The Soul Sessions is an evening of connection, learning and community. This intimate event features three inspirational women speakers talking about what body, mind and spirit means to them. Take some time to slow down, learn something new, have a conversation, and build connections in a meaningful way. In the words of Oriah Mountain Dreamer in the Invitation “It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.”
Monica Summers: Coming Home
In this Soul Session talk, Monica is inspired to share her unexpected challenging journey back home to Victoria, after her family leaving for California when she was 5. From a deep sense of “I need to live here” for over 10 years, to the surprising feelings of intense anxiety preparing to make the move – finding that within taking a big leap (in small steps) out of one’s comfort zone is amazing inner strength – and following your innermost dreams have rewards beyond your imagination.
About Monica: Monica Summers is a business and personal consultant & coach, focusing on developing inspirational personal workshops, writing & videos. Through her own experience of becoming self-employed at age 24 (motivation being “I didn’t want to work on Monday’s!”) and following her inspiration for “building her work around her life”, she is continually creating a lifestyle based in connecting with others, contributing to community and forever listening and learning. While spending quality time with her “Little Sister” of Big Brothers Big Sisters program is a highlight of her life, you will find Monica (on land or kayak) with her trusty binoculars, eyes peeled on the ocean or forests…with innate luck of spotting, and even attracting wildlife (a whale and dolphins joining her on the water).
Lorna Ketler: One of a Kind
“How do you celebrate you? We all know the fashion “rules” by heart. What to wear, what not to wear. Horizontal stripes! Are you kidding me? I say, Go For It! Find what you love, what makes you joyful, what Lights You Up! Break the rules of fashion and play with the idea of what makes you truly feel beautiful.
About Lorna: Lorna Ketler is the owner and lead Bodacious/Body Love Enthusiast at Bodacious Lifestyles Inc. In her 17th year of business, Lorna & Bodacious are all about providing You with options to help you discover or enhance your own personal style. On her 33rd birthday, Lorna got her belly button pierced and bought a bikini as a declaration of love for her body in that very moment. No more waiting until that one day when she would be the “perfect” size. That bold statement to herself led to a desire to find fashion choices that supported this new claim to her own beauty. Those options didn’t exist at the time, so she took the next step of creating the space she was looking for. Bodacious – Clothing to Celebrate Your Curves was born.”
Nina Hirlaender: Cancer Saved my Life
In this Soul Sessions talk, Nina explores how fear of loss can become a catalyst to a renewed appreciation of what it means to be alive. Inspired by a personal health crisis, Nina reminisces on cancer as the teacher that taught her the true meaning of courage, purpose and compassion.
About Nina: Nina Hirlaender is the Founder of Dancing Spirit Tours, an organization that creates spiritual journeys and guides pilgrims to sacred places around the world. Nina inherited the Celtic Shamanic lineage and is working on a masters degree in theology and Christian mysticism. She is passionate about fostering cross-cultural understanding through embodied spirituality. Nina’s work demonstrates that when we immerse ourselves in unfamiliar communities, we learn to appreciate that all humans are more the same than we are different.
Cupcakes, Cocktails and Cleavage
How I lost my mind and found the Feminine. In this Soul Session talk, Alice will share her surprising journey to find her Feminine Self and what we can all learn from her deep dive. She’ll share the 4 magical Superpowers that she’s distilled from hundreds of hours of ‘women’s empowerment’ content over the past 15 years and how we can all harness these superpowers to find more sweetness, pleasure and purpose in our lives.
Alice Bracegirdle is a Maverick Entrepreneur, a Champion of the Feminine and the CEO of Bellyfit Enterprises Inc. She is fiercely committed to supporting women in their reclamation of the Feminine within and wants all women to be able to shake their booty with confidence and massive amounts of self-love and joy.
Love it in the Becoming
Tracey will share in the relationship between desire, joy and the playfulness in life. How loving, letting go of fear and the practice of forgiveness opens our heart to saying Yes! The real Joy in life is the journey not the end result or goal fulfilled. Tracey will talk about her journey, the re-awakening of playfulness, the connections between the head and the heart, and the everyday practice of staying in the moment.
