Yoga and meditation teacher Laurea Palmantier. (Submitted)

Free wellness event offers group meditation, reiki, healing at Tractorgrease in Chilliwack

It takes place this weekend featuring music, kombucha, traditional First Nations medicine and more

Tractorgrease Cafe will be offering a lot more than just music this weekend as it launches a new weekly meditation event and kicks off its “life shift” program.

It’ll be an afternoon and evening full of meditation, kombucha, music and wellness-based talks on Sunday, Jan. 26. This free event is to give folks a taste of what to expect with their new meditation group class and brand new program called Project: Life Shift starting in February and March, respectively.

Project: Life Shift is “an individual-focused, self-development process that participants will partake in, within the supportive environment of a group,” organizer Taysey Taylor said.

The free event on Sunday starts at 4 p.m. and includes a group meditation at 4:15 p.m. with Laurea Palmantier, followed by a description of the new program, kombucha samples, music by Tamihi, and talks by reiki practitioner Mari Okazaki and Indigenous healer/doula and certified holistic practitioner Shoneena Lee Loss. (See schedule and biographies of the speakers below)

Featured menu items for the evening will be wood-fired pizzas as well as kombucha which will be on tap from The Royals Kombucha.

Following Tractorgrease’s free wellness event, people can then sign up for weekly classes which take place on Wednesdays. They are: Meditation with Laurea starting Feb. 5 ($60 a month); or combination Meditation with Laurea plus Project: Life Shift class beginning March 4 ($130 a month).

Tractorgrease’s wellness event runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 48710 Chilliwack Lake Rd. on Sunday, Jan. 26. It is a free event, but people are asked to reserve their spot by visiting eventbrite.ca.

Schedule:

4 p.m. • Welcome – Gather in the Tractorgrease Music Studio to set up for meditation.

4:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. • Group meditation with Laurea Palmantier of Love in Action. Please bring a pillow to sit on.

4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. • What is “Project: Life Shift” – with Leah ‘Taysey’ Taylor and Laurea Palmantier.

5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. • Tamihi performance and kombucha break and tasters with Kali Forstbauer of The Royals Kombucha.

6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. • Mari Okazaki, Jikiden Reiki practitioner, teacher and one of only 13 Dai Shihan (teacher trainers) in the world.

7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. • Shoneena Lee Loss, owner of Body Mind Soul Holistics, is a First Nations healer and “modern” certified holistic practitioner and Indigenous doula.

7:30 p.m. • Tamihi performance with Jeff Bonner and Taysey Taylor.

Biographies:

1. Mari Okazaki is a mother of three, originally from Nagasaki, Japan, and resides in Chilliwack. She is a full-time reiki practitioner and offers reiki sessions in her home studio on a daily basis since 2006. She also teaches Jikiden Reiki (reiki in Japanese tradition) certification classes regularly, and also train teachers as one of 13 Dai Shihan (teacher trainer) in the world in this tradition. She has travelled to different countries sharing her knowledge, energy and spirit.

2. Shoneena Lee Loss of Cree decent and owner of Body Mind Soul Holistics, is a First Nations healer, a “modern” certified holistic practitioner and Indigenous doula. She provides services and expertise in aromatherapy, reflexology, reiki, iridology, holistic nutrition, spiritual guidance, massage and more.

“I am so blessed to call my home, home ‘off the grid’ in the pristine Nahatlatch Valley where living with nature and the medicines of the land is a way of life,” she said.

3. A long time presence in the wellness community in Chilliwack, yoga and meditation teacher Laurea Palmantier founded and heads up her business Love in Action. Along with meditation and yoga, Laurea also offers energy healing and nutritional support. She will be leading an ongoing meditation community based out of Tractorgrease.

4. Kali Forstbauer of The Royals Kombucha will be talking about the health benefits of kombucha and attendees will be able to try samples and buy the drink by the glass or growler.

5. Performing everything from roots and blues to country, Tamihi has been described as “Johnny Cash meets Bonnie Raitt.” Jeff Bonner and Leah (Taysey) Taylor have a chemistry onstage that is palpable.

RELATED: See more Chilliwack events in our weekly Seven Days listing


 

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Shoneena Lee Loss, owner of Body Mind Soul Holistics, is a First Nations healer and “modern” certified holistic practitioner and Indigenous doula. (Submitted)

Mari Okazaki is a full-time reiki practitioner. (Submitted)

The band Tamihi with Jeff Bonner and Taysey Taylor will perform at the wellness event. (Submitted)

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