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PAT BOEHM

Spiritual Director and Facilitator

Pat Boehm is a commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer through Contemplative Outreach International and currently facilitates one prayer group in Lethbridge.  Through Centering Prayer, Pat is passionate about bringing people closer to an intimate relationship with Christ. She is also a trained spiritual director having graduated from the Haden Institute, N.C., U.S.A.  Throughout the year Pat facilitates retreats and book studies. Music and Pastoral Care are her other areas of interest. Pat is a retired teacher and is married with three adult children and three grandchildren. 

Programs:

  • CENTERING PRAYER

  • BOOK STUDY: Listening to Indigenous Voices

  • ​BOOK STUDY: Universal Christ

  • OASIS DAY

  • DEEPENING CENTERING PRAYER RETREAT

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BOB CAMPBELL

Adult Educator

Bob Campbell holds a master’s degree in Adult Education and has led workshops and retreats focusing on healthy spiritual growth for many years. He has taken advanced meditation teacher training at the Bhavana Society Monastery in High View, W.VA under the guidance of Bhante Henapola Gunaratana, author of Mindfulness in Plain English. A former post- secondary and healthcare administrator, Bob is a past National President of the Canadian mental health Association and former Board Chair of the Alberta Public Health Association. Since retiring he remains actively involved in community affairs and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.

Programs:

  • Meditation

  • BOOK STUDY: Jesus Before Christianity, author Albert Nolan

  • Weekend Loving Kindness Meditation Retreat

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BARBARA CAVERS

Independent Consultant

Barbara brings a passion for learning to all that she does. Prior to her retirement in 2002, she was a teacher, principal and consultant with Lethbridge School District No. 51. The excellence she displayed during her lengthy career was recognized when she received the Administrator of the Year Award from the Southwest Alberta Council on School Administration in 1999. In 2000, she was honored to be recognized as a YWCA Woman of Distinction for her work in founding the Parents as Teachers home visitation program which now operates in Lethbridge and communities in southwestern Alberta. Since her retirement, Barb has worked as an independent consultant, serving education and social service institutions as well as other government and non-profit agencies by providing guidance in strategic planning, leadership development, and project management and
evaluation. Her new passion is helping adults 50+ explore the many possibilities for their future - mind, body and soul.

 

Programs:

  • The Heart of Aging with Wisdom and Vitality – Series 1

  • The Heart of Aging with Wisdom and Vitality – Series 2

  • Decluttering You Home And Your Life

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SHARON HAGEL

Knitter

Sharon Hagel is well known for her ability to help others clarify the many intricacies they meet in knitting. She has enjoyed knitting for the past thirty years. She believes the experience of knitting prayer shawls for those recently experiencing loss, as well as those celebrating life, has blessed her with many hours of peaceful reflection and relaxation.

  • Programs: Knitting into the Mystery of Healing

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HAILEY PINKSEN

Certified Meditation Teacher

Hailey is a Resilience Leadership Coach, and a Certified Meditation Teacher.  Hailey started learning about resilience and meditation in 2015 when she was struggling with balance in her life. Her career and family life was very busy and at times very stressful. She wasn’t handling the lack of balance very well at all. Her mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing was neglected, and something needed to change. That began her practice towards resilience, peace and stillness.  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.

Programs:

  • My Six Degree Of Meditation

  • My Six Degree Of Resilience

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PAMELA UKRAINETZ

Spiritual Director and Facilitator

Pamela, a spiritual director, trained at the Studion School for Spiritual Direction in Edmonton.  She has spent years in various areas of church ministry.  Her experience shaped a passion to create honest, safe spiritual spaces.  First, for ministers – the work of pastoring costs.  Pamela creates spaces for the rest and renewal of those in ministry.   Second, for those at “the back door of the church” – those whose life experiences or faith moments have left them with more questions than answers about the goodness of God or his work in this world. She doesn’t claim to have answers but firmly believes that when space is made for those questions, authentic relationship with God thrives.

Pamela is married with 3 adult children.  She loves to be outside, in all seasons.  She loves to write, read, and cook beautiful food for family and friends.
 

Programs:

  • In•Spirit

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VICKIE MACARTHUR

Spiritual Director

Vickie is a writer, spiritual director, and yoga teacher passionate about integrating embodied awareness, breath, and spirituality into everyday life. Her debut book, A Lotus on Fire: How a Buddhist Monk Ignited My Heart (2023) is a spiritual memoir that reveals how one moment of awakening with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh ignited her passion for sharing inter-spiritual practices, and creating new kinds of spiritual communities, beyond the confines of religion.

