About Me

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Shaping a Holistic Nutritionist


I have always loved to cook and bake. Growing up in Winnipeg, my mum and I had a deal - I made supper and she did the housework.  In my teens I began to get involved in food politics.  I became aware of companies like Monsanto and the existence of factory farms.  I learned the importance of organic produce, ethical meat and local food security.

Eventually, I moved to Vancouver and found myself working in the Downtown Eastside. I could see the direct connections between food quality and people's quality of life. I wanted to learn about food- from soil to plate. I studied everything from soil health, year-round gardening, composting and fermenting among many other things. I completed a Permaculture Design Certificate on Bowen Island and a 9 month urban gardening program at Gaia College in Vancouver.


There was still a missing piece. How could I take this knowledge and help people heal... The answer was Pacific Rim College, where I completed a Diploma of Holistic Nutrition. For 3.5 years I studied a variety of subjects from Western Sciences to Ayurvedic Nutrition and completed 400 clinic hours. It was a life changing experience.


Making a Métis Medicine Woman


I have always perceived the world a little differently than most people. As a teenager I began exploring world religions to see what resonated with me. It was this curiosity and my ancestors that lead me to my first sweat lodge.It was here that I learnt to see in the darkness and hear messages in the songs .

This sparked in me a deep need to learn how to heal people with my hands. I found energy healing, which I studied in Winnipeg from 2001 to 2005. My intuition kept telling me that I needed to live near the mountains, and in 2006, I moved to Vancouver.

By 2010 I had completed 4 years of studying and practicing the ways of a Celtic Shaman, a path that honors my Settler half.

Through out my 20 years of training I have been blessed with insightful teachers some First Nations and some from the Land of the Fae. I treat them all with respect and blend their teachings in my practice.

Click here to watch a video where I talk about this in great detail.


Building an Equitable Educator

I first began developing workshops in 2002 when I had returned from a protest and wanted to educate people about free trade agreements and the G8 - which is now the G20.


This experiences opened the door to me leading workshops for 20 years. I have taught people how to - create and perform slam poetry, growing their own food, be inclusive and be trauma informed - among many other topics.


I believe learning should be engaging, informative and interactive. Which is why I bring a mixture of different teaching techniques into every workshop.

I currently work with a variety of groups including colleges, garden clubs and non-profits - helping them educate their teams and students.


Click here to see what workshops I am currently offering. Each workshop is created to suit your groups specific needs. If your looking for a topic that isn't there please reach out - I am more than happy to create something just for your team.