Engaging in Reflection

We encourage students to reflect on their experiences in order to grow as people, to discover meaning and direction in their lives, and to understand how they can make a positive difference in the world. In our volunteer programs, students reflect on what they are learning and how their service relates to larger issues such as poverty and social justice. On campus, we offer a variety of opportunities for students to reflect on their lives.

Weekly Reflection Circles

  • Safe spaces where students from a diversity of backgrounds can explore creative and reflective practices, and discuss the questions and issues that concern them
  • Each group has a unique focus. Some examples are:
    • Personal Discovery Courses, where students explore personal values, write their own life mission statement, and receive individual coaching.
    • Creativity Circle, where students to explore art, writing, and music as a spiritual or reflective practice
    • Spiritual Practice Circle, which supports students in a variety of meditation and prayer practices
    • Body, Mind, Spirit Circle, a supportive space for sharing questions and ideas about spirituality and authentic healthy living

Events and Retreats

  • on topics such as social justice, values, practicing presence and mindfulness, coping with stress, spirituality, environmental sustainability, and more

Individual Coaching

  • Individual coaching and spiritual companioning by our resource staff
  • We support students through many life issues. Whether these relationships are casual or formalized, whether they happen individually or in group settings, staff help students to reflect on their values, relationships, spirituality, life path, and service.

We place high value on listening and guiding students in hearing their own inner voice, sensing this divine movement in their life, and living out of their authentic core. As Parker Palmer articulates in A Hidden Wholeness, we "grow our selfhood like a plant - from the potential within the seed of the soul, in ground made fertile by the quality of our relationships, toward the light of our own wholeness - trusting the soul to know its own shape better than any external authority possibly can." Mentoring relationships are a part of the process that encourages the authentic self to blossom. And as each student grows in hearing one's own soul, they are equipped to mentor others in finding their authentic life path.

Funding for these programs is provided in part by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.