GROUP PROGRAMMING

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BUILDING


SKILLS & CAPACITY

 

Skipping Stone offers a slate of 6 different groups.
Throughout them, you’ll see a theme emerges that is at the core of our vision: HEARTS.
We strive to show that as individuals, an organization, and as a community, how much we truly care through the authentic kindness and generosity in our words and our actions.

All our group programming is specific tailored to carefully align with the vision and mission of the organization, as well as the needs identified by our clients and community, and are professionally supervised and evaluated to ensure a consistent and high standard.

Groups may include discussions, film screenings, educational components, creative outlets, guest speakers, and a host of other activities designed specifically for the target population.

 
 

FLOWING HEARTS

MONTHLY • FIRST TUESDAY • 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Did you know that gender is not about being a man or a woman? Gender is how we express who we are in this world. It helps us define our presence authentically by allowing us to flow to, between, and from the binaries of masculine and feminine expressions. So if gender is expression, then what is identity?


What is this group about?

Flowing Hearts will explore diverse topics such as body image, health, medical options, stereotypes, sexuality, and self-pride. This group will help its participants have a better understanding of who they are, who they want to grow to be, and how to live authentically.

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Who is this group for?

Flowing Hearts is for anyone and everyone, ages 16 and over, who wants to explore gender identity and expression outside of society’s binary rules. If you’re curious about non-binary identities, then this group is for you!

 

STRONG HEARTS

MONTHLY • second thursday • 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Navigating a world that is often not setup to accommodate us, trans women and trans feminine folks can be left feeling isolated with few options but to turn all that hurt inwards. So, how do we break this cycle as individuals and as a community? How do we gain the strength and skills to change these narratives?

What is this group about?

Strong Hearts focuses on finding that unwavering light inside of all of us and building it up. It is about building the capacity to truly embrace, love and be kind with ourselves; building our resiliency and capacity to tolerate challenges and distress when they arise and learning to connect, support and empower each other as a community of women and feminine folks.

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Who is this group for?

Strong Hearts is for anyone and everyone, ages 16 and over, who identifies as a trans woman or trans feminine, as well as those looking to affirm, to explore or are questioning a feminine gender identity and/or expression.

 

TENDER HEARTS

MONTHLY • third tuesday • 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Everywhere we turn, in the media and in the news, we see examples of damaging and hurtful masculinity. Because of this, it can be extremely challenging for trans masculine folks to find people who can role model positive masculinity. So how do we balance affirming our gender and doing so in a healthy way?

What is this group about?

Tender Hearts focuses on developing a strong set of emotional and interpersonal tools around subjects such as self-compassion, healthy relationships skills, building connection. It aims to create space for positive and  healthy expression of masculinity.

Who is this group for?

Tender Hearts is for anyone and everyone, ages 16 and over, who identifies as a trans man or trans masculine as well as all those looking to affirm, to explore or are questioning a masculine gender identity and/or expression.

 

LOVING HEARTS

MONTHLY • FIRST Thursday • 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Love can mean many and different things to each of us; be it sexual, emotional, or spiritual. Partner can also have many meanings; be it monogamous, polyamorous or exploring. So, how do we navigate honouring our personal meanings and needs while affirming and supporting those of our partners?

What is this group about?

Loving Hearts is a space for folks to come together and talk about all things relationships. Here we’ll share in all the beauty and complexity that can come with partnerships. We will chat intimacy, boundaries, communication, and much more.

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Who is this group for?

Loving Hearts is for anyone and everyone, ages 16 and over, who loves a transgender or gender diverse partner, whatever and however ‘love’ and ‘partner’ mean to you.

 

CARING HEARTS

MONTHLY • fourth thursday • 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Caring for a trans or gender diverse child, teen, or young adult can be an amazing journey full of love, joy, and pride. It can also be challenging, confusing, and overwhelming. Having a safe place to share experiences with other caregivers can be a powerful way connect, build our capacity, and know that we are not alone.

What is this group about?

Caring Hearts is about finding ways to care for our trans children while we also find ways to care for ourselves. The group format includes information about foundational principles of gender affirming parenting, capacity building, and of course, lots of sharing and caring.

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Who is this group for?

Caring Hearts is for family members, parents, guardians and caregivers of transgender and gender diverse children, teens and youth.

 

CREATIVE HEARTS

SEMI-MONTHLY • FIRST & THIRD WEDNESDAY • 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Do you love to paint, draw, colour or doodle? Do you love to write stories, poetry or journal? Or are you just looking a chance to share space with other amazing youth, meet new friends and have a opportunity to just be and express yourself in a supportive, judgement-free space?

What is this group about?

Creative hearts is about creating a space for all of these things. Each group will have a number of creative writing and visual art opportunities to try out. Participants are welcome to join in one, or all of them, or just come out and have a great place to work of your own projects.

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Who is this group for?

Creative Hearts is for anyone and everyone trans, non-binary or gender diverse identified, ages 12 to 18, who are looking to express themselves through one or a variety of art forms and creative outlets. No previous training or experience is necessary.