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. In 2019 she was lay-ordained in the Prajna Mountain Soto Zen Buddhist lineage. Chaplaincy guides Melissa how one might come along side challenges while supporting the restoration of goodness in the body and world. Her current work explores The Domestic Monastery, community life, ritual/ceremony, cultural anxiety, 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 Yoga & Meditation Retreats in Costa Rica
Silent Retreat, Denman Island Hermitage 2020
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
Addiction Recovery Retreats, Shift Education & ENSO Society