“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.” – Hafiz
The Village People
‘Aunty’ is a term of endearment in many cultures. It is a sign of respect and love for someone you know has got your back. Some of my favourite conversations start with, “Just between you and me Aunty…”, or “Don’t tell my dad but…”
I could never be a true aunty – anyone who serves others and is present to the moment – without overcoming fatal negative cycles of thought and behaviour.
It’s never people closest to you that step in for the save when life gets really, really tough. It’s your village. The aunties! We heal in community. So let’s give fear the middle finger together.
Please remember, my message comes from pain, not perfection of any sort. I preferred puking in flowerbeds after drinks and drugs, to feeling any negative emotions. Living with trauma requires engagement with the world inside on a daily basis.
Once I came to terms with where I’d been and who I am, then I began to serve, play, and love life in unimaginable ways. I believe this is true and possible for anyone struggling with addiction and mental health issues.
There is special power in the periphery. That’s where the aunties are.
I am a registered yoga teacher, artist, published poet and woman in recovery from hard drugs and alcohol. I live relatively with bipolar disorder and traumatic loss, and so can you. As I own my story, I feel more connected. Mental health education is the way.
Majoring mainly in bar hopping and bad behaviour, I obtained a degree in Cultural Anthropology from the U of C. National Geographic was my magazine of choice growing up and travel to 17 countries has been my best education.
Facilitating groups for over 12 years in recovery, leisure and recreation, and personal growth has shown me the power of connecting with those who know your heart. Making safe containers where people go deep and come home to themselves in their minds/bodies/spirits is my spiritual assignment.
Grouping with people that have walked where you have, and know what you’re feeling has proven to be socially and psychologically effective means to heal. I never want to stop learning and growing.
Head: learning to live well with mental health challenges like grief, loss, caregiver burnout, trauma blocks in a world in collective grief
Heart: find your passion and creativity through stuff we love – dance and yoga, travel, the art, sports, music
Home: tips and tricks on making an amazing sanctuary, functional and inspiring with energy flowing properly
Hope: universal spirituality, meditation, mindfulness, gratitude
As you can already tell, these don’t exist independently of each other.
- Free recorded yoga to do as your schedule allows
- FB group with VIP recordings of special guests, homework, support from one another
- Major resource lists including book recommendations and videos
Higher Power – Help us heal together, so our spirits can soar.
Grant us the confidence and humility required to open up.