Level 01: Virtual Mindfulness & Self-Compassion Course

The Journey to empowerment begins with mindfulness and self-compassion!

IWOO’s newest self-improvement program offers skills in mindfulness and self-compassion for those looking to further enhance their well-being.

While mindfulness helps us be more present; having more self-compassion allows us to have greater kindness and self-love when experiencing moments of hardship.

Research has shown that practicing self-compassion can drastically boost positive relationships with oneself and others. Additionally, it can reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and feelings of shame, while promoting deeper and more positive engagement with others.

After taking the MSC series of workshops, you’ll harness the following skills:

  • Self-awareness
  • Mindfully responding instead of reacting to stressful situations
  • Become more present and aware of your needs and those of others around you
  • Minimize harsh criticism towards yourself and others through daily mindfulness practices
  • Manage moments of distress with your MSC toolkit
  • Balancing ration and emotion
  • Improving your decision making
  • Allowing for compassion for one’s personal failures
  • Living with the intention of a more fulfilling life

2021 Program Schedule and Details

These classes are for 12 sessions and start from September 29 on Wednesdays.
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM EST | Location: Virtual Zoom Class

Level 02: Non-Violent Communcation Course (NVC)

Do you want to live more peacefully with yourself and with the people around you?​

IWOO’s newest self-improvement program helps people master the art of communication, improve relationships, resolve long-standing conflicts, create better environments, and learn to better express themselves.

Non-violent communication helps us connect with each other and ourselves in a way that allows our natural compassion to flourish. It guides us to reframe the way we express ourselves and listen to others by focusing our consciousness on different areas.


  • Non-conviction
  • Compassion
  • Empathy
  • Awareness
  • Objective observation
  • Resolving conflicts
  • The harmony of subjective emotions and objective observations
  • Top-level communication, the art of communication


Completion of Level 01: Virtual Mindfulness & Self-Compassion Course

2021 Program Schedule and Details

These classes are for 12 sessions and start from May 18 on Wednesdays.
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM EST | Location: Virtual Zoom Class

Transforming Your Life

Are you caught in a life trap? Are you in relationships with people who are selfish or cold? Do you feel inadequate compared to people around you? Join our new course starting from November 9th to learn more about transforming your life.

2021 Program Schedule and Details

The basic classes are for 6 sessions and start from November 9th on Tuesdays.
Time: 6:00PM – 7:30PM EST | Location: Virtual Zoom Class

An amazing experience working with the personal development team; they provided an array of support and guidance throughout the workshops. Expressing deep gratitude and appreciation to IWOO and workshop instructors – thank you!
The Mindful Self-compassion virtual classes have been an incredible learning environment. It has taught my daughter and I to be more self-compassionate; and since taking the workshop, we feel more conscious and present in our day-to-day lives. The teachers have amazed and inspired us daily and we’re very thankful for this wonderful organization and self-development series.
Iranian Women Organization of Ontario provided us with the great opportunity to meet with professional and lovely people and to have a wonderful experience, learning with and from them. It is my pleasure to be volunteer in such a great organization and be a participate in this series of workshop. Words cannot express my gratitude and appreciation to “Personal Development ” team, specially Behnaz and Masiha for thier support and guidance.
I am really thankful that IWOO gives us this opportunity to learn the necessary skills to improve our well-being. Due to COVID everyone is super stressed and using daily mindfulness and self-compassion techniques helps me manage my stress levels. I also read the books which Behnaz jan recommended me, they really help me to balance between ration and emotion and improve relationships with oneself and others.
In addition to the attractiveness of the Transforming course topic, what really made this workshop more interesting and enjoyable for me was the way the instructor taught and established a good and friendly relationship with the participants.
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Dr. Noushin Khasteganan

Dr. Noushin Khasteganan is a Certified Canadian Addiction Counsellor and graduated from McMaster University. She has a Medical Doctorate earned in Iran in 1996. With her extensive background as an experienced Medical Doctor in the mental health care field, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her practice and employs a variety of therapeutic models to support the community.

