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Meet our Experts

We value depth, quality, education and experience. Our team members are all passionate, inspired professionals and life-long learners.

Dr. John Álvarez de Lorenzana
Founder + Medical Director

Dr. De Lorenzana is certified as an Addiction Medicine specialist by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the International Society of Addiction Medicine. He is the former Medical Lead and co-founder of the START program (Substance use & Treatment Response Team) at Vancouver Coastal Health and a Clinical Instructor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC.

Dr. De Lorenzana received his Medical Doctorate from McMaster University and completed his postgraduate training in Inner-city Family Medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. He teaches Behavioural Medicine and is an active member (former co-chair) of the Resident Resilience Subcommittee in the Department of Family Practice at UBC. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2001 and his Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology in 2008 at UBC.

Apart from medicine and psychology, Dr. De Lorenzana has extensive training and expertise in Mindfulness Meditation (Vipassana) both as a researcher and teacher. He has also completed his training in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® and currently teaches at OmTown Yoga Studio in Nanaimo, BC.

Ren Fukushima
E-RYT 200, MOA
Founder + COO

Ren is a Medical Office Administrator, Kundalini Yoga Instructor and proud West Coast Weirdo! She is a Japanese-Canadian, former A-type freakshow, fight or flight work-a-holic turned Divine Feminine Kundalini Evangelist and Leader of the infamous #wombtangclan. Ren teaches at OmTown Yoga Studio and completed her Teacher Training in 2012 with the Kundalini Research Institute at the Hacienda de Guru Ram Das Ashram in New Mexico, the home of Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga.

Skillful at helping students navigate grief, deep-seated anger, chronic pain, intimacy blocks and nervous system related illness, Ren has deep embodied wisdom in the realms of core wound healing, masculine and feminine energy and how to harness sexual energy for emotional healing. Ren’s unique dharma is facilitating Rebirthing Kundalini Yoga and teaching Yoga for Men.

Meghan Weir
RYT 200, LPN
Addiction Nurse + Certified Life Coach

Meghan Weir is a Certified Life Coach, Addictions Nurse and is Yoga Alliance Certified in Kundalini Yoga & Meditation; Yin Yoga as well as Hatha Yoga. She assists both men & women in healing from their limiting beliefs and suppressed emotions; guiding them to feel empowered by their soul aligned authentic truth. She has shared her mission on an international platform and continues to spread her message and transform lives through her teachings of Self Love & Empowerment.

Meghan envisions a world where we no longer suffer in silence. A world where we no longer feel misunderstood, burnt out, frustrated, unfulfilled, disconnected, anxious or alone. A world where we feel EMPOWERED by our stories and no longer ashamed. A world where we have a strong connection to our mind, body and soul and its intuitive powers. A world in where we feel inspired, connected and aligned with our soul’s authentic truth.

Craig Hamilton
RYT 200, Y12SR
Community Aftercare Coach

Craig is a Community Aftercare Coach and brings an incredible amount of experience in addiction, recovery, yoga and the brass tacks of life. He brings warmth, integrity, humour and compassion to everything he does and we feel fortunate to be aligned with him and offer his unique services.

There is a healthy fulfilled purposeful life in all of us who have suffered with addiction. We all need guidance to find the tools that will work for us so we can reclaim our lives and move beyond addiction.

Craig’s personal healing incorporated retraining the physical, emotional and spiritual patterns he used to survive. Craig will share with you the tools to break through the blocks that have been holding you back from discovering your true self. It will take a commitment to show up and a willingness to do the work.

Craig will work with you not only create a sustainable recovery, but to move on to find your own unique path of Discovery.

Patricia MacNeill
Kundalini Yoga Teacher

Patricia MacNeill is the creative force behind Nourish Victory, a wellness company here in Nanaimo and the proud co-sponsor of our Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainings. Patricia is trained as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Holistic Nutritionist and a Kundalini Yoga Instructor as taught by Yogi Bhajan®.

Patricia is passionate about elevating the mind (hypnotherapy), body (holistic nutrition) and spirit (Kundalini Yoga). Her purpose is to help others empower themselves. She is a catalyst, a healer, a badass teacher, funny as hell and profoundly loving. Patricia has healed herself of a chronic autoimmune disease, through Hypnosis + Mindset, Kundalini Yoga, and Holistic Nutrition. Thanks to this, she is able to energetically support significant transformation in others.

Ivy Richardson
RYT 200, PT, BA
Boxing Coach

Ivy Richardson is the founder and operator of Red Girl Rising. She considers herself a guest on the traditional territories of the Snuneymuxw First Nations. Ivy is Nuxalk, Gusgimukw and of European descent. In addition to being a certified boxing coach, yoga teacher and personal trainer, Ivy has a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and First Nation Studies.

As a competitive boxer, Ivy has competed up to a national level.  Her primary focus in life is sharing her passion for movement as medicine with community. Ivy believes wellness is very interconnected and encompasses body, mind, heart and spirit. She incorporates a holistic approach in all her programs and in the way she lives her life.

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