Interior Wellness Magazine Winter 2017 Web

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Winter 2017



Interior Wellness


The Best of Healthy Living in B.C. Interior

2017 a Time for Balance

Natalie Saari

5 Steps to More Peace

Benefits of a Facial Treatment

Explore Your Inner World

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Travelling the world or exploring the forest in your own backyard can be a rich and inspiring journey. But there is a whole other world calling to us, an inner world of endless possibility.

Of the six Sacred Directions on the Medicine Wheel, only one of them is physical, the only one that we can touch. We can`t touch our mind, our emotions, our spirit, or what is “above or below”. Yet we can look at these other aspects of ourselves through the eyes of imagination, meditation or intention and practice this kind of exploration. That is when we can feel, can see or maybe even hear the worlds and the forests of our inner mind and heart.

Meditation or quieting the mind is crucial to being able to play or work with our ability to visualize or connect with our inner world or spirit world. Anything we do that we enjoy or focus on until we feel more positive, relaxed or we lose track of time, can be a form of meditation. Running, yoga, sitting in meditation, dance, working in the garden, absorbed in playing with our children, making art or writing are some of the activities that can teach us what it feels like to still our minds and be present in the moment. Notice the “feeling in the room” when it feels more expansive, settled, open or perhaps when your body tingles or shivers. Music and drumming are ancient ways to help still the mind and transport us. Being

outside in nature or with an intentional circle of people in ceremony, can be a deeply supportive energy for visualizations and journeying.

When we`re not in the moment, it`s our past or future intrusive thoughts and challenging emotions that are asking to be recognized. It’s important to honor them in order to heal them, transform them, so they don`t become locked in our bodies and develop into health issues. We can seek out support, wellness, listen to YouTube meditations, or create our own visualization journeys that can be deeply healing for our emotional wounds. Then we live more intentionally aware and present with our constantly flowing emotions as a guidance system to indicate when we need to refocus or when we are ``in the zone``.

This availability to the moment is when our exploration of the other worlds of inspiring ideas and our creative mind becomes easier to do and can be accessed at anytime. It's like exercising a new set of muscles. At first you might think nothing happened. With practice you can journey to ancient lands, create profound beauty, fly or bury deep into the earth, imagine exquisite nature, enter crystal laden caves of your lost dreams or explore the tender mystery and hear the wisdom from your unseen world of Spirit. When your inner world calls to you, journey to meet it....

Marilyn is a creative, passionate seeker. She loves exploring her inner worlds and playing with possibilities. She is the visionary and founder of a first annual transformational weekend for women called Sacred Moon Emergence.

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On The Cover:

NATALIE SAARI, BSc-KIN, ACSM-CEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist | Kinesiologist Yoga Teacher & Mentor

NATALIESAARI.COM � Yoga | Therapeutics | Yoga For Youth | Retreats Worldwide Photography: Kathleen Ferguson Photography

Natalie is both a Physiologist and Kinesiologist, specializing in chronic disease & chronic pain. She has woven yoga into her clinical practice, applying the therapeutic benefits of yoga with rehabilitation. She has developed many programs for the Kamloops community: Therapeutic Yoga Program, Teen Yoga, Yoga for Youth at Risk, extraordinary workshops and retreats worldwide. NATALIESAARI.COM �

The information in this magazine is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for advice a reader might seek from a physician or other health care professional. 4 | Winter 2017

Tap into Sacred Wisdom and Light up Your Inner Sage



he Wisdom Keepers of Peru teach us that in order to fully engage in life, we must transition beyond a vision of coping and surviving. We must claim our personal power and choose to craft visions that allow us to live inspired, meaningful lives. To be driven by big vision, we must rewire our framework of reference by connecting to Source. Q’ero Elder Don Manuel Q’espe shared that the way to live life to the fullest is to live a Mythic Life. To engage in a life of mythic vision, Shaman learn to source from the Collective Wisdom, feeding their inner sage with the wisdom of the ancestors, the light, and Pachamama, Mother Earth. They live deeply connected to this pool of wisdom by embodying presence.

In presence, Shaman are connected to other dimensions, such as the dream world, making them open conduits for pure wisdom. By embracing a childlike innocence, Shaman are deeply connected to a framework of joy and potential. When Shaman walk the land they don’t spend time looping in the past. Instead, they embody the land, becoming one with Pachamama. Through embodiment they become Presence and, like Hummingbird, their inner Sage feeds directly from the source of light.

We can learn to see through the eyes of the Shaman, move beyond our personal interpretation, and tap into the Collective Wisdom. When you step onto a sacred medicine path, the teachings meet you wherever you are and it is your commitment to evolving that propels you deeper into healing. As we spend more time in presence, we move away from a life that sources from separation and struggle, into a life of profound connection to oneness, ease and grace. We choose to be driven by our soul’s wisdom. Carol Bell and Laureen Block of Santa Tierras are passionate about sharing and preserving Indigenous Ceremony, Ritual and Healing through teaching, retreats and private practice. They received the Personal Rite of Passage from Don Manuel Q’espe, revered Q’ero Elder. Winter 2017 | 5



BY CHRISTOPHER SHIRLEY n a cold winters evening, I cannot think of

anything more delightful than being snuggled up somewhere cozy with a good friend and

exchanging foot rubs. Not just any foot rubs though, but,

foot rubs based on reflexology. The profound relaxation

that reflexology provides is sometimes preferred to a

whole body massage. Reflexology not only relaxes the muscles of the body, but, also relaxes the nerves, glands

and organs: every part of the whole body. Many people regard it as an effective method of preventing disease and promoting wellness and vitality. And, it does feel so very blissful as you melt into deep relaxation.

On another level, it is a truly rewarding way to spend

quality time with a person. The quality of the nurturing touch can serve to deepen relationships.

Two of the most significant qualities of reflexology are

that it is completely safe and that it is very easy to learn. Can you imagine the value of having reflexology at your fingertips? For use with family and friends it can be learned at home. For more accomplished use of reflexology a course would be appropriate. One weekend

of instruction would bring you to a good level of competency.

You have at your fingertips, the ability to provide blissful

relaxation, reduce people’s stress and tension, relieve pain, and to cleanse and rejuvenate people. Learning reflexology is like riding a bike, once you can do it, you never forget. That is many, many blissful foot rubs!

Is learning reflexology attractive to you? If so, check out the instructional DVD “Foot Reflexology: A StepBy-Step Guide” and learn at home or, visit the course schedule on the website. Chris Shirley is the Director of the Pacific Institute of Reflexology. 6 | Winter 2017


The Ongoing Practice of Letting Go BY NATALIE SAARI


new year, a new you. First you must shed some weight – not necessarily physically, more so energetically. The karmic baggage we all carry. This internal build up can become so heavy, leading to major barriers along our paths. First we must ask ourselves: What is it that you are holding onto? What could you do without? The good news – we all possess a natural power that we can use to our benefit, especially in this case – to let go. Every inhale awakens, nourishes, energizes us. Every exhale is an opportunity to release and let go. Our breath reflects the ebb and flow of life itself.

The breath is an excellent self-care tool. The breath can be used in many ways for letting go. When you find yourself overwhelmed, holding tension, feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders; Take a moment to connect with your breath.

