Museum Happy Hour: Do you mind?

Drink, eat, meet and explore. Join us after work on select Thursdays for themed happy hours in one of our core galleries.

Do you mind? 
The Natural History gallery is a perfect place to slow down and reconnect mindfully. Learn to be more present and connected to the space and people around you, through yoga, meditation and more.


 BC Association for Living Mindfully  - Monica Kingsbury, MEd RCC and Patricia Galaczy

"Our minds frequently dwell in recollections of past experiences or wonder into thoughts or planning about the future. When we speak of mindfulness, we are referring to the practice of bringing our attention to the present moment. We simply notice what is happening without the need to judge or evaluate the experience.

Through  brief presentations we explore the practice of mindfulness. In this way, we are able to fully present and directly experience the beauty and richness of our history and culture, as reflected in the exhibits of the Royal BC Museum".

Monica Kingsbury is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice in the James Bay area of Victoria, BC. She holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria and has extensive training in mindfulness, meditation, Somatic Experiencing and guided imagery. 

Patricia Galaczy is the Founder and Director of The Art of Dialogue, Associate Faculty with Royal Roads University, and Associate Faculty with the Justice Institute of British Columbia's Centre for Leadership. As a Leadership Educator, Skilled Facilitator, Keynote Speaker and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher with over 16 years' experience, Patricia works with People Leaders and Organizations to deliver relevant, powerful and practical learning. 


Jennifer Van de Pol - Yoga Instructor

Jennifer began studying Yoga at Radha Yoga in Vancouver, a satellite of the Yasodhara Ashram, in 2002. She fell in love with Iyengar Yoga after moving to Vancouver Island. The clarity and intelligence of the teachings captivated her, and the heart-centred community of seekers truly inspired her.

Jennifer currently teaches at the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Victoria and the Songhees Wellness Centre. She has facilitated Yoga, mindfulness and art workshops at; grassroots organizations, non-profits, elementary and high schools, as well as a correctional facility. She has also trained in MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and lay counseling.

Please note that Museum Happy Hour events are limited to designated galleries and are not museum-wide. This event takes place in the Natural History gallery on the second floor.

Drinks are available for purchase.

This is a 19+ only event. Valid photo ID is required for entry. To ensure the safety of our guests and museum collections alike, Security will conduct ID, bag and spot checks at the entrance. Prohibited items include any controlled substance, alcohol (not purchased at the event) and dangerous items. Any items not permitted at the event will be collected at the door prior to entry. The Royal BC Museum will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Security and Royal BC Museum staff reserve the right to refuse or revoke entry to guests. These decisions will be made to ensure the safety and security of other guests and the Royal BC Museum.

Please be advised that the Royal BC Museum will be taking photographs at this event for use in materials in support of the Royal BC Museum’s mandate.

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