Hi, I’m Michelle
My first big endeavor to learn more about health and healing was my enrolment at the International Academy of Natural Health Sciences in Ottawa, ON, Canada. There, I obtained a Natural Health Counsellor (NHC) Diploma as well as Certifications in Nutrition, Herbalism, Reflexology, and Iridology.
Although I learned a lot from my studies with the I.A.N.H.S, I found that I lacked understanding of the more subtle levels of healing, so I also pursued training in the energetic healing modalities of Reiki and Healing Touch Therapy.
After the extra training, I spent some time working as a Health Advisor and Massage/Reflexology Practitioner. That work led me to want to know more about the business side of things as I had a desire to one day own a retreat centre. I held a successful position as a Spa Manager in Vancouver BC.
Over time, however, I realized that I still felt incomplete in my understanding of holistic health, so I enrolled at the School of Ayurveda and Panchakarma in Kannur, India. I walked away with a Diploma in Ayurveda and a better understanding of how our health is affected by our environment, and that the consideration of mind, body and spirit is essential when we talk about health and healing. I found work as an Ayurvedic Therapist but longed to spend more time developing my spirituality.
The following year, I went to Thailand to study at AgamaYoga, where over a three year period I completed 900 hours of yoga training, 400 hours of related workshops and participated in numerous silent meditation retreats. To date, I have spent a total of over 170 days in silent meditation and have not regretted a minute of it.
Soon after I returned to Canada from my yoga studies, I thought it was time to take a step out of the inward reflection and focus on my career again. However, life had another plan for me; in 2013 I was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkins disease. The diagnosis was an unwelcome shock, but it did provide me with many opportunities to reassess my life and get my priorities in order. I am still in recovery from cancer, but have made amazing progress in my healing of my journey with it; after some extreme ups and downs in my healing process, I feel more balanced than I ever have.
A major component to my recovery was my decision to follow my heart’s calling to explore how expression and creativity would serve my growth and healing. I am currently in the second year of my Masters Degree program in Expressive Arts Therapy at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee Switzerland, and with a local module provider in Vancouver, Canada. Expressive Arts has really been an essential piece in my understanding of what true health and wellness is and it has given me a sense of aliveness that I can easily integrate into my daily living.
In my desire to share what I have learned in my years of explorations, I have made this website with the hope that I may inspire others along the path of my ongoing learning and growth. Flowingfree.org contains articles and blog entries on a broad range of topics – please take some time to enjoy the site!