Notice the slight pause at the top of the inhalation. This is an opportunity to acknowledge and gather that tension. Pause. Hold onto it for a moment. Consciously, with awareness, exhale and let it go.

Perhaps it is time to look a little closer at activities of daily living, eating habits, sleeping habits, imbalances of any kind. How can you balance the yin and yang in your life? Yin yoga may be one option. Eat better. Sleep more. But sometimes what we need most of all is doing less. Stop. Take a moment to observe, recognize, take hold of, and let go. Let go of whatever no longer serves you.

Incorporate into your yoga or meditation practice and throughout the day. The practice letting go becomes easier with over time. Learning to let go and see how much you gain! Natalie Saari, BSc-KIN, ACSM-CEP is both a Physiologist and Kinesiologist. She has developed numerous programs in the community including the Therapeutic Yoga, the Karma Project, Teen Yoga, Yoga for Youth at Risk, and holds extraordinary workshops and retreats worldwide. Winter 2017 | 7

2017 a Time for Balance BY THERESE DORER

The Year of 2017 is a Time of Sacred Balance

The opportunity to create Sacred Balance in our personal lives will affect the whole world. In numerology 2017 means new beginnings, this can be an opportunity to trust that these new beginnings for the whole world can be supported by us as individuals. This can be a time of fresh starts and it is imperative that we do not drag the past shadow pieces to the new expression of our being, and our journey forward in life.

This year, in 2017, we have the opportunity to bring a new expression to our lives and to be the best we can be, the collective consciousness is always affected by each individual, this may feel like a drop of rain in an ocean, but each drop of rain creates the ocean and it can affect change. We have an opportunity to make our contribution to the collective as clear, clean and joyous as possible. When we go into confused love, it affects the sacred balance of the whole. We can make the difference with our thoughts, feelings, desires and joy; this creates the energy or “soup” that we live in. Each of us has the potential to be generators of light, love, and joy. The well-being of the earth is dependent on us to continue to produce the attributes to create the balance that is needed upon our planet at this time. Therese Dorer works as a Spiritual Consultant in Kamloops. Her work includes mediumship, Shamanic healing practice, leading meditation circles, and teaching workshops. Therese is a published author with Sedona Journal of Emergence. 8 | Winter 2017

Ayurvedic Tips for the Winter Season



yurveda is a wholistic system of medicine from India that uses a constitutional model. Its aim is to provide guidance regarding food and lifestyle so that healthy people can stay healthy and folks with health challenges can improve their health.1

Winter is Kapha season in Ayurveda. Attributes of Kapha are heavy, slow, cold, slimy, dense, soft and static. Accumulation of Kapha in the body can look like weight increase, lung and stomach complaints, slow digestion and Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD). TIPS TO COUNTER KAPHA: • Stay warm • Get up early • Eat a light breakfast and then your main meal at noon • Use stimulating and heating spices like cayenne, ginger and cinnamon • Limit dairy, heavy foods and sweets • Exercise daily • Get sun

References: 1.

Tanya Thompson has been a student of Vedic Traditions since 1990. She provides workshops in Ayurveda and Jyotiṣh (Vedic Astrology) readings. To learn more, visit her website at or contact her at 250 320 9355


re you or your loved ones feeling sluggish and unmotivated in the winter months, especially after the holiday excesses? Could your body be trying to recover from too much sugar, flour, dairy, alcohol or other toxins? Did you put on a few more pounds this year? Have you been getting every cold that comes around? Do you have achy joints, dry skin, bloating and gas?

oxidants and tastes delicious!! ¼ - ½ tsp of Ginger - Ginger is anti-microbial, antinausea, anti-inflammatory, supports digestion, helps with cramps and pain, muscle aches, weight loss…..don’t forget the Ginger.

Comfort/Detox Drink A Secret Recipe…shhh! BY CATHY LIDSTER

Instead of reaching for the coffee, tea or hot chocolate this winter, try this simple, inexpensive and convenient comfort drink that is loaded with benefits for your health.

Cathy’s Comfort Drink not only tastes delicious, but helps your body get rid of many toxins that clog your organs, arteries and joints, helps your digestion, boosts your immune system, and even reduces your appetite. Here’s the secret recipe and why each ingredient is special:


1 TBSP of Apple Cider Vinegar - full of enzymes, good bacteria, helps devour starch, lowers blood pressure 1 TBSP of Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice helps balance blood sugar, alkalizes, contains Vitamin C 1 rounded tsp of Local Raw Honey - loaded with B vitamins, boosts your brain, increases energy, is antimicrobial, a great healing agent, and oh so yummy! ¼ - ½ tsp of cinnamon - number one blood sugar balancing herb, very high in anti

OPTIONAL Pinch of Cayenne Pepper - Increases metabolism, circulation, helps with blood sugar Pinch of Turmeric with a pinch of pepper - the pepper is necessary to help you absorb the curcumin in the turmeric - anti oxidant, anti-inflammatory and perhaps anti-depressant properties. Use high quality organic ingredients and always put your love and fun into It – make it taste good for you! To make it simple, mix your spices ahead of time and have your own secret spice-combo recipe ready to sprinkle.

Yes, you have my permission to make it your own, share it and rename it your Secret! Shhh…One caveat: If you cannot tolerate apple cider vinegar or lemon juice in your GI tract you most probably have a leaky gut and/or auto immune situation and you should seek a health practitioner. Cathy Lidster, Energy Nutrition & Allergy Practitioner, targets the underlying cause of health problems so that people can get healthy and stay healthy. Visit , email or call 250-314-4106 for an appointment.

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Interior Wellness Reviews

Warning! Reading the following text may cause you to feel RADIANT...


Back To Earth

The thing I love most about Back to Earth is that their products are clean, clean clean! In a time where “natural” is used as a marketing ploy, Back to Earth is a refreshing and honest relief. Another thing I love about them is that they’re local! When was the last time you looked at WHERE your products are coming from? The environmental impact of the transportation alone is enough to make the trees quiver! And what’s not to love about beautiful, natural products that actually work? The proof is in the pudding, or rather the pot of cream! Let’s check them out.


It smells like coconuts, sunshine and dreamy, summer days. This thick, rich and incredibly moisturizing cream is perfect for dry wintery days. I just have to stop myself from eating it! That is actually one of the best indicators for something you put on your skin - is it edible?


I tried it on a very sore back and felt relief within 5 minutes. Then I could start to move again; and movement is the best thing for that kind of pain. It absorbs very well, feels tingly, warm and cool and smells incredible!


It’s made for rashes, itches, cuts, bites, burns etc: It works perfectly to speed-up healing. I also end up using it as lip-balm and as a treatment for the backs of my hands which get dry sometimes, elbows and feet, and even the dry ends of my hair. A perfect, multi-purpose balm!


Your local health food store and stores like Nature’s Fare Markets and Save-On Foods or stop by their home-base in Coldstream BC. The easiest thing to do is check them out on line, place an order of exactly what you want and then receive it at your door! Disclaimer - this is not a paid advertisement. Our honest reviews are truthful and only done on products, foods, spas, practitioners and experiences that we truly love!

