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SVdP Platter of Wellness Series: Finding Focus - The Healthy Mind Platter

Saturday, March 19, 2022 - 9:30am

SVdP Platter of Wellness Series: Finding Focus - The Healthy Mind Platter

Saturday, March 19, 9:30 – 11:00am

Teresa of Calcutta Hall

The St. Vincent de Paul ministry will be hosting a series of interactive events which will allow participants to focus on personal wellness and building connections within the community. A key focus of these events is to allow members of the Basilica congregation and guests of the SVdP ministries to participate together, side by side. Residents of shelters within the community and those with lived experience of homelessness will be invited to the series.

Schedule of sessions:

  • March 19: Cindy Edwards, The Healthy Platter - Learn simple self-care practices that can be done in the moment to increate energy and get back on track to accomplish work and life activities.
  • March 26: Dr. Felicia Washington Sy, Yoga, Meditation, and Mindfulness - Be introduced to somatic practices and skills in the area of yoga based gentle movement, mediation and mindfulness. 
  • April 2: Margaret Hasse, Journaling - Explore how keeping a journal can help you become more mindful and understand, celebrate, or cope with life's ups and downs. 
  • April 9: Sarah Dutton, Mindful Eating - Focus on key ideas of mindfulness as we sample different types of food and discuss how food makes us feel and the affect that is has on our overall health and well-being.
  • April 16: No session due to Easter
  • April 23: Courtney Cochran - Community Art Collaboration - Participate together in creating an art installment.
  • April 30: No Guest/Community Activity - TBD (separate registration will be required)
  • May 7: Bill Easter, Exercise and The Whole Body - Explore the benefits of physical actively on the systems of the body and learn my correct posture is important.

*Additional details on the guest speakers for each of these dates is listed below.


If you are interested in spending some time on a Saturday morning to focus on your whole-self wellness and connect with others in the community, please join us.  There is only one registration required for the entire series however, we ask that in the registration you choose the dates you are interested in attending.  It is not necessary to attend each event in the series and drop-ins are welcome.


At this time, masks are required, and the room will be set for physical distancing.


For more information or if you are interested in serving as a volunteer leader for one of these events, please contact Janice.


Guest Speaker Information:

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Cindy Edwards

Cindy Edwards (on March 17):

Known as a Career Transformation Champion, Cindy is a business owner, coach, trainer and speaker; providing services to individuals and groups locally, nationally and internationally for over 15 years. Cindy’s areas of expertise include Career Selection and Change, Career Wellness and Success, and ADD/ADHD Coaching.  Cindy’s mission is to help you DISCOVER your unique promise of value, EXPLORE your options for growth, and TRANSFORM your professional self to Find Your Fit.

Cindy holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Development and Change Leadership from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN. She is a Certified Neurotransformational and Consciousness Coach, a NeuroLeadership Brain–Based Results Certified Coach, an ADD Certified Coach, and an International Coach Federation (ICF) Associate Certified Coach (ACC). Other credentials include: NCDA FCD Instructor certification (GCDF and CSSP Credentials), MBTI and MBTI Step II certification, EQi 2.0 certification, and 360º Reach Personal Branding certification. Cindy is a member of the Minnesota Career Development Association (MCDA), National Career Developers Association (NCDA), National Association of Talent Development (ATD), Association of Talent Development – Greater Twin Cities Chapter (ATD–GTC), and International Coaches Association (ICF).




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Dr. Felicia Washington Sy

Dr. Felicia Washington Sy (on March 26):

Dr. Felicia Washington Sy earned her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Minnesota and her doctorate from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker and traumatologist with over 20 years of experience providing trauma-informed care to sexual and physical violence survivors. Dr. Sy is an adjunct faculty member in the University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Social Work and combines mindfulness-based social work practice and intercultural theory to train direct practitioners to work with diverse populations across the Twin Cities Metropolitan area.

In this two hour introduction to mindfulness, Dr. Sy will guide participants on a personal and collective journey into how we can safely and soulfully access our innate mindfulness on a personal, collective and spiritual level. Participants will be introduced to somatic practices and skills in the area of yoga based gentle movement, meditation, and mindfulness.  This work and play is informed by the work of Shakti Gawain, Resmaa Menakemp, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams. All are welcome.  Persons of color/culture, 2SLGBTQ+ folks, disabled folks, and others of marginalized experiences may find particular resonance in the reclamation of the body for Transformative Justice. 







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Margaret Hasse

Margaret Hasse (on April 2):

Margaret Hasse's first experience of writing for herself was in a small blue diary with a lock and a key.  A life-long journal keeper, Margaret has taught writing in grade schools, senior centers, prisons, and colleges. Many poems published in her seven books of poetry began as notes in her journal. Summoned is the name of her latest book. For more information:

Journaling can enrich your life. Through the practice of writing to yourself, you can better understand and remember your experiences,  become more mindful of the present moment, ruminate, blow off steam, or just play around with words.  As a gift, you'll receive a brand-new blank book where you can write your first entry dated April 2, 2022, in what could be called your journal, diary, log of the years, letters to self, morning pages, or whatever you choose.










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Sarah Dutton

Sarah Dutton (on April 9)

Sarah Dutton is a mindful living coach and trauma informed yoga instructor. She educates and coaches adults and children using a holistic approach that examines the whole well being of each person as an individual. She encourages people to view a more detailed picture of their overall health by infusing mindfulness into her work. This helps clients learn how to tune into their bodies, thereby, enabling them to become the healthiest and happiest person possible.

She also coaches staff from schools across the state of Minnesota as they implement active school day strategies like Active Recess, walking clubs, mindful movement and classroom activity breaks. She is passionate about helping schools keep kids active and doing it in a way that empowers staff members to tailor the activities to suit the needs of their own school community.  Her mindfulness work stretches across a breadth of groups such as faith based organizations, after school classes, Community Education and Park and Recreation programs.

Sarah is recognized and certified as an AADP Health Coach, Yoga Calm Youth Instructor, Strong Spirits, Mindfulness & Movement Program, Chair Yoga Instructor, and Satya Worldwide Mindfulness Instructor for Children. She has extensively studied trauma informed yoga theories and specializes in working with clients who experience generalized anxiety.  She currently teaches therapeutic, chair, and youth yoga classes at United Hospital in the mental health services adult, adolescent, and geriatric units, Fairview adolescent mental health services, Villa Healthcare Services, Post-Acute and Long-Term Care, Minneapolis Park and Recreation, Keystone Community Services, and in residencies at various elementary schools


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Courtney Cochran

Courtney Cochran (on April 23)

Courtney is an Indigenous artist from Nett Lake Band of Chippewa.  She currently attends Minneapolis College of Art and design and enjoys working with many mediums such as film, photography, drawing and Native American Art. She primarily works with seed beads, birch bark and porcupine quills to create one of a kind authentic Native American art.  

We will be painting a 4"x4" corrugated plastic (yard sign material) panel that will be displayed outside of the Basilica. Participants will be able to add their own unique art, voices, ideas and opinions on what services are working and what they would like to see that is offered within the community and at the Basilica of Saint Mary. 








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Bill Easter


Bill Easter (on May 7)

Bill Easter is the owner of Satori-Integrative Physical Therapy, LLC since 2008.  He attended Iowa State University,  Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles School of Physical Therapy and the University of Minnesota.  He also attended Augsburg College and the Center for Integrative Manual Therapy.