Toronto – November 2013



Pauline Hwang

info (at) paulinehwang (dot) ca

I’m an activist-turned-acupuncturist who offers “care for caregivers and changemakers.”

Through my own struggles maintaining my physical/mental health while fighting for social and environmental justice, a shift happened. I realized I had to change my attitude toward “the work” or I would burn out completely. I felt exhausted, ineffective and frustrated, stuck in community dynamics that were draining, unhealthy and reproducing the very power dynamics we were fighting to end.

Over the past ten years, I struggled through broadening my view of social change to include healing – personally, interpersonally, and ecologically. I deepened my view of spiritual work as integral to “the revolution.” I kept contributing to my family and community, but in new and refreshed ways. And I felt called to support caregivers and changemakers, with the healing wisdom of my ancestral (traditional Chinese) medicine.

Traditional Chinese medicine balances the whole person – body, mind, emotions and spirit. Often caregivers and changemakers are so busy meeting the needs of family and community, our own health suffers. I am particularly interested in managing stress, pain, burnout, adrenal fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and trauma recovery. I help do-gooders relax, sleep better, feel calm, focused, creative and rejuvenated. We need you, we need us all, not just to survive, but to THRIVE – for the long haul.

Julie Hwang

Julie Hwang

julie (at) techienaturopath (dot) com

I’m a Naturopathic Medical student and I’m working on a website for comparing technology services for health practitioners. I want to evaluate EMR, Apps, software and website development services for the health practitioner community.

I grew up in Toronto but lived in Montreal when I went to McGill for my undergrad. I don’t know why now but I love the south of France along with soccer, ukulele and cheese.

I want to begin my practice in Toronto with a community clinic and create a model that helps those without insurance. I have no idea how to focus in marketing without focusing my practice on any one modality or ‘disease group’. I’d love to work collaboratively with other practitioners.

Kusuma Tiffany

tiffmitchell (at) gmail (dot) com

My name is Kusuma, which in Sanskrit means; “A light within, shining onto the world.” I am a Holistic Nutritionist, Yoga Instructor, Laughter Yoga Teacher, Life Skills Coach, Vegan, Environmentalist Hippie and proud of it! After living and travelling in Asia for most of my 20’s, I have finally settled in Guelph, Ontario, to start my own business, which allows me to use all of the above mentioned skills to assist others in their wellness journeys. I’m excited to share my skills, reach out to others and connect in a powerful way.

 Kristen Lepine Dos Santos

knowthyfood (at) gmail (dot) com

I’m a vegan food educator currently based here in Toronto. I teach hands-on vegan cooking classes and food coaching. I run a little business called Know Thy Food and my goal is to help people navigate the ins and outs of the whole food vegan diet, regardless of whether they are vegan or not. I specialize in helping people transition to the whole food vegan diet and offer a program called Vegan: Step by Step. It is a program I built to guide the veg curious as well as the vegans.??

My background is in environmental studies and I have been teaching for quite a few years, as well as doing project coordination in the non-profit sector. I started my business about 3 years ago, but have only been running it full time for 2 years (I finally took the plunge). I am also a certified Yoga instructor, dedicated animal rights and environmental activist, lover of travel, speaker of a few languages, and I’ve been known to sing (and if I get over stage fright I’ll go back to it).

??I love a good cup of coffee, being with friends and family, growing my business, and making a difference in the world. Yup, I’m a hippy in disguise (guess Tad knows his niche well!)


