wellness comes from within
Dr. Jared McCollum
Dr. Jared M. McCollum, Dr.Ac., is passionate about guiding people on their path to health and wellness and helping them discover the amazing healing ability they all hold within themselves. Having graduated from the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2004, Dr. McCollum has extensive training in Acupuncture, Oriental Diet Therapy, Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, Meditation and Taoist Psychology and Psychotherapy. Jared has spent countless hours serving the communities he has lived in over the last 20 years, offering classes in meditation, Qi Gong and programs he has developed which identify emotional blocks and help others let go of extreme emotions and stress. He is committed to improving the health of his patients as well as their community.
Shauna Laubman is a life long learner and curious about the world we live in. Shauna loves
being part of the Okotoks yoga community, where she been teaching yoga for the past 10 years.
Shauna is a dancer, mover, and fitness enthusiast. Her soul shines the brightest when she is in movement and she seeks various modalities in order to shine her light in this way. As Shauna becomes a Nana and enters her midlife journey, she realizes that there has been a vacancy in the discussion of hormonal changes in midlife. This is where Crossroads Midlife Yoga was formed: to help women age with grace, power and voice. Outside of yoga, Shauna teaches high school in Okotoks at Cameron Crossing where she hopes to have a positive impact on her students' lives.
Amber is an experienced educator, with certifications in Reiki, Mindfulness, Youth Yoga and Yin Yoga. Amber honors her conventional training and also embraces wisdom traditions, mind-body practices, and training from alternative fields which include; Yoga, Shamanic Traditions, Crystal Healing and Reiki. Having personally benefited from both conventional and ancient wisdom to create a sense of peace and balance within her life, Amber now shares these teachings with others. As a Practitioner, Speaker, Writer, and Facilitator Amber loves to share her knowledge with others.
Tanya is a Mindset and Empowerment Coach, NLP Master Practitioner and Instructor, EFT (tapping), Hypnotherapy and Reiki Practitioner and the founder of Tanya Lleigh Coaching. She is on a mission to guide and support you in discovering and embodying your authentic voice by removing the limiting beliefs, self-sabotaging behaviours, and self-defeating habits that are keeping you feeling stuck so that you can truly live your best life.
Gillian is an initiated Priestess, International Soul Coaching® Trainer, Feng Shui Master, Energy Healer, a Midwife to Wisdom and a Natural Witch. She has an innate ability to unleash one’s own soul’s magick. It is Gillian’s journey to support one in remembering their heart song and to live a passion-filled, inspired, harmonious and joyful life. Join Gillian in remembering your magickal self.
Shalyn is a Warrior. She is a guide on a mission to support and empower others to embark on their self-healing journey. She is a mother of three, grandmother of two, wife and yOGi. She is the owner of The Real yOGi Wellness Studio & Boutique in Okotoks, Alberta. She teaches yoga and meditation classes, hosts special events and opens her heart and doors to the community each day. She has created a safe, inclusive space where people can come to heal. Yoga saved her life; therefore, she is passionate about empowering others to invite the healing power of real yoga into their lives too. When she is not at her studio, you can find her with her toes in the sand on her beach on the shores of Lake Superior.
Todd is passionate about guiding people on their path to health and wellness through meditation and sound to help release physical and mental stress while embracing a holistically spiritual path. After spending several years practicing meditation as a means to balance his own life and manage personal traumas which plagued him throughout his life, he sought to learn more as a means to share this gift with others. This led him to recently completing his Meditation Instruction and Holistic Counselling Tools course, along with a Reiki Practitioner. Todd is currently embracing this gift and sharing with many others by initiating meditation clubs at work and being a leader in emotional intelligence. In addition, he is also a huge advocate of shedding the stigma on men’s mental and emotional health and is leading a Men’s Meditation and Wellness Club, The ShaMen Tribe.
