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Have you taken your #yyj Nature Break today?

To cut through resistance with a student, I suggested we transition our session to one of my local favorite hangouts, “Finnerty Gardens,” at the University of Victoria.

Strolling through a combination of forest and tames beds and lawns, I noticed the difference between being restful and at peace in this type of  environment and one that is nervous with a racing mind.  After investigating the landscape for a time we sat on a bench to integrate and continue our session.  Long periods of comfortable silence encouraged  a deeper opening and sharing.  Simple and transitional!

Nature, our healing partners!

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Self-Esteem, Confidence, Trusting Self

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



Do you live in your own culture of love & respect?

Recently I have begun sharing how my spring and summer is spent planting, gathering of flowers, leave & roots to make wonderful remedies. The purpose comes from hearing my clients express their concern, guilt, resentment and dependency upon pharma care products a13466358_10207722029426878_7619154285081841108_ns my hope is to model a different pattern and experience. I believe that pharma care lacks love of any living thing and is teaching us not to value ourselves. Therefore my hope of intention is to bring back love and care that is the bases for a healing outcome. When I work with nature in such a personal way I love it and would like to say feel the love back. This is the foundation I would like for healing and support. To take something that I feel appreciation for empowered by being a partner in the process of making it equals loving oneself!

Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015

Discovering Gumweed along West Coast of Victoria

I loved coming across gumweed 2016-06-14 14.00.03growing along the rocky banks of Victoria’s beaches during a walk.  The first thing you notice is the sticky resin on your hands when picking just one flower head. You know it must have some interesting qualities!

Researching this flower for more information and to confirm their name,  Grindelia squarrosa, I had to smile when finding a well-respected international herbalists description of gumweed that included he found them along the rocky outcrops of Victoria’s beaches here on Vancouver Island!

I imagine that you have seen them on your own walks!


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Cough Syrup

Discovering that they are great with honey in a cough syrup mixture and the organic one I buy is usually $12.00 and up I decided to buy a large jug of honey on sale for $12.00 and make my own!  The mason jar I am using would equal four purchased bottles of cough syrup or more.

Imagine reaching for your cough syrup and knowing exactly where the healing ingredients was picked and processed.  That the few fingerprints on them are mostly your own!

Within a short time of adding the flowers to the honey it became a rich dark colour and thickened.  2016-06-15 15.35.54It continues to thicken as it sits infusing its goodness.  Even though I began to dry these flowers for a few days before infusing they are still creating a thick mixture with their resin.



I also decided to create a tincture using vodka which is great for colds, sore throats and coughs!2016-06-14 17.18.32

In Plants of the Rocky Mountains by Ryan Drum, gum from the pounded flower-heads was applied to poison ivy inflammations and taken internally to relieve coughing and congestion. “Extracts from the dried flower-heads and leaves have sedative, antispasmodic and expectorant qualities…[and] are used in modern medications for treating asthma and bronchitis,” the book explains.

 Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015


  • November 7th, 1 – 4 pm

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  • Be creative and deepen your connection to what really matters over the holidays.

Spend an afternoon with Renee @ Inside Awareness for Healthy Living to explore integrity and alignment with what truly makes your heart sing and break old holiday social patterns of disconnection. Consciously create a new holiday map that keeps you connected from the inside out.

As easily as walking a labyrinth!

This is a creative way to change holiday experiences that are no longer working for you into new ones that meet your needs more effectively.


Affordable Afternoon Workshop @ $47.00

Connect for Registration Information  – Renee @ (250)-three61-seven508

Location:  Inside Awareness for Healthy Living

‘Enjoy an afternoon of contemplating doing something different for the holiday!  Change begins with finding your dream. 

Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015

IN THE COMMUNITY: Peace Themed Events in Victoria during celebrations of #Peace Day

For one week in September, Greater Victoria Celebrates the United Nations International Day of Peace.  It begins with a community calendar of events where by groups can share their peace themed events in the days leading up to it and just after it!  This includes events sponsored and/or hosted by Renee of Inside Awareness.  We are pleased that this year, 2015, revolved around the Labyrinth.