Julie Pouliot

juliepouliot (at) me (dot) com

Well, it all started when I was 13 years old. While we were giving each other massages in our classroom, I was told that i could make a career out of massaging. I graduated high school to directly go into massage therapy in Montreal where I accomplished learning an array of techniques including Swedish, Sports and Chair massage, Shiatsu and Masso-Kinesiotherapy. I worked for 3 different sports therapy clinics and 2 chair massage contractors. 2 years later, I woke up on morning and chose to move to British Colombia to further my studies. I was registered to practice in BC 2 following the move. Once graduated and registered, I moved to Nelson, BC where I have been practicing this passion of mine for 4 years. I am now the mother of my 14 month old son Nikolai, who brings me SO much light and inspiration 🙂

In July, a friend and I started our dream business! We started Nelson’s Health and Wellness Collective.. Our space is one where we will collectively work together in educating and assisting peoples health by addressing mind-body-soul. We are reaching out to practitioners and therapists in our community to join us in our network. This has been a vision I have had since I was a teenager. I feel honoured to have been given this mission, at this time 🙂



Ruth Finlay

ruthfinlay (at) gmail (dot) come

I am a full time musician and piano and voice teacher. I have chosen a spiritual path for a long time having moved through a number of practices and religions. I belong to a group called Jesse and the Field Wizards. Our music is all about putting positive and good energy into the field of consciousness. Between the 5 of us, we play about 50 instruments.

The Sing Your Soul Song Workshop was conceived 5 years ago and has been running for almost 2 years of that 5. It my way of giving a method to those who want to sing their spiritual song or their Soul Song as it is called.

Margarita Ramon

info (at) terraincognitaproductions (dot) com

Margarita has a background in journalism and television in Canada and Europe, producing travel and socially conscious programs and reportage since the early eighties. Fluent in five languages, she has been involved in almost all aspects of television production including writing, directing, producing as well as on-air personality for Canadian television. Co-producer, field director and host of the current affairs newscast ULTIMA HORA at CFMTV on air in Ontario & New York. Her broadcast experience includes documentaries and series as well as other productions for broadcasters CBC, BCTV, CFMTV, TLN and THE FOOD NETWORK.

After surviving cancer, Margarita is now the founder of a new concept to promote eco fashion and sustainable living with a 360 initiative that includes a documentary series for television, a web series, an app and a marketing shop online of small producers across the world.


RonSinger01Ron Singer

ron (at) ronsinger (dot) com

In life, you can live too long, you can die too soon and you can suffer a critical illness. I am able to offer you protection for you and your loved ones.

I am a community activist, I closed down a local crack house, I found out how on the internet.
I got a crosswalk put in on a dangerous street.
I ran for city councillor but was not elected.
I coach high school football.

I eat 99.9 % plant based, I do not eat animals.

Michaela Otto

michaela (dot) shamaniccoach (at) gmail (dot) com

I am a shamanic coach and practitioner and I can imagine many of you are wondering what the heck shamanism is! Shamanism has come to mean both traditional and contemporary earth-based spiritual and healing practices. In traditional cultures, the shaman is the person who specializes in bridging the world of spirit and the world of the physical so that others can come into alignment and harmony within themselves, with the natural world, and with others. Shamanism recognizes the world of spirit, honours all the worlds of Grandmother earth and shows us how to bridge these two worlds. Shamanism is the ancient knowledge of how to live: in balance – in all of our five aspects (spiritual, physical, emotional, mental and sexual); in harmony – within and without, and; in beauty – of our shining and our dream. In contemporary societies, shamanism can be a spiritual path, a path of healing and an alternative to psychotherapy.

I initially got into shamanism because I knew I needed healing – I had a very young daughter and I did not want to pass my wounds onto her. I have studied with a number of shamanic institutes, have undergone many ceremonies, learned another cosmology and found my own gift and path which is to share this approach and knowledge with others. Learning how to replace the negative inner dialogue with the voice of my spirit allows me to continue the adventure of finding out what my spirit has come to do!

Marta Nowinska

Marta Nowinska is a social entrepreneur and the founder of Swapsity. She traded her Bay Street finance job to start Canada’s leading swapping community. It is her unique experience and exposure to the world of money and complementary economy that enables her to draw from the best of both worlds.

