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The ACE Approach (Awareness and Consciousness Education) is a holistic program that nurtures self-awareness, problem-solving and relationship skills through Yoga, Meditation, and Arts-Based Activities. Taught by certified teachers, The ACE Approach offers participants concentrated time to be creative, forge positive relationships and explore practical ways to become happier and more peaceful.


The mission of The ACE Approach is to teach awareness, Ahimsa (non-violence) and relationship skills (social and emotional learning) to students, parents, educators, and communities towards the goal of inspiring responsible, peaceful and loving relationships with self, others and the environment.

The ACE Approach is a Heart-based approach to learning and relationship offered to students, families, teachers, communities and professionals. We offer student programs (weekend workshops, camps, after school programs, in-class visits, one-day special events, one-on-one student coaching), young adult peaceful leadership programs, parenting/relational family courses, private tutoring/enriched learning, social and emotional learning, teacher training and speaking engagements.

Children’s Program (Ages 7-13)

The ACE Approach is designed as a multi-session, curriculum-linked program available to private and public schools as well as to individual families and groups. Each of the experiential sessions links a personal development skill with an engaging arts-based activity supported by yoga, meditation and awareness practices.

In School

Our student program can be tailored to meet the unique needs of a school or learning community and can be structured in a variety of ways:

• after-school programs

• in-class visits

• one day special event presentations

• one-on-one student coaching within the school environment

Weekend Workshops

Our student program is offered throughout the school year in an open-registration, weekend workshop format. The weekend workshops are generally offered over 8-10 consecutive Sundays. Each session runs 3.5 hours from either 9:00 ?12:30 or 1:00 ? 4:30. We run a weekend workshop series during each of the three school terms: September to December, January to March and April to June.

In addition to our open registration series, we are pleased to work with already established communities or groups and can structure the student program to accommodate their specific needs. Please inquire for further details.


The ACE Approach camps are offered during breaks in the school year:

• March Break

• The last two weeks of June (Private Schools schedules)

• Summer (July and August)

The ACE Approach camps offer young people concentrated time to be creative, forge positive friendships and explore practical ways to bring peace into their lives.

We are also pleased to work with already established communities or groups to plan a camp experience that accommodates your specific needs and schedule.

Parenting/Relational Family Courses

The ACE Approach recognizes the family as the primary site of learning. Our parenting/relational family program works with families to cultivate awareness of self and others, develop emotional literacy, build relationship skills and practice effective conflict resolution strategies to harmonize households.


Through awareness techniques, guided family discussion circles, co-operative games, expressive arts activities and our innovative ACE Approach conflict resolution strategies, families become healthier, more attuned to one another and more loving in their daily actions. Learn how to communicate with self-responsibility, find simple, creative solutions to your tiring everyday issues and enjoy your time together with new awareness and appreciation of one another.

Young Adult Peaceful Leadership Program (Ages 13-19)

The ACE Approach Young Adult Peaceful Leadership Program teaches our core principals of Awareness, Ahimsa, Emotional Literacy, Relationship Skills and Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution as the foundation of leadership and success. These qualities and abilities allow for compassionate, confident, resourceful, and Conscious leaders who are able to make positive change both personally and socially. We use a variety of techniques and activities to experientially impart relevant understandings and skills including awareness activities (meditation and conscious breathing), team-building initiatives and socially and environmentally-conscious service projects.

Our Peaceful Leadership Program prepares young adults for personal and professional accomplishment and happiness. The program specifically targets seven out of ten of the top skills and qualities employers seek in employees. These traits have been consistently identified by The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and include; verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, honesty and integrity, and teamwork. Through our Peaceful Leadership Program, The ACE Approach helps young adults develop the confidence, self-responsibility and action-oriented community awareness needed to become vital agents of peaceful change in the world.

Private Tutoring / Enriched Learning

Our one-on-one, in-home tutoring service is offered to all students (including gifted, special education and ADD/ADHD) in all subjects K-12. What makes ACE Approach tutoring unique is it’s holistic and student-centered approach that addresses the emotional blocks to learning. We use meditation and awareness practices to increase concentration, reduce academic anxiety and improve overall achievement. Individual learning plans with benchmark assessments and enrichment goals are developed together with parents and students to guide the tutoring process and establish collaborative responsibility for student growth.

Ontario Curriculum Links

The ACE Approach is closely linked to the Ontario Curriculum. Here is a small sample of overall expectations that the ACE Approach Student Program covers.

