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The Office will be closed:
Between the 7th till the 26th of June – and again between 12 and 26 July (inclusive of these dates).
Yoga will continue as usual in June, except that there will be no classes on Wed 19 June; but not during the July break as Christina will then be away for End of Life Care Practitioner Training at the Metta Institute in SF, CA.
Christina will not be in e-mail or phone contact during these two breaks but will follow up as soon as she is able after returning to the office. Thank you for understanding that due to the volume of mail usually coming in that may take a little while.
If you would like to make an appointment for before or after these periods, please e-mail indicating three dates and times that work for you and the length of the session you would like, she will get back to you to confirm a booking. If you would like to register for a class or workshop, please do so via the links below.
Please Scroll Down for Current or Upcoming Offerings:
- Energy Work 101, Sacred Movement and other Workshops;
- Yoga Classes;
- Free and by donation Anam Cara Community Self-Care EduDays; and
- Other Self-Care and Self-Empowerment Opportunities; as well as
- Images of Light Exhibitions.
Anam Cara Health Collaboration
The 4th Self-care Education Day
A Forum on Pain Management and Transformation
Saturday 25 May 2013 – 10:00-4:00
At Windsor Court in Comox
About The Forum on Pain Management and Transforming our Experience of Pain:
Pain is a common factor in the human experience, and it is not always physical – it may manifest as mental, emotional or spiritual/existential – and these are often interconnected. Each person responds to pain differently and therefore may benefit from a different approach to transforming their experience.
This is the focus of this 4th Anam Cara Health Collaboration Health Care EduDay, which is taking a different format from the first three. Instead of mini treatments, the EduDay on the 25th of May will take the form of a Forum on Pain Management and how to Transform our Experience of it.
Nine of our Practitioners will be sharing information about and/or tools than can help with managing or transforming our experience of pain.
The programme consists of a morning and an afternoon session of 20 min slots, with at the end of each session a Forum during which most of the Presenters during that session will be available as a group to receive and answer questions from the audience.
10:00 – 10:20 – Christina Nienaber-Roberts, MSc, NHPCA, KYT – Introduction to the Anam Cara Health Collaboration Model
10:20 – 10:40 – Dr Shameen Mazaheri, MD – A brief introduction to the bio-psycho-social definition and management of pain – a wholistic perspective from an allopathic practitioner.
10:40 – 11:00 – Dr Tom Diamond, PhD – Healing Meditation for Pain Relief.
11:00 – 10:10 – 10 min Break
11:10 – 11:30 – Jim Tessman – Pain Management for Pets.
11:30 – 11:50 – Leah Taylor, Birth Doula – Pain vs Suffering in Labour: exploring pain management strategies for birthing. How people both assess and process pain differently in labour; how important it is to differentiate between pain (necessary in labour) and suffering (not necessary in labour!); and what can make the difference.
11:50 – 12:20 – Q&A Forum with all morning presenters present for Question and Answers
12:20 – 1:40 – Luck Lunch Break – an opportunity for attendees to sample the lovely restaurants nearby
1:40 – 2:00 – Christina Nienaber-Roberts, MSc, NHPCA, KYT – Introduction to the Anam Cara Health Collaboration Model, for new arrivals (others can take a longer lunch)
2:00 – 2:20 – Chris Bruels, Certified Trager Practitioner, calms a pain-overloaded nervous system with hands-on movements and introduces possibilities for injury rehabilitation and improved alignment.
2:20 – 2:40 – Roberta Mellieur, Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, works with each client’s innate body wisdom to identify causal factors of pain and initiate self-healing at the deepest level.
2:40 – 2:50 – 10 min Break
2:50 – 3:10 – Sharon McCann, Registered Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapist, facilitates hypnosis to deeply relax and relieve pain.
3:10 – 3:20 – Theresa Brulotte, Health Care Practitioner merging many Modalities, New age techniques with old roots. Energy in disharmony manifests as pain, physical and emotional. Science is showing us ways to restore harmony; Shamans have been doing this for centuries. Learn a shamanic internal visualization to decrease pain.
3:20 – 3:30 – Ted Yells, Scientist, Multi-modality Health-care Practitioner – Non-physical causes of pain, and some of the energy based modalities available to alleviate those causes.
3:30 – 4:00 – Q&A Forum with all afternoon presenters present for: Question and Answers
About Anam Cara:
The Anam Cara Health Collaboration was conceived in February 2012 when four like-resonant health care practitioners gathered for a pot luck to explore possibilities of collaborating to co-create a multidisciplinary team approach to support their clients in a more wholistic way. Out of that watering of a seed a healthy tree evolved and a year later the four had grown to eighty, and every month new leaves are added to the growing, sheltering tree, bringing a powerful new resource to the Comox Valley: a new compassionate health care model.
