Friday, March 3 - Sunday, March 5, 2017 | $145 per couple
Hillhurst United Church - 1227 Kensington Close NW

Friday, March 3 - 7 to 9:30 pm | Saturday, March 4 - 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Sunday March 5 - 2 to 5 pm


Have you been searching for a way to enrich your relationship, reconnect, or just have some quality time together? Join acclaimed facilitator Brian Mitchell-Walker for a fun filled weekend. Learn how to be in the moment with your partner – to speak your truth, and listen without the reactions that come from past hurts or future worries. This weekend, specifically designed with queer couples in mind, is held in a safe inclusive space, with delicious meals and snacks provided.

The investment for the weekend is $145.

Snacks and yummy meals included.

(The actual cost for this workshop without our sponsors would be $600.)

In creating safe space for all who attend – we will have opportunity to share the joys and challenges that being Queer couples creates for us and our family and friends. As we explore our own relationships – we do it knowing that we are not alone!
No religious affiliation is required to facilitate, and although the weekend is sponsored by faith organizations, the weekend materials and activities are not faith-based and all backgrounds are warmly welcomed to attend.



Please visit or contact Pam Rocker for more
information and questions -


Thanks to Affirm United: for their generous sponsorship.



                                                                                                         McDougall United Church

Friday Night

7:00pm – 9:30pm

Opening Night Introductions

Exploring topics of:  

  • 3 centres (gut, heart, head)  

  • Emotional Intelligence  

  • Conflict (Visual Exercise)  

  • Communication

  • Language Focus Neurolinguistics

  • Debrief and Q&A


Saturday Morning

9:30am – 10:30am

Opening Meditation

Getting into the Gut (Partner exercise)

Exploring topics of:  

  • Boundaries  

  • Language Focus – Instinctual Variants  

  • Listening Skill: Paraphrase


10:30am – 10:45am Break


10:45am - 12:00pm

  • Family of Origin (Listening skill practice)

  • Debrief and Q & A

  • Getting into the Heart - Partner exercise

  • Exploring topics of:  

    • Being seen  

    • Language Focus – Hornevian Groups (Social Styles)



12:00pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Break


Saturday Afternoon

1:00pm – 2:45pm  

  • Listening Skill: Emotion check

  • Support (Listening Skill practice)

  • Debrief Q&A

  • Getting in the Head – Partner exercise


2:45pm – 3:00pm Break


3:00pm – 4:30pm

Exploring topics of:  

  • Monkey Mind vs Quiet Mind  

  • Language Focus – Harmonic Groups (Approaches to a Problem)  

  • Listening Skill: Story Listening

  • Values or Spirituality (Listening Skill practice)

  • Debrief Q&A


Option for Supper together with other attendees, offsite


Sunday Afternoon

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

How similar/different are we? – Partner exercise

Exploring topics of:  

  • Is there anything missing?  

  • Review of all listening skills Conflict (Listening Skill practice)

  • Debrief Circle of Gratitude/Honouring our relationship

  • Closing


About Brian:
Brian Mitchell-Walker is a Certified Deep Coaching Professional, who integrates a Presence-Based Approach for Embodied Change. Brian is also an Enneagram Teacher, and workshop facilitator. Brian is well known in the United Church for his facilitation of workshops and discussions regarding diversity in all of its forms. Brian celebrates his 30 years with his husband, and all the joys and challenges they have faced as a Queer couple, as foster parents in Toronto, and as parents of 2 adopted sons with their own unique challenges, 2 covenant services, several legal challenges and 1 legal wedding later – we are grateful for our life together.


About the presenters:
Hillhurst United Church is an Affirming Ministry in the heart of Calgary, and fully inclusive of all LGBTQ+ people.


This event is made possible and registration fees made extremely accessible by the generous support of Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble. Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble is a national organization working for the full inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the United Church of Canada and in society.


Together with our sponsors and partners, we have planned this weekend to have the best quality experience for the most accessible price. If you have any barriers to attend or if you would like to sponsor a couple to attend, please contact Pam Rocker at

Dietary Restrictions

Email us here with any dietary restrictions.


Location info:

Hillhurst United Church is equipped with a wheelchair lift, and has accessible and all-gender washrooms. Since we are in a vibrant urban location, leave time to find parking or you can use nearby transit, the closest is the Sunnyside C-train station. If you are coming from out of town and need assistance in finding a hotel or airbnb, feel free to contact us.


What is a 'queer' couple?

If you're wondering what a queer couple is, the definition is not concrete, as it may mean different things to different people. Typically this would mean that one or more of the partners identifies as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Two Spirit, or combinations thereof. This event is meant to be a safe space for those who don't often have inclusive and intentional spaces where their relationships can be nurtured and honoured completely. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us!

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