The Arts


B1. Creating and Presenting: apply the creative process to dramatic play and process drama, using the elements and conventions of drama to communicate feelings, ideas, and stories;

B2. Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing: apply the critical analysis process to communicate feelings, ideas, and understandings in response to a variety of drama works and experiences

Visual Art

D1. Creating and Presenting: apply the creative process to produce a variety of two- and three-dimensional artworks, using elements, principles, and techniques of visual arts to communicate feelings, ideas, and understandings;

D2. Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing: apply the critical analysis process to communicate feelings, ideas, and understandings in response to a variety of artworks and art experiences;

Health and Physical Education

1. demonstrate personal and interpersonal skills and the use of critical and creative thinking processes as they acquire knowledge and skills in connection with the expectations in the Active Living, Movement Competence, and Healthy Living strands for this grade.

Living Skills

Personal Skills:

1.1 use self-awareness and self-monitoring skills to help them understand their strengths and needs, take responsibility for their actions, recognize sources of stress, and monitor their own progress, as they participate in physical activities, develop movement competence, and acquire knowledge and skills related to healthy living

1.2 use adaptive, management, and coping skills to help them respond to the various challenges they encounter as they participate in physical activities, develop movement competence, and acquire knowledge and skills related to healthy living

Interpersonal Skills:

1.3 communicate effectively, using verbal or non-verbal means, as appropriate, and interpret information accurately as they participate in physical activities, develop movement competence, and acquire knowledge and skills related to healthy living


Oral Communication

1. listen in order to understand and respond appropriately in a variety of situations for a variety of purposes;

2. use speaking skills and strategies appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes;

3. reflect on and identify their strengths as listeners and speakers, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful in oral communication situations.


1. read and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of literary, graphic, and informational texts, using a range of strategies to construct meaning;


1. generate, gather, and organize ideas and information to write for an intended purpose and audience;



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What Students Have to Say…

“I have had the greatest week of my life…I learned so many things like…what Ahimsa (non-violence) is and how to deal with emotions. The meditation that we did everyday helped throughout the day. It also made me calm and relaxed. It also brought me to myself.” – Boy, 13

“The ACE Approach is the best camp ever! What I learned in ACE Approach was amazing… I learned how to meditate, it made me more peaceful. Now I feel more Ahimsic (non-violent)… say if I see someone mad I can actually know what to do in those situations.” –  Boy, 13

“At ACE I learned to meditate. It is an incredible skill that I will take with me everywhere.” – Girl, 9

“I think my relationship with my family grew by learning how to be calmer with each other. I think I grew by taking risks, making my comfortable space bigger and dealing with my emotions better.” – Boy, 11

“I love ACE because I loved the construction and the baking and I learned that your breath can calm you down without screaming or yelling, you can just take a couple deep breaths.” – Girl, 8

“I have grown by being more aware and conscious about what I am doing. Also now I use Progrow (the ACE Approach conflict resolution technique) when I’m in arguments with anyone.” – Girl, 10

“I have grown in my relationships…I met new friends…If I am feeling bad I can use meditation to help me relax.” – Boy, 9

“I learned about ACE that they will teach you when you’re mad…how to let it out in a better way than just screaming and yelling.” – Girl, 10

What Parents Have to Say:

“The ACE Program is so practical and so easy to follow. I have used the technique with my children… and noticed that they were so much happier being able to express their feelings and be who they really are…free to live their lives in love and happiness.” – Mother/Participant

“This retreat has allowed me to lose some of the fear that comes along with parenting. I am a good enough mom.”

– Mother/Participant

A list of what one parent learned at a family retreat:

“- Re-Treat: learning to treat people in my life differently with positive attitude where words and actions are to come from the heart

-    learning to express truthfully

-    identifying true emotion and getting in touch with it, feeling it and letting it go and moving forward (Progrow).”

– Mother/Participant

What Teachers Have to Say:

“Our students learned to recognize peacefulness and harmony in their lives, and explored ways to spread that positive energy to others.  I highly recommend this workshop for all aspiring student leaders!”

– Shazia Hasan, Youth Leadership Facilitator

“The ACE Approach enabled [them] to take risks in an authentic non-judgemental space.  They were able to express their true selves and believe in their own capabilities.”  – Karamjit Sangha-Bosland, Teacher, Halton District School Board

What Principals Have to Say:

“Today’s world is at an ever increasing frenetic pace that is challenging for many of our children. Therefore I was thankful to have Emily and Jana of The ACE Approach (Awareness and Consciousness Education) working with our students on recognizing and managing emotions, developing caring and concern for others, establishing positive relationships, making responsible decisions, and handling challenging situations constructively. These are the skills that allow children to calm themselves when angry, make friends, resolve conflicts respectfully, and make ethical and safe choices. The ACE Approach is a must for every child in today’s world.”

– Jeff Borsten, Assistant Head of School, Montcrest School