4 week workshop: “What Is My Next Step?”

This 4 week workshop [Oct 23-Nov 13] has been developed to help those who are self-employed (including entrepreneurs and those working in creative industries) figure out their next step in their business or life plan.  It is part of a series created by Dr. Cynthia Chan and Lana Lontos to support the challenges of self-employed people.

Most creatives and entrepreneurs experience periods of self-doubt, resistance, and lack of creativity. Without active support, this stuck place can result in the decision to choose inaction rather than wrong action. This four-week mindfulness and coaching workshop will support attendees during a period of deep honesty, reflection and problem solving. There is an emotional component to running our businesses and accessing our creativity. We hope to help you flush out specific and actionable steps that will leave you feeling empowered and capable to take the next steps.

There will be check -in time and homework time along with an in-session curriculum noted below. We suggest you come well fed and comfortable so that you can drop into the session on time and well nourished.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop mindfulness practices that help you understand how resistance is affecting your body.

  • Unlocking strategies and actionable steps to help you reach your goals.

  • Exploring how resistance and fear may be current obstacles in your growth.

  • Learning how to communicate your next step to your target clients.

4 Week Curriculum:

Wk 1: Exploring resistance + procrastination behaviours.

Wk 2: Ideas vs. reality – storyboarding your intention.  Creating a map for future action.

*Workshop attendees will be given homework to facilitate their action steps between week 2 + 3.
Wk 3: Sharpening decision making skills + developing further mindfulness around difficult decisions.

Wk 4: Exploring transition from planning to action: how do you take the next step towards change?  What support do you need to complete your project?

Dr. Cynthia Chan has been self-employed since 1997 -she has worked as a chiropractor for over 20 years currently co-owning a large multi-disciplinary health practice in downtown Toronto.  In 2014 she and her husband John also opened a professional acting school, where she is the Administrative Director.  In 2018 Dr. Chan received her coaching certification and began collaborating with Lana Lantos on group workshops.

Lana Lontos is the founder of Big Tree Mind, a teacher of yoga and meditation, psychotherapy student, and a practitioner and advocate for mindful, creative and authentic living. Lana’s “Sustainable Shifts: Awareness of Moods and Habits” workshops have been a place of support for students interested in long-term and sustainable habit change. She is passionate about mindfulness practice, creativity and exploring how we connect to ourselves and our work. She has dedicated a decade to studying trauma, anxiety and addictions. She believes wholeheartedly that awareness, yoga and meditation are tools which support the nervous system and contribute to clarity, focus and awakening.

Date + Time: 

4 consecutive Wednesdays (7-9pm) at The Dirt Underneath Actors’ Space

Beginning October 23 and ending November 13.

*We recommend attending at least 3 out of 4 sessions.*

For additional information please email  or

** Workshop will be limited to 10 participants ** currently 8 spaces left **

How to register:

Step 1:Click here to fill in our online Google registration form.

Step 2: Please e-transfer the registration fee to 

Registration Fees:

Early-Bird Deadline  – $250 if you register + pay by Friday October 11

Regular Workshop Fee – $280

Testimonial from Cynthia + Lana’s April Workshop:

“Cynthia and Lana’s workshop was a perfect mix of providing practical tools while reflecting and looking inward.  A beautiful combination for growth. Thank you!” – Victoria B.

“Cynthia & Lana’s workshop reminded me that valuing my time is valuing myself.” – Carol. L