About

Learning together and from

each other.

Phone 250-861-3644

Address 504 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC

Email discovery.college@cmha.bc.ca

At Discovery College we welcome anyone and everyone to attend our free courses that support people to feel confident in facing life’s challenges. We take an educational approach to promote people’s well-being through learning to remain present, developing healthy boundaries, practicing self-care and more. We focus on supporting, not fixing, people.

All of our courses are created and delivered in collaboration with people who have personal experience from their wellness journey. This allows us to combine credible knowledge with practical tools in an empowering learning environment.

So what can you expect from a Discovery College course? 

A welcoming, supportive and inclusive environment.
We aim for all our courses to be small groups of people coming to learn together and from each other.

 Real knowledge and practical tools to support people to grow.
We draw upon a diverse range of knowledge sources, bringing Topic Experts together with Experts By Experience to develop and deliver our courses. Check out our FAQs below to read more about our experts.

 Accessible courses.
Our courses are free and don’t require you to have prior knowledge on the topic. The majority of our courses are held in the community across Kelowna.

 Beginning to support your well-being.
Whether you are coping with a mental health challenge, have a hard time taking time to yourself, or desire healthier boundaries, Discovery College will empower you to face these.

Start your journey today and find a course that’s right for you.

FAQs

How is Discovery College different?

Discovery College empowers anyone and everyone who wishes to develop their own resourcefulness and better support their own or a loved one’s wellbeing. It is all about providing practical knowledge and tools to support students to grow.

All of our courses are co-produced and co-facilitated. That means everything is created and ran by an expert by experience and a topic expert, so we’re not ‘doing for’ we’re ‘doing with’.

What happens in a course?

Our welcoming and knowledge-building courses usually accommodate 15 students and take an adult learning approach. That means our co-facilitators don’t just share their experience and resources, our courses allow for practicing of applicable tools to support students to face life’s challenges.

An expert by experience and topic expert will facilitate each course to support students to learn, practice and discuss in a non-judgemental setting.

What is an expert by experience and a topic expert?

Our experts by experience have gained their knowledge through personal experience. Experts by experience share what strategies they found to really work and their life-experiences to the course.

Our topic experts have gained their knowledge through their education and working in their field of expertise. Topic experts share their resources and understanding to the course.

How do I register?

Register by clicking on the course you’re interested in and add it to your cart. Once you’ve finished selecting your courses, finalise your registration and complete the online form.

Don’t wish to register online? No problem! You can call the Discovery College Lead, on 250-861-3644.

How do Drop-in courses work?

If you’re wanting to attend a drop-in course, then there’s no need to register. Just show up!

How much do courses cost?

Nothing! All of the Discovery College courses and drop-in courses are completely free. Make sure you register for your chosen course to save your place.

Free courses at Discovery College are made possible through community donations and the generous support of:

Who can attend Discovery College courses?

Anyone aged 16+ who wants to expand on their knowledge, skills and abilities to manage their own life’s challenges so they can discover what’s possible for them.

No qualifications are required to attend Discovery College courses, you just need an open mind with a willingness to learn and grow.

Some Discovery College courses have been co-produced for a particular group such as Older Adults or Family, Friends and Parents. Check out our course list to find a course that suits you!

Where do the courses take place?

Some of our courses are held at community partner locations in Kelowna and others will be held at the Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna building. The location of the course will be indicated in the course description.

Who can I contact if I want more information?

Please contact the Discovery College Lead at 250-861-3644 or email at discovery.college@cmha.bc.ca

How long are the courses?

Our courses range in length depending on the topic. For example one course may be 3 sessions whilst another may be up to 6 sessions. Each session will be between 1 and 2 hours, depending on the course.

The length of a course will be indicated in the course description.

Can I get involved with creating and/or facilitating courses?

We’re always open to new ideas and new collaborations, so if you’d love to get involved in creating, facilitating or would even like to donate your space for a course to be held contact the Discovery College lead at discovery.college@cmha.bc.ca.

Is there a test at the end of the course?

All of our courses are about supporting people to build skills and knowledge, but there is no pass or fail and no tests. It’s about learning and growing, not passing a course.