Introduction to Meditation (Practical Awakening) : The Edelweiss Edition: Starts Feb 28

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“This class has helped me understand myself better – how to be able to take a step back and see things from a more calm perspective.  Spirituality is something I had never tried to understand, yet it is one of the most important things we should learn to understand.  If everyone practiced it, the world would be a more loving place.  I strongly believe this is something that should be taught to our children in school!”  -Matt

“Absolutely amazing! My second course with Briya and just like the first one, I didn’t want it to end. She is so genuine, warm and comforting with her teachings. She makes meditation easy to learn and deepen your own current practice. Once you have completed the Practical Awakening course, you will definitely fill a shift in your perspective and practice. I can’t wait for the next course!” – Keely

Course Overview

This course is designed to support your spiritual awakening in a practical and experiential way.

You will learn:

  • a simple and sustainable daily meditation practice;
  • the energetic dynamics of mind, body, emotions and environment;
  • basic principles of natural healing;
  • your capacity for higher states of perception (e.g. intuition).

This course is ideal for you if:

  • you are in a period of personal transition;
  • you are seeking ways to reduce stress, and naturally improve your health and creativity
  • you are curious to learn more about spirituality, meditation, accessing intuition or natural healing modalities;

What to expect:

  • yoga, breathing exercises and guided meditation (suitable for beginners and those of any experience level);
  • an exploration of the connection between mind, body and emotions;
  • an introduction to holistic health, based on your individual needs and body type;

No experience is required. This course is open to seekers of all levels of experience or background. We are not affiliated with any particular tradition or religion.

Wednesday,  February 28 – April 4, 2018 (6 weeks)
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Chemin des Roches, Edelweiss, QC.
Cost: $325

All welcome. Limited spaces. Small groups.
A $50 deposit is required to reserve your space.
Register by contacting

Your Guide
aviary-image-1516305458119Briya Freeman has been facilitating courses in natural healing, meditation and stress reduction in both private and corporate settings since 2011.

She draws her primary inspiration from Berdhanya Swami Tierra, a female mystic and shaman of South American origin. At present, she regularly travels with Berdhanya facilitating retreats across Canada and internationally.

Briya is committed to promoting consciousness as a tool for more artful and inspired living. She currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario.

Learn more about Briya here


“Thank you so much for your patience, wisdom and gentleness through the Practical Awakening course. This course provided me with a solid foundation for a daily meditation practice and gave me tools to help calm my mind and heal my body. I am thankful that you took the time to answer my questions, encourage me through the tough parts of establishing a meditation practice. I enjoyed meeting with you each week and the course was very important step in my self-development. Thank you!” – Erin

“Briya is kind, bright, sunny, simple, convincing, clear and patient. One of the best investments I have ever made. I intend to deepen my understanding with Briya and her associates.”- Peter

“The Practical Awakening course has surpassed all of my expectations. Coming into the course as someone going through a personal transition and looking for ways to work through that, learn more about myself and to make an overall investment into my physical, mental and emotional well being- I found everything that I was looking for. Moreover, Briya has introduced me to basics of meditation, finding comfort in stillness and inactivity in order to focus on my inner self. Great course and I greatly recommend it to all.” -Alex

“What makes this course stand out is that Briya has a gift to see where you are currently misaligned and can gently point you in the right direction.”  – Richard

Understanding the Power of Ceremony


What Is A Ceremony?

In modern culture, we tend to associate “ceremonies” with weddings, baptisms, funerals, award ceremonies or graduations. While these social rites are valid, they often leave us in a confused state about what the true power of ceremony is.

Real ceremony is an act of the heart (caeri= heart, monia = action or state)It is to enter a space which unites your intention, your prayer and your presence, and which connects you to the unspeakable dimension of spirit.

As a healing modality, ceremony opens a space which transcends time, space, and the confines of the limited, linear mind. Ceremonies grant access to healing, higher guidance, ancestral wisdom, and great depth of insight.

