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. Melissa guides you in both movement and stillness practices, as well as 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.


8-week Practice Series

Modo Yoga Kelowna
October/November 2020

Registration opens September 1st

This is our fourth year running. An opportunity to recommit to meditation practice in the support of community. This fall we will explore The 10 Oxherding Pictures as our practice guide. For seasoned & beginner practitioners alike.




Melissa is available for private individual or small group classes. Wonderful for working beyond what is taught in drop in classes.  Also supportive for anxiety, stress, trauma and life balance; for either teens or adults.

Working with the body.

It's true, I'll support you to sit in meditation practice.  I'll come right to your office!

Gathering for regular group practice is a modern form of shared community collective. Through movement and stillness of the group, we support one and other in subtle, intimate and profound ways, working beyond language, shifting patterns, habits and supporting the outer world in endless ways. For our hearts, minds, bodies, children, lovers, family, friends, community, art, environment, politic, and world.  Every sentient being on earth.


Melissa offers a variety of ways to enter practice by teaching series in yoga studios, wilderness settings, corporate settings, and beautiful retreat centres. She leads two public classes each week at Modo Yoga Kelowna on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday mornings.

  • Mindfulness Meditation Training & Practice Series

  • Annual Retreats in Costa Rica, Portugal and British Columbia

  • Affiliate Practitioner, The Breath Network for Survivors of Sexual Assult

  • Ethical Engagement Educator, The Lab of Meditation Training Vancouver

  • Somatic Movement for Addiction Recovery, Karis Society Addiction Recovery Centre for Women

  • Compassion & Mindfulness Training​ 

  • Chaplain in residence, Third Space Counselling & Charity

Third Space Charity runs an incredible internship program for Masters graduates of the Social Work and Clinical Counselling Program.
Thursday afternoons we gather at Modo Yoga Kelowna to explore the balance between the work of a clinician, personal care and community engagement.
I am continuously committed to supporting front-line workers.


For Front-line Workers

Monday Nights

Join a group of front-line workers by Zoom each Monday night for an hour of practices led by myself and clinical counsellor Brian Dean Williams. We are exploring how to build resilience during

Covid-19 times.



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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, artists, social innovators and entrepreneurs. 


Tel: 250-870-2101

Kelowna, British Columbia

Instagram: mettawithmelissa


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