“Thriving With Emotions” Boys Workshop

“Embrace all your emotions, learn from your reactions to them and thrive towards your BEST SELF”

Navigating emotions each day is a lifelong journey since challenges with emotions is an ongoing and never ending wonderful discovery.

This one day workshop was originally designed for girls and then tweaked to accommodate the needs for boys from age 9 – 11. Boys also need a way to express themselves, handle their emotions and thrive in the face of obstacles. With loads of movement, exciting activities and a strong message around thriving with emotions as the theme, this workshop will captivate the boys’ attention the entire day!

The day will focus on educating and empowering the boys to identify their emotions and learn how to use a variety of tools to handle their reactions/actions that go along with them. Using positive mental health activities, yoga, baking, team building and active movement, this workshop is jam packed with opportunities for the boys to explore one’s inner dialogue in a safe non-judgemental setting.

 We will also address how outside influences and our internal dialogue could turn our self-talk into negative messages. Most importantly, the day will allow the boys to see that their emotions are very similar to everyone else (adults included) and they are not alone. Just like the girls workshop, the boys will be encouraged to share, but are also welcome to be a passive listener as well. 

Participants are welcome to come with a friend or by themselves.  Regardless of their personality (introvert/extrovert), this workshop is for ones SELF to grow, learn and become more comfortable with their feelings and recognize the importance of expressing/sharing your emotions to help work through any issues.

This workshop is developed and facilitated by Virginia Gingras and Andrea LaMantia. Both instructors are veteran athletes, school teachers (combined experience of 22 years) and passionate advocates for Positive Mental Health. To learn more about these instructors and their backgrounds please click on their names.


Age: Boys aged 9 years – 11 years

Location:  53 Fairway Court, Horseshoe Valley (see below)

Cost: $75 (includes lunch & 2 snacks, yoga, baking, positive mental health workshops and activities)

Dates:  Friday, April 27th, 2018 (PA Day for Elementary Schools)

Class Size: 15 boys maximum

Register: CLICK HERE

Questionnaire: Emotions Exploration Questionnaire

Instructor:  Andrea LaMantia & Virginia Gingras

Email: For questions/concerns email thrivingthroughaction@gmail.com

Bring:  water bottle, yoga mat, comfortable clothing for inside and outside and snacks (if needed)

Workshop Itinerary                  

Example Itinerary                                           

9:00 am:                     Arrival/Introductions/Emotions Icebreaker

9:30 am:                      Your Best You Activity (Embracing all Emotions)

10:30                           Log Activities (Various ways to vent, express emotions)

11:00                            Baking Workshop (Imperfectly Perfect Theme)

12:00 pm:                   Lunch (Build Your Own Pizza)

12:30 pm:                   Build and Learn

1:00pm                       Window Art: (Black & White Thinking: Finding the Grey and Reducing Stress)

1:45 pm:                     LOG Activities: Embracing Failure, Combatting Negative Self Talk

2:30 pm:                    Restorative Yoga (Positive Ways To Release Stress/Emotional Build UP)

3:15 pm                       Debrief/Reflection Activities

4:00 pm                      Departure


Please note, we do offer one and two day custom workshops during the week or on weekends for groups of 10 – 15 should you be interested in a different time/date and have your own group. Contact us to see if we can work around your schedule. 


The workshops will take place in a spacious home that has scenic views, providing a tranquil, relaxed atmosphere. The open concept kitchen/great room will be used for the nutrition workshops and lunch, while most other activities will be held in the yoga studio and outside in the spacious backyard.

Housepic1  House Great Room

Instructors Bio:

To learn more about each instructor below, please click on their names.

Andrea Newspaper Article pic

Andrea LaMantia                                 Virginia Gingras

Photo Gallery Of Past Girl And Co-Ed Workshops:

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