I am thankful and grateful for all the roots before me, the connections to current networks, and all the new projects that are setting a space of inclusion and togetherness.
“No one is to blame. But we are all responsible for our healing.”
Holly Alexandra is a transformative facilitator of compresence and creative rebirth; Aspiring to meld her work with her passions and gifts with a formal education in community economic development; Motivated to maintain an extension openly to the universe of inspiration and creativity while being grounded and connected to the network of earth; such like a tree. Coincidentally, the holly and yew tree have similar meaning, with an emphasis on healing, magic, and protection. Her birthday being October 31st is part of this story, but Yewtopia is by no means her business. Yewtopia is a place to make a better world for everyone. Her contributions are offerings to be of service to others and the greater good of humanity and our home planet Earth.
Her contributions include a city planning proposal called Greening the Gaps, which is a strategy to turn potential into opportunity for future environmental sustainability and public interest in resiliency in local food production. She also holds a certificate in vegan nutrition and offers consulting to those transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle. A plant-based pop-up restaurant called Veg Tables is informed by her skills and experience in food service, ayurvedic food combining, and finding locally sourced fresh harvests.
As a member of Myriad Village, she has launched the beginning phase of co-op marketing, network connections, and outreach; Serving on the volunteer board and helping with construction and design. She also enjoys website and media creation, and of course the co-op landscape.
“Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in Love” ~ Einstein
Henry was raised in Winnipeg and finished high school in rural Ashern, MB. His formal education is centered on health and wellness with a Diploma of Massage Therapy, Agriculture and Business Admin. He also studies and teaches Tai Chi.
His major passion is hand drumming which he has been passionately practicing since 1990. Some examples in his collection include Congas and Djembe, Talking Drum and Udu (as seen in the pic) as well as hand held instruments.
In his adult life he spent 6 1/2 years on the big Island in Belize, managing Health Spas, performing Live Music at Resorts, leading Full Moon Ceremonies on the Beach and rocking out in the bars. He has drummed for Poi Spinners, Belly Dancers, Shamanic Rituals and is a Co-founder of Sacred Beats, a World Beat Improvisational Ensemble.
Besides Sacred Beats, Henry performs with the bands, I Carumba, ’72, Load, Josetta Stych and the Creepers and most recently he joined Dustin Harder’s Prairie Soul.
At Yewtopia, Henry will be leading rhythm workshops, Sonic Sound Baths, Drum Circles and offering Youth Drop-ins, as well as presenting bi-weekly FreeDance sessions.
He’d be delighted to start Chi Gong and Tai Chi classes so if you’re interested in learning this Ancient Marital Art for Health and Self Defense, let us know*
“With deviation from the norm, progress isn’t possible.” Frank Zappa
Nicolas is a freethinking artist and musician who has been working with youth for many years in various environments including day cares and elementary schools as an educational assistant. His presence and calming energy made him a popular presence which grew a sense of an innate connection with kids.
With a passion to support people in the pursuit of unique abilities while greeting intimidating situations with ease, as to reduce anxiety and open up to new discoveries at any age. His methods include the exploration of self expression with spontaneous creativity using different mediums. Practicing the creative development aspect of art with less focus on the final product and hosting a space where the journey through the process is the benefit. Empowering people, and even the skeptical creators, to discover their inner artist.
He is motivated by the potential of sharing long-lasting positive impacts through unconditional gatherings. He seeks to continue his own journey as a student of life in the process of growing into the role of mentor and facilitator at Yewtopia, offering a range of offerings to individuals and groups:
Art ~ doodling, intuitive art, painting
Music ~ guitar, lyrics, theory
Audio Production ~ Logic, Abelton, Maschine
Digital Art ~ Photoshop, Illustrator, Procreate
As a social worker, graduated from the University of Manitoba, she has managed a private practice in Winnipeg since 2001. Her experience is diverse and her background as a person coming from a country (El Salvador) where violence and war was the norm, she is committed to helping people who are dealing with a number of issues like post-traumatic stress disorders and other issues of trauma from violence and abuse.
“I work with children and adults. My education includes; Nursing, Midwifery, Psychology and Educational courses, and I have gained a Mental Health First Aid certificate. In addition to Aboriginal healing and culture, Therraplay and MIM. My work experience includes being a probation officer, community social worker at John Howard Society, Victim Services and volunteering in the community, Group facilitation, Domestic violence, Suicidal/Crisis intervention, Anger and Stress management, Relationships, and Legal Interpreting.”
Within Yewtopia, Alba hopes to offer a variety of community services and share resources. She is focused on helping families gain and maintain control in their life despite past traumas or present issues, and also to help them to see ahead into the future of a better, healthy life.