Inwards, together: an inner-resourcing U-turn


  • Deena Shaffer Ryerson University
  • Diana Brecher Ryerson University



metacognition, somatic, embodiment, mindfulness, pendulation, Covid-19

Author Biographies

Deena Shaffer, Ryerson University

Deena Kara Shaffer, PhD, MEd, BEd, (Hons)BA, OCT is the Coordinator of Student Transitions and Retention, Student Wellbeing, at Ryerson University, a lecturer on the intersection of wellbeing and learning for Ryerson's Sociology and Psychology departments, and President of the Learning Specialists Association of Canada. Formerly a learning strategist with Ryerson’s Disability Services Office, and a skilled certified high school teacher, Deena offers an inclusive, equity-guided, research-driven, health-promoting, holistic pedagogical stance. Deena is co-initiator of the Thriving in Action resilience intervention, Portage paddling program, and Mood Routes campus outdoor st/rolling initiative. Deena holds a doctorate in nature-based pedagogy and learning strategies; is a trained yoga teacher (200 hr), restorative yoga teacher (60 hr), and mindfulness meditation teacher; is published poet (The Grey Tote, Véhicule Press, 2013); and, is a thought leader, writer, and public speaker on learning and well-becoming. Deena is also the owner of Awakened Learning, academic resilience coaching and consulting.

Diana Brecher, Ryerson University

Dr. Diana Brecher is a clinical psychologist who has been working at the Ryerson University counselling centre since 1991. She was the clinical director from 1994 - 2011. She is also adjunct faculty in the Ryerson Psychology Department, and in the MBA program. 

Five years ago, Diana started the ThriveRU program, which deeply rooted in positive psychology and is dedicated to teaching resilience. She co-created Thriving in Action. Diana's long-term goal is to infuse Ryerson's programs, services and curriculum with principles of resilience and flourishing and to help facilitate a cultural change within the university.


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How to Cite

Shaffer, D. and Brecher, D. (2021) “Inwards, together: an inner-resourcing U-turn”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, (22). doi: 10.47408/jldhe.vi22.721.