Whole-Yoga is a path. It is the becoming of wholeness, within and without. I facilitate online and in-person sessions of Whole-Yoga as a practice that allows you to come into intimate contact with more of yourself in all of your bodies (physical, intellectual, emotional, energetic and spiritual). The practice of Whole-Yoga involves postures, breathwork, contemplation, and meditation. I work with individuals and groups of all fitness levels, aged 12 and over.
Whole-Yoga is a gateway to: developing a movement practice that you can do on your own; activating your 5 bodies; healing deep emotional wounds that are stored in the body; bringing more Aliveness into your life; and becoming aware of what you were not aware of before.
Living-Permaculture is a way of seeing the world (inner and outer) without concepts or constructs colouring your perception. As a practitioner of Living-Permaculture, I open and facilitate processes of communion with the land, the client and Source. I become a catalyst and spaceholder for more Aliveness to come animate the land and Beings that steward this particular place. Depending on the circumstance, this process varies in time and level of involvement. Consultations and designs can be done online or in-person anywhere in the world.
chuckleberry community farm
Consider living in a dynamic community dedicated to the evolution of consciousness. Chuckleberry Community Farm is set up to catalyze ongoing transformation supported by a diverse set of tools emerging from a variety of Gameworlds. Being part of Chuckleberry is an invitation to grow up, to step into co-creation and authentic adult intimacy. Check out Chuckleberry's website here.
Possibility Management and Permaculture with Brianne Vaillancourt
Listen to Dan Palmer and I discuss the empowerment of permaculture design work with conscious feelings work.
I was born in a village of north-eastern Canada called Sturgeon Falls - a place surrounded by forests, lakes and rivers. I learned to walk and sow seeds at the same time, thanks to my mother's passion for plants and our family-owned nursery business. I spent my childhood working and playing outside, and my teenage years going on adventures in the forest with my brother.
At 14, I had my first encounter with yoga and its philosophy. Practicing postures nourished my body and I was dedicated to teaching myself how to practice on my own. After two years of disciplined & daily self-practice, I asked myself "Why do I feel so good when I practice?" I devoured the books I found on the topic: Upanishads, multiple versions of Baghavad Gita, Vivekananda's writings and other scriptures.
Meanwhile, University happened and I wondered, "Is this really what I want?" It seemed like I was drowning in disconnection from myself and the people around me. I had the impression I was in the wrong place, yet I numbed myself to it because I wanted to be a nice girl, and a good person. I got more and more out of sync with my life; I quit University and re-enrolled myself a few times, driven by guilt. I got hit by a car while cycling in April 2017. It was death and rebirth.
I left University and went to India to study Vedic philosophy for 3 months, with no plans to return to Canada. I became a facilitator of yoga and continued my journey with a month-long Permaculture Design Course in southern India. There, I held space for Whole-Yoga for the other participants and connected with many Indian farm owners interested in regenerative farming practices. I spent the next year travelling to friends' farms and working on regenerative projects in India.
I came back to Canada in early 2018 to work as a Regenerative Farming Intern in Cache Bay, Ontario. I learned about growing food on a medium scale with experienced farmers and lived in an off-grid cabin without running water or electricity for the summer and fall. I learned to wash with a gallon of cold water, go to bed and wake up with the sun, operate a chain-saw, identify wild edible plants, and eat with the seasons.
I spent the next winter working as an artist in residence for the local french school board, offering experiments in creativity and visual art, offering the teachings of breath, yoga and its path. During the season of 2019, I became the farm manager and steward of 2 acres of organicvegetables. I collaborated with other farmers to initiate the Ottawa Farm School, creating and facilitating a curriculum for local children to learn about growing food, biodiversity, soil health and farm ecosystems. I fell in love with children and their magical nature. They taught me more than I taught them.
I spent the winter working as a yoga teacher while designing my first two professional Living-Permaculture designs. 1) A backyard design for attracting pollinators and biodiversity, and 2) my own regenerative farming project in Wakefield, Québec. I spent the summer of 2019 creating a biodiverse and productive garden, eating amazingly nutrient-rich vegetables and wild edibles. I made mistakes, and learned a lot along the way.
While listening to Dan Palmer's Making Permaculture Stronger podcast, I stumbled upon Clinton Callahan's work. He spoke of Radiant Joy Brilliant Love, and I knew that I needed to get my hands on this book. I waited months to receive my first copy. I forgot about it, discovered StartOver.xyz, consciously became an experimenter, remembered the book, discovered recordings of it's Study Group while reading it, and life as I knew it simply blew up.
The more I experimented, read and listened to Next Culture Radio, the more I knew I had found my Village. I made contact with other Possibility Managers in Canada (Nicole Hartley Bradford and Scott East), and virtually met with them every week to empower each other's initiatory journey. In January 2021, I started practicing conscious feelings work. I learned to feel through Rage Club, Fear Club, and 333 Initiation. Delving deep into Possibility Management, I gathered amazingly effective distinctions and tools that boosted my transformational journey.
I spent the summer of 2021 holding space and training in Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Brazil. I went through 5 Expand the Box Trainings, a Possibility Laboratory, an Intimacy Journeyer Laboratory and Possibilitator Training Gathering. I navigated Bridge-Houses and Writing Houses until my system could not handle any more transformation. I crashed and burned. I crawled my way back to Canada, frantically holding on to pieces of old identities, trying to stick them back onto a liquid surface.
Unconsciously, I waited to solidify. In October 2021, I mysteriously found myself at Chuckleberry Community Farm: a playground seemingly waiting for co-creatives to step up and take responsibility. I was welcomed with open arms. Here, I am deepening the context and evolving the Gameworld of Chuckleberry.