Mission Statement

On Saturday May 23, 2015, activists around the world will, once again, unite to March Against Monsanto.

Why do we march?

Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumours, infertility and birth defects. In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-lead research on the long-term effects of GMO products. Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nickname See More


Courtesy of thegardengrazer.com

Vegan, gluten-free
Makes about 2-3 large salads

15 oz. can chickpeas
2/3 cup BBQ sauce
1 large head romaine
1 cup corn (I thaw frozen corn)
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
1 cup shredded carrots
2-3 green onions

{For the avocado ranch dressing}
1 avocado
1 cup almond or soy milk (plain, unsweetened)
3 Tbsp. lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
2 tsp. white wine vinegar
1-2 cloves garlic (I use 2)
1/2 tsp. dried dill
1/2 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. onion powder
Salt to taste
Optional: fresh chives are amazing if you can find them!

Make the dressing: in a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
Rinse and drain chickpeas. In a saucepan over med-low heat, simmer chickpeas in BBQ sauce for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, chop the romaine, tomatoes, and green onion. Place in a bowl. Add corn and carrots. Toss to combine.
When ready to assemble, distribute the salad into bowls, toss with desired amount of dressing, and top with BBQ chickpeas.

If storing leftovers, it’s best if the dressing, chickpeas, and salad are stored separately. Unless you dig soggy salads – no judgement! 😉
The leftover dressing stores for about 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge. (Yay veggie dip!)
This is a great make-ahead meal! Make the dressing and salad up to a day ahead of time, store separately, and just simmer the chickpeas in BBQ when you’re ready to assemble.

The Hand That Rocks the World; An Inquiry Into Truth, Power and Gender, is now available on Amazon worldwide as both a kindle e-book and a trade paperback.  To purchase, go here.

Charles BaileyCharles was an endearing patient of mine for several years.  We had one of those instant heart connections and it was a true honour to work with him.  In spite of a long relationship with cancer that created a lot of limitations, Charles did his best to continue enjoying the little things in life, including riding his motorcycle!

Charles was a gentle soul with piercing blue eyes, stubbornly maintaining his dignity when many things we take for granted were pulled away from him.  It was difficult to hear that he had passed…but at the same time I am happy that he has the relief of shedding his body in returning to the energetic realm of existence.

My warm sympathies go out to his family, especially to his daughter Laura Tromp, who used to be our beloved clinic manager.  Felix and I found two seeds sprouting in one of our Gala apples and have planted them, one for Laura and her triplets (turns out to be their favourite apple), one to keep here with Charles’ name on it.

Fair thee well on the other side Charles and thank you for your trust and friendship.


20150506_142857Thank you so much to Kelsey, Haley, Hannah, Katherine and Madeleine for volunteering at Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre on Wednesday May 6, 2015. With the help of you and your team, we were able to get our fire pit ready for the summer programs; move four trailers full of brush and collect a good portion of the garbage and recycling that has landed on the roadside over the winter. You diverted a great deal of recyclable material from going to a landfill for which we are truly grateful.

Your energy and enthusiasm were such assets to this project. You arrived early and worked hard all afternoon; so hard in fact that your supervisor Jeremy was extremely proud of you all. It is heart-warming to see students choosing to volunteer in a natural environment, learning new skills and caring for the environment.

Thanks again and we hope you think of us when looking for future volunteer opportunities. We would be honoured to have you work with us again.

Full-time position for someone who is knowledgeable about whole food cooking, likes to help organize/clean a home and is willing to do various errands in a “green” household.  Occasional childcare for an active 6 year old boy.  Basic computer skills, valid driver’s license and police check required.  Hours and wages to be discussed.  Respond to katherine@ecowellness.com, thanks!

The  Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre will be offering programs for all ages on healing, healthy lifestyle, nature and sustainability starting this fall.
A calendar of events will be made available on our website and in future newsletters.  Anyone interested in collaborating is invited to contact Lori at 613-839-1198 or lori@ecowellness.com.

