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Tuesday , 11 May 2021
From left, founders of The Nest Project Jodi Simmonds and Kerri Lorenson.

The Nest Project introduces new wellness series

New wellness business, The Nest Project, has kicked off their first fall series with one underway in Mannville, and one beginning in November in Vermilion.

The fall series includes a four-week session surrounding the practice of mindfulness, searching for awe, choosing joy, and embracing self-compassion.

“Human connection is so essential and people are really searching for ways to connect,” said lead educator Kerri Lorenson.

“It’s not like you have to go and purchase something, the tools are within you.”

She said these sessions allow anyone to participate and are an affordable way to become a part of a welcoming group. Their practices are not fixers of all problems, but she said they are sustainable.

Lead educator, Jodi Simmonds, said the sessions provide a mental health service to fill the gap between personal support systems that people have already established, and critical medical attention.

They offer practices for enhanced well being, with everyday practices that are meant to be affordable, accessible, and understandable.

“Based in science and positive psychology, there is a lot of research to support these practices,” said Simmonds.

Future sessions are geared towards educators and all the people that support them, caregivers, employers and employees.

The Nest Project can tailor their sessions based on the needs of the group, and custom design them for businesses looking to provide their staff some wellness options.

Simmonds said the concept of the nest was not an accident, that nests are built together, and are a place of safety, comfort, and sustenance. She also said there will likely be people joining them as educators in the future so what they are able to offer will continue to evolve.

The fall series in Vermilion will be held at The Red Brick on November 10, 17, 24, and December 1, from 7pm – 8 pm. Participants are welcome to purchase a beverage prior to the start of the meeting. To register for $60, you can email [email protected] or [email protected] before November 10.

About Angela Mouly

Angela comes to Lakeland Connect after leaving traditional newspaper where she spent the past four years reporting on community events. Her repertoire includes writing about history, politics, agriculture, sports, entertainment and art. She was the third place recipient of an AWNA General Excellence Award for “Best Front Page” during their 2016 Better Newspaper Competition. Angela has lived in rural Alberta all her life and in Vermilion for the past 15 years. She looks forward to continuing to serve and inform the Lakeland community by joining in people's many adventures and sharing their stories.