Carolyn Klassen

Session 1: Honoring the loneliness of the journey

Our culture doesn’t always allow people to acknowledge the struggle of loneliness. This workshop will create space for people to acknowledge and honour their own loneliness, and will explore creating connected lives that lessen loneliness.

Session 2: Vulnerability, Shame—Mentioning the never mentioned

Brené Brown’s TED talk on shame and vulnerability gave permission and language for the universal experience of shame, the inevitability of vulnerability and our desire to avoid both. This workshop will review the myths of vulnerability, the four self-conscious affects, and transforming our interactions with ourselves and the world.

Carolyn O. Klassen is a therapist and director at Conexus Counselling in Winnipeg. She has a Master of Arts degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counselling in Fresno, California and a degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Manitoba. She believes that fundamentally, all of us are wired for connection, and that meaningful relationships have tremendous healing power. Carolyn taught for many years at the University of Manitoba, speaks widely and writes about aspects of connection, including a book and a weekly conversation with Hal Anderson on 680 CJOB.