Billie Lynn Hillis Co-Founder | Director | 500hr RYT, KYT & KYT for Addictions | Spiritual Therapist | Meditation Teacher | Certified Reiki & Sound HealerBillie (Jugat Joti Kaur) has been on a spiritual path for over 15 years. After experiencing many struggles in her early life including trauma, chronic anxiety and addiction, she turned to yoga, meditation and spirituality to find relief from suffering and support her recovery path. Billie has many years of experience teaching Kundalini Yoga, Hatha, Yin and Beyond Addictions Yoga as well as practicing Reiki, Sound Healing, BioTuning and other healing modalities. She is currently being certified in Compassionate Inquiry Therapy as well as to teach and faciltate Insight Meditation Silent Retreats. Billie has a deep respect for the teachings of Buddhism, Hinduism and all other Spiritual Traditions and is honoured to have studied with wise and compassionate teachers including Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Dr. Gabor Mate, Sat Dharam Kaur and many others. Billie offers her experience and knowledge in hopes of inspiring others on their journey towards personal freedom. Billie is known for her authentic, non-judgmental and compassion-centered teaching. Availing herself to continuous philosophical education from various spiritual disciplines, she integrates meditation with self-inquiry therapies, applying ancient wisdom to our contemporary western world in a useful and understandable way. She encourages growth of the physical and spiritual self, citing the interconnectedness to each other, to the world and to the universe at large.
John Armstrong Co-Founder | Culinary Director | Vegan/Vegetarian Chef | Corporate ProgrammingJohn is a graduate of Carleton University with a BA in Social Science. He was introduced to Buddhist meditation practices in the mid 1980s and has since expanded his interests to include a wide selection of mystical & spiritual practices. From 2003-2017 he was self employed as owner/operator of two restaurants - co-founder TRIO Bistro (Westboro) and founder JAKS Kitchen (Centretown). At Gaia, John has opened his culinary interests to the world of vegan, vegetarian and raw foods while referencing material from recent works that relate mental health to the health of the gut. His culinary creations are a reflection of client needs, their activities, the setting and weather with the intent of “maximizing their experiences with the least hindrance”. His primary interest is in combining client experience with enhanced customer service in a stimulating and rewarding environment using the best produce available. Tenzo - the function of the Tenzo is to manage meals for the monks “Put your awakened mind to work, making a constant effort to serve meals full of variety that are appropriate to the need and the occasion, and that will enable everyone to practice with their bodies and minds with the least hindrance” - Chanyuan Qinggui, 1102 AD
Lori Morrison B&B Manager/Senior Yoga Instructor/Youth-Family Programming
Lori is a Registered Yoga Teacher 235+ registered with Yoga Alliance, she has 60+ hours of specialized Children’s yoga teacher training. With a background in psychology and early childhood education she has a passion for introducing children to yoga and fostering movement, body awareness and creativity. Lori offers classes for children, families, prenatal and restorative classes. With her background and her personality, she offers a whimsy and lightness to her classes. There is always room for humour and after one of Lori’s classes participants walk away feeling restored and rejuvenated. Lori’s training includes Yanumoja Yoga through Energies of Aliveness, Little Feet Yoga and Club Yoga. She is also a certified Doula and offers pre-natal care and wellness including pre-natal yoga classes.
Destini Broom One-to-One Sessions | Workshops | Retreats
Destini has been walking a path of awakening for over 20 years. Weaving consciousness studies with the practicalities of daily life, she has been deepening her understanding of energy and the capacity to feel and experience it, transform and transmute it, and create with conscious awareness. As a facilitator she incorporates years of studies in Transpersonal Psychology, Buddhism, Native American and Earth-based teachings, Shamanism, Energy as Medicine, Yoga and Meditation, Kundalini Energy, Mysticism and a deepening Spirituality into her one-to-one sessions, workshops and retreats. The essence of her approach is based on a compassionate understanding of the sacred interconnectedness of all life. Destini is available at Gaia Wellness Retreat or through her home-based practice, and you can reach her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrea Prazmowski Nature Programming Co-ordinator
Andrea Prazmowski is a Forest Therapy Guide, certified with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides & Programs, based in Santa Rosa, California. Andrea creates opportunities for people to connect more deeply with the natural world and, often, to re-awaken wonder and see with a new perspective. She is a certified Hike Leader with Hike Ontario, and is trained in Wilderness First Aid. She is a writer and a skilled facilitator who has studied Permaculture Design and Reiki and has practiced yoga for 15+ years.