Leyly Mirsanjari

Leyly has a bachelor in French language and language & civilization diploma Aix -en provence faculty,  Event management diploma from CDI college ,Peer leadership certificate from Family service Toronto,Early development (Mother craft college),Child care assistant from TDSB.

She has extensive experience in teaching French.
She also coordinate and facilitates several multicultural groups in various ages, peer support group,senior focus group, women support group focused on violence against women and healthy family healthy community.She worked 10 years at Family service Toronto, as a failitator.
Currently she is working at TDSB as an education assistant.
She has volunteered for Tirgan festival ( as outreach coordinator, guest and dignitaries coordinator and event assistant),Behnam foundation ,Karafarin and Iwoo organization.

Saharnaz Nahidi

Saharnaz has Bachelor of Art and two Master’s Degree in Psychology and research of Art from Iran. She has also studied “Addiction Recovery Support “in Canada. She was a consultant of Psychology in a Psychiatry clinic in Iran and has experience of providing help and relief for addiction, mental disorders and child care here in Canada. She is currently work as a direct support worker full time job at Community Living Toronto with mental health and disabilities residents. Also doing counselling under supervision of Ms.Akerman at Karma cares community in Toronto. Saharnaz joined IWOO as a volunteer in 2017 and has been a member of mental health committee from 2020. She has dedicated herself for educating and helping women and girls to their maximum capacity enabling them overcome barriers. Saharnaz would like to support Farsi speaking women and girls in Iranian- Canadian community.

Yasmin Fouladvand

Yasmin Fouladvand holds a Master of Finance degree from the Schulich School of Business. Through her experience in the banking sector, Yasmin stands out for her expertise in financial analysis and investment strategy development. Her unwavering passion lies in fostering fairness and promoting community growth by overcoming challenges and making a positive impact. Yasmin is passionately focused on meeting the specific needs of women and fostering opportunities for gender equity and meaningful progress.

Amin Azad

Amin Azad is pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto at the intersection of engineering and entrepreneurship, with the goal of identifying educational tools to promote opportunity identification for venture creation. Amin has previously been a business mentor and educator in this space and has put together various courses and workshops with the purpose of helping entrepreneurial teams identify a need in the market and build a business around it.

Presently, he manages a consultancy service and is committed to supporting IWOO by leveraging his expertise in organizing workshops and encouraging community engagement within the entrepreneurship domain.

Guita Movallali

Guita Movallali, PhD in Psychology and BSc & MSc in Audiology, brings over two decades of diverse experience to her role. A retired Associate Professor at USWR University, she has made significant contributions to academia and nonprofit organizations. Her expertise spans research, education, and leadership, with a focus on supporting the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

As CEO and Founder of the Faranak Clinic for Deaf children and Program & Development Manager at VOICE for deaf kids, Guita has championed family support initiatives. She has organized national and international conferences, conducted social media marketing for nonprofits, and initiated Parent-Child programs. Guita’s commitment to positive change is evident in her pivotal role in fostering the Parent-Child Mother Goose program in Canada. With a passion for community empowerment, Guita continues to drive impactful initiatives.

Amir Azad

Amir works at a Toronto-based Private Investment Office to manage assets on behalf of Canadian family offices. Previously Amir worked at a Financial Communication firm, supporting NASDAQ, NYSE, TSX and other Stock Exchanges. Amir has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Concordia University of Edmonton, and a Master of International Business from Queen’s University with a focus on Investments. Amir‘s professional background includes Venture Capital, Private Equity, Investments, and sustainable finance. Amir is the Director of Funding & Grants Committee at IWOO, and he overlooks the grants and fundraising efforts. Amir also has a Golden Retriever named Simba in which he enjoys hiking with.

Hengameh Saberi

Hengameh Saberi teaches at Osgoode Hall Law School. Outside academia, she has served on various nonprofit board of directors, worked as a consultant with a number of human rights institutions and brings to IWOO multi-jurisdictional experiences of organizational design and planning.