weekend workshop for moms

a shade more ... curious

May 24-26-2019

Are you a mom wanting a stronger connection and meaningful conversations with your kids? Do you easily lose control or struggle in emotional and challenging situations? Do you want to be your best even when you are challenged by your child’s behaviours and moods?

effective parenting skills

Led by experienced facilitators in a beautiful destination, deep dive into discovering who you are and how to live fully as mom. Learn life-changing practices and tools for when parenting gets hard. In this weekend workshop, you will learn:

  • how to curb your emotional triggers and stay calm when things heat up

  • how to turn challenging situations into relationship building opportunities

  • the best way to listen and ask questions to connect with your kids in every situation

  • how to always be your best, even when you are challenged by your child’s behaviours and moods

reconnect to you

Wake up to guided meditations and enjoy adventurous explorations grounded in nature. Learn effective communication skills to better understand your teen so you both feel seen, heard and understood. Learn life-changing practices to eliminate conflict in emotional situations.  You’ll laugh, learn, breathe, stretch, move, share and incorporate new ways of being in your life at home.

This 2-day all-inclusive weekend workshop includes:

Nightly accommodations (commuter rates available), all delicious meals focused on healthy seasonal ingredients, all workshops, yoga and guided meditations, welcome gifts including your own signed copy of The Power of Curiosity, beach activities with kayaks paddleboards, row boat, nature trails, trip to the famous Salt Spring Island Market and free on-site parking.  

Kathy Taberner and Kirsten Siggins

Kathy and Kirsten

Kathy and Kirsten

Effective parenting skills can be difficult to tackle on your own. Especially if you feel like you should just know this stuff already! Yet were you ever taught? A mother and daughter effective communication skills training team, Kathy Taberner and Kirsten Taberner Siggins have a deep understanding of the importance of communication skills and why they are so important to parents.

Kathy and Kirsten have identified and created specific communication skills to keep you calm and connected in every conversation…even in emotional and challenging situations.

Their secret.. Curiosity.

Research shows that when parents can’t manage their fears or emotions, their kids have difficulty learning them as well.

Kathy & Kirsten will help you get to the heart of the matter – what matters to you – meaningful connections wit your kids. Learn the skills to stay calm, confident and CONNECTED when parenting gets hard. Learn more at www.instituteofcuriosity.com

And view Kirsten’s TEDx talk


Dori Howard



Dori’s mantra, “it’s all about the learning,” is integrated into all aspects of her life. Her experiences in healthcare as and RN and leader for over 30 years have brought many lessons of giving, receiving, health and wellness. Dori’s view is that there is no magic bullet for a healthier you but rather a range of life practices that can move us ‘a shade more…’ towards wellness, consciousness and healing. She practices daily habits of yoga, meditation, conscious nutrition, hiking, and time in nature in order to balance compassion for self and others. The playful and healing environment at Enso Retreat Centre is a fun, tranquil and relaxing space to become A Shade More… Whole. Dori is a skilled facilitator, coordinator and organizer. She is a certified executive coach and certified Kundalini yoga teacher. She is a mom of a now 25 yr old daughter and also owns and operates the Stars volleyball club for teenage girls in North Vancouver. Her passion is creating spaces and places for people to gather, connect, play, learn and grow and try out new (or re-activate) practices that move them toward life, wellness and wholeness. Since practicing Kundalini yoga, she believes in the power of the breath, and daily practice of active meditation.

Every day is better with a shower for the mind.


This weekend workshop is for you, if you want to:

• Relax in a ‘get away from it all’ island oasis
• Be introduced to experiences that promote body health and wholeness and soothe YOU
• Cultivate effective ways to have meaningful and less emotionally charged conversations with your child
• Explore ways to connect to the breath so that you are able to manage stress and high stakes conversations with more ease.
• Be nourished and refreshed in a tranquil oceanfront beach and forest sanctuary
• Have fun, play, swim, paddle, breathe, stretch, connect, dance and sing with other like-minded moms

The workshop fee, adjusted for each accommodation option, is as follows:

Accommodation Option PER PERSON

$695 – private room

$660 – treehouse-shared

$595 – shared room

$520 – japanese dorm

$490 – camper/tent

$400 – commuter

Private: own bed, own room, shared bathroom, main house, forest views
Treehouse: own sleeping space, shared bathroom, oceanfront
Shared:  own bed, shared room, shared bathroom, main house, forest views, ocean views
Japanese style Dorm: own sleeping space, open concept, in the studio, needs to be put away and set up each night to clear space for yoga/fitness, shared bathroom, forest views, skylight overhead, bedding provided
Tent/camper: own tent, own bedding, ocean views, forest views, shared bathroom, beach shower
Commuter: own accommodation off site, arranged by participant, all else included

Location and How to Get Here:

The enso Retreat Centre is located on tranquil Salt Spring Island, BC - where Zen meets West Coast. This 4.3-acre oceanfront property has stunning sunsets, soothing waves gently rolling into a private smooth stone beach, dense forests of arbutus and fir trees, a babbling brook and close proximity to hiking and the funky town of Ganges.

To get there, you must travel by BC Ferries. Bring your car and/or carpool with other participants. Ferry walk-on is possible and arrangements can be made for transport to the retreat location.


a quick glimpse of the WEekend workshop for MOms

a Shade More…curious:


early afternoon: Arrivals, check in
afternoon: Welcome circle and gentle yoga
evening: Dinner and connection, workshop


early morning: Morning meditation
morning: Breakfast and Workshop
midday: Saturday Morning Market in Ganges or Nature hike (choice)
late afternoon: Workshop, Play time, self care
evening: Beach Happy Hour, Dinner, Unwind, Relax


early morning: Morning meditation
morning: Breakfast and Workshop
afternoon: Lunch, Workshop
late afternoon: Follow on support, Closing circle

**Free time activities include: paddleboarding, kayaking, swimming, beach, hikes, relaxing on the many decks, solo time

Honour bar with wine will be available on site. Feel free to bring a bottle to share.

Dietary restrictions can be accommodated.