Emma Lui Craniosacral Therapy | ThetaHealing
Emma is passionate about health and sees personal health, the health of communities and the health of the planet as intimately connected.
In her process of healing from food sensitivities, burnout and (intergenerational) trauma, Emma has long practiced yoga and meditation and returned to her Chinese roots exploring Traditional Chinese Medicine and ancestral healing. She found Craniosacral Therapy and ThetaHealing deeply restorative and recently completed Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (Level 1) and ThetaHealing training. Emma loves using these modalities to support others in their healing process. As an empath, these come naturally to her as she has always been attuned to other people’s emotions and well-being.
Emma is also studying holistic nutrition. Her belief that food is medicine is rooted in her Cantonese culture. Emma is a writer and water activist. She is passionate about water because of its beauty, power and ability to nourish, heal and sustain life. She has been supporting grassroots communities to promote water justice, Indigenous rights and other social justice issues for nine years.Emma lives and practices in La Pêche, which is on the traditional, unceded territories of the Algonquin nation.
Clare Cluff Administrative Assistant
Clare comes to Gaia Wellness Retreat with a background in administration, social media management, and professional organizing. She is a graduate of Algonquin College's Public Relations and Event Management Programs. She is also a Certified Organizational Specialist.
When Clare is not assisting the team at GWR, she works one on one with her own clients to help create peace and order in their homes through organization. You can visit her website at www.busybeeorganize.ca
Please feel free to reach out to Clare by email (email@example.com) with any questions or concern you may have regarding GWR.
Alexander Spiritual guide | Author | Healer
Alexander is a spiritual guide, author, and healer, born in Switzerland, and originally from Greece. He has since lived in 7 different countries, and now calls Ottawa home, where he manages the Indigo Light workshops, website, and Youtube channel. He is also the author of "Confessions of an Indigo Child: An In-Depth Guide to Awakening Your Infinity." He has dedicated his life to helping people awaken their infinity by incorporating a spiritual outlook on life through authenticity and accountability, understanding that it is our inherent nature, and we are simply remembering the light in which we were created. He offers different modalities in order to heal wounds of the past, connect to Guidance, and release core beliefs that do not serve, altering the course of ones' path as a result.
Natalie Fraser Spiritual Therapist
Natalie, the founder of Moment-M, is a unique healer and teacher who draws from many traditions, practices and a lifelong approach to learning. She is celebrated for her innovation, expedience and effectiveness.
Natalie started in acting and theatre at Concordia University. It opened the world of healing to Natalie. Theatre is the source. It is at the origins of modern religion, spirituality and psychotherapy. There she learned about obstacles, heroes, villains, victims, tragedy, love and resilience. She studied the very history, structures and archetypes of human nature. With every play, story and song, her practice was clear. It was about healing the human spirit and mind.
In addition to her studies in theatre, she pursued teachings in Indigenous culture, New Age religions, self-awareness, and human dynamics. In those fields, she found the same lessons of healing that she had learned in theatre.
The lessons of healing the spirit and mental health were reinforced yet again in her ongoing exploration, study and practice of both western and eastern medicine. She sees how interconnected the physical, emotional and spiritual are to the mental.
Most recently and excitingly, Natalie has been researching and working with concepts from neuroscience. She has introduced neuromodulators into her work to teach her clients neuroplasticity and how to use new parts of their brain. The science beautifully supports her spiritual, social and psychological techniques, helping her to get lasting results for her clients quicker.
“It’s an exciting time to be working in the field of well being in all of its manifestations in my life and work. I live a life of curiosity, creativity, research, and experimentation. As I teach I always remember I am eternally the student as well.
Importantly, I aim to inspire. I want my clients to be confident in their self-care. I want to give them the tools of communication and to be the agents of their own healing and mental health.
Finally, I have learned to be humble, present and see through the lens of love as I walk this path and do this work. I choose to perceive that which I see in another exists in me and so the best I can be to another is gauged by the way I live my own life.”
-Natalie Fraser “Osa”-
Natalie offers healing, life skills & counsel for individuals, couples, families, public groups and corporate. She has programs she offers like apprenticeships, but all her work is designed and catered to the needs of the clients. Feel free to contact her to see if she is a fit for you.
Stacey L.A Sinclair RMT | Hatha RYT | Reiki Therapist | Tao Instructor | Certified Nutritionist | Aroma Therapist
Stacey L.A. Sinclair.... L.A. Stands for Loves All. Getting to know Stacey, you’ll quickly realize, her life is a path of Love. Stacey coaches and facilitates transformation in those who want to awaken, for those who want to end all forms of pain and suffering such as anxiety, depression, stress, anger, fear and illness.
