Transitions Studio
244 Grantham Ave
2nd floor, north door
St Catharines ON  L2M 4Z4
Thursdays 7-9 pm
You may join a course at anytime.
To cover costs there is a fee of $12/class.
Teacher: Joanna Cielen

Transitions Studio

There has been a remarkable increase in control and understanding of our external world, but this has not resulted in an increase in human happiness and inner peace. In fact, the opposite appears to be happening. Our minds are becoming less controlled and less peaceful. The solution is to understand our own mind. We need to understand our mind’s various parts, their functions, and how to improve all these functions and aspects. We can improve our external conditions and our body all we wish, but this will not bring us any real satisfaction or contentment. This is because our mind will remain trapped in bad habits and poor ways of dealing with conflict and strife. Therefore, we should try to improve our mind while we have such an opportunity.


What is the Mind? Feb 14
Positive, Neutral & Negative Mental Factors Feb 21
Mental Imprints & Familiarity Feb 28
Creating Causes for Happiness Now & in the Future Mar 7
Methods to Control Our Mind & Avoid Unhappiness Mar 14



Problems and difficult situations arise easily and sometimes all too often. Although no one wishes for the slightest inconvenience, if we think carefully, we shall discover that what makes a particular situation unbearable is our reactionary mind. We should not be surprised when things go wrong, because this is the very nature of human experience throughout history. Instead, we should learn how to tame our reactionary mind and transform it into a state of calmness, clarity, and wisdom. In this way we shall definitely achieve the quality of life that we so deeply desire.


Anger Solves Nothing Mar 21
Patience is a Virtue Mar 28
Blame is a Futile Game Apr 4
Why Worry? Apr 11
Depression is Self Sabotage Apr 18



Can the attainment of happiness be guaranteed? Happiness can be guaranteed if one engages the actual instructions and practices that cause happiness. Happiness is a type of mind and each type of mind has its own specific causes. Can happiness be attained immediately? It is possible but the vast majority of people have many bad mental habits that prevent them from attaining swift happiness. Therefore, bad habits must be reduced and eventually eliminated and good habits must be cultivated. How long this takes is up to an individual’s own effort. However, it is not so important as to how long it takes, as to whether or not we are making actual progress to attaining lasting happiness. Learn how to guarantee your own happiness!


Rid Yourself of the Inner Demon Apr 25
Cherish All as You Would Your Dearest Child May 2
Be Generous at Heart May 9
Hold Conviction in Ethics & Morals May 16
Develop Patience Without Expectation May 23
Learn Profound Wisdom May 30