Booking for Fall 2024

Professional Development

Offering transformational programs for recovery centres, not-for-profit organizations, child care centres, and educational institutions.  We empower individuals to support the emotional demands of their environment while developing the skills to manage stress and reduce burnout.  

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9 Core Feelings from Bio-Emotive Framework

 People in the workplace are facing astounding rates of burnout, fatigue, chronic anxiety/depression/pain, health issues, and a loss of joy in their work. 

Tasked with the difficult role of attending to the demands of life, family, and the workplace, the struggle to maintain balance is increasingly taking its toll on the health and wellbeing of our society.

Our professional development programs  promote the health and wellbeing of individuals working in a variety of workplace environments. 

We teach professionals to develop an understanding of:

  • the workings of the nervous system
  • impacts of ongoing stress
  • self-regulation techniques
  • healthy communication skills 
  • the power of co-regulation 
  • how to work with our body, rather than against it

We give professionals tools and techniques to:

  • increase employee engagement
  • learn strategies to minimize the impact of ongoing stress
  • improve customer relations
  • enhance adaptability and resilience
  • manage conflict in healthy ways that strengthen, rather than fracture relationships
  • enhance communication
  • become more effective leaders

In addition, we explore how to weave these practices into your workplace and personal life for you can develop resiliency, emotional literacy, and co-regulation skills that will help you lead a healthier lifestyle.

Professional Development Workshops & Programming

The ELM works in collaboration with Educational Institutions, Not-for-Profit Organizations, Child Care Centres and Recovery Centres to tailor programming to meet the needs of the community.

The Foundations of Emotional Literacy 

Step into a transformative journey of self-discovery with our Foundations of Emotional Literacy Workshop - where personal growth and professional growth intertwine.

Emotional literacy is a game-changer in the workplace, offering a myriad of benefits that extend well beyond the workshop experience. By honing your emotional intelligence, you empower your team to communicate more effectively, resolve conflicts with ease, and build trust among colleagues. As a result, collaboration soars, and work environments become more inclusive, fostering a sense of belonging and camaraderie. But the advantages don't stop there. Enhanced emotional literacy also acts as a robust shield against burnout, a pervasive issue in today's fast-paced world. By equipping your staff with the tools to recognize and manage their emotions, you empower them to handle stress more effectively, maintain a healthy work-life balance, and prevent burnout from taking hold. When your team is emotionally resilient, they're not just more productive – they're happier and more motivated. So, invest in your staff's well-being, and watch as they flourish both personally and professionally.

Don't miss this opportunity to unlock your team's full potential and create a more harmonious and productive work environment. Book our workshop today to ignite the spark of transformation within your staff and take a leap towards a brighter, more prosperous future!


Conflict Navigation: Turning Challenges into Constructive Dialogue

Unlock the power of effective communication and revolutionize your workplace and life with our transformative CPR (Compassion, Presence & Reflection) tool. We believe that strong communication skills are the cornerstone of confidence, thriving relationships, and the antidote to the daily burdens of stress, anxiety, and depression.

Participants will not only learn how to master the art of empathetic and effective communication but also cultivate a profound language centred around emotions.

Imagine a workplace where every individual can effortlessly support the needs of others, while confidently identifying and expressing their own desires and boundaries. Envision a world where difficult conversations are navigated with grace and assertiveness, where problems are solved collaboratively and understanding reigns supreme. Our CPR tool encompasses all of this and more.

Throughout the program, we'll explore pivotal topics like recognizing the telltale signs that a conversation is required, creating a safe space for dialogues, establishing a framework for challenging discussions, and fostering deeper understanding in every interaction.

Embrace the CPR tool, and you'll find it not only transforms your workplace dynamics but ripples into all aspects of your life, making you a more empathetic, effective, and fulfilled individual. 

Honouring Your Capacity: Sustaining Passion & Preventing Burnout

Discover the keys to safeguarding your well-being and reignite your passion in the not-for-profit sector. We understand the Herculean effort and heart you pour into these organizations. It's time to address the all-too-common issues of burnout, resentment, and vanishing passion head-on. The harsh realities of limited funding, volunteer shortages, and soaring demands can take a toll on your physical and emotional health and strain your relationships.

Our workshop offers an enlightening journey to identify your personal capacity, guided by the subtle cues communicated through your 3-part nervous system. With this newfound self-awareness, you'll gain the tools to recognize your boundaries and articulate your needs effectively, fostering healthier communication with your colleagues and more strategic planning within your organization.

Furthermore, we'll explore the art of skillful conversation, setting the stage for those vital discussions that arise when you honour your capacity in any given moment. Learn to navigate these essential conversations with grace, ensuring your own well-being while maximizing your contribution to your organization's noble cause.

Rediscover the joy, purpose, and fulfillment that initially drew you to the not-for-profit sector. This workshop is your stepping stone to maintaining a resilient spirit, preserving your relationships, and nurturing your passion for the incredible work you do. It's time to empower yourself for a brighter, more sustainable future.



Creating a Healthy Workplace: Conflict Resolution & Culture Building for Managers & HR Professionals

In today's dynamic work environment, effectively managing conflict is crucial for maintaining a positive and healthy workplace culture. This workshop is designed to equip you with the tools and knowledge to navigate challenging conversations and resolve conflicts with confidence and empathy.

