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“10 Year Anniversary @InsideAwareness!”


It is hard to believe it’s been 10 years since I graduated from four intense years of Feldenkrais Training and  began sharing Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement and InTouch Communication Integration Techniques in Greater Victoria!

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Creating a Labyrinth from Graduation Walk in 2007 with class mates
Opening the doors at the Fairfield Scout Hall in 2007 for Classes,  Workshops & Talking Circles


  • Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic Movement
  • InTouch Communication & Language Enrichment
  • Integrating Natures Elements 
So Much has Happened since 2007!
Offering Workshops & Classes @ Monterey Recreation Centre since 2007
On the Board of B.C. Network of Compassionate Communication
#yyj Trade Shows Displays for Feldenkrais, InTouch Communication & Local Labyrinths
Organized #yyj Nonviolent Communication Intensive for Trainers :  Robert Gonzales & Susan Skye
Hosted 2 Day #yyj Visit & Events for International Labyrinth Society Members
Organized Donations of Can Goods to Create a Walking Labyrinth at #yyj City Hall on Sept 21st – World Peace Day!
Became a Judge for International Peace Pal Children’s Art Contest
Created and presented an integrative Labyrinth Workshop at #yyj Middle School and shared with #yyj Private Catholic High School
Presented Children’s Culture of Values Program at United Nations Peace Education Committee!
and so much more

I have enjoyed connecting with individuals, couples and groups in Greater Victoria and beyond to support improved health and well being!  I have received support in return and it has deepened the quality of my own offerings.  Along the path of this ten year journey, offerings have evolved to include mindful life and wellness coaching, empathy healing sessions and personal retreats with a focus upon self-esteem and confidence building from the inside out.

I have been enriched by observing hopelessness transform into hope for those giving up on life, their relationships and movement abilities.  I have witnessed individuals increase their ability to move in ways that they thought they couldn’t, or take more chances in their relationships that they had resisted in the past.  I have observed violence turn into tolerance, acceptance and forgiveness!

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I want to say thank you to all my supporters, students and clients! I am curious about checking in after the next 10 years to observe the changes!

Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
 Authored  Achieving your Goals  31 Day Program, Sleep Sweet Sleep, Kid’s Peace Bus Calendar of Values  Educational Program & InTouch with Your Values Self-Actualization Program.Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Labyrinths of Victoria since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Grassroots Calendar Founder, Vice-Chair of World Children’s Summit on Peace & Nature in 2015

#yyj Participates in UN International Day of Peace Celebrations

World Peace Day – September 21st, ’15  yyj-world-peace

A vision made real through the efforts of  Jeremy Gilley, the UN’s International Day of Peace has expanded here into Greater Victoria.  We began a  Grassroots Campaign in 2014 to bring it focus and attention with a calendar sharing local ‘peace themed’ events.  This included some fun social media events.  This year our 2nd Annual Greater Victoria (YYJ) Peace Week Project and it starts Sept 13 – 23, ’15!  There are some old and new events.  We hope more will be added as Greater Victoria gets on board!

Sept 13 – Kick off Peace Week

  • 2nd Annual Puppets for Peace Parade in Fernwood

Sept 16::

  • Central Saanich Labyrinth Friendship Day
  • Victoria Labyrinth Friendship Day

Sept 19

  • Community Giving Labyrinth – you can’t have peace without food! 

Sept 21:

  • Peace Labyrinth @ Greater Victoria Public Library – Central Branch, Victoria
  • World Children’s Summit on Peace and Nature – Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria

Sept 23 

  •  Fall Equinox Labyrinth Walk with Special Guests Louise Taylor & Betsy Nuse
Enquire how to include your event – renee@insideawareness.com

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Pathway Project @ #yyj’s Spring Ridge Commons

Spring Ridge is Canada`s oldest public food forest and Victoria’s largest public permaculture garden or community multi-layer food forest , located on a 1/2 acre city lot in Fernwood at the corner of Chambers and Gladstone. (Location Address is 1200 Gladstone Avenue. )

@insideawareness Summer Volunteer Focus, ’15

This summer Renee Lindstrom of @insideawareness spent time with Linda Chan, Co-ordinator of Spring Ridge Commons, in conversation about a focus for enhancing the community garden experience.  Through our discussions we began to  differentiate philosophy and practicality.  Both important influences upon each other, yet,  which comes first?  We decided to focus upon practicality and bring a change from the ground up!

After hosting  a clearing ceremony to voice the qualities community members would like to enhance in the garden,  we followed this up with creating some  new pathways.  The first pathway we started with was one that had become a shortcut through the gardens.  Our purpose was to change the super highway experience this pathway had become.  Instead we created meandering garden pathways by adding curves to redirect walkers. This would slow people down and take them on another pathway through the garden and offer them choices.  In the process of changing this pathway an unexpected feature became a welcome focal point.  A plaque!

In creating these pathways the focus of attention was on:

  • the pathway as the experience
  • rock edging to define the pathway

Our next pathway challenge will be the front entrance pathways!  The challenge is the designated front entrance is diminished by other entrances to the gardens!  Watch for pics!

Support  change  – donate @ #yyj’s Spring Ridge  

Read more:

5 Element Design – #yyj Spring Ridge Commons

5 Element Design – Sacred Clearing Ceremony 

If you are longing for a personal consultation please inquire privately:

Renee Lindstrom offers:

Indoor & Outdoor Landscape Life & Wellness Consulting & Coaching which enhances relationships, emotions and flexible movement awareness!
Workshops and Events