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One year ago almost to the day, 27 year old Tessa Inkster was diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma. Although she knew she had excellent medical care, with her treatment being prescribed by a leading researcher in Lymphoma's, the lack of a local peer support network resulted in feelings of isolation and seclusion. From what began as a blog to reach people undergoing a similar journey, has now grown into a thriving nonprofit organization that aims to support Young Adults affected by CANcer. The name of the organization is May Cause Radiance, and similar to the medications and treatments that most people undergoing a conventional cancer treatment become inundated with, it has a common side effect of its own... However, you won't have to worry about hair loss, nausea or mouth sores, but being involved with this organization may cause you to feel RADIANT! And that is the goal of this brand new nonprofit organization to help Young Adults affected by CANcer to feel well, beautiful and radiant amongst the challenges of cancer. This is accomplished through peer support group meetings, through engagement with local health care practitioners and therapists and through offering services of wellbeing to those affected by cancer via partnerships that May Cause Radiance has established with trained and certified professionals in a variety of wellness services. December saw a successful Radiance Yoga Series that was held at the Clarity Yoga Studio in Kamloops, BC. This was a weekly free yoga class to all Young Adults affected by cancer, and their supporter(s), and will be commencing again in the New Year - tune into their website ( and Facebook page for information on this, as well as their Radiance Mala fundraiser! Join in the community of unconditional support!

The Last Leaves of the Crow BY CAROLYN TYTOR

Spirit shifts,

speaks in the Trees,

the long discussions

left upon the Long Leaves, parchment of the season, golden now, no sign or scent

of last years greenery. Crow sits, hidden

behind the deepened branches, silhouetted by Sun's farewell, spectator, guardian,

keeper of the wisdom;

translator for the fallen ones; taking crumbled bits of dehydrated words,

upon pavement,and shouting out from one lamppost to the next,

the final sentences before the blade fell.

Carolyn Tytor, is an artist, musician, djay, shaman, and radio host who has followed the teachings of her elders for over a decade. Presently, she is self-publishing children’s stories, through the eyes of a young girl named Whiteshawl and her medicine cat Mau Mau. Winter 2017 | 11

Attitude in Mediation: The Key Factor for Success BY DANIEL MANDELBAUM Mediation is intervention in a dispute in order to resolve it.*

In order to have a successful mediation, the Mediator also

Mediation is an alternative way to resolve a dispute and at the same time a process, as such, we need a method, rule and some protocol to follow.

• Establishing a common agenda, • Being a good listener •

The process of mediation does not start in an office, not even on the phone. The process starts with the attitude of the couple. When a Mediator has first contact on the phone with a couple, one of the questions may be: “Why mediation?” Not only the why but the thought process to reach this option instead of litigation. With only these questions, we can see if the couple is ready or not. Their neutrality, intention, emotional stage and their attitude is important.

needs some skills:

Acknowledging not only the information but the speech of

each participant • Helping the participants to re-phrase or paraphrase some sentences with the goal to have certainty

that the message was received clearly, crossed re-phrase, summarized, etc.

In my experience as a couples therapist, the most important skill is to understand the unspoken challenges,

what the participant did not say, I call this “ to fill the gap”. When I help the sender of the message “fill the gap”, I can

sense we are in another stage of the process, and I can

understand the dynamic that is being played in session. The dynamic that in general, I choose to share with both parties - so they can produce a shift in the process.

More tension may be experienced. The tension must be seen, understood and worked with - the main goal being to

bring out the real challenge. We all need to know the true challenge, in order to finish mediation and the separation

agreement successfully.

Attitude is a key factor in mediation: it is behavior that shows the real intention. Right attitude means to come to

mediation with real values and real motivation to reach a

separation agreement. If you are openly looking for

fairness; if you really understand that both of you are part of the problem and both of you will need to negotiate a fair

separation or divorce, then mediation could work well for you.

* Definition from

Daniel Mandelbaum is a Certified Mediator from Justice Institute of British Columbia. He obtains successful, mutually beneficial results for countless families and partners. Daniel works with a team of collaborative lawyers that share the belief that mediation is the most effective means of resolving conflict. 250-863-6399 12 | Winter 2017

The Poetry of Chinese Medicine



t the heart of Chinese medicine are the teachings of the Tao (literally translated as “The Way”). People seek to create a way of life that lives in harmony with nature and with one’s environment. When we are in harmony with the Tao, the sky is clear and spacious, the earth is solid and full, all creatures flourish together, content with the way they are, endlessly repeating themselves, endlessly renewed. Chinese Medicine is rather poetic, viewing each of us as organic beings interconnected with Nature and subject to its forces. It is believed that when we remove ourselves from our natural connections, we create patterns of disharmony, which ultimately lead to disease (dis-ease: not having common cause with Nature, our innate nature or the nature around us, resulting in discomfort or stress). Where the Tao discusses practices to cultivate inner calm and peace of the mind, Chinese Medicine works to assist you in nurturing inner physical and emotional harmony through restoring physiological functions and chemistry. With the integral interconnectedness of body and mind these two elements are partnered and nourish each other, and you, being true to our natural forces. Express yourself completely, then keep quiet Be like the forces of nature; when it blows, there is only wind when it rains, there is only rain when the clouds pass, the sun shines through then trust your natural responses and everything will fall into place -Tao Te Ching Dr. Andrea Hansen is an acupuncturist and classical Chinese herbalist. By approaching the human form as a microcosm of the natural world around us, Chinese medicine can help you find balance, a peaceful rhythm with your health and emotions. Andrea treats all kinds of conditions and illness and welcomes everyone to come and experience the wellness that Chinese medicine has to offer. 250-682-7289 Winter 2017 | 13

5 Steps to More Peace for Us and the World!



here has been a staggering amount of upheaval and

crisis in the world! On the other hand, we, as a society,

are more connected than ever and are striving for

peace for ourselves and for the world. We are beginning to

realize, and science is proving it more and more, that our

thoughts can influence our surroundings in profound ways. Here are 5 ways to bring more peace to our thoughts, minds and the world around us:

1. Notice all the good around. Notice the things we can

easily take for granted – running water, electricity, friends,

family, and a bed to sleep in!

2. Keep a “peace” inventory. What occurred during the day that can count towards peace? A walk in nature, reading

a book, or a hot bath at the end of the day. The more you

focus on the concept of peace, the more you will see it in your life.

3. Pray for or visualize peace. Ask for a blanket of peace over you, your loved ones and the entire world. Imagine

what peace would look like. Don’t worry about how to get

there, just picture it in a way that would feel good to you and trust that more peace is coming.

4. Notice details. Notice, with all your senses, the taste of

your food and drink, the feel of the textures around you,

the scents in the air, and the various sounds and sights

throughout the day. Taking the time to really notice keeps you present and has a calming effect!

5. Imagine sending out peace to the world. Pick a color that represents peace to you and imagine filling up yourself

with it, allowing it overflow and spreading all around the earth! Keep going until the world is bathed in it.

