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 email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.