With 30% of the world’s business conducted via barter, online swapping is a big idea with huge financial, social and ecological returns. It creates precious human-to-human connections and unleashes individual creativity. At the heart of Marta’s vision is the aspiration to empower others.
Visit to learn more.

Tara_headshots_01-Web-sizedTara Marcinkowski

drtaraND (at) gmail (dot) com

Hi, my name is Tara and I help others recognize and harness their inner healing potential! My greatest personal health challenges have lead to the most valuable learning experiences about my own ability to heal. Teaching and sharing with others is what I am most passionate about. Currently, I serve local Torontonians in my private naturopathic practice and I’m about to expand my mission online.

I’m looking forward to learning from Tad about marketing with authenticity and integrity – I have heard wonderful things! The prospect of meeting other passionate entrepreneurs is very exciting. Thank you for this opportunity 🙂

rehanaRehana Tejpar

rehana (dot) tejpar (at) gmail (dot) com

Rehana Tejpar is a mixed woman of East African Indian, Uruguayan, European, Muslim and Guarani roots, born in Toronto, Canada. A facilitator, theatre artist and dancer, she believes in the power of storytelling through performance for crafting our world and building community. She has worked in co-creating community learning spaces and theatre productions with young people for the past 8 years in Canada, Kenya and India. Most recently, Rehana was the Director of Programs for Lost Lyrics. She is the co-founder of Elimu Sanifu, an organization which seeks to open meaningful learning opportunities to Nairobi youth from informal settlements, and Catching Rain, a youth water education project in Toronto in collaboration with the United Nations Association in Canada and Toronto Community Housing. She has facilitated the co-creation of several community theatre productions with children and youth including Let’s Talk About Rex! and has co-developed several theatre and dance productions including Unshackling Education, Maíz, Go Pluck Yourself and Love Flows Down. Rehana is passionate about dance, gardening, up-cycling, yoga, cycling, Sufi poetry, cooking and is a new mother.

HisayoHorieHisayo Horie

hisayohorie (at) gmail (dot) com

I am a community artist, art-based workshop designer and trainer. I want to strengthen my career around accessibility, equity and diversity training /consultation as well as keep having art-based workshops in marginalized population.

lisaLisa Knapper

lisaknapper (dot) nd (at) gmail (dot) com


My name is Lisa Knapper, I am a Naturopathic doctor and clinic owner here in Toronto. My business is undergoing a lot of transformation right now as I become the sole owner of this clinic. I have been an owner at the clinic for almost three years, and am looking forward to being able to take the growth of my personal practice and the entire clinic to the next level.

In my practice I enjoying using food as medicine, as well as herbal medicine and acupuncture to help people feel at their best. I am also interested in using mindfulness based techniques to help people overcome the stress of daily living or getting at deep seeded issues that may be at the root of many of their complaints.

I look forward to the growth and learning that this weekend has to offer.

Lindsay-Evolve-PIcLindsay Self

lindsayselfnd (at) gmail (dot) com

I’m a Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Toronto and North York. I also teach the super exciting classes of Research and Biochemistry at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition.

I became an ND after a 4-year stint in a cubicle just wasn’t cutting it. I love being in healthcare and helping people get better. I see a lot of digestive and anxiety issues in my practice, but also a lot of hormonal issues. I use diet modifications, lifestyle tips, herbal medicine, and dietary supplements to get people back on track. I should probably take some myself…

I like running, really good coffee, physiology, and tacos. And my job, I also love my job.

Myra-Head-shotMyra Dziama

mbdziama (at) yahoo (dot) ca

Have over 15 years of working as a Producer/Director for major broadcasters in Toronto. The genres vary from studio panel discussions on politics, social justice and eco issue to pets, kids and infotainment programming. I produced and directed two documentary films of my own one about freedom fighters and the other about children who were send to Siberia during WWII and how they survived and fought for freedom.

I have just recently started a business in creating video for websites and want to focus on local green companies as well as not-for-profit organizations who help better the lives of people in the community.

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