Denise Roy
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If you would like to inquire about the possibility of Denise presenting a talk, workshop, or retreat, please email her at denise@deniseroy (dot) com

                                                    ARE WE HERE YET?
                                        learning balance in our busy lives

Stress and multi-tasking are taking their toll—on us and on our children. We always seem to be going somewhere in a hurry, but do we know where we are going or why we’re in such a rush to get there? In our busy lives of juggling careers, kids, and carpools, it is easy to run on automatic, and miss a sense of real connection to ourselves and to our family.

Join us as author and psychotherapist Denise Roy shares practices and tools that will help us move out of overwhelm and into a place of relaxing into our lives as parents. We will learn how to call upon our own wisdom and humor and understanding of what it is we need and what our children need. We will also learn how to teach these sanity-saving strategies to our children so that they might be happier and more resilient.

                                           CELEBRATING FAMILY SPIRIT
                        everyday rituals and traditions that make a difference

Children (of all ages!) love and need patterns in their lives—rituals, celebrations, traditions, the cycle of the seasons. Research is showing that family rituals make children more resilient, as well as strengthen family bonds. Join author and psychotherapist Denise Roy for an inspiring and fun-filled talk about all the good things that rituals do for children. You will also learn how to:
    • make ordinary moments extraordinary
    • identify upcoming rites of passage in your family
    • recognize the value of what happens around your kitchen table
    • create ways to deepen and celebrate life and love in your own home.

                            parenting with mindfulness, compassion, and grace

Are you feeling overwhelmed, stretched in a hundred different directions? Would you like to learn simple and transformative practices that can be woven into your everyday life? Denise Roy, psychotherapist and author of Momfulness and My Monastery Is a Minivan, offers an insightful, enjoyable program on ways to find moments of calm and wholeness in our busy days. You don’t have to be a mom to benefit from practices such as Upside-Down Seeing, Mouth Yoga, Hug Meditation, and Late-for-School Practice.

                                                   MINDFUL PARENTING

Everyone is busy today, but most especially parents, as we juggle careers, kids, and carpools. How do we get in touch with what we really long for when we're pulled in so many different directions? How can we be more aware of the grace that permeates our everyday, ordinary lives? In this seminar we'll discuss sanity-saving strategies for slowing down, finding some semblance of peace, and enjoying life. Come discover ways to be more present and mindful with your family and with yourself.

                                               MAKING A HOME FOR PEACE:
                                    in our hearts, in our families, in our world

Peace is possible. It is available to us in every moment. Sometimes, this seems hard to believe. In the midst of our hectic schedules and the turmoil of the world, peace can seem very far away. Families can feel fragmented, and the needs of those in our community can seem overwhelming. But there is so much we can do to make a difference! In this seminar we'll explore how to experience peace at every level of life: within our own hearts, within our families, within our community, and within the larger world.

                                            UNCOVERING SACRED MOMENTS:
                                                    writing as a practice

Every life is a story, one that we are always in the process of discovering and creating. When we write down our stories, we begin to experience our world differently. We begin to get in touch with the realm of the creative that is woven into our world. In this seminar we will do some simple writing exercises that will allow us to see the meaning and mystery that are already present in our everyday lives.

Denise is available to give talks that are specifically tailored to your group. If you don't see a topic here that quite fits, please email her to discuss other options at denise@deniseroy.com.

“It was wonderful and inspiring to see you in action! You are a natural orator and had the audience enraptured. Your talk hit so many personal points for me, I can't tell you! We've already started the candle ritual last night and the kids LOVED it.”

“I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the blessings you sent into our lives over the weekend. How could any of us know what kind of positive effect such a simple event could have on our lives? I have found tools for living my life with my family that I didn't know I had.

“Thank you the gift of this past weekend. You were just what my heart and soul needed. I traveled to see you because I wanted to get to know more about you, the author of my FAVORITE book that touches my soul each time I re-read it. What a kind, gentle spirit you are.”