I’m not sure how well I can speak of an earth-based ceremony to one who has not experienced it, but I can only say that it is as natural as your breath, as untethered as your imagination, and as healing and as real as the force of your love.


Your Invitation

On Saturday, February 24th, I am hosting a ceremony at my home in Edelweiss called Ra.

This powerful, 3-hour ceremony explores the impact of our spiritual contracts in the subconscious mind (soul bodies).

It will be hands-on and experiential, and no experience is required. A great opportunity for self-understanding beyond the confines of the mind.

Here are the details:

The Ra Ceremony
Saturday, February 24, 6:00 – 9:00 pm (3 hours)
Location: Chemin des Roches, Edelweiss, QC.
Cost: $108
Registration: A $50 deposit reserves your spot.
To register contact Briya
All welcome. Small groups. Spaces limited.

Your Guide:

aviary-image-1516305458119Briya Freeman is a long-term student of Berdhanya Swami Tierra, a female mystic and shaman of South American origin. Briya has been teaching meditation and the principles of spiritual awakening since 2010. She also regularly travels with Berdhanya facilitating retreats across Canada and internationally.

Briya is committed to promoting consciousness as a tool for more artful and inspired living. Read her full bio here


For more information on the Ra Ceremony or to register

January News: Tuning In With Your Heart


Dear Ones,

I hope you are having a great 2018!

For many of us, the beginning of the year can be a time of great internal stirrings. Energetically, we are being invited to rehash, reconsider, dismantle and restructure the patterns and habits of the year before.

At this time, it’s natural if you feel the impulse to make some changes, take on new habits, make resolutions, to deal with your issues (health or otherwise) or “try to be a better person”. It’s also natural to feel some dissatisfaction, frustration or questioning, as you look at your life with a readiness for the new.

Read more here

Dreams: Language of the Soul


When you learn the language of your dreams, you also learn the language of your physical reality.

In this course, you will explore the vocabulary, meaning and method to approach dreams as a foundation for self-realization.

Explore powerful tools to decode your dreams, improve the quality of your sleep and relax beyond the imaginable.

Starts March 8 in Ottawa.

Learn more and register here



Winter Survival Tips From Ayurveda

winter.jpgWhat Is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is an ancient science of self-healing, considered to be the sister science of yoga.

Ayurveda teaches us to understand and respect the healing power of nature in our foods, in plants, in nature and in our bodies. Ayurvedic understanding is based in the 5 elements (earth, water, fire, air, ether), which combine to form the 3 doshas (vata, pitta and kapha).

10 Tips From Ayurveda For Staying Balanced In Winter


  • Regular, vigorous exercise is especially important at this time of year, especially in the late winter months, when kapha energy tends to create stagnation, heaviness and lethargy.
  • Recognize that different mind-body types have different needs for exercise. For example, a heavy workout may be suitable for a kapha-type, but be overexerting for the delicate vata.
  • Contrary to our modern fitness culture, ayurveda actually recommends exercising to only half of your body’s capacity. The key is to learn to listen to your body, and to find a balance between excercising too much or too little.
  • If you don’t have the chance to sweat, saunas or hot baths before bed can also help to open the pores and move stagnant energy.
  • According to ayurveda, winter is also considered one of the best seasons for lovemaking.


  • In the initial winter months, you may notice that your digestive fire is stronger, and that you crave heavier foods to insulate yourself from the cold.
  • Later in the winter, you may feel that your digestion is slower and more sluggish (kapha digestion).
  • In general, winter is a good time to favour cooked foods, stews and soups, root vegetables (squashes, sweet potatoes) and to reduce your intake of raw foods.
  • Fermented foods, such as kimchi, miso, sauerkraut, kombucha or probiotics can also be helpful to boost digestive flora and mood.
  • Favour warming herbs/teas such as ginger, sage, ashwaghanda, garlic, triphala, tulsi, cinnamon, nutmeg, golden milk or yogi tea.


