Meet this year’s Stretch Heal Grow team

Every once in awhile the stars align and a great group of people come together to make a difference in the lives of others.

This is how I feel about the team I have assembled for the first annual Stretch Heal Grow yoga retreat for young women with breast cancer. The practitioners and teachers joining us this year are colleagues who have made a huge difference in my recovery process and life in general and I am so excited to share them with the group. We also have a few people on the team that are new to me and come highly recommended that I  am really looking forward to working with.

I feel so lucky and blessed to be creating this experience with a group of professional, intelligent, funny and talented women who are all volunteering their time and their love.

May I introduce the fantastic practitioners who will be working with me at the Stretch Heal Grow retreat this July. A heartfelt thank you to each of you!

Bev Ball –B.A. Kine (Sp. Hon), R.M.T.

Beverley’s current practice focuses on the use of Massage Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Intra Oral Therapy and Acupuncture to aid and foster an optimal balance of health and wellness to clients of all ages. She specializes in the treatment of TMJ Syndrome and also deals with sport, pregnancy and stress related musculoskeletal and neurological concerns.  In addition to working with the physical aspects of the body, Beverley pays keen attention to emotional and cognitive aspects of the individual and works towards assisting her clients in their own interpersonal growth.

Lacey Budge – R.H.N. , Yoga Teacher

Lacey Budge strives to live her life by the message “Be the change you wish to see in the world!” She keeps a positive attitude and outlook on life, practices and teaches yoga and meditation and follows a whole food, plant based diet. Her lifestyle supports her love for the environment and her own overall health and well-being. As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N), she understands the interrelationship of the mind-body-spirit and its connection with our mother earth. She enjoys working with her clients to develop individualized wellness programs through the use of natural, whole, nutrient-dense foods; menu plans, supplementation and lifestyle modifications (exercise, yoga, stress management). She strongly believes that with holistic nutrition, we can get to the root of the imbalance and learn how to make changes that last.

It was her path of Seva, selfless service, that led her to Shanti Retreat on Wolfe Island. Lacey is currently the manager at Shanti, as well as part of the wellness team as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a 200 hour Certified Yoga Instructor.

Leo Mowry – Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master, Author

Leo owns Village Yoga in Toronto, where she teaches private and group classes, specializing in helping people relieve chronic pain with therapeutic yoga.  She is the host of A Brand New Day, the empowering yoga-inspired TV show on Rogers TV. Leo is also the co-author of “Advancing Your Yoga Practice: The Art of Slowing Down”, the fifth book in the world-renowned Anatomy and Asana series, and the creator of “The Voice of Relaxation, Volume 1”, her first cd of guided relaxations.

She is a certified Reiki Master, the Yoga Director for the Toronto Trails Festival and Ontario Walks, a 2-time lululemon ambassador and an ongoing contributor of expertise and articles for various TV shows, web sites, and publications.  To learn more, visit http://www.villageyoga.ca.

 Jennifer Wheeler, BSc, ND – Naturopathic Doctor

Following graduation from Queen’s University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and relevant work in the field, Jennifer began her career in healthcare at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Her naturopathic training includes additional certification in the administration of Intravenous Therapy. She is extensively trained to provide primary health care to patients of all ages and conditions, and devotes some of her practice to the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Jennifer is licensed in Ontario by the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy and is a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

What a team!