UBC Faculty of Education Staff Wellness Afternoon 2019

When: Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Where: Fairview Commons

You are invited to the second annual Staff Wellness Afternoon, especially for Faculty of Education staff!

This event will take place outdoors in Fairview Commons, and around campus. The event will begin with a BBQ lunch, and will be followed by various activity sessions of your choosing.

We hope you’ll take this opportunity to relax, kick back, and enjoy some fun activities with your colleagues – you’ve earned it!

See pictures from the day!

Activity Sessions:

Enlivening Body, Mind, and Spirit with EcoPoetics

In the cause of health and wellness of body, mind, and spirit, this ecopoetics workshop will engage you physically for a short on campus walk. We will dwell at the Nitobe gardens, where we will engage in imaginative and generative writing games, using methods of writing that you can utilize in your daily work life to create poetry and have fun with language, creating memorable ways of annotating meetings, summarizing information, or keeping a personal records. In this embodied way we will be enhancing the information environments we live in by being more fully aware and part of the environments we inhabit.

In this way mind and spirit are enlivened through imaginative, ecologically aware language practices. After sharing some of our collaboratively generated poems, we will have a reflective discussion as we return to the building and experience the shift in perception imposed by indoor environments. Sustainability is a priority of UBC’s mission and EcoPoetics provides a pleasurable way to practice it on a daily basis.

Please bring with you: your UBC ID card (for entrance to the Nitobe gardens) and a writing pad and pen/pencil. Be prepared for the weather (e.g. sunscreen, hat, walking shoes).

Location: Nitobe Garden

Summertime Yoga with Matthew Duckworth

Start the afternoon focusing on movement and breathing to create physical alignment and mental stillness. Session will be accessible and beneficial for everybody from the novice to the advanced yogi.

  • -Please wear comfortable attire as there will be plenty of active movement
  • -Participants are encouraged to bring their own mat, but there will be mats provided for those who don’t have one
  • -Participants are also encouraged to bring a yoga block or another prop (like a small cushion) to sit onto for extra comfort

You are invited to drop all expectations, and simply come as you are!

Location: Fairview Commons

Mindfulness and the Cupcake

This workshop will explore how engaging in decorating cupcakes can serve as a form of mindfulness.

Taking time to quiet your thoughts, re-focus your energy, and be in the moment enables you to re-center yourself and decrease your stress. Plus the added bonus of getting to eat (and possibly sharing?) your cupcakes!

Participants should bring:

  • -Something to protect clothes (i.e. an apron)
  • -A container big enough to hold a max of 6 medium-sized cupcakes
Location: Scarfe Building, Room #1214

Walk Among the Trees at UBC Botanical Garden

The Greenheart TreeWalk will spark your adventurous spirit as you navigate suspended walkways and tree platforms high above the forest floor. Located in the heart of UBC Botanical Garden, the 310 metre-long tree top canopy walkway hangs from huge Douglas firs, cedars and grand firs, many of which are over 100 years old. Reaching a height of nearly 20 metres above the forest floor, the walkway will give you a bird’s eye view of Vancouver’s magnificent coastal temperate rainforest.

Location: UBC Botanical Garden

Get to Know Campus by Bike!

Enjoy taking the new bike share program on campus for a spin. Biking at UBC is a great way to get around, get outside, and get some fitness in! There is a lot to see and do along UBC’s many bike paths – museums, park trails, riverside paths, and art.

This activity will take you from North to South campus.

Participants should feel comfortable cycling on the road, as the route will be along some shared use paths (bikes and cars) for short stretches.

NOTE: Please bring a helmet if you own one.

Location: Meet at Fairview Commons

Browse the Extensive MOA Collection

This experience will take you on a guided tour of the Museum of Anthropology, located on the UBC Point Grey campus. Since its inception, MOA has been at the forefront of bringing Indigenous art into the mainstream by collecting and curating traditional and contemporary Indigenous art in a way that respects the artists and the cultures from which this work comes. MOA’s exhibitions and programs emphasize artistic diversity and the links between art, community and the contemporary social and political context in which youth, artists and communities are communicating their cultural traditions.

Location: MOA

Music, Dancing, Cardio – Oh Yeah!

Dancing should be fun! Keep your feet moving and heart pumping in an energizing follow-the-leader style fitness class. You will dance to some of today's hottest music and leave sweaty and energized!

For more information, please visit www.popqueencardio.com.

Location: Student Recreation Centre

Trivia, Yards Games, Relaxing

Get to know your fellow colleagues with an interactive game of Heads Up! The New York Times calls this trivia-style party game a "Sensation," and that's no lie! From naming celebrities, to singing, to silly accents – you'll have a hilarious time playing this game, brought to you by the Ellen DeGeneres Show! This game will be played in small teams on iPads.

This free block will also have yards games of many varieties, including Ladder Toss, Spike Ball, Giant Jenga and more!

Looking for quiet and relaxation? This is the place for that too! Just bring a nice book and cozy up in the sun, and get your zen on.

Location: Fairview Commons


Registration is now CLOSED.

Questions? Please contact info.educ@ubc.ca.