2021 Winter Program - Coming Soon 


2020 Fall Program

Note to Participants:  Due to current Covid 19 retrictions, our community programming has been modified to meet both the guidelines issued by the Provincial Government and the Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon.  All workshops this fall will be half size classes with a maximum of 6 particpiants per workshop.  Individual work spaces will be distanced appropriately with no shared materials.  Masks will be required inside our facilities.  In response to the updated guidelines as issued on November 6th, work stations will continue to be appropriately distanced with masks and/or face shields required during each workshop.  A measured re-opening of our facilities will continue to be guided by our ongoing concern for the safety and well-being of all who enter our buildings.  We look forward to sharing a safe and creative space.

ZUMBA® with WENDY R.  - Winter Classes Suspended

Bring your body and mind together in the rhythm of life.  Zumba® is a dance-based fitness program that uses Latin and World music. Slow and fast rhythms help to tone the body and at the same time provide interval training that can boost aerobic fitness. Experience the joy of movement with Wendy, a licensed Zumba® instructor with a long background in dance-based activities.


DANCE WELL WITH RUSTY with RUSTY DIXSON Fall Classes Suspended

Dance Well with Rusty is a dance-like wellness workout incorporating simple dance moves, strengthening using bands and body weight, ending with relaxation and stretches. Rusty will lead you in energizing movements to the beat of World Music in a fun nonjudgemental atmosphere. The class is low impact and adaptable to individual needs and abilities.

Please bring a yoga mat, water bottle, and wear clean runners or dance shoes for this session.


YOUR JOURNEY THROUGH COVID 19 with DIANNE SHANNON - Half Class Size - Maximum 7 participants - Cancelled 

The global respone to COVID 19 took everyone by surprise, and the adjustments and uncertainty continue.  Join art therapist, Dianne Shannon, to explore the impact of the pandemic on your life.  During the six group sessions participants will be guided through a creative process to identify challenges, surprises, and strengths.  These insights will become tools to helpl you on the path ahead.  No art making experience is needed!  Activities are designed for people of all creative abilities.  The focus in this workshop series is the process of self-expression and reflection, not the finished piece of art.

Dianne Shannon is a registered art therapist with a private practice.  She moved to Saskatoon to be closer to family just before the world changed because of COVID19.  To learn more aobut Dianne please visit www.dianneshannonarttherapy.ca.

6 Mondays, November 2 - December 7
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Class Fee:  $125 - including materials - there will be no shared materials at this workshop

Your Journey Through COVID 19 will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery
WATERCOLOR POSTCARDS with ALISON MONTGOMERY  - Half Class Size - Maximum 6 participants - This session is full

Join watercolor artist, Alison Montgomery, to create a beautiful set of watercolor postcards of your own design.  Using personal images or photos as inspiration, you will create unique postcards that can be mailed to family and friends, or kept for yourself.  Alison will share her passion for watercolor painting making this workshop a fun and creative space for all.

Feeling connected with people is particularly important at this time.  Imagine the surprise in finding a greeting in your mailbox written on a personal piece of art!

Wednesday, Oct 7
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Class Fee:  $45 - including materials - there will be no shared materials at this workshop

Watercolor Postcards will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

WATERCOLOR POSTCARDS with ALISON MONTGOMERY  - Half Class Size - Maximum 6 participants - This session is full

Join watercolor artist, Alison Montgomery, to create a beautiful set of watercolor postcards of your own design.  Using personal images or photos as inspiration, you will create unique postcards that can be mailed to family and friends, or kept for yourself.  Alison will share her passion for watercolor painting making this workshop a fun and creative space for all.

Feeling connected with people is particularly important at this time.  Imagine the surprise in finding a greeting in your mailbox written on a personal piece of art!

Wednesday, Oct 28
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Class Fee:  $45 - including materials - there will be no shared materials at this workshop

Watercolor Postcards will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

WANT TO WRITE?: Let's Talk About the Tricks of Memory with KATHERINE LAWRENCE Half Class Size - Maximum 6 participants  This session is full
Why does a vivid memory shift when it moves from the mind to the page?  How do we make sure that a written memory remains full of color once it lands?  Why do memories sometimes fall flat in a line of text and what's the fix?  This workshop is for emerging writers in search of motivation and invigorating discussion.

Workshop led by Katherine Lawrence - established poet, young adult novelist, and former writer-in-residence at Saskatoon Public Library.

Wednesday, Oct 14
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Class Fee:  $50 - including materials - there will be no shared materials at this workshop

Want to Write? will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

MANDALAS FOR RELAXATION AND HEALING with JEAN EPP-GAUTHIER Half Class Size - Maximum 6 participants -  This session is full

Join Jean Epp-Gauthier on a contemplative journey and discover the beauty of mandalas.  A piece of paper with a circle on it and an assortment of colored pastels is all you need to begin an incredible adventure into the world of personal mandalas.

The mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning "magic circle".  Mandalas in many forms have existed since ancient times, but in its simplest form, it refers to a circle.  Why has the mandala endured all this time across cultures?  Why does it remain such a powerful symbol?

In this workshop, we will learn to see the mandala as a tool for gaining greater self-awareness, healing and relaxation.  Come and explore your non-verbal, innate language in a calm and non-judgemental atmosphere.

Wednesday, Nov 4
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Class Fee:  $40 - including materials - there will be no shared materials at this workshop

Mandalas for Relaxation and Healing will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

NATURE THEMED TWIG JOURNAL with HEIDI GUENTHER - Half Class Size - Maximum 6 participants  - This session is full

Join Heidi Guenther to create a handmade nature themed twig journal.  Paticipants will receive an utterly unique kit to work with, complete with instructions and ideas.  In this workshop you will use the items in your kit to create a journal that binds twigs for a spine.  Your journal will incorporate a mix of papers (watercolor paper, scrapbook paper, doilies, vintage, art pages, tags and shapes, etc.) finished with a ribbon bookmark.

Handmade journals are fun to use and make wonderful gifts.

Tuesday, Nov 17
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Class Fee:  $50 - including materials - there will be no shared materials at this workshop

Nature Themed Twig Journal will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

NATURE THEMED TWIG JOURNAL with HEIDI GUENTHER - Half Class Size - Maximum 6 participants  - This session is full

Join Heidi Guenther to create a handmade nature themed twig journal.  Paticipants will receive an utterly unique kit to work with, complete with instructions and ideas.  In this workshop you will use the items in your kit to create a journal that binds twigs for a spine.  Your journal will incorporate a mix of papers (watercolor paper, scrapbook paper, doilies, vintage, art pages, tags and shapes, etc.) finished with a ribbon bookmark.

Handmade journals are fun to use and make wonderful gifts.

Tuesday, Oct 20
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Class Fee:  $50 - including materials - there will be no shared materials at this workshop

Nature Themed Twig Journal will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

MIXED MEDIA CANVAS with HEIDI GUENTHER - Half Class Size - Maximum 6 participants  - This session is full

Join Heidi Guenther to work with the wonderful layers of mixed media.  Using a variety of collage papers, stencils and acrylic paint, you will create a beautiful mixed media painting on canvas.  Heidi will lead you step by step through the project.  You can follow her design sample or let your imagination go and create your own unique design.

Tuesday, November 24
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Class Fee:  $50 - including materials - there will be no shared materials at this workshop

Mixed Media Canvas will be held  in the lower level of The Refinery

SPIRITUAL HEALTH - A Path Toward Flourishing with SIMON LASAIR - An online event offered through Zoom 

*This workshop series is jointly sponsored by Emmanuel Anglican Church and The Refinery and Queen's House Retreat and Renewal Centre

Did you know people with good spiritual health often live longer, have more fulfilling relationships, have less overall health problems, and generally greater life satisfaction than others? It’s true!  Within recent decades, researchers have discovered what many have known for millennia: good spiritual health contributes to good overall health—and who wouldn’t want that

But what is spiritual health, and how do we build it? The short answer: spiritual health is knowing how to work with our personal experiences so that even when life gets hard (as it always does) we can be transformed by them for the better. How do we prepare ourselves to be transformed? Again, the short answer: we walk a path toward flourishing. Many religious and spiritual traditions believe ‘flourishing’ is a significant goal in building spiritual health 

In this seven part workshop series, participants will travel a six-step path that will lead toward an experience of ‘flourishing’. Through meditation, stories and reflections, small group discussions, and creative expression, participants will learn how to move through life in a spiritually healthy way, building spiritual health within themselves.

At the end of each session Jean Epp-Gauthier will lead participants in 30 minutes of creative expression – an opportunity for participants to integrate the concepts just discussed into our personal lives. Participants are invited to have the following materials at hand for these integrative opportunities: Mixed media paper (any heavier weighted art paper will work), soft pastels or crayons, a dinner plate to use as a circular template, pencil, and eraser.

Simon Lasair is an award-winning researcher and nationally known teacher on spirituality and spiritual health.  He is a Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner (Professional Chaplain) with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, and currently works as the Pastoral Associate at Emmanuel Anglican Church.  In addition to facilitating retreats and workshops, he has also worked in health care and academia.

Jean Epp-Gauthier is a former visual arts and EAL teacher at the Francophone high school in Saskatoon.  For a number of years, Jean has had a keen interest in mandala-making as a journey in self-exploration, self-acceptance and healing, not to mention a moment of fun and relaxation in a sometimes troubled and hectic world.  Over the years, she has led mandala workshops with students, teachers, seniors, cancer survivors and friends.

7 Thursdays, November 5, 12, 19, 26 & January 14, 21, 28
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Online Zoom Event
Class Fee:  $70

Please register online directly with Queen's House at Spiritual Health - A Path Toward Flourishing or by phone (306) 242-1916.