Tracey Noseworthy has been in the fitness industry for over 30 years, and teaching yoga for the last 15. She holds a BA in English and a BA in Physical Education from McMaster University. She has always loved to teach, and took her first Yoga Teacher Training in L.A. studying under Shiva Rea at the school of Sumatra Yoga. Tracey’s teachings blend the traditional Eastern philosophy and asana with todays desire for physical practice, while integrating the mind body connection. She was recognized as the Most Distinguished Teacher in 2017, and is currently working on Teacher Training Programs in Victoria and Vancouver. Based in Victoria, Tracey has a passion for her children, partner, dog, life, love and travel, and lives her Yoga on and off the mat!
How I Dealt With My First Mid-Life Crisis and What I’m Doing to Deal with My Second One
Criss will tell the story of how she left her marketing management job to move to New York City to attend a dramatic arts school at thirty years of age. She will share her experience of living a new identity while being terri-thrilled every second and the moment when her eccentric acting teacher told her something that changed her life. The capacity to go for it while committed to creation and fun is all in the story along with battling shame, unexpected endings, beautiful beginnings and what it is to try and follow the call to be feisty and free.
Criss Turner is a certified life coach, feminist and recovering perfectionist. She is driven to help women live with daring, truth, artistry and individuality. She believes in blood, sweat and tears mixed in with magic, stars and spiritual mojo. She helps women get in touch with their inner wisdom to live the life they came here to live and to have a lot more fun doing it. She has two young children and endeavours daily to live a life where time feels on her side.
Simone Conners: If’s And’s and But’s
Simone will challenge you to look at your mindset, specifically when it comes to the “if’s”, “and’s” and “but’s” that can fill your head with negative energy in times of trouble or stress. By making this small change to your mindset, you can impact the way you think and feel while going through hard times in a positive way.
Simone Conner is the mother of a son living with a life-threatening medical illness. Changing her mindset has allowed her to thrive in a situation when many parents let illness define them and their family. She is also the Vancouver Island Coordinator of Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon, and when not working is always finding new ways to grow and give.
Sherrice Kirby: Excavating the True Self
Sherrice will explore what happens when we excavate our being-ness down to the core of who we really are? We reconnect with our essence, truth and source. What happens when we take whole beings connected to essence and invite them into a space of freedom, truth & authentic expression? We create the alchemy that will repair the heart of who we really all are.
Sherrice Kirby is a Victoria based Business & Lifestyle Strategist, Best-Selling Author, Reiki Master, Yogi, fabulous wife & mother – dedicated to connecting creators with soulful strategies for their businesses & lives. Creator of Manifesto & Mapping, greatlife design mastermind & Greatlife Retreat. Part business maven part spiritual leader. Sherrice is a nature loving, dog walking, horseback riding, fresh food eating goddess of the great life.
Julie McCracken: The Woven Path to Sobriety
Have you even wondered what would happen if you gave up alcohol? What would fill that space and time? What in your life would be better? Or different? Wondered who you are without the booze? After another night of wine bingeing and the wasted hangover day that followed, Julie decided to find out. Motivated by her desire to live a healthier life, her love for her husband, her need to be a role model to her children and break her history of alcohol dependence, she now lives day by day and lives stronger. More authentic. More fulfilled. Join us to discuss what fills the void when you walk the sober path.
Born and raised in Victoria, Julie McCracken is a fibre artist and beauty maker / seeker. Her love for colour, texture and yarn reached a whole new level when she took a weaving workshop in the spring of 2016. Inspired by her tribe and newfound sobriety, Julie launched a business and created a website to sell her work both online and at local boutiques. One of her weavings was featured in the July/August issue of YAM Magazine. Julie continues in her day job as a Property Manager in the family business. She has been married for fourteen years and has two boys, ages 11 and 8.