Bill Hill – Ro’nikonkatste (Standing Strong Spirit) RPN, BSW, MSW, RSW, B.Ed - is a Mohawk from Six Nations. He has worked in mental health since 1982 as a Nurse, Social Worker and as an Educator, all with a specific focus on an Indigenous worldview. He has designed and implemented unique strategies to incorporate Indigenous knowledge into hospital care and post-secondary practice and curriculum. Presently, he is the Director of Indigenous Mental Wellness at Atlohsa Family Healing Services in partnership with both Parkwood Institute Mental Health’s Biigajiiskaan: Indigenous Pathways to Mental Wellness and LHSC’s Indigenous Healing Space at Victoria Hospital Campus. Bill recently joined the Admissions Committee for the MD Program at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry in Western University.
Mary Szczepanski, MS, RN, HNB-BC, CHTP/I has worked in nursing in psychiatric/mental heal settings. education, and holistic nursing. She provides Healing Touch at the local hospital in Juneau, Alaska and also has a private practice offering energy healing and related classes in person and online. She has written three books related to energy healing. Mary has taken Diversity training and Ending Racism classes since the 1970's. She has taught classes and written articles on Ending Racism and has led support groups and a weekly book group on the topic for over a year. In 2021 she presented "Healing Racism'" at the Healing Beyond Borders annual conference in Colorado. Mary is a (non-native) member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood, and supports the Southern Poverty Law Center. She has been interested in social justice issued for decades and has pursued historical and current trends. A special interest is exploring the connection between racism and environmental exploitation.
RONDA MACKENZIE COOPER
Reverend Ronda Mackenzie-Cooper, BA, MA, MTC, CHTP/I is a registered Minister with the Canadian International Metaphysical Ministry, a certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Instructor (course 2) with Healing Beyond Borders, and a Registered Master Therapeutic Counselor (ACCT) with over 40 years’ experience working in the areas of trauma, abuse, personal development, and relationship enhancement. She is an experienced group and workshop facilitator.
Judy Lipson, M.A., LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and retired special educator. She has been working with all ages of the neuro-sensitive population for many years in the classroom, as a consultant, and as a therapist within her business, Spiral Wisdom LLC. Additionally, she has authored over a hundred published articles and presented for numerous professional and parent organizations including Healing Beyond Borders (Colorado 2019), Michigan Association of School Social Workers, Michigan Counseling Association, numerous intermediate school districts, and medical clinics (including optometry and pediatric). You can learn more about Judy at her website www.JudyLipson.com and subscribe to her monthly Newsletter for Transformation.
Karlta Zarley, RN, CHTP, has 40 years experience in preventative and holistic nursing, has been a CHTP since 2003, and has been in private practice for 24 years doing Healing Touch energy work and Spiritual Direction. She has been working with clients with Neuro-Sensitivity traits and those with diagnoses on the Autism Spectrum and their families since 2004.
In 2001, she co-founded the non-profit Great Lake Center for Healing Touch in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as a training clinic for certification students offering treatments to low-income clients, and was on their Board of Directors for over 10 years. Beginning in 2009, she spent 5 years asking if others were working with clients on the Autism Spectrum at every professional conference she attended and found no one. In 2014, she started a small group of professionals in the Southeast Michigan area who were working with neuro-sensitive and Autistic people. They continue to meet monthly to better understand and serve these individuals through reading and discussing research on the subject, receiving intuitive guidance and sharing experiences and feedback from clients and their families. You can learn more about Karlta from her website: www.karltazarley.com
Cindy Palajac, Hon. B.A., HTCP/I, (Healing Touch Certified Practitioner & Instructor), Sound Healing Certified Practitioner, Shamanic Journey Apprentice and Certified Reflexologist
The pursuit and love of wellness in a holistic way started Cindy on a path of exploring energy healing modalities to achieve health 30 years ago. Energy healing also created a deeper listening to her our body and soul and she has utilized this gift to share with her clients and students. Cindy daily embraces and integrates the mind-body-spirit philosophy of Energy Healing. She is a living invitation of how to honour oneself and achieve wellness. Her joy, energy and enthusiasm in facilitating workshops transforms any space she occupies. Cindy is lightness of spirit personified. She looks forward to helping you achieve your goals in healing. Her mantra is “What else is possible for your health and wellness?”
