Mindfulness Wednesdays for the SCI Community 
In our continuing efforts to cope with uncertainty, the Craig Neilsen Foundation has graciously funded a series of mindfulness events for our community on Facebook, YouTube, and Zoom. These sessions are being guided by Mary-Jo Fetterly, a native of Vancouver, Canada, and a pioneer in the field of adaptive yoga and mindfulness.

Sessions will take place weekly every other Wednesday starting January 12th 2022 and we hope you can join us as you are able.  Our next session will be:

Wednesday, May 18th at 12 PM Pacific Time, 3 PM Eastern Time

To Join us on Zoom please email sciandustudy@utoronto.ca for the link!

Join us on YouTube (no registration required!)

Join us on Facebook (no registration required!)

More details are below; we hope to see you on Wednesday!

If you miss a session, don't worry; we will archive these on our YouTube channel. You can access the YouTube channel at this link

About Us

We are a team of researchers and community members who have been brought together by a research project at the University of Toronto called "SCI&U".  SCI&U is a health coaching program that partners people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) with trained peers to engage in online activities that may benefit their health.  The program is currently only available to people with SCI in Canada and in the Boston area on the United States.  If you live in these regions and would be interested in learning more or potentially participating in the program, please contact us at sciandustudy@utoronto.ca.

About Mary-Jo

Mary-Jo began her formal training in Iyengar yoga in the mid 80’s, while raising children and studying psychology. In 1995, she received a “Body Centered Therapy”certificate in massage and Somatic based bodywork. She went on to train with Dr. Carolyn Myss who is now one of the leading educators in the field of energy anatomy and intuitive medicine; then David Swenson, Tim Millar & Ana Forest in the early rise of Ashtanga or hot yoga. Subsequently, she opened “Shanti Yoga Works”, the first yoga studio to be established in Nelson, BC. During the first operational years of the Shanti Yoga studio, Mary-Jo developed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program, and formed the company “Trinity Yoga”, which has trained hundreds of teachers since its inception.

On January 25 2004, Mary-Jo had a skiing accident that crushed her C4, C5 and C6 vertebrae and left her paralyzed from the neck down. She was diagnosed with Quadriplegia-complete, a “worst case diagnosis” predicted by doctors. Her journey back to health and coping with her current situation – defied odds, is a miraculous recovery due to hard work, faith, knowledge, insight, determination, and strong willed optimism. Mary-Jo has continued her studies in Somatic Psychotherapy, Yoga therapy and advanced teacher training. She has been a long time student of Yogarupa Rod Stryker the esteemed North American Tantra master, with whom she is currently working on her master teacher training with.

The devastation, difficulties and challenges of the spinal cord injury haven’t held her back as Mary-Jo continues to mother, teach and inspire others to engage in their own personal journeys of healing and transformation.