Brandy brings to the team a deep connectivity to people and place as a co-founder of O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE (1999). She has a varied background of many other community/group therapeutic process-based experiential models and has spent much of her life from the early years of beginning in remote mountain wilderness to international exploration of deep dive into indigenous wisdom and living. She has worked as a weaver of many of the paradox/duality perceptions between the wild to domesticated cultural norms – as a healer and speaker of the ‘at times unspeakable’ patterns of human/social interactions. As a grounding tool for unlimited connection, she also does work with legacy planning and ‘sustainable living/sustainable dying’ and mentoring the next generations to play. Her work in the therapeutic community began in the 1980’s and opened a path of personal and professional healing work that has brought her from program/project development to one on one. She facilitates wedding celebrations, assists birthing, and does beside vigil hospice work all as part of her held values of intimate relationship weave within the ecosystems of our/OUR connections. She is a published author and film maker on the world of living/dying sustainably for a regenerative future. Brandy’s doctoral work is starting to focus the exploration of community development and design for healing through her “Regeneration of the Village Heart and Mind”. She is a lover of playing on the edge of possibilities and crafted intention.
Estelle has lived and travelled through many countries in the world over her long life. Having trained in multiple disciplines with many teachers she has been initiated into a number of traditional and healing paths including Grand Master Choa Kok Sui and Macquabec. She is known to many as a loving support and offers deep mentorship for those who live and work ‘in community’. As a non-resident Elder of OUR ECOVILLAGE she has contributed towards almost two decades of deep relationship work and village vision. As a weekly practitioner she brings medicine work in the areas of deep tissue massage, constellation circle support work, foot detox, guided meditations, flower essence, and Neurolinguistic Programming process work. Her commitment to healing and well-being has her travel to ceremony and circles of community where she works as a sweat lodge facilitator, leading chanupa/medicine pipe ceremony decades of dancing in Sundance Ceremony, and assisting with group facilitation. Many know her from her medicine with drum making and bead/leather work and her love for healing with the medicine horses. As part of OUR wellness team she brings a deep groundedness as a community knowledge keeper.
Gracelynn Lau Chung Yan
Gracelynn Lau Chung Yan is a nature-based wellness designer who is dedicated to empower people to redesign their social-emotional lifestyle. Her work focuses on designing practical applications for individuals and groups in the areas of social-emotional health, mindfulness in nature, communication, cultural integration and lifestyle changes. Certified as an Applied Mindfulness Meditation Specialist from the University of Toronto and a horticultural therapist, she has facilitated workshops and circles for a culturally diverse audience including orphans in Tibet, earthquake survivors and second generation immigrant families. Her teaching focus is influenced by her graduate research on Ecofeminist theology, specifying in re-storying life after trauma. Also a certified permaculture teacher and a farmer, Gracelynn integrates permaculture design tools into cultivating a regenerative way of emotional well being. Her recent research is based on bringing herbal medicine crafting and fermentation into a therapeutic garden program for emotion management and transpersonal connection. Gracelynn believes that the essence of wellness lies in nature connection; that the heart of nature has a unique message for every person who is willing to listen.
Gracelynn is the creator of OUR Wellness Retreats.
Yuri is a Naturopathic Doctor who is dedicated to help people to walk their life’s path with joy.
She is passionate about helping individuals achieve their wellness goals with individualized natural medicines that are effective, affordable and sustainable. She excels in working with endocrine issues (thyroid, adrenal, metabolic, and female issue), depression & anxiety, autism, using homeopathy, nutrition, botanical medicine, and traditional Japanese and Chinese medicine. Yuri currently works at her own clinic, Yuri’s Village Naturopathic Clinic, in Toronto.
For more information: www.yurisvillage.com
Here are OUR Wellness Retreats for 2017.