She calls upon brave and daring souls that desire to step into their purpose, follow their passions and live a life that they absolutely love.
She calls upon those who crave adventure, travel, exploring earth's hidden gems and high energy areas. For those who seek their tribe and see value in connecting and growing in community.
She calls upon those who want clarity, an unwavering happiness and inner peace that comes from within…. And finally, for those who are ready to move towards heart based living, and to choose love as a path to realizing, we are Aham Prema, Divine Love.
Stacey is here to help people in every aspect of their lives including mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. She has studied many healing modalities and in doing so has come to know many paths. She has collected an array of techniques and tools for your complete wellbeing.She has a love for learning, staying up to date with Western and Eastern Medicine as well as Wholistic Wellness.
Stacey offers: Swedish and Sacred Lomi Lomi Hawaiian Massage, Reiki, Cranisacral, SomatoEmotional Release, Yoga, Meditation and Tao Teachings, Ayurveda and
Stacey looks at all aspects of your life and paints a clear picture as to what you need for balance, harmony and wellness. As a Spiritual Teacher and Healing Practitioner for more than fifteen years, Stacey is very passionate about teaching and facilitating wellness with her clients and the community. You are in good hands with her.
Dr. Sabina Sarin Clinical Psychologist | Sex and Couples Therapist | Trauma Therapist | Hatha and Restorative Yoga Teacher | Mindfulness Instructor | Energy Worker (Reiki and Qi Gong)
Sabina is a licensed clinical psychologist, yoga/ mindfulness teacher, published writer/ researcher, body worker (somatic experiencing), energy worker (reiki and qi gong), expressive arts facilitator (dance, theatre)… and a perpetual student of life. She completed her formal education in clinical psychology and gender studies at the universities of McGill (BSc, Ph.D.) and Yale (MS., MPhil), and her informal education through world travel and non-profit work, spiritual inquiry and practice, movement and creative practices, and perhaps most importantly, through falling and getting up again. She became interested in mental health problems and healing practices at a very young age, in part due to her own struggles with trauma and its harmful effects, and has since devoted the majority of her life to offering her knowledge and healing practices to those on journeys of healing and self discovery. She spent 15 years in the academic world, developing expertise in treating trauma, eating disorders, mood disorders (depression/ anxiety), and sexual disorders/ relationship difficulties, and during this time, also developed a passion for teaching and disseminating information to non-academic communities. She also completed trainings and acquired experience in teaching hatha, ashtanga and restorative yoga, MBCT and MBSR, insight meditation, and pranayama. Since leaving academia, she has devoted herself to the practice of psychotherapy and other healing arts (yoga, mindful meditation and movement, dance movement therapy and energy work), attempting to weave both western and eastern, mind and body practices into the work that she does. She has a particular sensitivity to struggles related to a disconnection from the body and spirit, and enjoys helping people “get out of their minds and storylines” and back into their bodies, spirits, and lives. Sabina is committed to bringing authenticity and a loving heart, an open and inquisitive mind, a sensitive and playful spirit, and a deeply sensing-feeling body to all of her practices, and hopes to inspire the same in those that she shares her journey with.
Christa De Benedetti Reiki Master/Energy Healer
As a continuous student of internal alchemy with a primary focus on self-mastery, Christa has developed and used several different spiritual tools through the exploration of various healing modalities over twenty plus years. Fascinated with all things related to the expansion of consciousness, Christa has studied meditation, Buddhism, Hinduism, Egyptian Alchemy, sacred partnerships, Usui Reiki, energy healing and clearing, herbal medicine making, and holistic nutrition. Currently, she is expanding into Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy as well as consciousness mentoring.
Sessions facilitate the release of non-beneficial belief systems, pain patterns, ancestral trauma and programming, inner child wounding, and non-beneficial painful cellular memories. As well as the usual suspects of anxiety, fear, and depression to name a few. This then removes the blockages and opens the energy channels to receive new cellular DNA repatterning in alignment with one's highest self and highest potential at the soul level. Thus manifesting into physical reality - enabling us to create, sustain, and live our best lives. This helps one to remain in balance while building a solid foundation within, forged with self-love and self-empowerment.
Christa has been fortunate to witness and hold loving space for many on their journey to wholeness within and offers one on one Reiki/Energy Healing sessions.
Workshops for Usui Reiki level one, two, and three will be starting in the Fall/Winter 2019.
To connect with Christa you may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org