Cara is a spiritual teacher, Psychic, Medium, Intuitive, Reiki Master/Teacher, Shaman and ultimately YOUR SOUL FRIEND. She is a former professional Engineer who awakened to her spirituality after the death of her dear sister in 2009. She immersed herself in everything to do with the meaning of life, healing and spirituality. The deeper she went the more of herself she found. Committed to understanding life from a wholistic point of view she explored body, mind and spirit, nutrition, outdoor fitness, reiki, shamanism, spirituality, essential oils, and more. She channeled the drive previously used for success in the engineering world to uncover wholistic ways to truly live. By 2012 she could no longer ignore the intuition and healing capability that was emerging. She boldly left her engineering career behind to "BE the change’ she wanted to see in the world, and to live HER BEST LIFE. Founding Anam Cara – Your Soul Friend in 2012, and Heart Wild Adventures in 2018, she has coached, trained and healed people of all ages. Cara truly is a friend to your soul and she will call you into your best being.
With a passion for helping helpers, Fawna uses her master’s in counselling alongside a wide range of
wholistic approaches to reconnect you to who you are in Truth. Fawna loves the game of Bridge, her
favorite song is the 59th Street Bridge song, so basically, it’s all about bridges. As an author, counsellor, coach, healer, and accredited partnership broker and puzzle aficionado she loves making connections. Based in the beautiful Foothills of Alberta, Fawna believes that starting with yourself and then working together we can create Heaven on Earth. Every piece expressing itself in harmony with the rest is essential.
Claire MacEachen has been a teacher of yoga for 15 years now and not a day goes by where she doesn't reap the rewards of living a yogic lifestyle. Claire started a personal practice in 2000, looking for a stretch class, and soon realized that the benefits far exceeded stretching her muscles. As she continued with a regular yoga practice, Claire soon discovered the ancient techniques of yoga were about slowing down the pace, paying attention and being fully present. That along with breathing practices, self inquiry, and meditation, have all led her to a calmer more joyous version of herself. The natural progression was to learn more and in 2008 Claire excitedly took her 200 hour yoga teacher course. She began teaching and it has become the single most thing in her life that she never tires of. Claire continued to study yoga with Rod Stryker and over the last ten years has successfully completed her level 1 ParaYoga certification.
Kristell Court is a Coach, Human Design Guide, Certified Yoga Teacher, Reiki Practitioner and Dance Instructor. Using these modalities, Kristell aims to alignothers with their true authenticity, embodying all sides of their being. One of Kristell’s greatest joys has been supporting individuals in their development. She has been fortunate to do so in the corporate world, in the classroom and in the yoga and dance studio. She is a natural cheerleader, bringing joy and positivity to all she does. Kristell offers one-on-one coaching, Human Design sessions, and hosts workshops and small group classes. Additionally, Kristell holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary and is a Certified Child Development Assistant. In her downtime you will find Kristell cooking healthy meals for her loved ones,reading with her dog, spending time in nature, enjoying live music and travelling with her family…especially near the ocean.
Amanda is a Wellness/Spiritual Life Coach who focuses on turning moments of trauma and pain into transformational moments of purpose and growth. After spending years searching for fulfillment, and enduring a few "dark nights of the soul", Amanda was able to find meaning in one of her most difficult experiences to date- an abortion that left her feeling alone, judged, and ashamed. It set her on a path of spiritual healing and self improvement that she desperately needed. Through her healing she found that sharing her experiences, modalities, and insights was uplifting those around her and inspiring them to also move forward on their journey. She quickly saw that she was being called to contribute to the greater good in coaching/helping others. Professionally, Amanda has spent years in coaching roles working in management, human resources, and personal training. She brings a well rounded approach calling in both spirituality and doses of reality to help others move through their blocks towards wholeness, authenticity, and purpose.
