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, Yoga & Trauma Informed Mindfulness Teacher.  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 Aboriginal roots, I welcome diversity in gender, race and form.

Based in Kelowna, I lead retreats and workshops around Canada and Internationally.

Check out some of the amazing people and organizations I love working along side.  Curious about working together?  Please do send me a note.




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 series in yoga studios, wilderness settings, corporate settings, and beautiful retreat centres. I also lead two public classes each week at Modo Yoga Kelowna on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday mornings. Private sessions are available for those who want to work further beyond what is offered in drop in classes. 


Meditation, Yoga Retreat with Melissa & Sofia Forman

Stowel Lake Farm 

Salt Spring Island, BC

September 30-October 4th, 2020

This retreat is full.

Spring Retreat Registration opens in February.


Meditation & Yoga Retreat with Melissa & Brian Dean Williams

January 15-22, 2022

Nosara, Costa Rica


Yoga, Meditation Retreat

with Melissa & Suniti Dernovsek

January 22-29th, 2022


Yoga & Meditation Retreat with Melissa & Brian Dean Williams

October 16-23rd, 2021 Vila Nova de Milfontes, Portugal


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.


"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.


Melissa Berry Appleton is a Buddhist Chaplain, Meditation, Yoga Movement & Trauma Informed Mindfulness Teacher.  She leads retreats and workshops in Canada & Internationally specializing in work with professionals in healthcare, not-for-profit leadership, parents, artists, social innovators and entrepreneurs. 


Tel: 250-870-2101

Kelowna, British Columbia

Instagram: mettawithmelissa


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