Immersion Room (GM33).

Darker Days Getting You Down?

November 14, 2022

RRC Polytech Libraries offer light therapy stations and portable lamps for borrowing.

Due to our northern latitude, many Manitobans experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), while others experience a milder form of winter blues. SAD is a form of depression that occurs mostly during the fall and winter months, when days shorten and sunlight decreases. 

Light Therapy

While regularly getting outside during daylight hours can help to ease this slump, many students and staff need to study or attend classes and meetings indoors when the sun is shining. In these cases, light therapy, sitting near a specialized light each day, is an alternative. Did you know that NDC and EDC campuses both have light therapy stations available for use in the Libraries? Additionally, our regional campuses also have these stations available for use.  

If you’ve been feeling changes to your mood, lower energy levels, or any of the symptoms listed below, you may want to give light therapy a try. Staff and students are invited to work or study at the station anytime the library is open. 

You may also loan a smaller, portable lamp from the circulation desk. That lamp may be used anywhere in the library that is near a power outlet. You’ll find instructions on proper use as well as important notes posted above the lamp. 

To be effective, light from the lamp must enter your eyes indirectly. While your eyes must be open, don’t look directly at the light. Keep your session to 30 minutes, unless otherwise directed by a physician. 

Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) 

  • Feeling tired, depressed or sad 
  • Increased appetite 
  • Craving for carbohydrates and starchy foods 
  • Weight gain 
  • Sleeping more than usual 
  • Social withdrawal 
  • Lack of interest in usual activities 
  • Inability to concentrate or focus 
  • Loss of sexual desire 
  • Body aches and pains 

If you feel that you may be experiencing any form of depression, including SAD, please speak to your primary health care provider and/or book and appointment with Student Counselling Services

Sources: The Mayo Clinic Website – www.mayoclinic.org and Northern Light Technologies Product Instructions