Kris Rae teaches quick and easy stress relief and relaxation techniques for all ages in workshops in Kamloops plus develops self-healing tools and guided meditations for home 250-571-1009 14 | Winter 2017

New Beginnings: Break Your Busy, Clean Your Calendar



e associate the new year with a fresh start, but it’s hard to start fresh without wiping the slate clean and making room for something new. For a lot of us, it’s hard to let go. We have trouble saying no and quitting old habits - trying to avoid disappointing bosses, family, friends and missing out on something. In the process, we get stuck in a culture that demands us to be “busy” - to do more with less, to be responsive and flexible - which only leads to our eventual burnout. But what if we made more of an effort to create space in our own life for us?

Cleaning Out the Calendar

We’ve all got that running “to-do” list in our head groceries, work meetings, social gatherings, family events, etc. We fill our thoughts with the things we “should” be doing, which only feeds into negative self-talk about how incompetent and incapable we are and causes us to stress out unnecessarily.

Being busy ALL the time takes a toll on our mental, emotional and physical health. So rather than fill it up with “stuff” - let’s practice only saying yes to obligations and responsibilities that please US, rather than pleasing others. Our time is the most valuable commodity we have, It’s important that we prioritize it in a way that’s valuable to ourselves - which may mean doing a whole lot less, or at times - nothing at all. When we choose how busy we want to be, we build our confidence because, by accomplishing what we can do, we remind ourselves that we are capable and we are competent. Janice Otremba, is a certified facilitator and coach specializing in Beating Burnout, Lowering Stress and Powering Up Your Happy! “Let’s have a conversation and if we’re a fit and get you to where you really want to be.”

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Dr. Andrea Hansen: Wild Roots Clinic Create the Conditions for Healing with Chinese Herbal medicine, acupuncture & food therapy Kamloops, 250-682-7289 Shawna Wafler R. Ac: Wild Roots Clinic NADA Certified, Acupuncture and Reiki Kamloops, 250-682-7289

Vital Point Acupuncture Jennifer Larsen, R.Ac. Classical Acupuncture, Acutonics, Reiki, TuiNa Massage. Kamloops 250-376-3070 Vital Point Acupuncture, Chelsea Gimby, R.Ac. Sports Acupuncture, Cupping, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Therapeutic Asian Massage Kamloops, 250-376-3070 Debra Jonasson R. Ac. Vernon Active Health Clinic Acupuncture, Cupping Therapy, NADA certified 250-545-2468


Martin Comtois, Astrologer and Jungian analyst. Natal, transits, relationship readings - dream work. The Healer and the Dreamer workshop series. Tanya Thompson - Vedic Traditions Vedic Astrology and Aryuveda 250 320 9355 Kamloops,


Lani Durrant: Jewelry Inspirations by Lani Custom made jewelry with a twist. Wire twisting with stones/glass etc. 250-573-4934

Karla Pearce Jewellery: Karla Pearce creates beautiful one of a kind hand painted jewellery. She also teaches art classes for kids and adults.


Kristina Benson Art: Find peace within? Shine your light? Wear Your intention! YOGA LEGGINGS by local artist - 35 Designs. Purchase Online:

Paradime Clothing: FoundHer Brittany Gill UpCycled clothing and adornments for every faerie Crystal Jewelry, Tiaras, & Sacred Item Swaps.


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Green Space Services: Residential/Commercial Carpet, Upholstery, Area Rugs & Mattress Cleaning. Affordable, Effective, Fast Drying. 250-682-1066 Kamloops,

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CHAIR MASSAGE THERAPY Certified Chair Massage Practitioner Deep Relaxation For Mind & Body Jana Lundy 250-299-9330


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Maggy Davidson Coach, Teacher, Wayshower Salmon Arm, BC 250-804-0392

Rights of Passage offers legal, unique wedding ceremonies, Individual and Couples discovery work and Inspirational workshops. 250-318-2930 Kamloops,

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Kangoo Club Kamloops Low Impact/High Calorie Burn! Terra Lundy 250-299-5222

KEENFIT - The Pole Walking Company Special Discount for Interior Wellness Followers Call Sheri Simson Toll-Free 1-877-533-6348

KIX 4 CHIX A non-competitive, ladies-only kickboxing program. Making women feel healthy, strong, beautiful & empowered. 250-819-4121


North Shore Community Centre Classes, Events, Room Rentals 452-730 Cottonwood Ave, Kamloops 250-376-4777

Total Energy Fitness 250-571-9199 Fitness classes, Reiki massage Laurie Forner Kamloops,


Bonnie Haywood-Farmer CBCP, CECP Body Code/Emotion Code: Identifying & releasing imbalances affecting our Physical, Mental & Spiritual Wellbeing. Savona, 250-373-2473 Emotion Code: 250-819-8156 Releasing trapped emotions that cause dis-ease Certified Practitioner Sheila Langlois D.PSc Kamloops,

Hawaiian Massage: Health & Wellness Massage & Life Coaching with Kathy Richins Bodymind Center, #205, 635 Victoria St. 250-574-7521

Marilyn Manderson 250-579-9444 Attunement Practitioner A sacred healing art & spiritual practice Kamloops,

Margaret Huff, Certified Vini-Yoga Therapist Co-create and refine a personal practice. 2016 Special: $260 for 4 sessions 250-374-2748 Kamloops,

Michele Gieselman Speaker and Writer Intuitive Readings, Meditation, Workshops, Shamanic Practitioner. Kamloops, 250-372-0469

Wendy Marr, Certified Passion Test Facilitator One-on-One or Group Discoveries Inspiring Transformation Through Love 250-314-4106 Kamloops,


Kwikfit4u Canada Whole Body Vibration Equipment. West Kelowna 1-877-348-5945 10 Mins/Day = 1 Hr. Exercise INTERIOR WELLNESS FESTIVAL Save the date: OCTOBER 20-22, 2017 Inspiration • Healing • Transformation

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Nature's Fare Markets Live Well - Live Organic 250-314-9560 #5 - 1350 Summit Dr, Kamloops BC Vitamins | Supplements | Produce | Bistro

Afke Zonderland, Raw Chef and Functional food teacher. Fermentation, Ketogenic, quality fats, gut healing diet.

COOKSHACK CRAVINGS Mobile Food Variety of international dishes, homemade sauces & dips. Something for everyone, veggie & gluten free . Facebook & Instagram 250-318-6030 (DNM) Kathy Deane: Teacher, Educator, Councillor, Lecturer. Discover the Secrets of Health. STOP Treating Disease and START Building Health. Lumby,

Jagannatha Express, Local Organic Vegan Gluten-Free East-Indian & Kootenay Fusion Food. Relaxing Family Friendly Atmosphere. Open Daily @ 8am-7pm (3pm Sunday) Rina Cooke Holistic Nutritionist Health Quest Wellness Center 659 Victoria street Kamloops BC 250-374-6938

HEALTH INSTITUTES & TRAINING Foundation for Healing Beings Visit website for 2017 programs 250-682-0466

HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTRES Breath Integration Counselling Kamloops Individual, couples, family counselling. One day workshops, 5 month Personal Empowerment Trainings. Body work. Sunday Spiritual service. 250-319-7364

HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENBliss Float Centre Floatation therapy Pain relief, relaxation, meditation, athletic recovery and more. #205 - 1150 Hillside D. Kamloops 250-377-7716

Clearmind Float Spa Float Therapy Spa 3650 Hwy 5A, Knutsford 250-819-7702

Vital Spark Integrative Health Holistic services for the whole community. Christina Lake, BC. 250-443-4000

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Edward Kent Watson: Certified HeartMath Trainer Stress, heart/brain function, resilience, performance self-regulate emotions. 250-828-2020 Kamloops,

Miss Alexa -Frog Spirit Psychic Readings, Chartered Herbalist Reflexology, Reiki Healing 250-329-7827

Therese Dorer 250-578-8437, Kamloops Spiritual Consultations Medium, Shamanic Healing, Meditation, private sessions, empowering you through your Spirit Guides.

