Past Events

2018 NWT Wellness Events

NWTwellnessPosterSaturday, October 20, 2018
Northern United Place, Yellowknife

11:00 am – 2:00 pm | Wellness Resource Fair

An opportunity to meet and talk to local health and wellness practitioners about their products and services. Exhibitors include:

  • Beauty Counter with Janell Dautel
  • Collective Soul Space
  • Etandah Organic Day Spa
  • Gaia Clinic
  • Healing Touch with Sylvie Francoeur
  • HypnoTherapy with Lecia Plamondon
  • Moms Boobs and Babies
  • Nourish North (Functional and Holistic Nutrition) with Sara Aloimonos
  • NWT Breast Health/Breast Cancer Group
  • Yin Yang NutritionYK with Ozgur Oner
  • YK Massage Therapy and Green Goddess Organic Products with Janice Clement
  • Young Living Essential Oils Shirley Milnes

2:00 – 4:00 pm | Trauma and the Body – Integrate the Past to Fully Live in the Present, Nataschaa Chatterton

The long-lasting impacts of unresolved trauma can grip the body and wreak havoc on health, relationships, families and communities long after the experiences have ended. The body becomes stuck in a cycle of perceiving continual threats to survival and mobilizes to protect through the fight, flight or freeze response. This system works instantaneously and outside of a person’s awareness. The continual threat response requires tremendous amounts of energy to maintain, contributing to exhaustion, shut down and depression. A person living in this pattern can feel as though life is a never ending roller coaster. This can have debilitating impacts on a person’s life.

Symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty maintaining healthy relationships
  • Anxiety, worry and chronic fear of the future
  • Unexplainable physical symptoms such as IBS, Fibromyalgia, early onset arthritis, chronic pain
  • Feelings of depression, low motivation and lethargy
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Trouble maintaining work and other commitments
  • Feeling like the world is out to get you
  • Flashbacks and nightmares
  • Feeling stuck in patterns of pain, hurt and despair

A history of trauma also impacts attachment patterns. These patterns dictate how we bond and form interpersonal relationships with others. Connection in itself becomes a threat that triggers a push and pull cycle. Relationships become entrenched in a dance of desperately wanting contact while simultaneously experiencing the deep fear of not being loveable or good enough. A cyclone of pain, loneliness and fighting can become the norm.

There is a way through the tornado that trauma keeps a person stuck in. Learn how to create the conditions to support the movement of traumatic energy to support living in greater harmony.

This short workshop will seek to understand these cycles and the mechanisms of the brain and body that inform the memory systems that cause this. We will explore the window of tolerance and how a thriving nervous system responds to threat. Applying exercises, visualizations and regulation techniques, participants will experience methods to develop awareness of the body sensations that contribute to the cycle. This will support the possibility of resolving the stuck energies and promote the ability to live more fully in the present. We will explore:

  • The memory system and how it gets us stuck
  • How painful early relationships may have sabotaged our adult relationships
  • Building awareness of what is happening in the body
  • How to increase the ability to release pain and welcome wellness
  • Living in the now, instead of being ruled by the past and worry of the future
  • How to change difficult relationship cycles
  • Relationships as places of strength
  • Mindfulness, breath, awareness, visualization strategies
  • Welcoming the mind, body, emotions and spirit back into harmony

This workshop will discuss difficult topics in a safe and non-judgemental space.

4:00 – 5:00 pm | Panel Discussion and Q&A | Trauma and Healing – My Journey

Hear inspirational stories from local northerners who have experienced trauma in their life, and how they moved forward toward healing and perseverance. The panel will be moderated by Nataschaa Chatterton and include the following panelists (please visit our Presenters page for their biographies):

  • Paul Andrew
  • Jackie Hardy
  • Catherine Lafferty
  • Cheyanna Fraser
  • Elizabeth Monroe

2017 NWT Wellness Events

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Healing Touch for Children
Collective Soul Space, Lower Level Scotia Centre, 5102-50th Ave
Saturday, April 29, 1:00 – 4:00 | $20

Hosted by Sylvie Francoeur

This workshop emphasis the belief that all children are capable of learning and using healing energy for their own self-care and self-comfort, as well as for the care and comfort of others. This workshop is for children aged 6-9 years old (and an accompanying parent) to learn basic energy concepts in a simple and enjoyable format as well as how to create a stronger sense of self. Participants will come away with 12 simple and easy tools they can use in their daily life.

The book, My Helpful Healing Touch: A Guide for Empowering Children is included. Healing Touch is a gentle, complementary energy-based approach to health and healing.


