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 Alchemy: 

v  The universal cure for disease.

v  Discovery of a means of prolonging life.

v  A power or process of transforming some thing into something precious.

v  A medieval chemical science and philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold.

Elixir:

v  The essential principal.

v  A sweetened liquid used as a vehicle for medicinal agents.

v  A substance that is believed to cure all ills.

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Alchemy & Elixir Health Group & Wellness Centre
Suite 207-2190 Fir Street (at W 6 Ave), Vancouver BC, Canada
www.alchemyelixir.com 


TO register for any of our classes email info@alchemyelixir.com or call 604 683 2298


Upcoming Seminars and Workshops

Many of our seminars are co sponsored with Choices Market. Check out their weekly specials on organic foods. Many of our practitioners are regular contributing writers to the Choices Markets Newsletters.
 

Fall Nutrition Workshops: "Nourishing your Soul" Series
~Taught by Melissa Furneaux, BSc., HHC, RHN – Holistic Health Counselor, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Fees for Nutrition Classes: $55 per workshop, or prepay for all 3 of Melissa Furneaux’s classes for $ 135: ($30 Savings): Creative Cooking, Looking Past the Plate and Everyday Zen (Fees include food and supplies)

Creative Cooking: Using intuition to prepare intentional, love-filled food 

Imagine preparing intentional, love-filled food for yourself, family, and friends that is healthy, delicious, and easy to prepare.For me, cooking is both a means of self-expression and an act of love. It is a way to nourish myself and the people I care about in a very direct and meaningful way. If your reality is that cooking is a confusing, tedious chore, and you would like to make a shift, this workshop is the perfect way to begin this process. We will look at tools to get in touch with what foods your body truly needs, explanations of common cravings, an introduction to mindful eating, and tips on how to integrate all of this into your day-to-day life. Best of all, there will be an abundance of hands-on experience as well as healthy whole-foods treats! 

Date: Saturday, September 15th, 2012 
Time: 11am -1pm 
Cost: $ 55

For questions or registration, please contact Melissa at: mfurneaux@gmail.com or 604-760-9892

*Please note that pre-payment is required to reserve your seat as space is limited.

Herbal Poultices and Fomentations: Herbs for Topical Treatment Taught by Katolen Yardley, MNIMH ~ Medical Herbalist

Learn of the topical applications of herbal medicine for common skin ailments. Instructions on preparing poultices and fomentations will be discussed as well as discussion on 3 common topical use herbs: Plantain, Marigold and Comfrey. 

Date: Thursday September 20, 2012 
Cost $ 15 
Time: from 6-8 pm 

Looking Past the Plate: Primary food and authentic nourishment

What in your life truly nourishes you? Sometimes we are fed not by food but by the energy in our lives. We hunger for play, fun, touch, romance, achievement, love, art, music, success, self-expression, excitement, adventure, and spirituality, and many other things...."Primary food" is more than what is on your plate, and when it is balanced and satiating, your life feeds you, making what you eat secondary. While modern nutrition, focusing on macro- and micro-nutrients, is a vital component of health and well-being, it is really only one source of nourishment. Healthy relationships, enjoyable physical activity, a fulfilling career, and a spiritual practice can fill your soul and satisfy your hunger for life.
 
Date: Thursday, October 4th, 2012 
Time: 6pm-8pm 
Cost: $ 55 ~ Payment may be made by cash, cheque or paypal.

For questions or registration, please contact Melissa at: mfurneaux@gmail.com or 604-760-9892

*Please note that pre-payment is required to reserve your seat as space is limited.

Everyday Zen: Groundedness through food, movement, and breath Taught by Melissa Furneaux, BSc., HHC, RHN – Holistic Health Counselor, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

How might you sustain yourself on shaky ground? In the day to day hustle and bustle of our over-scheduled city lives, feelings of stress and anxiety have been accepted by many as the norm....a side-effect of our modern lifestyle. While there may be some truth in this, we also have a choice. if we choose to engage our body and provide it with appropriate foods, we will maintain an energetic centeredness which, over time, allows us to develop the courage and strength to live each moment as our authentic selves. This class will focus on simple tips, tools, and exercises we can incorporate into our daily lives that will allow us to approach each day with a sense of inner calm and connectedness to the earth. We will introduce the concept of food energetics, which foods we should be eating to maintain balance, and foods that will quickly realign us when we are feeling scattered. This will be an active class with gentle movement, including simple exercises, yoga postures, and breath work. Please wear comfortable clothing. 

Date: Sunday, October 21st 
Time: 12-2pm 
Cost: $ 55 ~ Payment may be made by cash, cheque or paypal.

For questions or registration, please contact Melissa at: mfurneaux@gmail.com or 604-760-9892

*Please note that pre-payment is required to reserve your seat as space is limited.

Sustain Your Soul Creativity Buffet 
~ Taught by Melissa Furneaux, BSc., HHC, RHN – Holistic Health Counselor, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

When was the last time you allowed yourself to be totally immersed in the experience of something, without concern for what the final product or end result will be? Whether or not you perceive yourself as "creative," this evening is not about creating masterpieces....it is about creating connections, and giving ourselves permission to flourish in our own creative process. The intent will be to cultivate an open and supportive space in which we can truly connect with those around us, while also exploring our own individual projects in whatever form they might take. We will begin the evening with a light-hearted group discussion on the topic of "Creativity as Nourishment," followed by a self-determined amount of "play time" (leave when you feel complete, or stay until 9pm). There is no pressure to produce....only to be present. You may spend the entire evening immersed in the wonders of a dress-up bin, or you may bounce around from writing to painting to sewing to dancing to drawing and back again. There is no wrong answer.  What inspires you in this moment?

