Melissa Berry Appleton has been a student of yoga for over 20 years. She received extensive teacher training in both yoga and meditation from Michael Stone, Karen Sprute Francovich, and a slew of Anusara Teachers. Well trained in Vinyasa, Restorative, Trauma Informed Somatic Movement, and Meditation Teacher Training. Her classes invite people to explore inner landscapes of the body, outer landscapes of the world, compassion, creativity, wise alignment, and breath. Both yoga and meditation practices are strong, gentle, and accessible in the same way we might want our lives to be.
Currently, Melissa is in Buddhist Chaplaincy Training at Upaya Zen Centre, New Mexico under the study of Roshi Joan Halifax. She is also practices with Norman Fischer from Everyday Zen and is a member of the Mountain Rain Zen Centre, Vancouver. In 2019 she was lay-ordained in the Prajna Mountain Soto Zen Buddhist lineage. Chaplaincy guides Melissa how one might come along side life's challenges while supporting the restoration of goodness in the body, heart/mind, and world. Her current work explores The Domestic Monastery, community life, ritual/ceremony, cultural anxiety, trauma, addiction, consumption of information technology, time, and the greater impact on the future of our world. How does self-care and spiritual formation serve as a collective 'we care' ultimately unfolding our greatest aspirations for parenting, partnership, intimacy, ecological connection, meaningful work, and influence on generations moving forward.
Melissa teaches two yoga classes each week and specializes in workshops and retreats. She doesn't lead teacher trainings but is always happy to support developing teachers upon request through the ancient practice of dana. Former Executive Director of ENSO Society (registered charity), Melissa continues her passion for collaboration with amazing Buddhist Practitioners, Clinical Counsellors, Yoga & Movement Specialists, and Wilderness Guides.
Melissa is married, has three teens, a big black lab and a home tucked into the woods with chores that are never complete. She used to work as a Music & Recreation Therapist and Addiction Counsellor, but then everything changed. Everything is still shifting and moving today.
Passionate work projects include:
Annual Meditation & Yoga/Movement Retreat, Costa Rica
Annual Meditation & Yoga/Movement Retreat, Portugal
Almost Silent Retreats
Chaplain Residency, Somatic Movement, Karis Addiction Recovery Centre for Women
Dharma-Inspired Wilderness Expeditions for Teens
Mindfulness & Compassion Training.
8-week Meditation Series, Body as a Resource Buddha Mind
8-week Metta Practices for our 21st Century world.
Addiction Recovery Retreats, Shift Education & ENSO Society
500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training - Michael Stone
200 Hour Meditation Teacher Training - Michael Stone
500 Hour Anusara Teacher Training - Karen Sprute Francovich, Michael Siddal, John Friend, Desire Rumbaugh, Sianna Sherman, Paul Muller Ortega, Douglas Brooks.
100 Hour Yoga Therapeutics - Ross Rayburn
100 Hour Restorative Teacher Training - Judith Hanson Lasater
100 Hours Trauma Informed Training - The Breath Network
5000 + Hours Buddhist Chaplaincy Training - Upaya Zen Centre
Secular Buddhist Studies, Stephen Batchelor
1000 + Hours Silent Meditation Retreat - Soto Zen Sesshin
Batchelor of Music Therapy
Masters of Divinity Candidate