Feel Good

Caring for ourselves is key to being able to care for others… The Congress offers ample opportunity to restore our inner tranquility and help us achieve a sense of well-being. The importance of music and the arts in our psychological well-being is also featured in the much loved Reflections and in the inclusion of music as an integral element in various activities.

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Self-Care Activities

Organized by Hope and Cope, Jewish General Hospital, Montréal

Self care activities offered include:

Integral Tai-Chi

Developed by Master Hang Truong, Integral Tai-chi is a system of health improvement exercises designed for all ages, founded upon the principles drawn from traditional Tai-chi, Qigong, and Yoga. Its core philosophy, based on the Buddhist teachings of Prajna Wisdom, is to develop a spirit of transcendence, self mastery and harmony. The body language in the ten forms of Integral Tai-chi is designed to integrate our body, mind and spirit, connect the inside with the outside, embrace self and others. Integral Tai-chi is taught by many certified instructors in Canada, the US, Europe and Taiwan.


Yoga is a form of exercise from India with the aim of reaching a state of peace and relaxation. There are different types, but all involve muscle stretching, controlled breathing and meditation. Movements will be accessible to all levels and will invigorate the practitioners for the day ahead.

Stretch and Balance

This activity consists of a mix of stretching and balance exercises to improve your mobility and agility while focusing on better posture. Good posture provides energy and enables you to use your body more efficiently.

Walking & Body Weight Exercises
      (Outdoor Activity)

This activity will consist of a short, brisk walk followed by exercises done entirely using your own body weight.

Registration for these activities will be open as of August 1, 2018.

Live Music Before Plenaries

Arrive 30 minutes before each plenary to be inspired by the live music of world class musicians

Need a Moment of Tranquility?

Quiet Room

The Quiet Room is available for participants who wish to have time for private reflection in a tranquil setting.


The practice of mindfulness meditation is to be present in the moment; it is a subjective conscious experience that allows the person to be attentive to the movement of his/her thoughts. Mindfulness meditation is an attribute of consciousness which increases the welfare of the person. The emotions of fear and anxiety in stressful situations can be defused by the practice of mindfulness meditation.

The Reflection Room

We invite you to visit The Reflection Room to pause, reflect and share your experiences with dying and death. Does an experience stand out in your memory? Have you been inspired by others? Have you had experiences with family members or friends? Add your reflection to the Reflection Wall and see the collective story that we all are building.

The Reflection Room is a project led by the research team at Saint Elizabeth, a national health care provider supporting residential hospice, education and research. The Reflection Room leverages the power of shared storytelling and experiential design to engage people in thinking and talking about end of life. We are studying whether reflection and storytelling are positive for people who have experienced a death and whether reading the stories of others helps in thinking about dying and death.

Evening Event

Thursday, October 4 at 20:00
Montréal’s Notre-Dame Basilica

A luminous experience in the heart of the Basilica
Design and production by Moment Factory

AURA is an immersive experience in which light unveils the Notre-Dame Basilica’s rich heritage and invites us to celebrate its beauty. Discover the Basilica to the soundtrack of an orchestral work specifically composed to accompany this journey, and allow yourself be transported to Moment Factory’s unique visual universe for a captivating voyage you’ll never forget. AURA allows visitors, tourists and Montrealers to discover the Basilica’s patrimonial richness in a new and exciting way.

The experience takes place in two parts:
An illuminated journey through the Basilica followed by a luminous experience hosted in the heart of the building.

AURA begins with a pathway of lights, illuminating the Basilica in all its splendour. A progressive immersion into a sonically and visually captivating universe guides visitors to the heart of the heart of Notre-Dame. Then, light, orchestral music and grandiose architecture combine to create a unique multimedia spectacle that unfolds in three acts. Allow yourself to be transported by AURA and discover an unexpected, stunning universe presented upon one of the most sublime canvases imaginable: the Notre-Dame Basilica.

Each visit runs approximately 45 minutes.
First, we invite you to explore the Basilica while discovering a series of multimedia installations that highlight the artwork beneath the building’s rood screens. Take this time to slow down and connect with the space. (Run time: approximately 20-30 minutes)

Then, an announcement will invite you to make your way to the centre of the Basilica for the second, immersive portion of the experience. No matter where you sit, you’ll be able to enjoy this sensory experience to its fullest! (Run time: approximately 20 minutes

Space is limited. Tickets ($20.70 CAN) – Click here to purchase.


Produced by: Shani Komulainen, Gillian McConnell, Dr. Bernard Lapointe

A tradition begun by Dr. Balfour Mount in 1996, the Reflections which open each plenary session have become a well-loved and much appreciated Congress feature. The goal of these images set to music is to provide an introspective moment to lead us from the distractions and preoccupations that crowd our minds, into focussed awareness of shared experience.