MASSAGE THERAPY: REGISTERED Barb Harris Registered Massage Therapist Health Quest Wellness Center 659 Victoria street Kamloops BC 250-374-6938

Cheryl Gray: RMT, Therapeutic Yoga Instructor Effective treatment for Postural Health, Stress Relief and many other conditions. Salmon Arm,B.C. 250-517-8050

Colette Swain RMT Kamloops Massage Matters Patient Centered Care - Team Effort Approach 250-299-3636

Darlene Fair, RMT, RYT 250-318-6300 Craniosacral, Visceral Massage, Osteopathic Techniques, Myofascial Release and Unwinding. #405-153 Seymour, David Wolynec Registered Massage Therapist Health Quest Wellness Center 659 Victoria street Kamloops BC 250-374-6938

Niki Coster Registered Massage Therapist Health Quest Wellness Center 659 Victoria street Kamloops BC 250-374-6938


Kamloops Skin Solutions A comprehensive Varicose Vein and Cosmetic clinic offering cutting-edge treatments. 250-372-9995


An inter-denominational contemplative/meditation group whose focus is the wisdom/mystical tradition in Christianity. Monday evenings 2x/ month. *FREE* Brian Mitchell Kris Rae Mind and Body Wellness: Stress Reduction, Self Healing Techniques, Guided Meditation Classes, Workshops. See website for *complimentary* meditation. Kamloops, 250-571-1009


INTERIOR WELLNESS FESTIVAL Save the date: OCTOBER 20-22, 2017 Inspiration • Healing • Transformation

Shambhala Meditation Group offers meditation in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm Free and open meditations. #7-231 Victoria Street. 250-318-6257


Daniel Mandelbaum: Certified Mediator from Justice Institute of British Columbia. Divorce/Couples Mediation Family Mediation Centre: #307-2011 Agassiz Rd Kelowna, 250-863-6399

MIDWIFERY, CHILDBIRTH, BABIES Mighty Oak Midwifery Care Personal, professional, woman-centered maternity care. 250-377-8611 Kamloops


Dr. Alison Beach BSc.,ND: Allergies, Bioidentical Hormones,Depression/Anxiety, Pediatrics, Women's Health.Thompson Valley Naturopathic 875 Seymour 778-471-2949

Dr. Clayton Bostock, ND: Allergies, Weight loss, Depression/Anxiety, Pediatrics, Sleep disorders, Digestive Health. Thompson Valley Naturopathic 875 Seymour 778-471-2949

Dr. Kaleb Falk, Naturopathic Physician Digestive problems, IV Therapy, Heavy Metal Chelation, Hormones, Ozone therapy Kamloops Naturopathic Clinic 754 Seymour St. 250-377-3077

Dr. Melissa Bradwell, ND Full Naturopathic services: Acupuncture and IV Therapy. 735 Victoria Street 250-374-9700 Dr. Steven Jones, 17 Years of Experience:EECP, PRP, Prolotherapy,Chelation Therapy,Ozone Therapy, Cancer Therapies, Bioidentical Hormones, Full Lab Services 250-377-3077

Dr. Susan Goto, Naturopathic Physician Hormones, Women’s Health, Pap/Breast exams, Allergies, IV therapies, Acupuncture. 250-377-3077

Dr. Tara Drummond ND 250-374-6938 Health Quest Wellness Center 659 Victoria Street Kamloops


Dr. Tracy Levins, Naturopathic Physician Pediatrics, Women’s health, hormones, fertility, PAP & breast exams. Kamloops Naturopathic Clinic 754 Seymour St. 250-377-3077


Kamloops Osteopathy: Osteopathy, personal training Obstetric Osteopathy, Sport Taping, Sports Rehab, Arthritis Care. Imogen Wood M.Ost & Paul Roberts M.Ost Kamloops, 250-299-5554


ACTIVE REHAB | CHRONIC PAIN: NATALIE SAARI Clinical Exercise Physiologist| Kinesiologist Exercise Therapy, Pool Therapy, Yoga Therapy 250-574-3477

Health Quest Cold Laser for Pain Management Health Quest Wellness Center 659 Victoria street Kamloops BC 250-374-6938


Cloth for a Cause: Non profit, volunteer run organization that loans cloth diapers to interested families. Apply or donate (Facebook too!)

Snug Glee Bumz Diaper Service 250-554-9722 Ease of Disposables, Benefits of Cloth.


Infinite Dog ~ dog training with spirit. Tamryn Fudge specializes in aggression and behaviour problems, everyday issues and puppies.


THE PILATES TREE @ 4th & Seymour Kamloops' premiere Pilates Studio Teaching you to stand tall & stand strong. 250-320-2639

Evolve Pilates Studio 250-372-7237 Achieve improved posture, balance & strength! Personal Training Studio & Group Classes. #201-1361 McGill Rd


Pacific Institute of Reflexology: Basic and Advanced Reflexology Training Courses, Books, Charts, Instructional DVD, professional and student sessions.

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Panda’s Healing Den–Kamloops: Providing Reiki Master Healing Services. Allow me to hold space so you may embrace the bright light within you 250-572-7820


Sunday Spiritual Service Kamloops @10:00 am 2017 Jan 8th & 22nd, Feb 5th & 19th, March 5th & 19th Services held at the Holiday Inn #675 Tranquille Rd 250-319-7364

Val Theroux, Reiki Master Energetic Healer, Pilgrimage Facilitator, Meditation, Mentoring, Reiki Workshops. Kamloops 250-319-6457

The Centre for Awakening Spiritual Growth Sunday Celebration Circle10:00 am Music, meditation, tea, sharing Schubert Centre, Vernon. Drop in 250-306-5432.