As an inter-faith minister and spiritual director, Vickie accompanies people of all faiths on their spiritual journey, and is connected to a broad network of spiritual directors and faith communities across North America.  Since 2001, Vickie has been intentionally building community through her yoga studio, Spirit in Motion Yoga, creating a safe and peaceful space to explore the deep inner work of yoga and meditation. Vickie teaches the “art of slowing down and listening deeply” to ourselves, to each other, to our planet, and to the Great Mystery that holds us all. With an inter-spiritual heart that embraces the oneness of all spiritual traditions, Vickie seeks to build bridges of shared practice and understanding through her writing, teaching, and retreats. 

For more info on Vickie’s writing and her new book, go to
www.vickiemacarthur.com

For more info on Vickie’s yoga, meditation, and spiritual direction, go to
www.spiritinmotionyoga.com

Programs:

• Healing Path Meditative Yoga
• AWAKENING THE HEART RETREAT: Learning To Love Beyond Boundaries
• Nurture Your Roots: “Rooted…Connected….Growing”

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ASHLEY THOMSON

Facilitator

My journey with yoga and meditation began 22 years ago and has taken me all across North America, but it started right here in Lethbridge. I started doing yoga at home as a teenager, and soon after met an extraordinary teacher named Vickie MacArthur! I was lucky to practice and teach for many years at Spirit in Motion yoga. I am a certified yoga instructor, have completed the first part of my Yoga Therapy training, and work as an Occupational Therapist in Palliative Care. Meditation and Yoga Nidra are integral parts of my self-care, and I am thrilled to teach, learn, and grow with the beautiful community of yogis here in Lethbridge.


Programs:

  • Healing Path Meditative Yoga

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RENO GUIMOND 

Facilitator, musician

Reno Guimond greatly enjoys the process of sharing music.  
He values people’s connection to music and explores with them how it informs our life journey.

 

Programs:

  • Our Life In Song

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HELEN RACZUK

Facilitator, musician

I can’t remember a time when music was not present in my life.
In my family, we often sang around the table after a big family meal.  I sang in adult choirs and found some of my life long friends there. I played piano for church and directed school concerts.  For me, music can also be very personal and like a prayer. Music also informs me about my story, and gives me a way to express myself. Without music, who would I be?

Programs:

  • Our Life In Song

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ANTHEA BORAS

Facilitator, educator

Anthea Boras has been an educator and administrator in Alberta for over 25 years.  She received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Lethbridge and her Masters in Leadership and Administration from Gonzaga University. Anthea is passionate about educating the whole person (body, mind, heart and spirit) and building authentic relationships. She believes that the key to sustainable wellness is to be clear on your purpose and to have the skills and mindset needed to achieve your goals.  Anthea is currently working as a Client Partner and Consultant for Franklin Covey Education.


Programs:

  • BOOK STUDY: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen Covey

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MARK NIXON

B.Ed, D.Min.

Mark has retired from teaching and Chaplain ministry after 28 years at Catholic Central High School.  He is married and has two children, one son-in-law and one daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. Currently, he owns and operates Living Your Mission Consulting which specializes in Spiritual Direction, Attentive Listening through the Medicine Wheel and Mission Statement Based Bargaining – Getting to Us.

Programs:
• Advent Twilight Retreat
• Lenton Twilight Retreat

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ELLEN WAGNER

Spiritual Director

Ellen Wagner is a spiritual guide for youth and young adults.  She did her training in spiritual direction through the FCJ Centre in Calgary and spent over three years in deaconate formation with her husband, Ray, in the Calgary Roman Catholic Diocese.  She frequently helps as a spiritual director at the Centre.  

Programs:

• Advent Twilight Retreat

• Lenten Twilight Retreat

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ERNA TOPLIFFE

Certified Journey Group Leader, Immanuel Prayer Facilitator 

Erna greatest accomplishment is finally securely understanding that she is a fully known, precious chosen child of lovingly, patient Papa God.

Her initial career, in addition to helping on her parents' Southern Alberta pioneer farm, was as a teenage piano teacher. Her desire to help others motivated her to choose a double major in music and psychology (BA, U of L), then a Master of Social Work majoring in groupwork (UBC).

Besides working in various social work positions, Erna (ARCT) developed her own Suzuki piano studio and (after having presented workshops and providing counseling at Crossroads Counselling Centre for over 16 years), in 2007 started her own counselling business, Joshua Tree Inc.

