My formative years were spent working on my grandfather’s farm where the lessons of community, respecting nature, living with what you have, and hard work were carried into my adulthood. Growing up, the principles of up-cycling were always highlighted, as was volunteering. There were always extra places set at the table for anyone in need. Michael and his sister actually filled those seats after losing their mother, which we came to find out many decades later when the universe serendipitously brought us back together.
After an education and jobs in fashion design and merchandising, I chose to be a stay-at-home mom to my two daughters. When it came time to return to work, I created my own painting company, showing my girls that you can love your work and still provide for your family.
After a life-altering divorce and major life transitions, I had to start over. Drawing on my volunteer roots and sense of community, I went on to create Walls of Hope Canada, a volunteer organization that renovated homes and public spaces for families and organizations for 15 years. I was honoured to receive the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for community outreach on behalf of the organization.
More recently, an opportunity that was congruent with the sustainability principles I was taught and practiced during my life, resulted in the co-creation of an innovative new hospitality program called EcoStay. With over 5 million participants to date, over 3.5 million trees have been planted as a result.
The combination of these experiences and navigating a better path to health with Michael, ultimately led to the formation of Harmony PEC and its guiding principles of pausing, evolving, and always connecting with others and with nature.
As a boy, I believed I could fly. I was the rare, sensitive child that preferred my own company. I would look forward to bedtime, as it was the only time I truly felt myself. My mother, my life, was an astrologist living an alternative lifestyle. And while I came from poor roots, I was always well-cared for and loved. At the age of twelve, my mother died in a car accident. This was the event that killed the child in me, took my wings and my ability to fly, leading me down a long road of personal abuse.
The true beginning of my professional life began in my thirties where I rose through the ranks of the financial world, being made an EVP and Board Director of a major financial company. I spent the next decade mastering left-brain performance psychology, personal excellence and sales/leadership psychology. But this path damaged my spirit and soul. I was ultimately diagnosed with various diseases including Rheumatoid Arthritis and ultimately told to get my affairs in order. Thus began my journey back to being the man I’ve always known myself to be. I began writing…and writing…and writing. Two novels, and countless poems and short stories later, I penned this piece:
I’m a bug,
on a bug,
on a bug,
realizing - there is no bug…
This, combined with a video on the “Double Slit Experiment”, brought my awakening to my beta-consciousness. With enhanced practice in meditation, I came to experience what is called a Kundalini Awakening. I’ve studied topics on every path to ascension, coaching at CoachU, have participated in over a hundred sacred healing ceremonies and worked with elite level Shamans and energy healers, including my primary teacher who lived in our home for two years. As a “Transformation Coach”, I specialize in higher consciousness, working in numerology, Human Design, meditation, music, plant medicines and healing ceremonies to name a few.
And for those of you wondering - yes, I can fly - but so can you…
Chef Chris Byrne
Chef Chris has dedicated his life to plant based cooking. He has been a plant based chef for over 20 years. Trained under Cornelia Aihara at the Vega Institute in California, he learned both traditional and contemporary Japanese culinary techniques. He has studied raw cuisine in California and B.C. and has been the chef at a variety of plant based restaurants, along with running his own business for several years. He has trained in Indian cuisine and worked as a pastry chef in fine dining. Through studying and working with his partner Tamara Segal, a Herbalsist, he incorporates many local wild foods into his dishes. Now living on a farm in Prince Edward County, he is delighted to share his passion and experience combined with the “Bounty of the County” to create inspired meals for the guests at Harmony!
Linda Graydon of Soulscape Alignments is one of the partners of Harmony PEC. Her 31 year career in nursing helped nurture her highly developed assessment skills and empathy for people experiencing life’s challenges and transitions. Her interest in the connection between wellbeing and home environments led Linda to training in interior decorating, which has been a valuable asset in the collaboration of the design aspects of Harmony PEC.
Linda has extensive training in various energy healing modalities to assist clients in releasing energetic blocks in their bioenergy field that result from stress, emotional trauma and ancestral/karmic patterns. It is primarily from these subtle energy levels that health and illness originate. Linda integrates the vibrational healing aspects of colour, light, crystals, plant, sound and sacred geometry energy into her non-invasive healing sessions, allowing her clients to access optimal health, a higher vibrational frequency, and to align with their soul needs.
Linda considers herself a healing “facilitator” as it is the individual who does their own healing and allows the transformations to happen. Every interaction between Linda and her clients creates an opportunity to collectively heal so we can expand and evolve together, creating more love in our world.
For more information on Linda’s work and services check out her website www.soulscapealignments.com
I think back to my first yoga class which led to my first yoga instructor course and the first class I taught. It was a tremendous ah-ha when I realized that joy for me comes from being in service to others – helping them find joy and love themselves, build strength and acceptance through music, movement, reflection and play.
I am a Yoga Instructor with 700+ hours of formal teacher training: Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Prenatal, and Restorative Yoga, Ayurveda and 300+ hours of Vipassana Meditation training. Additional experience includes work in Senior Care, as well as Birth Doula and Palliative Care study. I have been guiding yoga since 2016, with the absolute honour of teaching in studios, schools, hospitals, retirement homes, hospices, residential homes, corporate settings, and on yoga retreats. Bodhichitta, the Sanskit word used to describe an awakened mind, motivated to work towards the liberation of all beings, is a daily motivation for me. Through movement, meditation, and music, health, happiness, and healing in community is possible.
I love my ‘work’ because it isn’t work at all! It brings me such joy to connect with and support others in their journey to create joy and meaning and honour the richness of life together!
Honouring my Soul’s calling, I aspire to adeptly assist individuals in living healthier and happier lives by sharing and teaching the holistic healing practices that have helped me open, heal, and remember who I am. When I forget who I am, I am a meditation facilitator, breath work guide, and healing ceremonies assistant. When I remember who I am, I am the present-moment witness. As I patiently continue to quiet the mind and open the heart, I’m grateful for the spaciousness of mindfulness, the strength of surrender, and the power of love. Among other intuitions, I feel that magic is real and around us at all times, that there is action in non-action, and that inner belief is the foundation from which an abundance of our healing springs. We are all the medicine!
Tamara is an herbalist who runs a private practice at her farm, here in PEC. She works one-on-one with people, offering holistic health support, emphasizing the body's and mind's tremendous ability to heal and renew with help from herbs, nutrition and vibrational healing. Tamara harvests the herbs herself, and prepares the medicines she works with from the land at her farm, and around the region.
She also offers teachings in the form of wild plant identification walks, pointing out edible and medicinal plants, and sharing a bit about their properties, as well as classes on working with herbs for wellness. As part of her "tool kit", Tamara works with the ancient art of Medical Astrology, incorporating planetary influences along with the effects of the four elements on each individual, creating their unique signature, which calls for its own unique approach to healing.
More information on Tamara's work and offerings can be found through her website www.hawthornherbals.com
or via social media @hawthornherbals.