A Simple Hello Can Shake the World
Lower Level Scotia Centre Boardroom, 5102-50th Ave
Saturday, May 20, 1:00 – 3:00 | $10

Hosted by Emily Roback

Most people take their ability to hear for granted but almost four in 1000 Canadians are born with some degree of hearing disability or will develop early progressive hearing loss. Yellowknife is about work-life balance. It is also where the adventure can begin again. Environmental stressors can play a role in reducing or eliminating ones ability to hear sounds around them.

The purpose of this presentation is to provide simple techniques on how to restore and improve your hearing before considering hearing aids or surgery. Being partially deaf means knowing how to use music and technology to improve health and well-being. It is a wonderful experience to be able to hear someone say hello and return the greeting with self-confidence. Self-confidence is the best outfit in all environments. Participants will have an opportunity to learn 5 different relay systems and how to create an audio-visual accessible home and work environment.


Naturally Dene – Plant Medicine Workshops
Out on the Land, location to be confirmed
Saturday, June 10, 9:00 – 5:00 | $20

Guided by Lila Erasmus

This full-day workshop is an opportunity to learn and harvest the plants that grow naturally within Denendeh.

In the morning, Lila will take participants out on the Ingraham Trail to learn about and collect native species plants that can be used to make teas, salves and even medicines. As a group, you will learn how to infuse plants into oils to extract the medicine properties. After a healthy traditional lunch (provided), participants will learn how to process the infused oil into a cream, producing naturally derived products that can be used at home.


Our Home, Our Health – Keeping our Home Healthy
Lower Level Scotia Centre Boardroom, 5102-50th Ave

Tuesday, September 19, 6:30 – 8:00 | $10

Hosted by Ryan Beissel, Health Canada

Do I know what goes into the products I use each day? Is there a health risk or hazard? How can I reduce the risks to myself and those in my care?

We don’t always know how to answer these questions. The Chemical Awareness Learning Modules (CALM) workshop can help you answer them!

In our daily lives, we are exposed to chemical substances that are found everywhere (for example, cleaning products, drugs, substances in dust, in water, etc.). Because of this, it can be difficult to identify exposures to chemical substances in the environment, but their long-term effects can lead to very real health problems. Adopting a preventive approach can limit such exposures and improve individuals’ health.

The CALM workshop is intended for people who work directly with vulnerable populations (children, pregnant women, First Nations and Inuit, seniors and people with specific medical conditions). The workshop aims to equip participants to be able to identify sources of exposure to chemical substances in daily activities and help them minimize health risks.

Topics discussed with include the following:
– Chemicals in our environment and their effects on human health.
– What is the difference between hazard and exposure, and how can we identify risks?
– How to manage risks properly.
– Strategies for communicating risks to people.
– How can “Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan” help the public manage risks from chemicals.


Nurturing the Mother
Collective Soul Space, Lower Level Scotia Centre, 5102-50th Ave
Sunday, October 22, 1:00 – 4:00 | $20

Hosted by Amber Henry and Sara Aloimonos

Nurturing the Mama is just as important as nurturing your new baby or child. No matter what stage of parenting you’re in, without self care and/or proper nutrition, you will find caring for your child(ren) more challenging than it needs to be.

In this session, we will discuss various ways you can find some Mommy time, how to properly nourish yourself (and your children), who you can call for help, what resources are available in town and listen to each other for peer support.

For a more engaging and relevant session, we recommend that mama’s of this workshop have a babe under the age of one years old. Other older children should be under the age of five. For the comfort of all participants, breastfeed newborns can visit as needed or brought along (if necessary).


Reconciliation Belongs to All of Us
Janiver Room, Explorer Hotel
Saturday, November 4, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Due to limited space, pre-registration is required:

  • Full day, includes snacks = $20
  • Morning only, includes snack = $10
  • Afternoon only, includes snack = $10

Please join the NWT Wellness Society in bringing our community together to support each other in a good way. We will be offering an opportunity to share in the experience of being Indigenous as well as listen to local healers who understand how to make change in our community. This event is open to everyone to attend.

9:00 am – 9:30 am: Arrival

Morning coffee, tea and snacks will be provided.

9:30 am – 9:45 am: Welcome Remarks, Opening Prayer

9:45 am – 12:00 pm:  The Blanket Exercise

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we are rarely taught. Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples – which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the blanket exercise covers over 500 years of history in a one and a half hour to two hours participatory workshop.

Blanket Exercise participants take on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Standing on blankets (sheets) that represent the land and Turtle Island, they walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. They are directed by facilitators representing a narrator (or narrators) and the European colonizers. Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards, which ultimately determine their outcomes.

By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy. Ideally, the exercise is followed by a debriefing session in which participants have the opportunity to de-role and share their thoughts and feelings about their experience. This takes form of a sharing circle.