Her spiritual Journey includes volunteering and traveling with an Australian church for almost 5 years, training as a facilitator with John and Paula Sandford (elijahhouse.org), ongoing training with Dr. Karl Lehman (kclehman.com), and becoming a certified Journey group leader and Immanuel prayer guide with Amy Brown and Margaret Webb (Alivewell.org).

Now, almost retired, she loves singing in choirs, growing flowers, going on adventures, and practicing elder relational skills by helping others explore how to connect with themselves, with others, and with Immanuel, the God Who is Always with us.

Programs:

• JOURNEY GROUP (Level One) (One-Year Study Group)

• BOOK STUDY: Building Bounce, authors Marcus Warner and Stefanie Hinman

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LIZ REES

Facilitator

Liz Rees is a certified Deeptime Leader and is trained in Eco Ministry (Seminary of the Wild). She is a presenter of Centering Prayer, commissioned by Contemplative Outreach, and a certified and experienced Life Skills Coach. Liz’s sojourn has included studying and teaching meditation, creating and leading transformational youth programs, and guiding contemplation in the Christian tradition. Liz lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Programs:

  • Deeptime Weekend Retreat

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ROXY WRIGHT 

Facilitator

My name is Roxy Wright and I am a Spring Forest Qigong Certified Instructor and Certified Healer. I bring 8 years of SFQ practice experience, plus 35+ years of Life Experience, to my classes and community.
As a busy Mother, Grandmother, Counsellor, Foster/adoptive-parent, Farm owner & Business owner, I practice and teach Healing Tools that have given me so much CALM, JOY, STABILITY, and PEACE OF MIND throughout my life. 
Spring Forest Qigong is at the heart of my Personal Practice. When we engage in simple Moving Meditations and Internal Refinement, this practice purposefully activates the QI, our body’s Life Force Energy that also carries a Divine Blueprint and Pure Intelligence.
When we understand how to activate this Qi, we open ourselves to partnering with the Powers of the Universe, to share LOVE, KINDNESS, and COMPASSION with ourselves, our families, our community, and the world.
I look forward to sharing this Beautiful Healing Spring Forest Qigong Practice with you.
www.roxywright.com

Programs:

  • BUILDING A SOLID QIGONG FOUNDATION – Session One

  • QIGONG RETREAT

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AARON ROTH

Facilitator

Aaron is a long-time meditation practitioner and teacher, spiritual practitioner, and experienced spiritual companion.  He holds a Masters of Theological Studies (Newman) and has pastoral, teaching, and liturgical leadership experience in several spiritual communities.  Aaron has also previously served as a chaplain to operational units of the Canadian Armed Forces.  In addition to his Catholic background, Aaron has practiced Zen Buddhism for several years, receiving lay ordination (Jukai) in the Soto Zen School in 2021, and the 5-Mindfulness Trainings in the Plum Village Tradition of the Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh in 2022.  Aaron has participated in numerous residential retreats in the Catholic, Zen, and certain South American indigenous traditions.

 

Aaron completed a 25-Hour Meditation Teacher Training in 2018 (Lifestyle Meditation) and a 200-Hour Meditation Teacher Training in 2019 (InspirED Me).  He completed the Mindfulness and Well-being Specialization (Rice University), and courses in Mindfulness and Guided Imagery in Integrative Healthcare (University of Minnesota).  He has organized several meditation retreats and has led meditation experiences at Nikka Yuka Japanese Garden, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, and Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton, Alberta.  Aaron also completed a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training program in 2021 through YogaRenew.

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CAROLYN BIRON

Facilitator

Carolyn completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Alberta in 2004. Her specialization in brain and behaviour led to a career working to support individuals and families affected by traumatic brain injury. In this role, Carolyn worked to develop and implement post concussion syndrome support and education, which emphasised mental health recovery, advocacy and recovery awareness campaigns. Carolyn’s work also held a strong focus in grief and loss, particularly focussed on grieving the loss of who the person or loved one had been prior to their injury. Carolyn went on to complete her Master of Counselling degree with City University of Seattle, and currently practices as a mental health therapist in rural communities. She works as a Narrative Therapist, which focusses therapeutic conversations on the stories of our lives, and how those narratives shape our sense of self and way of being in the world. In addition to counselling, Carolyn’s current work focusses on rural education in grief and loss and offers training to staff who work in human services on self care when working with the traumatic stories of others.

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