Anam Cara (Soul Friend in Celtic) practitioners collaborate to co-create with their clients the best possible integrative support for their current situation and their potential growth towards reaching their fullest potential at all levels of being – not only the physical.
This is achieved by referrals and (mainly free) education events, where the public has the opportunity to meet practitioners to establish whether there is resonance – a vitally important factor in the healing process – and to gather information and experience during mini sessions and seminars some of the bewildering array of health care modalities that are available to see which resonates most with you as an individual.
Feedback from past participants has been extremely enthusiastic and a special Anam Cara Health Care EduDay mailing list is growing with those who have committed to that being the first to hear about upcoming Anam Cara events.
Please join us even if you have not reserved a seat!
As of Friday afternoon there is still space available, so if you wish to take advantage of this wonderful information and experience gathering opportunity are invited to come for either the morning or the afternoon session – or the whole day. There will be a lunch break, but lunch is not provided and there are great eateries close by along Anderton Road in Comox.
Donations are Gratefully Accepted and this time will go to CV Hospice Society and the SPCA.
A number of Anam Cara Practitioners have kindly donated Door Prizes for the Draw that will take place at the end of the morning and afternoon session’s Q&A Forum.
Directions for Parking:
Please note that although the address is 677 Bunting Place, we have been asked to park at the old Leeward Pub off Anderton.
Driving up Anderton from Comox,
- Turn L by the Liquor Store sign at 649 Anderton (where the old Leeward Pub was)
- Drive on between the store and the old pub,
- Behind it you will find a large parking lot where you may park your car.
- Standing with your back to Anderton Road, the fence to your R has a walk-through gate.
- Go through it to the first building (right by the fence).
For Drop-Offs (and Disabled Parking):
- Driving up Anderton from Comox, L onto Bolt, R onto Bunting Place
- Keep going through the gate saying Windsor Court, 677 Bunting Place.
- The hall is the 1st building on the R
- There are 8 parking spots – please use only for your drop off
- For parking, return the way you came
- Turn L into Anderton and follow directions above.
Want advance notice of the next Anam Cara Self-Care EduDays?
Please contact Christina via e-mail to be added to the Anam Cara Mailing List.
There will be no EduDay in June as the Practitioners are taking time off for a gathering to offer each other treatments that month!
The next Anam Cara Self-Care EduDay is scheduled for Saturday 27 July at Kairos Guest Suite and will take the form of an outdoor event where mini treatments and possible also break-out sessions will be offered. On Saturday 24 August we will be back at The Heart Gate for an indoor and outdoor event.
A larger weekend event is being planned for the Spring of 2014.
Images of Light Photographic Exhibition:
End February to End June 2013 at St Josephs General Hospital Caffeteria Gallery, Comox, BC
(Please scroll down for Yoga Classes, Energy Medicine 101, Preparing for a Parent’s Passing and Other Workshops and Retreats)
Sacred Movement Information Sessions
for Beginners or those who wish to Recap
To be Announced, normally a Friday evening, 7:00-8:30 pm – at The Heart Gate
These information sessions will include essential background information about Sacred Movement and its origins, as well as a sharing of stories of how tuning in to the Higher Self in this way has helped past participants – and Christina – transform what was the priority for them at any moment in time.
Participants will learn a short Heart Opening Meditation in Motion that is helpful in rebalancing at all levels of Being and can be used as a stand-alone practice.
Please pre-register, as space is limited. $20. Dress comfortable and bring a journal.
Exploring Sacred Movement
Workshop for Beginners or those who wish to Recap
TBA, normally a Saturday or Sunday - 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – at The Heart Gate
An opportunity to experience Sacred Movement 2 or 3 times, Reconnecting with your Higher Self to Remember your own Soul Song and move to the rhythm of your own Inner Drum. No previous Sacred Movement experience required and those with experince are also welcome – everyone works at their own level and ability. Even if minimal activity and major relaxation is your level, this retreat has the potential to bring powerful shifts. Be willing to be surprized.
Participants will have the opportunity to experience Sacred Movement a number of times and learn various ways of entering and exiting this deeply meditative state where a tuning in to the Sacred Self takes place spontaneously – also called the Healer Within, Guru Within, Higher Self or by many other names in various traditions.