We will explore the biological signs of stress and indicators of instability in your workplace, helping you understand how these factors impact employee well-being. By recognizing these signs, you can develop sustainable plans that address the needs of your employees from a holistic biological standpoint, ensuring optimal health and focus.

Throughout this workshop, we will cover essential strategies for resolving conflicts and engaging in skillful conversations with employees. You will learn how to approach disagreements in a way that enriches and informs all parties involved, leading to real, tangible solutions that meet the needs of your team. Additionally, we will discuss how to articulate your own limitations and set boundaries when necessary.

By the end of this workshop, you will have a deeper understanding of how to create and maintain a healthy workplace culture. The skills and strategies learned here will contribute to a positive and supportive work environment, fostering collaboration and mutual respect. Join us to enhance your conflict resolution skills and build a healthier, more resilient workplace.

At ELM, we are committed to supporting your organization with tailored programming that meets your unique needs. Our expert team can design customized workshops and training sessions that address your specific challenges and goals. Additionally, we offer masterclass programming on the above topics, ensuring deeper retention and skill building among your employees. Whether it's conflict resolution, effective communication, or fostering a healthy workplace culture, ELM provides comprehensive and engaging learning experiences to help your team thrive.


What Participants Are Saying

  • I was fortunate to have worked alongside Kris Garner while she piloted her Wholehearted Leaders program at Beaver Creek Academy. As her co-teacher, I found myself quickly becoming a learner alongside our students as she took us on a journey to explore and develop emotional literacy. Fostering a sense of curiosity, our students became comfortable and fluent when exploring and communicating their emotions, specifically communicating with the intention of understanding others. Perhaps this seems like a rather mundane skill, but too often have I heard from adults and parents of our learners “I wish was I taught this when I was young”.

    As I reflect on my year as both Kris’s co-teacher and as a student in her teaching, the only word that comes to mind is “transformative”. Kris has modeled and helped me gain confidence in myself and my abilities as an educator. She has given words and language to help navigate the complex, beautiful but at times a bit messy world of emotions.

    So I ask you to take a moment to imagine having the courage to share your vulnerability with others, to imagine the strength of being able to receive and hold space for others when they feel most vulnerable, to imagine the empowering feeling of being seen and heard…. now imagine those skills for yourself and for your learner. This is the journey and the gift that Kris has imparted to me.

    This is my love letter to Education, to a future filled with emotionally literate communities and to change in the ways we connect with ourselves and others. Thank you Kris for being a mentor to me.

    Chloe Tang


  • Being an Educator is no easy feat. Between trying to balance student well-being, academic proficiency, administrative pressures, extra curriculars, and the endless hours of planning (plus so much more) it is no wonder that so many individuals in the education system suffer from burn out and exhaustion. How can we show up for ourselves when we are giving everything to our learners and our jobs? Helping school staff balance their sense of self with the tasks of daily life in the education system is precisely what The Embodied Educator workshops do.

    The information that Kris provides combines scientific research with tangible everyday experiences that each individual can do to not only help themselves but transform their classrooms and the ways they interact within their daily lives. I continue to inspire myself everyday as I witness the beautiful and positive changes Kris’ teachings have brought to my life. By being in-tune and regulated with my own nervous system I am able to show up authentically with my learners, friends, and family in ways I didn’t know possible. I am so excited to continue this work that has been planted as a seed by Kris. My hope is that all Educators who are witness to these teachings will be able to see that there are small things they can start doing tomorrow to help connect deeper with themselves and their Learners.

    Alenna Mark


  • I started doing support work for families and foster agencies 6 years ago, moved into the role of teacher support 3 years ago, and have never experienced what I have working with ELM. I was unaware of how much I had to learn about myself and humanity as a whole before walking through those doors. It began as an exciting new venture and ended up becoming a defining moment that determined a new path in life for me. I have experienced a level of acceptance with the team I am working with, that I didn't know was possible. As the school year progressed, every emotion played out, was allowed and treated as valid throughout this process. This gave the kids a chance to really bond and coordinate in ways that respected them as individuals and allowed them to contribute to the whole in a meaningful way. I watched conflicts arise, climax, and find resolution in a fraction of the time as I have in other educational or support environments. They began to understand and embrace the process, and in doing so, developed a deeper level of trust in their educators, themselves, and each other. This was a great gift for many among us, we learned together, we discovered ourselves and our gifts together, and we supported each other. Creativity was always flowing freely amongst our group, as educators, as well as among our students. We used this harmonious state of being to solve ideas quickly and in ways that allowed more interesting ideas to flourish. I count myself extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to join this team, to learn what I have from Kris, and to feel good about what and how I teach and support others. With it comes a genuine sense of belonging to a community committed to each other. A community that strives to find the best possible ways of embracing our humanity, our highs/lows, and working with the world around us such as it is in any given place and time. I am so excited to see where this will go and how many more people can have the opportunity to experience this amazing program.

    Chris Hunt


Empower your Team with Emotional Literacy Consulting

Book a consultation with us today to collaborate on building positive workplace environments that honour your team's capacity, boost resilience, increase productivity, and nurture strong team relationships.

Together, we will create impactful programs and strategies to foster healthy environments that thrive on empathy, understanding, and skillful communication.


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If you would like to book a PD workshop or consultation meeting for your organization please send us an email with more details and we will connect with you as soon a possible to gather more information about your group's specific needs.

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