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.

Compassion Series

8-weeks series

at Melissa's home studio

cushions provided


6:30 - 7:30 pm

Tea and snacks following.

April 6 - May 25th, 2022

Melissa's new home studio

Pre-register by donation

Email Melissa directly.

All proceeds support

Individuals representing marginalized people  BIPOC & LGTBQ+ persons who are actively engaged in outreach or social justice initiatives are highly encouraged to apply, in the hopes that these teachings may ripple out to the communities in which you serve.  Donatations provide bursaries for retreats.


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.


I offer a variety of ways to enter practice by teaching series in yoga studios, wilderness settings, corporate settings, and beautiful retreat centres. I lead two public drop in classes each week at Modo Yoga Kelowna .

  • Fall & Spring Meditation Training & Practice Series, MODO Yoga 

  • Annual Retreats in Costa Rica & Portugal

  • Spirit of Zen Meditation Retreats, Stowel Lake Farm, Salt Spring Island

  • Affiliate Practitioner, The Breathe Network for Survivors of Sexual Assault

  • Ethical Engagement Educator, The Lab of Meditation Training Vancouver

  • Compassion Training, Third Space Charity

  • Chaplain in residence, Internship Educator, Third Space Counselling & Charity


Third Space Charity runs an incredible internship program for University Masters graduates  of Social Work and Clinical Counselling Programs.

Thursday afternoons we gather to explore the balance between the work of a clinician, personal care and community engagement.



Join a virtual community

gathering once a month. Guided movement, meditation practice & dharma story exploring what it means to live by vow.  An exploration of Buddhist precepts, Yogic Yamas, and an ethical life.  Often knowns as the very foundation of meditation practice and a great way to stay connected and dive deeper after retreats and workshops.

Pre-registered 12 month series. Offered by Dana.

Starting January 2021

10 am - 12 pm PST

January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9th, June 13, July 11, August 8th, September 12th, October 10th, November 14th, December 12th