Are you searching for a sense of balance, meaning and connection?
A way to unplug, feel grounded, and find clarity of mind.
Perhaps you are curious about your own True Nature - your basic goodness and love for life.
You are not alone in your search. You've landed on the right page.
Life is precious. Let's not miss it.
I am a Buddhist Chaplain, Meditation, Somatic Movement & Trauma Informed Mindfulness Teacher, and Masters of Clinical Psychology Counselling student. I work with healthcare professionals, parents, university students, women in addiction recovery, retirees, not-for-profit leaders, innovators, artists and activists. As a female with Indigenous roots, I welcome diversity in gender, race and form.
Based in Kelowna, I lead retreats and workshops throughout Canada.
Check out some of the amazing people and organizations I love working along side. Curious about working together? Please do send me a note.
MEDITATION & Resurrecting Goodness in the Body
Explore how alignment, breathing, balancing, stretching and strengthening provide the ideal opportunity to apply Buddhist meditation techniques to experience your mind, bring awareness to habits, and open your heart. My teaching guides both movement and stillness practices, as well offers dharma and poetry readings. Each class encourages gentleness of breath, attention to alignment, creative movement, relationship to the ground and the process of gravity.
I offer a variety of ways to enter practice by teaching workshops and practice series in studios and various organizations. I am an education Chaplain in residence with Third Space Charity, The University of British Columbia Okanagan and visiting education Chaplain at Kelowna General Hospital.
Spirit of Zen
Meditation & Somatic Movement Retreat
Silence & Connection
with Melissa & Suniti Dernovsek
June 14-19th, 2024
Stowel Lake Farm
Salt Spring Island, BC
Supporting Physician Program
An 8 week program generously funded by Kelowna General Hospital Foundation.
Cultivating compassion, responding to burnout, moral despair, and working with systems under enormous pressure.
with Melissa & Dr. Alysha MacKenzie-Feder
Fall Meditation Series
Domestic Monastery home studio
Sept 27 - Oct 25th, 2023
register at firstname.lastname@example.org
PODCAST WITH ELENA BROWER
Join Melissa & Elena Brower on The Practice You Podcast this fall as they discuss their journey as Zen Practitioners and householders walking through the terrain of transitions.
Brian and Melissa role model presence and respect in their language, in their way of being. I’m a nurse and I’ve worked with people my whole life; I consider myself someone who’s very respectful of people. So to meet two people who are on whole other level, I really appreciate it a lot. That’s where I want to be.
DR. DAVID KATES
"I’m looking forward to taking what I learned here and continuing on. I feel inspired to make some changes with my work schedule and my self-care. I’d like to do more yoga, meditation, reading. Those changes will have an impact on my practice, and will make me more human to my patients."
I learn a lot on retreat, both from the planned program and the people who attend. Some retreats are about rest, some are more about being in community. They’re always about taking a break from daily life to build skills, rest, and work on things in an intentional way without distraction.