Date: Thursday, November 8th 
Time: 6-9pm 
Fee: By Donation (all supplies included)

For questions or registration, please contact Melissa at: mfurneaux@gmail.com  or 604-760-9892

*Please note that pre-payment is required to reserve your seat as space is limited.


Maitri: A Holistic Course in Weight-loss and Self-Love 
~Taught by Melissa Furneaux, BSc., HHC, RHN – Holistic Health Counselor, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Maitri (pronounced "my-tree") is a Sanskrit word that may be loosely translated as "unconditional friendship with oneself." You may not think of love in relation to weight loss, but they are, in fact, very intimately connected. 

The truth is that diets don't work, and 95% of dieters regain the weight they've lost, and then some. One of the major problems with most popular diets is that they only address the quantity of food, rather than an individual's relationship with food. When a body is accumulating or holding on to excess weight, the reason may be physical, emotional, or spiritual in nature. The solution is not going to come from a best-selling book, a website, or any other external source. Whether you like it or not, the answer is within you.

A holistic approach to weight loss is simple and effective. By making small, realistic adjustments over time, you create deeper, sustainable change. Being part of a small, intimate group creates a safe and nurturing environment to help ensure your success. In this course we will address body, mind, and spirit. We will discuss the physical components of weight loss, including proper nutrition and enjoyable physical activity, as well as non-physical factors that may be holding you back or blocking your success. Our focus will be one of balance as opposed to rigid restrictions, and baby steps are encouraged over dramatic changes. On your journey, no victory is too small to celebrate.

Embracing "Unconditional friendship" with oneself is no simple task....it requires patience, courage, compassion, humour, discipline, honesty, and persistence. Perhaps most importantly, it requires that we fully accept responsibility for our lives and our actions, and a willingness to let go of what is no longer serving us and create what we truly desire for ourselves and our lives. When we love and accept who we currently are, it allows us to love and accept others as they are, bringing more joy into our lives and transforming a life based in fear to one grounded in love

How might your life be different if you loved yourself unconditionally? 

Date: 12 Monday evenings, September 10 - December 3, 2012 
* note no class on Thanksgiving, Oct 8
Time: 6-8pm
Fee: $480 ~ Payment may be made by cash, cheque or paypal.
For questions or registration, please contact Melissa at: mfurneaux@gmail.com  or 604-760-9892

*Please note that this program progresses, and each session builds upon the last. As a result, no drop-ins are available at this time.

**As spaces are limited, advanced registration and payment is required. Payment may be made by cash, cheque or Paypal.

2012 Course Listings (register below)

Thai Massage Level 2 
3 -Thursdays, Sept. 27, Oct. 4 & 11, 2012 
Time: 9:30 - 4:30 each day

Thai Massage Level 1: Week-end intensive
Fri., Sept. 28, Sat. Sept. 29, Sun., Sept. 30, 2012 
Time: 9:30 - 4:30 

Thai Foot Reflexology
1- Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 
Time: 9:30 - 4:30

To pre -register, for course description and rates for these courses: visit the online booking site at:
http://www.banyanthaimassage.com/vancouver_2012_courses  


Regular Ongoing Workshops

Herbal Medicine Making

An introduction to herbal medicine taught by Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, Medical Herbalist. We will cover traditional use and a hands-on approach to integrating herbal medicine into your household. Master techniques of blending herbal teas; make infused oils and herbal vinegars. Gain confidence in using herbal medicine for common health complaints, and general first aid. Time will be spent learning 5 herbs in detail and working hands-on with the plants.

Space is limited: Pre-registration and prepayment is required. Call 604-683-2298 or email at info@alchemyelixir.com for upcoming dates.


In The News

Acupuncturist Shannon Larson has been voted by Vancouverites as a gold winner in the West Ender’s ‘Best in the City’ Feb 24-March 2, 2011 under the Natural Health Practitioner category. www.wevancouver.com 

March, 2010 and onwards: Our Art Therapist, Stephanie Harper will be offering individual Art Therapy sessions at Friends for Life. Appointments will be available on Thursdays at 1 pm and 2:15 pm. Stephanie is greatly looking forward to offering Friends for Life members a rewarding and renewing journey inward through a spontaneous painting experience. No art experience is necessary! Members can book an appointment by calling the Friends For Life host at 604-682-5992, ext. 0.

November / December, 2009 Vancouver’s West End BIA featured a 2 page article on our centre and services. The article can be viewed here.

Nov 23/24, 2009~ Vancouver East Side Culture Crawl- our in house Art Therapist, Stephanie Harper is one of many artists sharing her talent and beautiful canvases at the Vancouver Eastside culture crawl. Read an interview of Stephanie, featured in 24 Hours Vancouver, a local Vancouver paper.

November 1, 2009 - Sharon Green our Registered Holistic Nutritionist will be speaking on ‘How to Read Food Labels’ at the Women’s Weight Loss & Wellness Conference. Come down and join the inspirational day! www.thinknbethin.com

Sept 27, 2009- the grand opening of our Vancouver office was well attended with many people from our community visiting our wellness centre. A sincere thank you to all the companies who contributed product, samples, and gift baskets to our opening including: Ferlow brothers, Thorne Research, Natural Factors, Rocky Mountain Grains, Navitas Naturals, and Manitoba Hemp Harvest.

Sept 9, 2009 Davie days ~ an annual local event, our tea of practitioners welcomed in Davie Days with promotions and products 45000 people attending to partake in music, art, and local businesses displays and specials.


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