This Blanket Exercise will be facilitated by Maggie Mercredi, with the assistance of several other individuals and support workers.

12:00 pm: Closing Prayer

12:00 – 1:30 pm: Lunch Break (not provided)

1:15 – 1:30 pm: Arrival

Afternoon coffee, tea and snacks will be provided.

1:30 – 1:45 pm: Welcome Remarks, Opening Prayer

1:45 – 3:00 pm: Panel Discussion

This panel discussion will turn our minds to make change, heal and build community based upon love and compassion for each other. The panel is comprised of local healers who will provide thought provoking discussion on how to heal as a community. In order to make effective change, we need to use the resources that are currently available to us. The local Indigenous community is working to heal from the effects of past traumas and to do so effectively, they must honour their cultural roots. This panel will conclude with discussion period that offers the community an opportunity to make a contribution to this very important topic. This panel will be facilitated by Lila Erasmus. Panelists include: Roy Erasmus Sr., Donald Prince, Kimberly Fairman, Dr. Nicole Redvers.

3:00 – 3:15 pm: Break

3:15 – 3:30 pm: Keynote Address

We are honoured to have Marie Wilson speak to us about her work at the TRC and how healing is such an important part of moving our community forward. Marie is one of three Commissioners chosen to lead the historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Calls to Action by the TRC include Child Welfare and Health, but can also be considered backbone of all of the recommendations. What are the calls to action, what do they mean? If we were going to start to enforce the calls to action within in our community, what would that look like and where would we start: how can our community become involved in implementing the Calls to Action by the TRC.

3:30 – 3:45 pm: Q&A, Discussion

3:45 – 4:00 pm: Closing Remarks, Closing Prayer

This initiative is made possible in part by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Yellowknife Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

Cette initiative est rendue possible grâce au Fonds communautaire pour le 150e anniversaire du Canada, qui est une collaboration entre Yellowknife Community Foundation, les fondations communautaires canadiennes, le gouvernement du Canada et des leaders extraordinaires de l’Atlantique au Pacifique à l’Arctique.


2016 NWT Wellness Events

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The Art of Delicious Change: A heart-centred approach to change from the inside out Friday, April 1: 7:00-9:30pm, $10

Facilitated by Certified Life Coach Simone Goudreau

This interactive workshop is best suited for participants who are struggling to make ongoing, sustainable changes in their lives: they are struggling to either stop self-sabotaging habits or to start supportive habits – or both!

During this workshop, participants will discover the mindset mistakes that are keeping them stuck in the struggle to change, and they will learn the key mindset shifts that will support them to finally make delicious change!

You can learn more about Simone and the services she provides at

Mindful Mama Wellness Retreat
Saturday, May 28: 1:30-4:00pm, $10

Facilitated by Gaia Integrative Clinic practitioners: Dr. Wright, ND, Dr. Redvers, ND, Dr. Lehman, DC, Kaeleigh Brown, MScPT, Michelle Rees, MSc, CD(DONA)

This workshop is facilitated by Gaia Integrative Clinic practitioners: Dr. Wright, ND, Dr. Redvers, ND, Dr. Lehman, DC, Kaeleigh Brown, MScPT, Michelle Rees, MSc, CD(DONA).

As motherhood involves a lot of giving, in this retreat you can recharge your mind, body and spirit. You will be nurtured and supported, and come away experiencing new knowledge and energy in conscious parenting, a booklet full of mama wellness tips and information, and experience some treatments from licenced healthcare providers in a powerful group setting.

The day will involve things such as a sharing circle, moving and stretching for stress relief, healthy eating habits and how to take care of yourself, community acupuncture and guided imagery. The workshop includes healthy snacks and a booklet of recipes for the snacks so you can make them at home too! Participants will also learn how to make their own teas to help nurish their bodies.

This workshop is geared toward mothers with children who are currently under the age of 18 years. Talks will centre around having children of this age. If you need childcare in order to attend, talk to us and we can help.

Naturally DenePlant Medicine Workshops
Saturday, June 4 and Saturday, July 9, 10:00am – 3:00pm both days, $20

Guided by Lila Erasmus

This two-part workshop is an opportunity to learn and harvest the plants that grow naturally within Denendeh.

In the first part of this workshop, Lila will take participants out on the Ingraham Trail to learn about and collect native species plants that can be used to make teas, salves and even medicines. As a group, you will learn how to infuse plants into oils to extract the medicine properties.

Six-weeks later, participants will return for part two of the workshop and learn how to process the infused oil into a cream, producing naturally derived products that can be used at home.