During this day-long retreat from 10:00-5:00, there will be breaks to journal, share if moved to do so, walk the labyrinth, and/or spend time in nature to help with integration. After the weekend some participants may feel moved to continue exploring this process on their own or to join the beginners classes, the regular practice group or explore diving deeper during a one-on-one with Christina.
Attendance of one of the information sessions is a prerequisite – so that no introduction is required on the day of the workshop. If a group experience is not for you, and you may wish to rather experience a one-on-one with Christina, please visit Consultations. FMI on Sacred Movement please visit that page.
As we prefer to work with only 4 participants, pre-registration required. Full payment required upon registration to secure a space: $120 by Intro Evening; $150 thereafter. No drop-ins.
Please bring: A yoga mat or camping mattress and a comforter, a water bottle and a journal. Dress comfortably in layers. Come with an open heart and mind and a willingness to go beyond where you have gone before. If you wish to stay for both sessions on Saturday, you awe welcome to bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy what The Heart Gate and Seal Bay Park have to offer.
Monday Sacred Movement Practice
for those with Experience
Every 2nd and 4th Monday Evening of the month 6:30-8:00 pm (please Call at least a Day ahead) – at The Heart Gate
For those with previous experience of Sacred Movement. These practice sessions are inner-directed and there is little guidance compared to the Beginners classes, so if Sacred Movement is new to you, you are encouraged to attend a Sacred Movement Workshop – or experience a one-on-one with Christina – so she may guide you through the foundational opening and closing sequence and into the experience for the first time.
8 Consecutive Practice Sessions (no credits for classes missed; when there is no classes credits will be carried over): $120. If you are registered for 8 consecutive classes and can not attend, please call a day ahead so we know there is an extra drop-in space – thanks for being considerate! Drop-ins $20 per drop-in – please call ahead to ensure there is space.
Last Monday of the Month always by donation, with part of proceeds going to the Charity chosen by participants.
Please Note on your Calendar: There will be no practice during Christina’s Summer Breaks (see top of page).
Please bring: A yoga mat or camping mattress and a comforter, a water bottle and a journal. Dress comfortably in layers. Come with an open heart and mind and a willingness to go beyond where you have gone before.
Sacred Sounds Sacred Movement
Merging Sacred Movement with the Sacred Sounds of Mikeoula’s crystal bowls and keyboard!
Scehduled from time to time
This creates a crucible where quantum leaps become possible, both personally and universally.
The next opportunity to experience this powerful alchemy to be announced. Please let us know if you would like to be on the mailing list for then next session.
Generally 7:00-9:00 pm on a Friday evening – at $33. Please arrive at least by 6:40 pm for registration, so that we may start on time. Please note: This introduction is a requirement for attending any Sacred Sounds Sacred Movement weekend.
Energy Medicine 101 – Getting Started
A Great Introduction to Energy Work for Self-care, and Self-Empowerment,
or for Supporting human and animal Friends
and Preparation for Level 1 Reiki, Healing Touch, Therapeutic Touch,
or other Energy or Vibrational Medicine Practices
or To Recap, Recommit and Rejuvenate.
TBA – Normally 2 Sunday afternoons - 2 Parts - at The Heart Gate on Bates
These basic, easy to assimilate, courses grew out of Christina’ personal experience during her own journey of how powerful these practices can be ito Self-Care and Self-Empowerment. As a result she has become an enthusiastic advocate for empowering people to gain self-care skills and she has shared Energy Work 101 and related Chakra Journey Work since 2000. In Energy Work Giving truly is Receiving as the relaxation and healing benefits are experienced by both receiver and the giver – a real win-win-win!!! FMI on Christina, her journey and her training, please visit About Christina.
In Part 1, Participants will learn:
- Basic information about the human energy system, including the Chakras;
- How we use energy work consciously or unconsciously in every moment, whether we are aware of it or not;
- To become more aware of our own energy field, what depletes and what boosts it; and
- How to ground, connect and balance it.
In Part 2, Participants will learn:
- How to see energy;
- How to share the tools acquired in Part 1 to consciously support others;
- Where additional training in various Energy Medicine Modalities may be obtained locally.
This introductory course is presented in two parts to allow time for practice – and then return with questions, and to build on what has been learnt during the first part as well as the practice sessions. It is usually great fun and life-long friends are often made.
Various options are available:
- Doing Part 1 only;
- Delaying Part 2 for a few months; or
- With a one week break
Each session runs from 1:00-5:00 pm, and includes breaks to journal, and walking the Heart Gate Labyrinth (an energetic experience).
Please feel free to contact Christina to chat over the options, if you wish.
Please register on-line and send payment to the adress below the registration form. Full payment is required by a week before the event to benefit from the early bird rate of $120; $150 thereafter.