BREAKOUT SESSION FACILITATORS
Pauline Shore is a retired RN and College Teacher from Stratford, Ontario, Canada. She has a TESL Certificate, and an MEd, with a focus on Teaching English as a Second Language, to adults. She has been a certified Healing Touch Certified Practitioner since 2015. Pauline has a small energy healing practice of mostly friends and family. Through a local agency, One Care, that focuses on the needs of the elderly, Pauline instructs exercise and Qigong classes to seniors on a weekly basis. With her husband, she enjoys cycling and hiking the converted rail trails of SW Ontario. Most of all, she delights in the adventures and dreams of her six wonderful grandchildren.
Working with crystal singing bowls for the last 40 years has provided a rare perspective and extensive experiential knowledge of crystal singing bowls. Combined with healing frequencies and various healing modalities they are the basis we will use to link life lessons, chakra frequencies and energetic and harmonic healing.
Understanding these links allows us to Know our SoulSong. Discover how your contracted life lessons affect your lens of truth and experience a shift in awareness during a SoulZipper with crystal singing bowls. The SoulZipper will provide you with the opportunity to change your long-held beliefs into beliefs that aid your spiritual growth.
ANGÈLE ALBERT RITCHIE
Angèle Albert Ritchie is a passionate Healing Touch Certified Practitioner and Instructor. She enthusiastically mentors HTP-Apprentices working towards their Level 5 and certification. With a focus on providing a holistic approach to care, Angèle has developed an energy medicine toolbox which includes Healing Touch techniques, and others such as Integrated Energy Therapy (IET), sound therapy using her Wapiti drum, essential oils and the fabulous use of meditative mandala.
With a degree in nursing and a background in instructional design, Angèle enjoys developing interactive training along with creative material such as job aids and user guides.
In this hands-on workshop you will experience the many benefits of designing your own mandala. Angèle will guide you every step of the way as you watch your own creation come to life! And the best of all, you will leave with this great tool that you can easily assign as growth work to your own clients.
Sue Meertens is a Certified Energy Practitioner who uses The Eden Energy Method, Healing Touch, Reiki and intuitive gifts to guide clients back to energetic balance and vibrant health. She is an accredited HTCP, EEMCP, MBA and has taken many energy workshops on varied topics. (note: HTCP is pending final exam)
She is passionate about guiding people to self-heal and to share simple and effective energy exercises specifically beneficial to them. She wants everyone to understand their innate strength and ability to balance their own energy, healing physical, emotional, mental and spiritual disorders.
Following a successful corporate career in sales and marketing, Sue turned her formal attention and studies to healing alternatives and was deeply inspired with the power and simplicity of Energy Medicine. She still is.
A passionate, enthusiastic and positive Energy Therapist, Sue brings much care and love to her energy sessions.
“Not only does my body feel better after seeing you, so does my soul.”
Jennifer is a modern-day mystic, mind-body medicine nerd, energy healing practitioner, and registered dietitian. She is also a proud wife and mama.
As a nutrition therapist, she takes an integrative, holistic, diet-free approach to nourishment of body, mind and spirit. A recovered dieter herself, she is a compassionate guide helping individuals heal their relationship with food, body, and Self by taking a deeper look at these relationships. This leads to deeper levels of inner connection and whole health. Her experience has revealed that how we eat and relate to our body can be a powerful gateway to what we are truly craving. She embraces traditional wisdom and modern care and incorporates her training in yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and energy medicine in practical ways that deepen one’s connection to Body Wisdom and Intuition.
DR. SALOME BOZORGZADEH
Dr. Saloumeh Bozorgzadeh is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to running a wellness center and group practice, she provides wellness programs for medical residents and healthcare professionals. She is the current President of the Sufi Psychology Association and the founder of the Caring 4 Our Caregivers initiative which donates stress relieving wellness resources to healthcare professionals and hospitals. She has authored two textbook chapters, one for nursing and the other psychology. Her experiences include workshops, retreats, teaching higher education, supervising clinicians, and international presentations including one given at the World Congress of Psychotherapy at the United Nations in 2017. She was the recipient of the NBC5 Making a Difference Award and was featured in American Healthcare Leader. Dr. Saloumeh was the recipient of a 3-year Templeton Foundation research grant to study the effects of Sufi Psychotherapy and is the Principal Investigator of another study examining the benefits of the Tamarkoz® Sufi meditation method, which she uses when working with oncology patients and healthcare staff.