It’s a brisk spring dawn.  The flowers in my sister’s garden in upstate New York are starting to poke through the winter-weary earth.  Everyone in the house is still asleep.  I sip on chamomile tea with coconut milk and rally my tired brain.

My sister’s symptoms after chemo and radiation are still relentless, requiring frequent attention during the night for horrendous headaches and vomiting.  Seizures are the latest addition and I am hoping they are within the German New Medicine paradigm of healing, meaning the first half of the healing phase is over and we are on our way up.   The process is one of sheer determination and patience now.  She has no tolerance for talking, reading, music or any kind of entertainment.  No one is allowed to cook as the smells drive her crazy.   We are plunged into her suffering with her—and the growth this brings.

I am learning how to pray for real.  Not asking for anything, just expressing gratitude for every blessing, relaxing into faith and allowing a sense of space and light.  This beats lying awake all night worrying a knot into my guts—my initial approach to the situation!  And it helps the energy of the household.   Of course I go in and out of this state, relapsing into fear and then remembering that it really does make things worse.

Childhood issues with my sister are triggered when I visit.  It requires that I process them honestly in order to regain an open heart.  Sometimes it takes me days and I need to call my brother who understands.  Coming out the other end is warm and tender—and doubles the pain of watching her go though this.  I am learning to breathe into it instead of shutting down.  Our whole family is healing another step through this illness.  We’re having this illness together.  We’re lucky to have each other.  Tears…

Tomorrow I fly home.  I don’t want to leave.  I hope I can continue the prayers and stay with my sister over the distance in growing faith and light-heartedness.  More tears…


Thank you for listening.  I feel better for writing.

until next month,

when i hope to have better news–


On a lighter note, at the end of March, I underwent surgery for breast reduction at the Ottawa General with skilled plastic surgeon Dr Jarmuske.  It was a 2 hour operation and after a  bit of recovery, I went home and slept for three days straight, which was heavenly.

For pain I was given narcotics to use every 4 hours.  With homeopathic remedies Arnica and Hypericum I was able to go 8 to 12 hours between doses.  The wonderful thing was that when the pain would start, the remedies helped immediately and by the time they wore off, the medication would kick in.  Within 3 days, I was out of pain and no longer needed pills.

Initially my chest was bound in a large bandage which came off at the first post-op visit four days later.  It was the moment of truth when the nurse took scissors and started cutting.  And another to see the gleam in my surgeon’s eye!  He called in a resident to show him his good work, describing in vivid detail how awful I looked before to the embarrassed young man.  I still chuckle to remember it…glad that I’m 57 and not sensitive about my body like that…

How am I taking the change?  With good humour and a great amount of astonishment.  I really didn’t expect them to look so…well, young.  I joke about having a 16 year old chest, grin.  At the same time, I was interested in being more functional, less so in how I looked.  Seems to me that my body is simply more balanced.  The best part, to my surprise, is that my chronic back pain was gone after two weeks.  Now I have to be careful for another few weeks.  I’ve already overdone it a few times and had scary pain.  The good thing is that I can use naturopathic tools to help heal and prevent swelling and infection.  The best is hot and cold compresses with wash cloths, 30 seconds hot  followed by 1 minute cold, repeated three times.  What a difference it makes, almost immediately soothing any pains.  It only takes 10 minutes and if hurting, I do it four times daily.

I’m VERY grateful to have had this procedure, but I’ll be glad not to have to think about this part of my anatomy and be able to get on with daily life.  I look forward to being able to do more activities longer without aching back and shoulders.  And shopping for a few new clothes is always fun–Sally Ann here I come!



Desire Map WorkshopSaturday June 6, 2015
Carp Ridge Learning Centre

THE DESIRE MAP LEVEL 1 Workshop is a program for clarifying what you truly want in every area of your life, and using that powerful awareness to guide your choices from now on.

You will leave this workshop knowing your “core desired feelings” – a guidance system for your decision-making. A GPS for your soul.

We’ll look at our perceptions around “feelings” and goal setting. We’ll examine how we drive and strive, and see where in our lives we experience freedom — and where we want more of it read more…

To register or for more information, please contact Melanie at agilelifecoaching@gmail.com

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