Photo by Theresa Swain Thousand Woofs Photography

Photo by Theresa Swain Thousand Woofs Photography

Parkinson’s disease is extremely rare in people under 40, so it took a long time to diagnose for me. For a really long time, (like 20 years) I thought my unexplained symptoms were all in my head, or due to some subconscious trauma or cosmic lesson. I kept trying to figure it out. A few years ago, not having been able to solve the riddle, I decided I just had to live my life anyways. I was blessed with this super dynamic, curious, active, little guy who I knew would force me to expand the moment he came out of the womb. My plan was to go back to work after my maternity leave, but I couldn’t manage it anymore with the on/off cycles of my parkinson’s disease in my job as an urban planner. So now I find myself in the unexpected role of stay-at-home mom/youngish “retired” woman managing a chronic illness/woman who feels compelled to write a blog about her experiences with self-healing and parenting. I have always had a lot of interests and been a voracious reader. I spent years learning everything I could about self-healing, especially yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Now, I’m more focused on respectful parenting, child development, educational approaches like Montessori, Waldorf and Reggio, and of course I’m still learning everyday about living and coping with an unpredictable progressively debilitating disease.

I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 

Training, Retreats and Courses Taken

Yasodhara Ashram Personal Retreat, June 2006

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, 2007

Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training, 2008

Non-Violent Communication, 2011

Embracing Conflict, Creating Peace, 2013

Zone of Optimal Performance, 2013

Heartmath: Activating your heart’s intelligence, 2014

Vipassana 10 day Silent Meditation Course for Business Executives and Government Officials, 2014

Yasodhara Yoga Development Course, 2015

Yasodhara Hatha Yoga Teacher Certificate, 2015

Vipassana 4-day Meditation Course, 2016

Courses Given

A New Perspective on Conflict, Alberta Professional Planners Association Conference, 2014

Yoga and Creativity, 2015