Tanya is a Certified Career and Life Coach and an Author. She is also a certified Organizational Change Manager and a Technology Professional with over 20 years’ experience navigating the corporate world. As a corporate professional, Tanya understands how vital it is to know and articulate the value you bring to the table, accept and seek out opportunities to create space for yourself and step out of your comfort zone sometimes uncomfortably. She is passionate about helping women prepare to pivot in their career, empowering them to boldly and confidently step into new or more aligned opportunities.
As a mentor and an active leader in both Women in Leadership and various Group mentoring programs, she has a passion for providing a space for women to have open conversations about their journey, experience personal growth and embrace the power of their voice through community.
Tanya is also a collaborator and co-facilitator of the Slay Your Inner Critic confidence and self-esteem building programs for teens, adult women and men. Most recently she has created the Ready Now Rise program which focuses on helping individuals achieve clarity on their superpowers, bring awareness to their personal brand and understand the fundamentals of building their resume so they may see their value and feel empowered and prepared for their next opportunity.
She wears many hats, two of her favorites being the mother to an energetic 7-year-old and the wife to a very supportive and kind husband.
Hailey is a Resilience Leadership Coach, a Certified Meditation Teacher, a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).
Hailey started learning about resilience and meditation in 2015 when she was struggling with balance in her own life. That began her practice towards resilience, peace and stillness.
Hailey has presented webinars and presentation sessions with Bloom Centre for Municipal Education, the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Canada and the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) on the topic of Budget, Leadership Resilience, Creativity, and Meditation.
Hailey enjoys engaging with others in the practice of resilience, leadership and meditation. Hailey has also written a book called My Six Degrees of Meditation which is currently available on Amazon/Kindle.
Kim M Watson is recognized as an advocate and speaker on issues surrounding a 'Holistic & Integrative Approach to Healthcare.' Her areas of specialty in complementary therapies includes Healing Touch, Reiki, and Therapeutic Touch, though she has studied many other modalities along the way. When asked how she got into the holistic care and complementary therapies, she will tell you, she was raised exposed to this approach. She took her first formal course of energy work doing her Level I Healing Touch in 2001. She then proceeded to focus on various energy modalities. Kim has been invited as a speaker on complementary therapies and various holistic topics for over 20 years. She has held a number of other memberships with various holistic associations such as: HTAC, HTI, HTPA, TTNO, CRA, AHNA, etc. In 2010 Kim took on the role of the Ontario representative for the Canadian Holistic Nurses Association (CHNA) for 6 years, and became President for the CTNIG (Complementary Therapies Nurses Interest Group) with the RNAO, and held the role for 8 years. She continues to be a consultant with the CTNIG Executive. In 2011 she was invited by the People to People Ambassador programs in the USA to be a Delegate to the Republic of South Africa for “Holistic Nursing and Healing Traditions” along with other nurse leaders from the USA in holistic nursing. It was a trip of a lifetime!
Kim still works as a nurse at a local urgent care in Windsor, ON, though in September 2021 she officially retired from being an ER Trauma Nurse. Kim returned to school many times, and in 2002 obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing. She has worked in a variety of cities including Detroit, Toronto and London; her areas of expertise include Pediatrics, Public Health, and Nursing Education (hospital and university), though her main love has always been ER (since 1982). It is Kim's vision to see healthcare, wellness and self-care has a holistic, integrative approach for all Canadians.
Niiimi Manitou Kwe, Dancing Spirit Woman (Katrina) is Myeengun Clan and a proud member of Moose Cree Frist Nation. Katrina grew up in the Kitchener-Waterloo area and now resides in Centre Wellington. Katrina believes that spirituality is the foundation to living in a healthy way and the basis for a balanced lifestyle. Katrina graduated from the McMaster University BScN program in 2012 and has focused her nursing career on palliative care and Indigenous health and wellness. Katrina has experience as a case manager, home visiting nurse, long term care nurse, hospice staff nurse and clinical resource nurse. Indigenous cultural and spiritual practices have been integrated into her nursing practice by incorporating traditional healing modalities, advocating for indigenous health and wellness and supporting and connecting her patients to local healers and elders as they journey into the spirit world.
