Absolutely April

Absolutely April

It seems that this year April may be coming in like a lion.  We are looking forward to seeing you at this month's events.

Fermentation Basics Workshop

Learn to nourish your whole self with probiotics while optimizing your digestion.

You will taste fresh yogurt, as well as experience a variety of flavours & healing properties for Kombucha and Water Kefir.

AND you get your own Kombucha scoby, & Kefir grains' to begin caring for at home.

Sunday April 3rd, 
10:30am to 1pm $45



Making Connections with Yvette Halpin & Sherry Rounds

In this experiential workshop you will learn how cognitive brain functions- like the capacity to read, write, pay attention, self-regulate, be empathetic, follow instructions, etc, use the same brain neural connections as the sensory and motor neural circuits that have been established since infancy. 

Yvette Halpin will illuminate what babies sense and how they move from belly, through birth, to 3 years of age and how this development is foundational for healthy cognitive functioning throughout childhood. 

With over 20 years in the healing profession as a Massage and Craniosacral Therapist, Sherry Rounds has a depth of knowledge that informs her ability to gently guide the body towards it's natural state of health. 

In this workshop, Sherry will offer an introduction to Craniosacral therapy care with infants and children, as well as briefly describe the of anatomy of birth and what occurs when there are interventions involved in the birthing process. 

This workshop would be amazing for any parent interested in their own child's development or any wellness practitioner who works with young children.

Lunch will be provided, so please let us know of any dietary considerations.

April 17th, 10am to 2pm

Cost is $70 and can be paid by paypal, etransfer to ahimsaheels@gmail.com

Please contact Jennifer Gillean for more information or check out nimblekids.ca

Prenatal Yoga

A 3 part prenatal yoga series designed to support pregnant women working towards a meaningful and positive birth experience. Attend one, two or all three!

Preparing for Labour
Saturday April 16 3-5:30pm

In this workshop learn and practice how the breath and your voice can be essential tools throughout labour. Practice yoga poses to strengthen your legs and connect to your pelvic floor in preparing for and healing from the birthing experience. Explore a creative activity as a metaphor for the birth you are preparing for.

$40, or enjoy the whole series for $108
Find the other parts of the series here: http://www.ottawayoga.com/workshops/prenatal-series/

Saturday April 23rd, 3pm to 5:30pm

In this urban retreat you will learn how the breath and yoga can be calming and rejuvenating natural resources in your life. Explore how working with wool can be both a soothing activity for you and a great developmental activity for your young children. Our session will end with yoga nidra (guided meditation) and you will leave feeling relaxed and refreshed.

$40 or $108 for full series

Saturday April 30th, 3pm to 5:30pm

In this workshop you will be given the space to explore creatively your role as a mother. You will have the opportunity to connect to your changing body and baby through prenatal yoga practice and you will learn specific mindfulness tools to prepare for unexpected outcomes of labour and motherhood.

$40 or enjoy the full series for $108

Prenatal Yoga Workshop at Pranashanti

Practicing Prenatal Yoga can be a powerful tool to prepare for labor and motherhood. Research suggests that Prenatal Yoga has many benefits for pregnant women, such as:

  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Increased strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
  • Decreased lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and shortness of breath

In these sessions, we will use meditation and practice yoga postures to strengthen and relax your changing body. We will explore different breath and focus techniques that are supportive for birthing and learn how to modify postures before and after baby arrives. Each session ends with a well-deserved relaxation, and is appropriate for new and experienced Yoga students.

This is an opportunity to connect with your body, baby and other pregnant women. As well as, to prepare for the challenges of being a new parent

Cost:  $35.00 per person for the 2-hr workshop or sign up for 3 sessions for $90.00 per person.

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=4814  (this is the link that will take you to Pranashanti's website for both Birth Story Healing and Prenatal Yoga Workshop


Birth Story Healing

“Birth Story Medicine is an uplifting guided personal growth process that brings insight, resolution, and healing after a difficult or disappointing birth.” -Pamela England


The Birth Story Healing Workshop combines birth story medicine, yoga, guided meditation and creative activities to reflect on the participant`s initiation into parenthood.  This birth story healing workshop is a chance to perhaps begin to see how the difficult moments in pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period can have the power to inspire us to live and parent from a place of confidence and love.

*April 10th, Ottawa Birth & Wellness Centre 11am to 2pm.


***Free Birth Story Healing Phone Sessions throughout the month of April for mothers, partners & birth attendants

Birth Story Healing at Pranashanti

The Birth Story Healing Workshop is a unique and transformational guided process that can change the way you see yourself and the birth of your baby. In this intimate workshop you will be gently guided to find new meaning in your birth story. You will have the opportunity to gather with other women in a compassionate and non-judgmental circle to explore your feelings about giving birth and becoming a mother. The group energy and the format of the circle allows for profound changes to take place.

Through art, quiet reflection, journaling, storytelling, yoga and meditation to create the seeds for positive and transformational change after a difficult childbirth experience. Sharing is optional.

Workshop includes all supplies for creative activities, yoga and guided meditation. It is recommended to be at least 6 months post-birth before attending.

Cost: $55.00 per person

Ahimsa Heels

Ahimsa Heels is a concept that has been evolving in my mind for the past decade.  A few months ago it was put into action with the creation of yoga skirts (over leggings!)- locally made principally from upcycled, natural fibers.  Most of the profits are donated to help facilitate change.  The intention is to connect more creators and sustainable products to help support more people, organisations, initiatives, etc.

AND the skirts will be featured in the upcoming Happy Hearts fundraising children`s fashion show for CHEO on April 16th! 

Peer Based Support


On April 16th, CHOICE! (informedchoice.ca) will be

featuring Trial of Labor-a documentary that looks into

access to a trial of labour in trying for a VBAC in the

United States.  There will be a preshow and a

community panel discussion following the film




The International Cesarean Awareness Network’s

(ICAN) mission is to improve maternal-child health by

preventing unnecessary cesareans through

education, providing support for cesarean recovery,

and promoting vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC).  

Our chapter has been running for nearly 3 years and

I’m grateful to have experienced how this community

has evolved.  Our meetings are a non-judgemental

space where women who have birthed by

caesarean(s) are supported: in healing from their

birth, in preparing for a family centered caesarean or

working towards a VBAC.  We meet the 3rd

Wednesday of each month at the OIHC (1129 Carling

Ave), from 7:15pm.  Online, we have a closed a local

FB group and page.



Birth Trauma Ontario

The mission of BTO is to provide a supportive

environment for the sharing of stories, the processing

of wounds and the exchanging of ideas for recovery

so that each member can emerge into the fullness of

who they are meant to be.  BTO is intended for

parents who self identify with birth trauma.  This past

January the Ottawa Chapter of BTO was launched.  

We meet the 4th Wednesday of each month at the

OIHC on Carling at Holland, starting at 7:15pm.  

Online, there is a Facebook group and soon we will

have a local FB page.


Empty Arms Open Heart

EAOH is a group for parents who have experienced

pregnancy and/or infant loss. The hope is to create a

connected community where we can honour the life

that was created, as well as support one another in

the healing process.  Gatherings are at the OIHC the

2nd Wednesday of every second month.  Online we

have a closed Facebook group.