Lola (she/they) has long been a lover of movement, from her early years as a competitive figure skater to her early 20s rave days as a professional go-go dancer. Movement has been Lola’s passion and medicine. For the last 16 years, Lola has had a prevalent career as an International, award-winning burlesque performer touring North America and Europe as a headliner while teaching workshops and progressive classes. Stages and studios have been her home in Vancouver, where Lola and her business partner, Cherry OnTop, opened the Vancouver Burlesque Company, established in 2011, and thrives still. Lola has had over 10 appearances at The Burlesque Hall of Fame, including 3 spots in the Reigning Queen competition, where in 2013 she took home the title 2nd Runner Up – Reigning Queen of Burlesque Miss Exotic World at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. Lola has been a Headlining Performer at the Colorado, Calgary, Windy City, Minneapolis, Texas, Stockholm Burlesque Festivals, and the Southwest Burlesque Showcase. In January 2020, Lola hung up her touring shoes to pursue teaching full-time; after the pandemic, she relocated to Okotoks with the intention of opening a studio in 5 years. She saw the opportunity to pursue this goal sooner and is now the proud founder and creative director of Full Circle Movement Studio in the heart of downtown Okotoks. She and her crew curate inclusive, connected and intentional fitness and social wellness for folks that might not have seen themselves in the fitness industry before. Full Circle celebrates diversity, community and autonomy by offering choice-based classes in Pilates, Yoga, Barre, Mindful Strength, Dance and more!
Danielle is a Reiki practitioner and writing teacher who is passionate about untangling the art of journaling and helping this practice become more attainable for all. Journaling has been a constant resource for her, through overcoming depression, anxiety and navigating motherhood in today’s world. She believes that our deepest knowledge comes from our intuition and journaling is a magical way to
access it. Her mission is to teach others how to approach their journaling practice with ease and joy, building a more authentic connection to self.
Michelle Agopsowicz has a Masters in Social Work, a Bachelors in Disability Studies and is a Reiki Master. Michelle offers counselling and education opportunities from a holistic, trauma informed perspective. She aims to create wellness and balance through the integration of traditional counselling and mindfulness techniques. This approach has developed through her own journey of having an autoimmune condition, trauma, and anxiety. She offers practices and discussions that can guide us to live a more fulfilled and authentic experience with self compassion. She believes strongly that trauma is a universal human experience that affects the body, mind, and spirit. She believes that addressing our suffering leads to a journey that is beautiful, painful and ultimately reconstructs our fundamental meaning of compassion, humanity and our place in the world.
Jessica Meister is a passionate sound healer, coach, and a catalyst for transformation. Since 2021, Jessica has been harnessing the power of sound to facilitate healing and growth, and her journey has been nothing short of extraordinary. Even before formally embracing sound healing in 2021, Jessica was already deeply involved in the world of coaching, having collaborated with coaches since 2017. Recognizing the profound impact of coaching on personal development, she decided to become a coach herself, adding another layer to her healing expertise.
Jessica's path to sound healing and coaching has been a profound one. Battling her own inner struggles with depression, she discovered the profound healing effects of sound therapy, particularly through crystal singing bowls. This realization sparked a fire within her to share this gift with others, guiding them towards emotional balance, healing, and the ability to manifest their dreams.
Fueled by her newfound purpose, Jessica embarked on a life-changing journey to Costa Rica, carrying her cherished crystal singing bowls with her for a transformative period of seven months. During this time, she worked to raise the vibrations of the planet, touching the lives of many individuals along the way. Upon returning from Costa Rica, Jessica decided to expand her reach and impact by offering one-on-one coaching sessions. Combining her expertise as a sound healer and coach, she tailors her approach to address the unique needs and aspirations of each individual she works with. Driven by an insatiable hunger for knowledge and growth, Jessica's commitment to personal and professional development is unwavering. She dedicates herself to continuous learning, always seeking to expand her toolbox of healing modalities and coaching techniques. Her ultimate goal is to empower as many people as possible to create positive change in their own lives, igniting a ripple effect of transformation across the globe.
Theresa is a Kundalini Yoga Lead Teacher Trainer and Oxygen Advantage Advanced Breathing Instructor. With over 20 years of experience, she focuses on the science of breath (pranayama), functional alignment and movement, meditation, and sound therapy, including yoga-based programs for addiction recovery. Theresa offers a unique approach and style to her teachings. With a deeper understanding of the physiology of breath, functional alignment, and posture, she unifies yogic teaching with science-based evidence. Theresa’s passion has always been to assist people to initiate and trust their own capacity to self-heal and live to their full potential. Theresa has had the privilege of helping many clients of all ages and walks of life (in person or online) with conditions ranging from stress, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, ADD, depression, grief, addiction, insomnia, asthma, and physical restrictions.