Katrina has studied energy therapies in Reiki, Crystal Reiki, Healing Touch and Holistic Life Coaching. She is actively involved in her community and serves on health and spiritual care advisory groups in the Waterloo-Wellington region. Her passions include spending time with her family and community, drumming, singing, being on the land as well as practicing and learning about wholistic modalities. Katrina currently works with the Waterloo Wellington Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre as the Traditional Healing Liaison / Osh-Ka-Be-Wis Kwe (helper).
At age 10, Christina Nienaber-Roberts, BSc (Hons), MSc, RYT, RCST, learned energy work from their African gardener, Joseph Sithole, who she later discovered was a Medicine Man. Growing up in a very academic household, her life path took her on a long detour and, after graduating from university, she travelled the world for 25 years as a geologist, working and living in Africa, Australia, Arabia, the UK and North America.
In Arabia her body started saying no! She started losing energy, and in 1999, after immigrating to Canada, one night a very commanding voice told her, “You have to have that lump under left your armpit looked at.” She woke up with a start and the voice continued, “It is very important.” That was how she discovered the lump. The experience became her wake-up call. In that moment she knew she had to use her scientific research skills to explore why people get ill and how they can heal themselves. The following day she resigned from her job, and became her own laboratory.
A year later, in April 2000, during her first attempt at sitting meditation, Sacred Movement spontaneously ignited within her. During that first 20 min experience of simply allowing, her scoliosis disappeared. Her inner scientist was de-Light-ed, wanting to know more. So Sacred Movement became her daily practice – and Master Teacher. Over the years she has been shown through her own experiences, and extensive research and training has informed and confirmed what she had intuitively learnt, that Sacred Movement has powerful touchpoints with spontaneous expressions of most Heart- and Light-centered traditional and modern esoteric transformational/healing practices. During those years she studied or explored Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, Healing Touch, Clearmind Counselling, Holistic Massage, Palliative Massage, Hospice (15 years as volunteer) as well as Palliative Practitioner Training (Metta), Coma Communication, Animal Communication, Birth Doula Training, Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training, Rebirthing, Continuum Movement, Authentic Movement, Chi Kung, Craniosacral Unwinding, Sound Healing, and Shamanic Practices, and most became a Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist Training.
Christina has also, in her quest, had affirming meetings with, amongst others Senior Kripalu Yoga Teachers, African Sangomas and a Tibetan Lama. She is also a voracious reader in the esoteric and holistic realms, currently researching Nearing Death Awareness, Near Death Experiences, After Death Communication and Dimensions of Dementia while working on her book Messages of Love: Stories Around a Mother’s Passing, which she hopes to have available at the conference.
After an initial 3 year intensive personal practice, Sacred Movement showed her that it was also a one-on-one hand-on practice, and later, that it could be presented in workshop settings, to reach more people. Once Christina has guided clients or participants into entering their deepest most innermost Being-ness through their own Heart Gate, it is generally possible for them to embrace it as their self-care practice, should they feel inspired to do so. Self-care at all levels of Be-ing, Guided from Within by our Sacred/Higher/Authentic Self.
Christina does not see herself as a healer or teacher, but someone who helps those who feel drawn to work with her to form a deeper connection with those aspects within themselves. What Christina so LOVEs about Sacred Movement, is that it is so Self-Empowering!
CANCELLATION & COVID-19 POLICY
In-person Conference availability is subject to change due to current COVID-19 concerns and any local pandemic restrictions that might be in force at the time of our Conference. If we are required to cancel the In-Person options, we will move to an Online only Conference structure and all those who have purchased for In-Person attendance will automatically be moved to the Online Registration with the difference refunded.
All Ontario COVID-19 Public Health measures and advice in place at the time of the Conference must be followed.
Cancellation for any reason not related to COVID-19
In the unfortunate circumstance that HTAC needs to cancel the Conference for both online and in-person attendance HTAC will issue full refunds to all registered guests who have registered and paid in full at the time of cancellation.
HTAC is not responsible for any travel and accommodation expenses or any fees which you may incur should cancellation be required. We strongly recommend to anyone who attends our Conference in-person to purchase Travel Cancellation Insurance. Please check with your travel service provider(s) and place of accommodation to verify their cancellation policy.
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