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 studied Kundalini Yoga, Hatha, Yin and Yoga for Addictions as well as Reiki, Sound Healing & BioTuning. She is currently studying Buddhism, Hinduism and other Spiritual Traditions and is honoured to have 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.
Brittany Smith Corporate Yoga Instructor
Brittany is a lover of all things yoga. The study, the practice, and the teachings of yoga have offered her the most challenging and yet rewarding adventure she has ever undertaken! She came to yoga as a self-described desk-jockey looking for ways to reduce stress and get exercise, drawn to the beauty of the physical asana, and discovered that she would leave each class feeling as if the universe was aligned in time with every footstep!
Seeking ways to sustain and deepen the benefits of the practice, in 2013 she completed her 200hour teacher training in the UK. Now, after years of study, practice, and deeper self-inquiry, her practice has changed into a study of the connection between breath, movement and stillness: what she likes to call the trifecta of self-inquiry.
Brittany has taught all over the world, from the UK to the jungles of Thailand. Her classes offer insight into anatomical alignment and functions, ways of using the breath to deepen the mind-body connection, and elements of mindfulness movement and meditation, creating a practice that will ignite the magic within you to create space, change, and overflowing abundance of love not only for yourself but for every being.
“I truly believe that yoga has the ability to change lives, and that is why I teach,” says Brittany.
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.