ABUNDANCE ॐ YOGA. TRAVEL. LOVE. WITH NATALIE SAARI Incredible yoga retreats locally & worldwide 250-574-3477

Akashic Ranch & Stables Private, natural healing environment available for your workshop, class or getaway. 250-573-1124 Kamloops,

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kamloops Freedom of religious thought Sunday services, Children's programs, Social and Environmental Projects


Health By Design Certified Nutritionist 250-571-1932 Individualized Nutri-Body® Assessments, Certified Advanced PSYCH-K® Facilitator. Melanie Pouliot,CNC Kamloops,

Equinisity Retreats, Liz Mitten Ryan Transformational, healing retreats with a herd of equine higher beings. Kamloops 250-377-3884

Paradise Found Salt Spring Island "Where Sights and Sounds Soothe the Soul" Classes, Retreats,Workshops and now, Food! 888-989-9642

Santa Tierras, Earth Medicine Traditions Trainings, Retreats and Private Practice Sacred Medicine Ocean Retreat August 24–27, 2017 or

Rachel’s Vineyard – Kamloops: Confidential healing retreats for after abortion. Find us on Facebook or Call/text 250-267-5081

Yoga Retreat Halcyon Hot Springs November 3 - 5, 2017: 2 nights, Yoga, meals @ $435 all levels. Namaste Yoga 250-832-3647


Epona Rise Retreats: Stunning lodge 8 Upscale sleeping cabins. Facilitators workshop dream rental! Heffley Creek 250-578-0226

Quaaout Lodge & Spa At Talking Rock Golf Resort 1663 Little Shuswap Lake Rd. Chase BC 1-800-663-4303


Janice Otremba: Catalyst for Change Beat Burnout. Lower Stress. Power-Up Your Happy. Training programs, Workshops, Coaching 250-574-3734

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Nicole Robinson-Weaver, Counsellor, RCC Supporting women to manage stress, increase confidence, & feel radiant! Kamloops BC 250-682-3663


The Pilates Tree YBR is self massage with balls of various sizes used to release tension from necks, backs, legs and more. 250-320-BODY (2639) #101 – 409 Seymour St.

Atman Yoga with Nicole Aracki RYT 200 Yoga, Energy Work: Guiding you to the Light Within. 250-255-5512

Kundalini Yoga: Nicole O'Donnell 250-574-9477 Private Lessons,Workshops,Treatment Center classes. Workplace classes, Aquarian Sadhana's. Kamloops,

Margaret Huff, American Vini-Yoga Institute Certified Yoga Therapist. Five regular classes/week in the Viniyoga tradition. 250-374-2748 Kamloops, Yoga with Warren: Warren Lewis $5* beginner and gentle classes at the Cottonwood Center, Kamloops, for details


YOGA FOR YOUTH | TEEN YOGA Empowering youth to thrive! Yoga off the mat. NATALIE SAARI, Kinesiologist, Yoga Teacher, Mentor 250-574-3477


Drop-In, Pre + Post Natal, Teacher Training 4th & Seymour @ 409 Seymour Street Full details on web site 250-828-6206

Kamloops Hot Yoga 250-374-7426 Sahali - 953 Laval - 75 classes p/week Brock - 17-1800 Tranquille

No Limits Hot Yoga The Hottest Yoga in Kamloops! 905-8th St. Kamloops, B.C. 778-470-5550

Tangled Movements: Tami MacKinnon Sweat- Stretch- Power- Flow Boutique Power Yoga Studio


Foundation for Healing Beings: RYT 200 Prana Yoga Teacher Training. Starts Oct 15. First in Kamloops! 250-682-0466

Namaste School Of Yoga RYT 200 Yoga Teacher Training starts October 13, 2017 Salmon Arm. AWAKEN & SHIFT YOUR LIFE 250-832-3647

South Okanagan Yoga Academy: 250-492-2587 RYT200, RYT300 hr Upgrade to RYT500. In BC, AB & Mexico! 20 years of training teachers at international standards.

RC Yoga: Sorrento, BC 200hr Teacher Training 50hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training

200 Hr Teacher Training in Kamloops Faculty: Todd Inouye + Lila Rasa Brown (Vancouver) April - July 2017 Details + application info 200hr Hot Yoga Teacher Training with Kristin Campbell Summer 2017. Kamloops Hot Yoga Contact: Trina 250-374-7426


Margaret Huff, American Vini-Yoga Institute Certified Yoga Therapist. Private/Small group Yoga sessions for individuals' needs & conditions Kamloops, 250-374-2748

THERAPEUTIC YOGA PROGRAM for chronic pain, mental health & wellbeing. NATALIE SAARI Clinical Exercise Physiologist | Kinesiologist 250-574-3477

CLASSES ON: FITNESS, MEDITATION &YOGA Yoga with Yvette, Hatha, Flow, Yin, Level 2 iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation. Yoga Loft & Kamloops Hot Yoga Private lessons


Time for Reflection and Opportunity to Connect with Sprit: 2017 February 12 &15 ; March 26; April 5 10 am to 12 noon. Shamanic Healing Workshop: 2017 March 10, 11,12

The Passion Test© Discover how to live a life of

Fulfillment and Joy effortlessly with Certified Passion Test Facilitator and Inspirational Speaker Wendy Marr. Experience this simple, fun & effective clarity process during a One-on One Session, Discovery Party or Workshop. 250-314-4106

Healers On Healers - FREE 250-819-9041 All Healing/Transformation Practitioners Welcome! Free exchange. Join Facebook Group "Healers on Healers - Kamloops"

Santa Tierras, Earth Medicine Traditions NEW! Cosmology for Empowerment Series April 20-23, 2017. Inca Initiation April 27-30, 2017 Sacred Medicine Ocean Retreat August 24-27, 2017

White Light Healing Circle: Every Sunday Night @ 4 PM PST. Get powerful affirmations and additional support to Live Your Best Life. IT’S FREE!

Vernon Wellness Fair: March 4-5, 2017 Saturday 10am - 5pm & Sunday 10am - 4pm @ Vernon Recreation Centre. Over 70 exhibitors

2017 Holistic Market and Psychic Fair Jan 15, Feb 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18, Sept 17, Oct 15 and Nov 19. @ 11AM – 4PM Laurel Packinghouse 1304 Ellis St, Kelowna. Carly Penfold 250-870-8183

Be Inspired! Women’s Entrepreneur Conference Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 @ Coast Kamloops Hotels & Conference Centre. For More Information and to register: contact Event Coordinator, Julie John 250-572-6215

Illuminate Psychic Fair & More – January 20 - 22, 2017 Friday 5 pm - 9 pm; Saturday 10am - 6pm ; Sunday 10am - 5pm @ The Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna. Information and tickets online at

Kamloops Film Festival March 2 - 12, 2017 @ The Paramount Theatre

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Benefits of a Professional

Facial Treatment



he Skin on our body ages and changes from the moment of birth and because of it, it is very important to maintain a basic regimen to keep it healthy and youthful. The thing about the outer layer of the body is that it has a lot to battle on a daily basis with just the environmental forces of pollution and weather. What a person consumes in the diet greatly affects the body from the inside out so eating healthy and drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day has a great impact on the condition of our skin. Medications, alcohol, smoking and stress can create havoc as well leading to premature aging. A daily routine of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing is recommended and it only takes a few minutes to do. Exfoliate and mask at least once a week to remove dead skin cells to replenish damaged tissues. It also aids to the profit

of taking time out and releasing stress even if it is only for 10 to 20 minutes. A professional Facial treatment will not only provide results oriented benefits and an analysis of what treatments are necessary to maintain and improve the skin, but it will also entertain an incredible relaxing experience. So who is a facial for? Anyone and everyone can benefit from some sort of facial treatment. No matter the age, sex or ethnicity, the skin loves to be pampered! A facial procedure should be performed by a fully trained and qualified Skin technician (Esthetician) that can provide the client the proper treatment and information recommended for their skin. Treatments for acne, dullness, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, dehydration, dryness, oiliness, etc., are created to promote a clearer, calmer, plumper and a more youthful appearance. Through the guidance of a trained skin care specialist specific products will be prescribed for a home care regimen that will help gain continued beneficial results. The Esthetician will then recommend future treatments and book appointments according to the client’s availability, need and affordability. Selecting a Spa and product line is not an easy task, ask your friends and family for recommendations and do your research. Organic is the way to go these days, adding natural organic and biodynamic products to the skin has so many replenishing and fortifying qualities, rather than chemicals and manufactured ingredients and preservatives that may have short term results but long term disadvantages. Having a professional facial is a wonderful experience and it can be considered a great pampering gift to give anyone for any occasion. Trina M. Goebel has been a certified esthetician with a C.D.E.S.C.O International Diploma for 24 years, she has experience as a Practitioner, Business owner, Product Educator, and College Instructor . She is presently the Spa manager for Le7ke Spa at the Quaaout Lodge situated on the little Shuswap lake in Chase B.C.

