Our Events & Programs
Conversation Circle
Religion, Faith and Spirituality in the Community Context

La Présence - Qi invites women from a variety of different perspectives and contexts (people who are currently part of different faith traditions, people who consider themselves spiritual-but-not-religious, people who consider themselves neither spiritual nor religious, and others) to participate in a “circle conversation” about religion, faith and spirituality in the context of social and community change.

When: Fall 2019:

          Tuesday, September 24, 6-9pm

            Thursday, October 24, 12:30-3:30pm

            Tuesday, November 26, 6-9pm

            Thursday, December 19, 12:30-3:30pm CANCELLED

Where: The Little Burgundy Coalition, 741 Rue des Seigneurs, Montreal

Coming Soon . . .
Circles of Sharing about Life’s Big Questions

We will provide opportunity, in a hospitable space, to explore questions, experiences, and spiritual insights for daily living.

Prayer Support

We are not alone in this world. We want to entrust gratitude and burdens to someone greater than ourselves. La Présence – Qi will offer support by praying for the concerns you carry for yourself or people near to you.

Previous Programming / Events


I am listening for life stories - have something to share?​

100In1Day Montreal 2018

We All Believe in Something

Come together to celebrate our diversity of belief, culture, and community with food, music, and art. Join us for a tasting of Breads and Spreads from many cultures and traditions. Accompanied by arts activities and music.

June 2nd, 2018  11:00 am  to 1:00 pm

Impact Hub Montreal 550 Richmond St

Hope? Spirituality? Faith? Compassion? Bread? Common good? … What do you believe in? 

Hosted by La Présence - Qi, as part of the events for 100in1Day.

Labyrinth walk

On the evening of Monday, December 4th, 2017 the public was invited to experience the ancient meditation practice of walking the labyrinth. The event took place in the Salon 1861, 550 Richmond Avenue.

ÉCOUTE: an invitation to share your life’s experiences!

Our daily lives are often very fast-paced and filled with all kinds of stressors. We need to take the time to pause and share our difficulties, our joys, our worries, and our dreams with a welcoming ear.

Marie-Claude offers attentive listening without judgment and in strict confidentiality. If you would like to share your life’s story and/or explore spiritual questions, you are welcome: she will offer you warm and nonjudgemental support.
If you would like to contact Marie-Claude, you can send her email.

(In)sight Montreal

Co-hosted with the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI) and Impact Hub Montreal, La Présence - Qi offered two photography workshops (July 17th and 19th, 2017)  for the Quartier de l’Innovation (QI)i and Little Burgundy communities. Professional photographers, Kheaven Mofo  and Magdalena Olszanowski helped us to engage and instruct over 30 members of the community from a wide range of ages, levels, backgrounds and needs.  Each participant was then asked to submit their five favorite photos which they felt best represented their personal vision of Montreal.  Upon receiving the submissions from each of our photographers we were blown away by the depth and breadth of artistry, vision and spirit within the images.  Judges then selected one photo from each participant to frame and exhibit at Impact Hub Montreal. The exhibit was on display throughout the fall, and a vernissage was held at Impact Hub Montreal (550 Ave Richmond) on Thursday, September 21 from 7 to 9 PM. Cash prizes were awarded to the winners and a raffle was held for all who attended.

Café for a Day

Come and help us test out our ideas for the Café-Marché space!

When: Friday, December 7th & Saturday, December 8th, 2018, from 11am - 1pm

Where: 1845 Rue Saint-Jacques

  • Snack and coffee, tea or tisane: pay what you can

  • Soup and crackers: $3

International Peace Day Meditation

La Présence - Qi invites you to participate in a 30 minute guided bilingual meditation to help cultivate peace and inspire social impact. This meditation, in honour of the International Day of Peace will be held on Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 12 noon in Park Herb-Trawick (next to Impact Hub Montreal, 550 Richmond Avenue).

The event is free and open to all ages, faiths and abilities and will be followed by refreshments and conversation.

This is a collaboration with Impact Hub Montreal and the Peace Network for Social Harmony. Join us and meditate for peace!

Research on Spirituality 

Within a hub that connects community members, social innovators, university faculty, and students, La Présence - Qi seeks to be a living laboratory to explore  

  • The relationship between spirituality and social entrepreneurship

  • The role of spirituality within the diverse fabric of Québec society

  • The contribution of spirituality to the development of healthy, sustainable communities

  • Questions about how people experience and live their spirituality in diverse secular contexts.

Our research study will include individual interviews and participatory focus groups.  If you are interested in being part of our study, please contact Alyson Huntly at ahuntly@lapresenceqi.ca.


Partnering with McGill’s Laboratory of Urban Culture, La Présence - Qi is helping to host four photo workshops for the Quartier de l'Innovation and Little Burgundy communities.  All are welcome, and are asked to share their vision of Little Burgundy through their photography. At the end of the project the photographs will be framed and exhibited at Impact Hub Montreal.  

We are honored to welcome professional photographer, Youseff Shoufan, as our resident artist who will instruct the participants within a multi-level context.

Dates: Monday April 16th 6-7:30PM, Monday April 30th 6-7:30PM, Monday May 28th 6-7:30PM, June 4th 6-7:30PM Exhibition: Opening June 14th 5@7, on display through December, 2018.

Location: Impact Hub (550 Richmond Ave.)

Your idea here!

We want to offer the programs and events that you most want to participate in! If you've got an idea for something that you'd love to see from us, please send us an email, or fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Labyrinth Walk

"A maze is designed to make you lose your way but a labyrinth is designed to help you find your way."

La Présence Qi in partnership with the Peace Network for Social Harmony, invites you to experience this ancient meditation practice in celebration of the International Day of Peace. 

When: Thursday, October 3, 2019, 7-9pm

Where: At the Little Burgundy Coalition, 741 Rue des Seigneurs, Montreal

The labyrinth walk is open to everyone, free of charge. 


Join La Présence - Qi for a simple meditation.  All are welcome.

Location: Park Herb-Trawick (in case of rain: Impact Hub, 550 Richmond Ave.)

Mondays at 12:00 noon - 15 minutes of meditation and journalling to help begin your week with clarity and focus.  

Wednesdays at 1:00pm - 15 minutes of mindfulness meditation followed by tea or lemonade, chocolate and conversation.   

Potluck Salad Lunch

Location: Impact Hub (550 Richmond Ave.) 

Thursdays at 12:30pm - Sexy Salad. Bring a food item to put into a salad or to accompany the meal.  Each Thursday we sit together and share a potluck lunch and conversation created and inspired by our members and community.

Summer lunches hosted by La Présence - Qi: July 5th & August 2nd, 2018

I'f you have questions or want more information about any of La Présence - Qi's events & programs, please send Hannah an email

Use the form below to send us your ideas and suggestions for new events or programs we could start!