Lisa is the founder and owner of the Foothills Wellness Retreat. She began her wellness journey in 2018 which led to realizing a need for healing through self-awareness. On this path, she has experienced firsthand what Yoga, Meditation and Wellness Retreats have to offer towards self-awareness and healing. Yoga Nidra was foundational for allowing stillness to be present, which was the medicine for awareness, curiosity, healing and change, to ultimately live a happier and healthier life. Through passion and personal growth, Lisa obtained her certifications as a Yoga and Yoga Nidra Teacher. Currently she teaches Rest and Restore Yoga/Nidra classes as a way to give back to others what truly helped create her own healing journey.
Tabitha is an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) coach and certified life coach. She is also a Reiki Practitioner and Breathwork Facilitator. Tabitha has facilitated both local and international retreats to bring a more personal experience to her coaching. She has helped individuals struggling to release past traumas from their timeline to heal on a deeper level through her energy healing skills bringing balance back into the mind, body, and soul. When you work with Tabitha you are invited into a sacred space where we will deepen your relationship with yourself and give you the life tools to heal your soul and help you to become the best-aligned version of yourself you desire to be. Once you leave behind your conditioning, you will see the lasting impacts on your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual state.
Charlotte was involved in a terrible car accident at 34. She had a near death experience, where she would be surrounded by a beautiful white light. She would then hear a man’s voice telling her, “It isn’t your time. You need to go back”. Four months after healing from her accident, Charlotte had a stroke. After both instances, her life became intense with the feeling of love along with people’s energies on earth, as well as spirits from the other side. After several passing’s in a short period of time, including her baby brother, Charlotte began to see, hear, sense, know, and feel what Spirit was trying to communicate through her, to their loved ones. Charlotte went to another well-known Canadian Psychic Medium to find out what was going on with her, because she was not fully aware of what a Medium was. But when she clarified to Charlotte, that she was “like her”, she knew she wanted to share messages to those that needed to hear and know their loved ones were at peace on the other side.
For Shannon, becoming a clinical hypnotherapist was written in the stars. Even as young girl she would playfully pretend to
hypnotize people….and often it would work!
Throughout the years, while working as a guided meditation
facilitator and mindfulness coach, people often sought her out for help with various issues. She determined that she needed to pursue better tools to help people effectively and with authority. Today, as an ARCH accredited and registered hypnotherapist, she is here to help you find lasting solutions to chronic problems. Through the use of the evidence-based, trauma-informed modality of hypnotherapy, she helps people to heal by working with both the conscious and the subconscious mind. As a mental health practitioner, she focusses on getting to the SOURCE of the presenting issues and that is when profound changes can occur. Shannon is extensively trained to help with a wide variety of mental and physical challenges.
Kristel was born and raised in Belgium. In 2001, her husband and two sons, ages seven and two at the
time, moved to Alberta, Canada.
In 2018, she was diagnosed with an aggressive type of breast cancer and their life dramatically
changed. As a child, she was always drawn to horses but never had the opportunity to pursue any horse-related activities. During her cancer journey and treatments, she felt a strong desire to re-connect with
horses, whether it was through riding lessons, equine therapy, or even chance encounters on the side
of the road. Horses grounded her- watching them, petting them, talking to them lifted her spirits.
When she finished treatment, she knew she wanted to pursue a path that included horses. She did
extensive research and discovered Equine Assisted Learning – a horse and human interactive process
that paves the way for profound learning and growing. Training to become a facilitator at Cartier
Farms in Saskatchewan was a life-changing experience for her. What began as an exercise in personal development opened a door to extraordinary connection, hope and healing.
Today, she looks forward to sharing Equine Assisted Learning with others. She know in her heart that
this experience is transformational, and those who choose to come along will be deeply moved by the
gentle abiding wisdom of our horse guides.