Wintertime in this city is full of things to do and while some of us enjoy hitting the slopes, skating outdoors, and wandering through the glow of twinkling lights, there is much more! We might have more time to fuel our mind, body and soul. Here are some great ways to learn, or try, something new and feed our curious minds.
CURIOUS MINDS Weekend at Hot Docs Cinema hosts a series of innovative thinkers in thought-provoking discussions and panel conversations. This year’s line up includes legendary editor Tina Brown discussing her best-selling book The Vanity Fair Diaries. Smashing the Patriarchy features restauranteur Jen Agg, along with labour lawyer Emma Phillips and City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam. David Crombie and Nam Kiwanuka will come to gather to discuss their passion for heritage preservation in Toronto. Raptors’ President Masai Ujiri will speak about building a global sports juggernaut as one of Canada’s most innovative executives and philanthropists. Full line up of speakers and tickets available at hotdocscinema.ca
TASTEMAKERS SERIES at TOCA Ritz Carlton Hotel is designed for culinary enthusiasts that feature interactive events and food experiences. Included on the schedule Fresh Pasta Making Class (January 27) with Chef Daniele Trivero, Valentine’s Dessert Making Class (February 13) with Pastry Chef Gael Moutet, and a Preserved Food Cooking Class (March 24) that teaches you how to can, freeze, dry and preserve food with Chef Daniele Trivero. More info & prices at www.tocarestaurant.com
MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS CLASSES with Radiate Happy. You’re ready to let that shit go? Take a step in getting rid of negative energy of the past and releasing expectations for the future. Take a deep breath and start here. Radiate Happy has several workshops planned across the city (and some are free!). An example, beginners are invited learn how to nurture your intuition through both movement and meditation on February 3rd at Lululemon (318 Queen Street West) $15 per person, sign up online. More info at radiatehappy.com
ART F*CKING THERAPY hosted by MindMatters at The Drake Hotel: No artistic experience required for everyone to get creative AF. Learn how to destress in this workshop using a mix of painting, collaging and journalling. Mind Matters is a group dedicated to spreading the practice and techniques of improving your mind. Learn how be become more efficient, stay calm or be more productive. February 13. Tickets $45 each. More info here -> https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1625012
AURA READINGS by roseaura.ca : You’ve tried tarot cards, and palm readings. You’ve had your future told before, but have you ever experienced an aura reading? We were fortunate to give this a try during TIFF with Swarovski. The aura reading is done in the moment. Evelyn takes an image through her aura camera lens and explains what you’ve been going through in the past couple of weeks, where your energy levels are now, and what you should be more aware of for the immediate future. Aura readings have been used throughout the ages as both a healing and learning practice. Interesting perspective and you get to keep your aura image photograph. She has some upcoming dates available (Feb 4, 18, and 25 in Toronto) email her for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org