This Years Facilitators
Colleen is the founder and creatrix of WILD WELLNESS and SHE IS WILD FEST, a women’s festival held in both BC and Alberta. SHE IS WILD FEST was created so that womxn have a place to re-connect with ceremony and sacred play, to build their tribe of sisters and to re-member their wild essence through the expansive workshops.
Colleen holds monthly wild woman gatherings in BC as well as weekend retreats throughout the year in various locations around the province. She is a lifelong student of the shamanic arts and will be holding her first MEDICINE WHEEL in 2023. She has trained with Christine Selda of the Shamanic Yoga Institute in Squamish, the FSS and has studied nordic shamanism, with the intention to honour and connect with her ancestors and blood lineage. Her guides and her council are her main teachers, working with them daily to build their relationship.
Her work’s intention is to wake the wild within and break open the cages that keep so many confined. She stands for liberation and freedom from societal pressures, guiding those who come to her workshops and events back home to themselves. Her medicine is to help you remember who you are and to know that it is enough.
Colleen is most at home in the wildest of places, with only nature surrounding her. Her most empowering moment was running her first ultra-marathon, which took her on a 125km trail run through the northern Alberta mountains.
She is a mother to two wild hearts and a wild rescue dog. She is a partner to a loving and supportive heart-centred man.
Kyra Newton is a dance artist and Medicine Movement facilitator in Calgary, AB. She is passionate about using movement as a tool for self-expression and to connect to our intuition. In her work as a facilitator, she inspires others to go inwards and honour what they feel on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Newton studied contemporary dance and sociology at Simon Fraser University. She has also obtained certifications in DanceAbility, AXIS teacher training, Inner Journeys Ecstatic Dance, Rozsa Arts Management, Herbology, and Animal Flow. She has travelled across North America to receive high-caliber training as a professional dancer and to study different movement methodologies. Kyra is a choreographer, moved by the power of dance and the effects it has on both the performer and the viewer. She is the latest artistic director of Momo Movement, a dance company for people with disabilities, the co-creator of YYC Contemporary Dance, a professional training program, and is the artistic director of Blissful Dance, an accessible digital dance company for all bodies. Her choreographic works have been presented by Theatre Junction Grand, W&M Dance Project, the Ignite Festival of Emerging Artists, Collide, Dance Blitz, Fluid Festival, Astral Harvest Festival, Reign Bough Fiddle, Sangha, High-Performance Rodeo, and NextFest. Newton has performed with La Caravan Dance Theatre, Corps Bara, Con8 Collective, Deya Dova, Project in Tandem, Ruth Levin, Rufi Oswaldo and several Vancouver artists. Through her embodiment company, Align-Meant, Kyra is dedicated to creating spaces for people to feel accepted, seen, and heard. She offers ecstatic dance, sacred ceremony, somatic movement classes, 1:1 somatic sessions, women’s workshops, retreats, and collaborates with other artists and healers to offer community workshops and events. Kyra is constantly re-inspired by how dance medicine serves people to shift their state of being and go inwards to heal.
I am a Calgary based yoga instructor whose areas of focus are around mindful movement that supports a deep understanding of our physical and energetic bodies. I began my yoga practice in 2013 when a severe back injury brought me to critical alignment therapy, discovering a connection to my body I didn’t know existed. Furthermore, the journey beyond the self and journey of self-realization has been a passion of mine from a very young age, and I love guiding others on their journey to reclaiming their power. I have an arts degree from The University of Calgary and have training in Yin and Hatha Yoga. I also work with children with disabilities and strongly believe that movement, in any and all capacities, has the ability to heal and bring people together.
Rebecca is a sound healer, reiki master and spiritual guide. A student of life and sister in Light. Her soundbaths are unlike any you have ever experienced before, taking you on a deeply healing journey into your own soul. Utilizing the frequencies and vibrations of her beautiful crystal singing bowls she carries your consciousness into a relaxing theta state where you will go on an adventure to unlock hidden aspects of self. She will have you believing in magic after just one session! It is her honour to offer this beautiful medicine, shining her light through sound.
Keli is no stranger to mind, body and spirit awareness, having been introduced to transcendent meditation at 6 years old. She has also raised three children with the understanding and knowledge of consciousness, healing and presence. With well over 2600 hours of personal development course experience, Keli is a Chopra Certiﬁed Transcendent Meditation Teacher (PSM®), Conscious Breathwork Facilitator and Trainer, Conscious Relationship, Uncoupling and Parenting Coach, as well as the founder of “The Other Side of Average – Therapy for the Soul“.
Alisa is a Certified Life Coach based in Calgary. Her holistic approach brings clarity, direction, and positive support for her clients. Alisa helps clients live their best life after trauma and abuse, by filling the gap between where they are now, and where they want to be. By identifying where growth is desired, setting goals and objectives, and holding accountability, clients will reach their highest goals and dreams. Alisa is trained in helping people find themselves, find direction, and true happiness in all aspects of their lives after abuse and traumatic experiences. We all have a strength within us. You are already born with the qualities you will need to get everything you have ever wanted! Alisa helps her clients reach each milestone, one at a time. With an ultimate end goal of satisfaction and success.
Hely Rose Phillips
With a background in competitive tennis, Hely was drawn to the healing benefits of yoga at a young age and since completing her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training In Goa aged 21, has been engrossed in the practice and holistic healing modalities ever since.
She is passionate about providing a healing & nurturing space for individuals to reconnect to themselves, their bodies & others around them.
Originally from London, UK, Hely has recently been residing in Vancouver, British Columbia immersing herself in nature as much as possible.
To know Yarrow is to know her deep Love of Singing in Circles and conversing with our plant friends. Since the 90s her journey has taken her to countless Rainbow Gatherings, Song Gatherings, Festivals, Skill Shares all over this Cascadia Landscape. Yarrow has taken it as a true honour to collect, learn, record and share these Sacred Circle Songs. A Song Holder with an endless library of these collective prayers, Yarrow welcomes the chance to share and teach these songs to everyone.
Yarrow’s friendship with the plant beings aids her in her medicine making and harvesting. She has tended to the land she care takes in Cherryville, creating a permaculture food forest as well as a community space for gatherings and skill shares.