Stacy Thomas was born and raised among the orchards of the Okanagan Valley. She studied journalism in Vancouver, B.C., and has worked as a reporter in places such as Germany, Ukraine, Northern B.C. and rural Alberta. Passionate about nature, she now lives in Squamish with her partner Nicki and her rescue dog Harley. She is currently a student of creative writing at the University of British Columbia, where she draws comics and writes poetry.
Elizabeth Morelle—What do Shiatsu, TCM, and Somatic Therapy Have in Common?
Elizabeth (Ella) Morelle was inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) when she visited an acupuncturist as a teen. She was fascinated by the ancient tradition’s integration of empirical scientific medicine with the treatment and respect of emotional symptoms. Her interest blossomed into a wider personal study of the relationships between ...
The Whole-Person Approach to Mental Health Support — Boreal Wellness Centres
by Stacy Thomas
One of the hardest parts of dealing with mental illness is the isolation. Isolation and stigma are frequent companions to mental health challenges—be they self-imposed or societal—and they prevent many who are struggling from receiving the help they need, and deserve. With these people in mind, Sean Gjos founded Boreal ...
Visiting the Past in the Present—Cheryl Tessari’s Hypnotherapy and Reiki Practice
Heartbreak, eight months of depression, and ceaseless quest for knowledge are what has guided Cheryl Tessari towards her truest self—a successful hypnotherapist and reiki master, specializing in past life regression. Tessari was a devout Christian and bible-study teacher when she had an experience that left her searching for answers...
Be a Tree Hugger — How Forests Helped Me, and How They Can Help You Too
I’m certain a large part of the relaxation I experience when in nature has to do with the sense of getting away from the “madding crowd,” and getting some space and silence, but I figured there had to be more to it. It turns out, in fact, that I am correct and there is a physiological reason for why I find forest walks so healing.
Coaching for Conception — Athena Reich, Fertility Coach
Starting a family. It’s a concept that fills most couples wanting children with feelings of love, hope, joy, and anticipation. That is, unless they are not in a partnered heterosexual couple. Or they have fertility challenges. For those people, becoming parents often includes many difficult, expensive decisions. For those who ...
Bitter Can Be Better — For Your Health
The next time you’re in a trendy bar (if you go to those) check out the menu and I bet you’ll be able to find at least one cocktail that includes Angostura or bitters. Not only do bitters fancy up many a trendy cocktail, they are also incredibly good for ...
Set Yourself Up for Breastfeeding Success With These Simple Tips
Many believe that breastfeeding just happens but many parents struggle with supply, flow, and technique.
Chaga — the Fugly Fungus with the Potential to Fight Cancer
Chaga mushrooms have a long history of use in traditional Eastern medicine, and are gaining popularity in the West due to their many potential benefits. This fugly fungus might actually be a cure for cancer.