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A Solution to Back-Pain Whole Body Vibration


If you have weak muscles, poor posture and/or are carrying excess weight, your back will be one of the first places you feel the strain and its subsequent pain. Your back and torso is comprised of core muscles. This is where all of our bodily movements originate and they are central to our body’s strength and power. The core muscles consist of 5 basic muscle groups. The abdominals run from the sternum to the pelvis. Lying just below the abdominals are the transverse abdominus muscles. Off to the sides, are the oblique muscles which make up what we commonly refer to as the waistline. Beneath the external oblique muscles are the internal obliques. Around to the back, the muscles that run parallel to the spine are also part of the core and they are often referred to as the spinal erectors. These spinal erectors are the most common source of back pain.

body at a higher and faster rate than normal. By using Whole Body Vibration equipment to strengthen the core muscles you can stabilize the entire body during all its movements. The more these core muscles are strengthened, the more support they can provide for the spinal erectors and the entire body during all of the movements we make on a daily basis, from lifting a heavy wash basket to reaching high to pick an apple.

Laura at Kwikfit4u is here to support you on your path to optimal health and wellness! Feel free to contact them with any questions. Toll free – 1 877 FIT KWIK (348-5945)

Whenever you neglect exercising these important muscles, the muscles will tend to atrophy and become weaker, less flexible and more and more subject to pain over time. This causes the body to be at a higher risk for injuries, especially back, neck and hip injuries. Back injuries and lower back pain are most often caused by muscle weakness and/or stiffness. Without sufficient strength in the core muscles, ordinary movements such as stretching, bending, pulling or pushing will go unsupported, leaving the body at risk for injury. Poor posture and visceral fat (belly fat) is also a result of core muscle weakness. An excellent solution to this problem is to try out Whole Body Vibration. The machine generates multiple muscle contractions per second and the resulting stimulation improves the critically important blood circulation and oxygenation to the core muscles. The improved circulation, supplying freshly oxygenated blood, increases the cells’ ability to respond to hormones, absorb nutrients and minerals. This allows new tissues to build and grow, increasing metabolism and flushing the toxins out of the Winter 2017 | 23


Gen 1:20 And God said, "See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Psalm 104: 14 He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle and herbs for the service of humanity. The grass root - The term “herb” pertains to vegetation – both nutritional and medicinal. These include such forms as grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits. I believe herbs are a gift from Nature’s author God. These leaves, bark, berries, roots, gum, seeds, stems and flowers have been used by every civilization of man upon earth to help maintain good health, and to treat their illnesses and ailments. Knowledge of their use has been handed down through the generations since the earliest history of man. The Bible refers to over 200 plus recorded instances of herbs being utilized for medicinal purposes. Herbalism is the oldest, most tested, and proven form of NATURAL MEDICINE in the world. The Ebers Papyrus of the ancient Egyptians lists 85 herbs, some of which are used in a similar way today. The Chinese herbal, Pen Tsao, contains over a thousand herbal remedies. The Assyrian and Babylonian scribes wrote herbal recipes on clay tablets. AND The famous Greek Hippocrates (477 - 360 BC) mentions herbs, remedies, and treatments which are still valid today. There is much practical and theoretical knowledge to be rediscovered. Today people are returning to nature, which

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is always simple and uncomplicated. Herbs are cleansing and strengthening for our body when used with good judgment and common sense. “When used correctly, herbs promote the elimination of waste matter and poisons from the system by simple, natural means. They support nature in its fight against disease...” Thomas Edison What is a healing herb? The word herb comes from the Latin for grass. Technically, herbs are plants that wither each autumn, plants other than shrubs or trees. But many shrubs and trees are used in herbal healing, such as barberry, bay laurel, and slippery elm, for example. To an herbalist, “Healing Herbs” include every plant with medicinal value. How did plants first come to be used for treating sickness? This takes us back to prehistory, to the time of unwritten records. It is widely considered that many treatments were introduced from accumulated observations arising from instinctive behavior, from observations on the habits of animals, and from trial and error on humans. In the past as in the present, many plants have served both as foods and as medicines. The healing properties of plants have not changed. What was a healing herb a thousand years ago is still a healing herb. GOD BLESSED US WITH EVERYTHING ON THIS PLANET INCLUDING THE PLANTS FOR OUR MEDICINAL USE.

Kathy Deane Health Educator & Nutritional Consultant. For over 30 years holds her DNM Doctorate in Natural Medicine, RHP Registered Herbal Practitioner & RNP Registered Naturotherapy Practitioner and is a Master Herbalist, a Certified TAFYH Leader and In:FormCoach. 250-547-2281

Love Is Sustainable


BY CAROLYN TYTOR (WHITESHAWL) s in the words of Gregg Braden, "Love is what

sustains us. It carries us through the tough times,

as well as the great times, and promises that we will

always heal from the worst hurts that life can offer...because we're still here". And he is correct.

One year ago, December 29th, the same evening that an

earthquake hit the west-coast of Vancouver Island, my mother Muriel, left her earthly body, and transitioned into

spirit. I found myself with her twice that day, the second time, telling her that I let her go; that she no longer needed to be in pain; that she could reunite with her loved ones, and

how much I loved her. One half hour after I left her side, and

arrived at home, I received a call, from her care facility where she resided to a voice on the other end saying, "Hello

Carolyn, this is your mothers nurse, I sat with her and held her hand, while she took her last breath".

only experienced on a subtle level over the years, and now

In that moment, I was in such a state of deep gratitude,


shock and relief. Holding space for a loved one during 23

witnessed an overwhelming generosity and kindness, was

years of healthcare changes, including a 4 strokes, major

As Gregg Braden says," The ancient key to allowing love to

I felt at ease that her suffering had come to a completion.

honouring the loss of a loved one, there is a one year cycle

brain surgery, a broken hip, dementia and vascular disease, That she would be at rest and in peace.

It is the love that my mother gave me in my life, that allowed

me to be open to grieve her loss and help my father through this as well. During the holidays that many people celebrate,

it is a mainstay to focus on the joy, the presents, and the songs. This is also true as well when we lose a loved one.