  • During the winter months, your body’s inclination is toward building and storing energy.
  • For this reason, it is not recommended to go on a major cleanse or to try to lose weight in the winter months. If you try to cleanse now, you’ll likely feel weak, anxious or depleted in later months.
  • If you’re feeling heavy after the holidays, you can still lighten up by reviewing kapha-reducing lifestyle tips, by increasing your physical activity, and by supporting yourself with 1-2 teaspoons triphala powder.
  • Save any big detox plans for the spring.


  • To counteract winter dryness, ayurveda recommends the regular application of oils to the body. In winter months, we generally want to use warming oils, such as sesame oil.
  • Daily self-massage (called abhyanga in ayurveda) is a powerful practice to insulate yourself from the cold, counteract feelings of anxiety or restlessness, and boost immunity. Self-massage also improves sleep, circulation, the health of your internal organs and the luster of your skin.
  • Before bed, you can also massage your feet with oil before bed to improve sleep.


  • Your daily meditation practice is your best friend in the winter months, to help counteract seasonal tendencies toward melancholy, loneliness, nervousness or anxiety.
  • If you are looking to establish a daily meditation practice, the course Practical Awakening is a great place to start.


  • Bears hibernate in the winter, and so should you. Allow your social schedule to take a slower, more relaxed and intimate pace.
  • Try to keep a consistent schedule for meal and bedtimes.


  • Favour bright, warming colours such as orange, pinks and reds. Gold jewelry is also considered warming.


  • One of the best secrets to keep you feeling grounded, secure and confident in the winter is to “mind your roots”, keeping your feet, legs, knees, upper thighs and lower back warm.
  • A good pair of merino wool long johns and socks are a great investment in your long term health. Avoid cotton as a baselayer.


  • Getting at least 20 minutes of sun exposure daily can go a long way to ensure you are getting proper vitamin D intake, and improve your mood and energy levels. This may also include optional short holidays to warmer climates (for ayurvedic reasons, of course).
  • If you are missing the sun, St. John’s Wort can be a great herbal ally. It is sunshine in a bottle, helps fight colds, flus and infections, and is a natural anti-depression and natural mood enhancer.


  • Favour warming, energizing and uplifting essential oils, such as eucalyptus, rosemary, clove, cinnamon, frankincense, clary sage, cedar, pine, juniper, basil, lemongrass, lemon, grapefruit, geranium, lavender or cypress.


To learn more:

Online Course: Ayurveda & Your Health


The Ra Ceremony

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A 3-hour ceremony exploring the dynamics of the subconscious in the formation of our relationships, allowing us to relate to others with greater acceptance, compassion, autonomy and intimacy.

Our process will explore:

  • how your soul contracts influence your energetic structure (e.g. parents, children, significant others), including energetic cords;
  • the impact of unresolved soul contract issues, and how they influence our personal expression without our awareness (e.g. work, relationships, creativity, finances, health, etc).
  • an energetic process serving to upgrade your relationship dynamics and your capacity for authentic expression and intimacy.

The Ra Ceremony is ideal for you if:

  • you are interested in exploring the intimacy, independence, personal power or prosperity;
  • you are working with relationship issues related to boundaries, authority, creativity, co-dependency or guilt;
  • you are a teen or young adult seeking to better understand your passage into adulthood (can be done at any age);


Saturday, February 24, 6:00 – 9:00 pm (3 hours)
Location: Chemin des Roches, Edelweiss, QC.
Cost: $108

To register:


Your Guide:

Briya Freeman is a long-term student of Berdhanya Swami Tierra, a female mystic and shaman of South American origin. She has been teaching meditation, stress-reduction and the principles of spiritual awakening since 2010. She regularly travels with Berdhanya facilitating retreats across Canada and internationally.

Briya is committed to promoting consciousness as a tool for more artful and inspired living. She currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario.

Learn more about Briya here