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The Art of Wellness

September 23, 2020
program invite

Unison Benevolent Fund – an assistance program that provides discreet relief to music industry professionals in times of crisis is proud to partner with ArtHaus - an incubator and collaborative community of music creators and professionals conceived by JUNO Award winning artist, Serena Ryder and her Manager, Sandy Pandya, have partnered with acclaimed registered social worker and psychotherapist Michelle Nicholls to present the third round of The Art of Wellness, a four-week virtual program focusing on mindful, collective healing practices for racialized artists. Trained and grounded in anti-oppression and anti-racist approaches Michelle has always been passionate about how different art forms contribute to self-care, shaping perspectives, and reclaiming histories.


The Art of Wellness series originated in the Spring of 2020 with an initial two rounds coordinated by Dr. Anita Shack. Beginning September 22, this series will be trauma-informed and grounded in mindfulness with the objectives of; expanding awareness around trauma and its impact on the brain and body, identifying and utilizing mindful based skills for establishing a response to difficult emotions and assisting participants in cultivating and growing their capacity to support each other and their respective communities in healing through discussion and participation in various practices. 

Register online at Space is limited.



Michelle Nicholls is a registered social worker/psychotherapist whose practice is grounded in anti-oppression and anti-racist approaches. Michelle is a mindfulness meditation facilitator who co-leads True North Insight's BIPOC sangha and provides workshops for organizations seeking to build community support through mindfulness. She has worked in community health centres for over 14 years and has currently moved into private practice, focusing on delivering services to BIPOC individuals and groups. 



Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. We are an assistance program – created and administered for the music community, by the music community – designed to provide discreet relief to music industry professionals in times of crisis through financial assistance and counselling and health solutions. 



ArtHaus is an incubator and collaborative community of music creators and professionals. Launched by Juno Award-winning artist Serena Ryder and her manager Sandy Pandya, ArtHaus encompasses a symbiotic network of emerging and seasoned artists, songwriters and producers, as well as a host of creative professionals and companies working in music management, marketing, publishing and live events. ArtHaus is committed to fostering new talent by bridging the gap between emerging and veteran artists and industry professionals, and empowering each with the knowledge, resources and network necessary to build impactful and sustainable careers.