Beginning Saturday, September 13 – #yyj Peace Week was kicked off with the  2nd Annual Puppets for Peace Parade.  An event created by local Tim Gosley.  During the month of August Tim had a display in the Bay Centre and held various workshops in our community.   Tim had invited yyjpeace.com to hang the Ambassador of Peace Exhibit at the Little Fernwood Art Gallery in the weeks leading up to the parade.  We now say good-bye to this Peace Pal International Exhibit of children’s art from 86 different countries!

On Wednesday, September 16th two Greater Victoria Community proclaimed this Labyrinth Friendship Day.  In Victoria this was the 3rd year to do so and in Central Saanich it was their first!   It began Wednesday afternoon in Central Saanich at Woodwynn Farms Peace Garden with Dr. Saul Arbess, Founder of the Canadian Peace Initiative reading Mayor Ryan Windsors Proclamation.  It continued with a personal quiet walk at Cadboro Bay United Churches beautiful hardwood floor labyrinth  and finally to an evening celebration in dedication of  Irving Park Labyrinth that was  hosted by the Church of Truth, Community of Conscious Living.

On Sunday, September 20th for our first year we held a challenge to build a Community Giving Labyrinth!  This challenge was to build a labyrinth with a donation of  1,000 food cans!  Permission was granted and we partnered with the Mustard Seed!  We donated 510 pounds of food to the Mustard’s Seed 100,000 pound and 100,000 dollar challenge that runs until the end of October.  It is their 2nd annual pie off challenge!

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On Monday, September 21st the day was dedicated to children!  Beginning with a Labyrinth  Peace Walk at the Greater Victoria Public Library Central Branch to start our local World Peace Day celebrations!  This continued with an evening celebration of International Day of Peace hosted by the World Childrens Summit on Peace and Nature!   The World’s Children Summit celebrated  Brentwood Bay Elementary’s spring participation in a one day event featuring four workshops. They were on Nature and Photography, Storytelling, Music and Contemplation!  The evening also celebrated local Victoria peace elder, ‘Louise Taylor!’  Louise has been an inspiration and has continuously put effort into creating peace where ever her steps have lead her.  She has brought back world connections into the Greater Victoria Region.  She is the steward of a space dear to many, the CorUnum Centre.

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Kathleen Arneson, Founder of World Children’s Summit on Peace & Nature

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Acting Mayor Councillor Geoff Young,

This evening Wednesday, September 23rd, will find us celebrating International Peace Dances and the fall equinox at Irving Park Labyrinth.  Betsy Nuse and Louise Taylor will lead us in dance  followed by a personal labyrinth walk in community.

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For more information on how to participate in next year’s #yyjPeaceWeek or create one in your own community contact renee(at)insideawareness.com.

Collage of Body &  Mindfullness Awareness Connections in the Community for May, ’15:

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#peace focus @ earth festival, stroll of 6 local labyrinths on World Labyrinth Day – We walk as one focus and Hands Across the Sands/Lands!

Ceremonial Labyrinth Workshop


  • Saturday, Jan 17, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Are you seeking a unique way to celebrate  your ceremony?  Maybe your are interested in a deepened heart-felt experience in your gathering?  If the answer is yes,  learn how to bring a contemplative heart connection to your event using beauty, space, environment and connection.  This will include learning to create labyrinth patterns and materials to create a beautiful space to host a ceremony.  You will learn to lay out a ceremonial heart pathway design and how to walk a path of inner and outer connection.  If you are planing  a wedding, anniversary, birthday, remembering, graduation, opening or wisdom retreat and more, consider how you can create a fulfilling and heart connected event! 1/45.00

Register @ Monterey Recreation Centre – 250-370-7300