Our Youth Programs in Port Moody, BC

Empowering the Next Generation Through Yoga & Mindfulness

RVN Wellness, located on St. John’s Street in Port Moody, BC, offers innovative and engaging after-school programs and school break camps in the Tri-Cities. Each of the children’s and teen yoga classes, kids’ camps, and specialized play therapy groups are designed and led by Dawn Slykhuis, a Registered Social Worker and Yoga Instructor with over 20 years of experience working in youth mental health.

Recognizing the unique challenges faced by children today, our programs offer a sanctuary from the pressures of home life, academics, and social media. Fun, yoga-inspired, and evidence-based play therapy activities are integrated to foster resilience, independence, and self-confidence. Classes start as young as 4 years old and cater to school-age children, tweens, and teenagers.

Our Young Ravens (Kids Yoga) and Resilient Kids Classes blend physical yoga with play therapy, fostering emotional intelligence, resilience, and creativity in a fun, interactive environment. In a world where children encounter challenges from bullying to the fast pace of the digital world, these programs provide a nurturing space for them to learn coping strategies, express themselves, and build physical strength.

The Resilient Teens & Tweens Programs extend these benefits to older children, focusing on self-reliance and a strong connection to self, peers, and the world. These sessions are vital for navigating the complexities of adolescence, offering tools for managing emotions, stress, and the unique challenges of this age group.

In addition to our weekly programs, RVN Wellness also offers adventure-based School Break and Pro-D Day Camps aligned with the SD43 calendar. These camps, popular among children aged 5 to 11, provide full-day experiences during summer, winter, and spring breaks. Emphasizing movement, mindfulness, and social awareness, these camps are not just fun; they are a journey into self-discovery and confidence-building. The camps take advantage of our beautiful location near Rocky Point Park and give children a chance to connect with nature and participate in planning their adventures, from Belcarra Park to Lynn Canyon.

Our Resilient Families Program offers a unique opportunity for parents and children to bond over yoga and shared experiences, enhancing family relationships and providing a collective approach to the challenges faced by young people today.

Note: Resilient Programs may be eligible for coverage under extended health plans with RSW (Registered Social Worker) benefits.

RVN Wellness is a registered FNHA, CVAP and AFU provider. Programs may be covered by Jumpstart funding for those with financial barriers.

Explore Our Kids & Teens Programs

Young Ravens

Lila Divine Play Children's Yoga
Ages 4 to 8

Resilient Kids

Yoga Inspired Group
Ages 4 to 10

Resilient Teens

Yoga Inspired Group
Ages 9 to 17

Resilient Families

Yoga Together
Adult+ Children Ages 8 to 13

Kids Camps

Full-day adventure camps during school breaks and SD43 Pro-D Days.

Our Approach & Principles

1. Body Autonomy: We emphasize the importance of body autonomy. No child is forced to participate in any activity that doesn’t feel good in their body. We teach children to safely say “no.”

2. Body Awareness: Our programs focus on developing a keen sense of body awareness.

3. Social/Emotional Learning: We incorporate social and emotional learning in all activities.

4. Inclusivity and Accessibility: We ensure that our programs are inclusive and accessible to all children.

5. Lila (Divine Play): Lila, or divine play, is a key element in our approach, fostering resilience and joy.

6. Anti-Bullying Policy: We maintain a strict anti-bullying policy to ensure a safe and nurturing environment for all participants.

7. Open to All Abilities: Children of all abilities are welcome. There is no requirement for prior experience in any of our camps.

8. Participation: Children are invited to come as they are and participate in a way that feels comfortable to them.

Shaping a Brighter Future: Benefits for Your Child

Resilience & Confidence

Foster resilience, focus, and self-esteem from a young age.

Creative Play

Enjoy imaginative and fun-filled yoga sessions.

Safe Space

Experience growth in a secure, nurturing setting.

Community Building

Forge lasting friendships and a sense of community.

Emotional & Social Skills

Learn valuable skills for emotional and social well-being.

Crystal Collection Journey

Each class adds a special crystal to their personal collection.

About Our Instructor: Dawn Slykhuis

Dawn Slykhuis, a yoga instructor and therapist, brings years of experience in child mental health to RVN Wellness. As a Registered Social Worker and Yoga Instructor, she expertly crafts play-based learning programs that blend yoga, breathwork, and meditation with evidence-based practices for mental wellness and social-emotional learning (SEL). Her expertise extends to working with a diverse range of needs, including supporting individuals with ADHD, neurodivergent children, and those on the autism spectrum. Dawn also offers personalized one-on-one therapy for teens and kids, providing counselling for anxiety, depression, trauma, and a variety of challenges that children may encounter. At RVN Wellness, we welcome everyone, embracing all identities, races, abilities, and backgrounds in a nurturing environment that celebrates diversity and encourages a sense of belonging and acceptance for every individual.

Registration & More Information

If the class you want is full, join our waitlist. Can’t find a suitable time? Just email Dawn@RVNWellness.com your preferred schedule. With at least 4 interested children, we’ll happily set up a new class. Together, we can make sure your child doesn’t miss out on our enriching yoga experience!

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Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday


Resilient Kids

(ages 4 to 7) 

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm 

Resilient Kids

(ages 7-11) 

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm 


Resilient Families

(1 adult + 1 child ages 8-13, email for additional children) 

6:15 - 7:00 pm

Resilient Girls

(ages 7 to 11) 

4:00 - 4:45 pm 


Resilient Tweens

(ages 9 to 13) 

5:00 - 5:45 pm


Resilient Tweens

(ages 9-13)

4:00 - 4:45 pm                     

Resilient Tweens/Teens

(ages 10-17) 

5:00 - 5:45 pm 


Resilient Teens (ages 12-17)
6:00 - 7:00 pm



Young Ravens 

(ages 4 to 8) 

4:00 - 4:45 pm


Young Ravens
(ages 7-11)
5:00 - 5:45 pm




Resilient Kids Workshop Series (ages 5-10)

3:15 - 5:15 pm (select weeks)

Join our RVN Wellness Community in Port Moody!

We’re not just a yoga studio; we’re a sanctuary for young minds and hearts, empowering them to navigate life’s complexities with strength, calm, and resilience. Our doors are open to families across Vancouver’s Lower Mainland, including the Tri-cities (Port Moody, Coquitlam, and Port Coquitlam), Balcarra, Anmore, Burnaby, and New Westminster.

“If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.”
Dalai Lama

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