Growing Healthy Food in the North: A Garden Tour
July 197:00-9:30pm, FREE

The food security garden tour is meant to be an experiential voyage around Yellowknife. Where possible, garden facilitators will be at different places to demonstrate the opportunities to grow healthy food right here in the North. Container food gardens, plots at the community garden, hydroponics, this tour will show a variety of ways to grow healthy food for your family, right here at home.

Health and Wellness Resource Fair
August 2, 9 and 16, at the Yellowknife Farmers Market, Somba K’e Park

The Health and Wellness Resource Fair will be held in conjunction with the Yellowknife Farmers Market. Come visit a selection of local health and wellness practitioners and businesses and learn about the services, programs and products they provide, including:

  • Collective Soul Space
  • Young Living Essential Oils
  • Ayni Conceptions
  • Gaia Integrative Clinic and The Confident Birth
  • Taiga Yoga and Therapy Centre
  • Amber Henry, Postpartum Doula
  • Sara Aloimonos, Holistic Nutritionist
  • Reseau TNO Sante

If you are interested in participating, please email

Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners
Saturday, October 22: 9:00 – 12:00 OR 1:00 – 4:00 (same sessions offered twice), $10

Facilitated by Shawna Martel of Rising Lotus Meditation, Certified Meditation Instructor

Meditation is the practice of focusing on your breath to increase calmness. Through meditation, one is able to find awareness about their inner true self while observing emotions, sensations, and thoughts. Meditation has been used for thousands of years throughout the world by people of every race and culture. While sitting in quiet meditation, one may experience calmness, peace, joy, elation, creativity, forgiveness, love, compassion, and kindness. Meditation has been proven to reduce anxiety, depression, shame, guilt, pain, insomnia, emotional issues, low, self-esteem, and addiction.

During the beginner meditation workshop, attendees will be taught what meditation is, a brief history of how meditation began, the many uses and benefits of meditation and mindfulness, and how to utilize the techniques in our modern day-to-day life. During the workshop, attendees will also learn the basic breathing technique that is the foundation of all meditation practices. Attendees will be able to practice the technique with guidance. A guided meditation on Loving-Kindness will also be taught. Time will be allotted for questions and feedback throughout the workshop. Stand and stretch breaks will be as needed.

During the workshop essential oils may be used to increase calmness and relaxation. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, bring drinking water, and will need a cushion or pillow to sit on. Chairs will be provided for those that need them.

Basics of Reflexology: Exploring Connections
Saturday, October 22: 9:00 – 12:00 OR 1:00 – 4:00 (same sessions offered twice), $10

Facilitated by Carey Fowler of Solstice Healing Therapies, Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist

Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the hands and feet, which correspond to every part gland and organ of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes, reflexology relieves tension improve circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body.

The purpose of this session is to increase your knowledge and awareness of the benefits of Reflexology. During this session you will learn the history and purpose of Reflexology. At the end of the session you will be able demonstrate 2 techniques and know how to apply them. Participants must feel comfortable with giving consent to someone touch their feet. Please wear shorts or pants that can be pulled up to your knee. Each participant should bring 2 hand towels each and a bottle of water.

2015 NWT Wellness Conference Panels and Workshops

  • Maternal and Infant Health: The First Two Years
  • Plant Medicine
  • Community Acupuncture
  • Four Gifts of Health and Wellbeing: Body, Mind, Spirit, Emotion
  • Open Up Your Heart – A Taste of Yoga Teachings
  • Living a Life
  • Yoga 101
  • Growing and Harvesting Healthy Food in the North
  • Cooking with Love
  • The Big C: Cancer Prevention, Treatment and Recovery
  • New Models for Medicine…with Energy Healing
  • Meditation for Beginners

2014 NWT Wellness Conference Panels and Workshops

  • Bridging the Gap: Allopathic and Naturopathic Medicine
  • A Taste of Grand Tea Mastery
  • Finding Your North Star: Re-authoring Your Story
  • Demystifying Energy Healing
  • Body Love Yoga
  • Wellness – Connecting Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit
  • Medication Free approaches to Anxiety and Depression
  • Introduction to Wills and Estate Planning
  • Stress and Mental Health in the Workplace
  • Eat to Beat Stress
  • Musical Collaboration

2013 NWT Wellness Conference Panels and Workshops

  • Food, Eating and Wellness
  • Breast Health with a focus on young women and NWT services
  • Becoming Whole and Healthy
  • Complementary Healing Therapies
  • Traditional Aboriginal Medicine
  • Express it!
  • Aboriginal Wellness
  • Stressed Out to Blissed Out: Yoga for Every Body!
  • Colour Your World Your Way
  • Mental Health: Fundamentals of Seeking Help & NWT Services
  • The Rhythm of Wood: From Anger to Benevolence
  • Move Strong: Functional Fitness For Life