An open heart and mind and a sense of adventure, healthy snacks to support you, a journal and a massage table if you have one, and dress comfortably in layers. If you have a treatment table, please check in with Christina whether to bring that along to Part 2 also
This Workshop in 2 Parts, which is a great preparation for Sacred Movement, will be reapeated in the Fall – Dates TBA.
These Classes are Also Available for:
Groups – also in-home for families and friends supporting someone who is ill, who needs a medical procedure, or is nearing the end of their life experience – or as Private Tuition or Treatment Sessions. Please Contact Christina.
Very Gentle Kripalu Yoga Plus
Classes for Everyone
Tuesdays 3:00-4:30 pm at Ecole Au Coer de L’ile, 566 Linsart Rd (behind the Fire Hall), off Noel in Comox – Drop-ins Welcome.
No Classes Tues 18 June and during school holidays June 2013
Wednesdays 10:00-11:30 am or 6:30-8:00 pm at The Heart Gate – Commitment required
No Classes Wed 19 June 2013 and between Christina’s July Break (see top of page for dates)
Great for Chronic Pain and/or Stress Relief, to Promote Transformation and Healing, for Prenatal Couples preparing for Birth, and for a Deeper Connection with all aspects of Who We Are.
8 Consecutive Yoga Classes: A commitment to 8 classes is highly recommended and preferred in order to build a home practice. Register early as classes are now filling fast - $120 (no credits for classes missed; when there are no classes credits will be carried over). If you are registered for 8 consecutive classes and can not attend, please call a day ahead so we know there is an extra drop-in space – thanks for being considerate!
Drop-ins $20 – available on Tuesdays; but on Wednesdays only available if a regular registrant is unable to attend (please call a day ahead). A regular practice is highly recommended as it has exponentially increased benefit.
Please bring: Your own mat and blanket. Drinking water is highly recommended and you are encouraged to bring a water bottle.
Mat rentals are $3/class – Only available at The Heart Gate.
Yoga Plus for Chronic Pain Relief Series
As soon as a viable number of people have expressed an interest, a new 8-week series to help people who experience chronic pain will be scheduled at a time that works for everyone.
Finding the way to Inner Peace that best works for you.
Thursdays 7:00-8:00, $75 for 6 consecutive classes, starting any time till the class fills. For Drop-ins please call at least a Day ahead! No Classes 29 March – 9 Apr (Inclusive).
Preparing for a Parent’s Passing
For those who would like to be more Aware of the Final Gifts available to us at these times
Will be scheduled as soon as there is 8 people interested
Two Parts, two weeks apart, 1:00-5:00, with homework between the two sessions.
That our parents will pass is a given. We just do not always know when that might be. The earlier we prepare ourselves for this event, the better we are able to be Present to ourselves, our parents and our families at this time.
This Workshop in 2 Parts Based on Christina’s book Messages of Love. Christina will be guiding participants through a series of explorations illustrated by snippets from her own experiences. Each participant will receive an autographed copy of the book. Copies may be also be purchased through the Shop.
1:00-5:00, with breaks for journaling, sharing, snacks or labyrinth walks. Self-exploration homework will be assigned for discussion during Part 2.
Full payment of $200 required with registration. $150 per session thereafter. Two or more family members coming together receive a $20 discount each off the totals!
Please bring: A water bottle, a journal, snacks and a brown bag lunch to sustain you. Dress comfortably in layers. Come with an open heart and mind and a willingness to go beyond where you have gone before.
Introduction to the Chakras
A Summary of the Chakra System
And Taster for the Transformational Chakra Journey Course starting soon after.
Also Available by Request:
If any of the following topics appeal to you
and the are not listed in the upcoming events schedule
please Contact Christina to be added to the waiting lists. As soon as we have sufficient interest, a time will be scheduled that suits the majority of interested potential partcipants.
- Chakra a Week
- Energy Work 101 for Self-Help and Self-Empowerment
- The Heart of Relationship
- Sacred Movement for Beginners
- Self-care during Pregnancy and Beyond
- Very Basic Ayuruveda
- Yoga for Chronic Pain Relief
- Preparing for a Parent’s Passing
- Revisiting a Parent’s Passing; and other topics.
The last two topics are based on the first two Books by Christina: Messages of Love: Stories Around a Mother’s passing and Be Who You Are: Messages froma Father’s Life and Passing, respectively. See Shop.
Christina is available to present
Classes, Workshops, Retreats or Inspirational Talks
for other facilities or groups, world-wide. Please Contact Christina.