Engaged in Dharma practice with a fondness for formal Zen, Melissa deeply respects silent meditation in the company and support of others, and how this practice infiltrates her domestic life. She holds a bachelor of Music Therapy and post-graduate diploma in Human Resources. Her experience spans work within geriatric cognitive impairments, palliative care, addiction counselling, assisting senior executive searches for the not-for-profit and public sector, teaching yoga and raising three children.
Deeply passionate about her community and the future of our world, Melissa, along with Michael Stone, is one of the founding members of ENSO Society for Contemplative Engagement. Her work is an expression of her practice and dedication to meditation, compassion, ethics, generosity, and wisdom. She supports practices rooted in tradition, alive in this era and serving what is currently needed. This year Melissa is pleased to be working with Michael Stone, Brian Dean Williams, Nina Fields and Dr. Clifford Saron right here in Kelowna, working specifically with Clinicians, Educators, Frontline workers, Teens and Parents. She is also thrilled to launch the first ENSO Teen Unplugged Alpine Retreat with an outstanding B.C. local team of professionals.
Melissa is grateful for the opportunity to study both yoga and meditation with many wonderful teachers both locally and worldwide. She is deeply grateful for her student-teacher friendship with both Michael Stone and Karen Sprute Francovich. Twice per year she attends silent retreat with Michael Stone and Norman Fisher (Everyday Zen).
Let’s wake up the body, heart and mind, learn to support a healthy, already intelligent spine – and live intimately with all of life. Less talking – more listening.