For the love and support from friends and relatives,

sustained us this last year. Our community showed up on

every possible level. From collecting my mother’s

belongings, to encouraging an open house, so that we

would see and feel the support that was there on all levels.

And for my elderly father, to be open to a community he had

heal us is to let it into our lives." In many native ways of of stepping back from planting, harvesting, ceremony and

collecting of medicines from the land. During this time relatives are asked to step up and help out, in place of

where the family would have. For that, through the past 14

years, in my experiences, it has been an honour to have my

relatives ask me . In the closing of this circle, for us this

year, I will say, Kuxstemc. In the words of my late grandfather, Tommy, "May We All Walk IN Beauty".

Carolyn Tytor, is an artist, musician, djay, shaman, and radio host who has followed the teachings of her elders for over a decade. Presently, she is self-publishing children's stories, through the eyes of a young girl named Whiteshawl and her medicine cat Mau Mau..

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Steps for Living in Gratitude


BY HELEN WHITTLE hat are you grateful for? How can you move on if you cannot acknowledge and be grateful for what you have in your life? Transforming your world is possible by having an attitude of gratitude. The following tips may help achieve this. • Morning gratitude exercise should include being thankful for what you have and who you are. Thinking positive thoughts will allow your brain wave patterns to operate in a more loving way.

• Do you believe in asking for help, and giving permission for spirit to assist you in your life? Are you asking to be divinely directed to where you would like to go in your future? • Do you make space in your life to relax and to be present and to enjoy each and every moment? Is there balance in your life?

• Centering and grounding yourself every day is important. Do this especially before any important event by breathing in deeply and going within in stillness. • As situations unfold in your life do you take the time to think rationally as well as intuitively?

• Can you receive graciously in your life and say thank you?

• Are you open to what you may need in your life? Listen to the subtle messages of your body.

• Are you thankful for the people and family who are in your life? Realize you are blessed to have them beside you.

• Are you forgiving of the ones who may have hurt you? Resentment and bitterness inhibits happiness and may keep you stuck in a place you would prefer to move on from.

• Peace of mind and heart is what we all must strive for. Make a conscious effort to be there fully in each moment. Listen with an open heart and mind. Helen Whittle RHN/CMI is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Certified Medical Intuitive. Offering in-person, phone or Skype intuitive consultations she is able to access energetic states in the body and offer suggestions to help a client reach their optimal mind, body, spirit connection.

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p m u J t s Ju



emember as a child playing on a merry go round? You stood and held on to that metal bar while the other kids ran along the outside and pushed and spun you around and around. The faster it went the more you were pinned to that bar. That was so much fun wasn’t it? Well, at least until you wanted off!

No matter how sick or scared you were, jumping off wasn’t an option. The wheel was just going too fast and staying put seemed much safer. It suddenly wasn’t fun anymore and you were stuck.

So you waited, hoping and praying that someone would stop it or at least slow it down to a speed that you felt safe to jump off.

Well, here’s what happened: To get off of it, you had to first make the decision that you wanted off. Once that desire took over, you found a way to get off. You either just jumped or you asked for help from someone else to slow it down. Until you made the decision to get off, you remained stuck on the wheel. Just like the merry-go-round, many of us are living stuck in a cycle of behaviour not knowing how to make it stop. Are you stuck with a habit or paradigm that is keeping you from achieving your goals?

Just like the merry go round, until you make the decision to jump you will to be stuck.

You must break the cycle by first making the decision to have what you want. No wavering. You are either going to move on it or not. Simple! Just decide. Only then will you begin to move towards the results you want. Fran Banting is a Leadership and Performance Consultant, and

founder of Dreampath Consulting.



BY LAURA PELLETIER old and flu season is starting and it’s time to take action. Studies show that exercise helps to boost your immune system - which assists in fighting simple infections like colds and flu. Whole Body Vibration (WBV) is a safe, efficient and effective type of exercise that can be very beneficial when you have a cold. Exercising on a Whole Body Vibration’s low impact, oscillating platform really prompts lymphatic drainage and the movement of fluids throughout the body. Try standing on a WBV platform with your legs straight (knees not locked), and allow yourself to feel the vibrations in your head for a minute. Next, tilt your head back a little to stretch under the chin. This helps to clear the lymph ducts of the throat of mucous and other toxic debris. These lymph ducts are responsible for draining the sinuses and nasal passages and generally clearing stuffiness from the head. You’ll feel your sinuses drain within minutes of standing on

the vibrating WBV platform, indicating that the lymphatic drainage is occurring and pressure in the sinus cavities is being relieved. Remember it’s important to listen to your body, and not over exert yourself. Over-doing it could stress your immune system even more and prolong your illness. This is why low impact Whole Body Vibration exercise is so important. So, as soon as you begin to feel the symptoms of a cold or flu coming on, “nip it in the bud” and get that lymphatic drainage going with Whole Body Vibration exercise.

Kwikfit4u is here to support you on your path to optimal health and wellness! Feel free to contact them with any questions. Toll free – 1 877 FIT KWIK (348-5945) Winter 2017 | 27


Discover the Magical Possibilities

o you know how to follow your heart, your gutinstinct, that little voice that says 'yes' to new ideas and passions? Or do you rationalize and push the messages away and stick to the same old tired-and-true routine? Perhaps you yearn for something new, but just don't know which path to take when a fork in the road presents itself. You have dreams and desires but simply don't know how to make them manifest. Join us January 20 22, 2017 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in downtown Kelowna – 421 Cawston Ave – where more than 50 astrologers, tarot and tea leaf readers, numerologists, mediums and energy healers of many modalities will be gathered to assist in identifying your strengths and uncovering the blocks that may be holding you back from living life to your highest, unlimited potential.

The doors open on Friday at 5:00 pm and at 7:30 pm VIP ticket holders will enjoy a special keynote address by world-renowned astrologer, Nadiya Shah. Nadiya is one of the world's most highly-regarded astrologers and she will share her insights on what is in store for 2017. As well, she will be offering a half-day workshop, Astrology Realized, on Saturday January 21st from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

Illuminate’s popular Speaker Series will be held in the Mary Irwin Theatre, featuring nine entertaining and enlightening presentations on Saturday and Sunday.

Invite your friends from out-of-town to join us for this fantastic weekend! Hotel Zed Kelowna is offering an

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amazing rate of just $69 a night. Just use the promo code PSYCHIC when making bookings online atwww.hotelzed.comor by phone. The best rates for tickets are offered online and everyone is entered into draws for daily prizes offered by our exhibitors.

$25 – VIP Weekend Pass – includes Friday night keynote presentation by world-renowned astrologer, Nadiya Shah as well as private meet & greet and book signing, plus a full three-day pass to the show. $30 at the door.

$15 Weekend Pass (does not include Nadiya Shah keynote on Friday night) – includes entrance to the show for three days and access to our Speaker Series, a total of eight presentations over Saturday and Sunday. $18 at the door.

$8 – single day pass, (does not include Nadiya Shah keynote on Friday night) and includes access to our Speaker Series if attending on Saturday or Sunday.$10 at the door.

$59 – Nadiya Shah Workshop, Astrology Realized, Saturday January 21st, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm. If there is a space available at the door, the price will be $79 plus GST. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

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