As of September, Father Jack Lau will be available to offer spiritual direction at the centre on Thursday afternoons.

If you don’t already know him from retreats or previous newsletter stories, Jack is an oblate Roman Catholic priest who also teaches yoga, is a chef and spent almost a year in India where he soaked up eastern spirituality.  He is currently the spiritual director of Galilee Centre in Arnprior.

You can bring any issue to him; his method is to draw out your own wisdom on the subject through questions, meditation and shared insights.  His manner is incredibly gentle, compassionate and loving and he encourages everyone to develop the same attitude toward themselves.  You don’t have to be part of any particular religion to receive this support.

Sessions with Jack can be booked through the clinic reception at 613-839-1198.  The suggested donation is $40-60 for an hour.
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As mentioned in our last newsletter Dr. Veronika Zhmurko will be practicing at the clinic, starting August 25th.

Veronika is a General Practitioner dedicated to Classical Homeopathy. She graduated from the Kiev Medical Institute in Ukraine with a specialization in Family Medicine. Veronika received her PhD in Clinical Immunology from the Kiev Medical Academy.

Not being satisfied with the conventional approach to medical treatment, Veronika has received intensive training in Homeopathy through the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy in Greece, as well as at the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy.

Veronica has practiced Classical Homeopathy for many years. She strongly believes in treatment of the person as a whole as the most effective way for restoration of health.

Naturopathic consultation rates will apply for an appointment with Veronika: 150$/ 50 min.

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During August 11-13th, Marlene Power-Johnston, founder of the Preschool at Carp Ridge Learning Centre, will be attending the XXVI World Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP), is facilitating the 3 day trip and we hope to gain an international perspective on sustainable early childhood education in the outdoors.  After being encouraged by UNESCO and Child & Nature Alliance Canada, we are very keen to be in attendance.

The Forest Preschool is identified as Canada’s first outdoor-based preschool program.  As we continue our research, training and development, the Congress will aide in the maturity of our program and help us to grow with our community’s needs -– at both local and national levels.

Marlene’s time will be spent networking and identifying funding opportunities, learning more about best practices and pedagogical ideals, teaching others about our own program’s structure and values, and visiting other forest preschools in Sweden.  We look forward to her return to learn how we can advance our program to mirror preschools in European countries — they have dedicated years to this approach in childhood education.

For more information on the congress, please visit www.omep2010.org