About Briya

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Briya (Rachel) Freeman is a spiritual counselor and natural wellness facilitator based in Ottawa, Ontario. She has been teaching courses on natural health, ayurveda, stress reduction and meditation in both private and corporate settings since 2012.

Briya has an extensive background in natural medicine, specifically in the science of ayurveda, a system of holistic medicine that is traditionally studied with yoga (Anjali School of Ayurveda and Panchakarma, 2012-2015). Briya currently studies under Berdhanya Swami Tierra,  a mystic and shaman of South American origin. She also serves as Berdhanya’s Director of International Relations, with whom she regularly travels internationally.

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Briya holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management (2006), complemented by studies in international business from l’Ecole Superieure de Commerce (Rouen, France) (2004).

From 2005 to 2016, Briya served in the Canadian public service, most recently as a senior economic analyst (Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada).

Briya has also contributed as an editor to two recent novels — Artisans of the New Earth and The Altar of the Initiate, by Matthew Cosgrove, one of her teachers. These transformative texts describe the stages of spiritual awakening and shamanic birth through a uniquely Canadian lens, blending Celtic, Native American, Vedic and modern perspectives.

Briya can be reached at briyafreeman@gmail.com

Testimonials

“Briya is one of those rare radiant beings, who is truly there spiritually to support you on your journey. While Briya effectively conveys practical knowledge, this is always done with a joyful smile. Being very generous with her time, Briya is able to frame your thoughts and questions against a tremendous backdrop of experience. Working with Briya I have seen wonderful improvements. Briya is a great teacher!” – Faisal

“After having studied the Wisdom Traditions and Healing Arts for many years, and having a chance to be in the presence of some of the most incredible spiritual teachers in the world, from Ammachi to Jack Kornfield , A.H. Almaas, Sri Maa, The Dalai Lama, Baba Hari Dass and more, I can honestly say that the level of clarity and wisdom that comes through this extraordinary young woman is truly remarkable and indeed, a great gift to anyone that has the honor of working with her.”
– Prema
“Meditation with Briya is like being in the company of a very good friend who you haven’t seen in a long time. A patient friend, smiling, attentive and calm. That good friend breathes with you, stretches, laughs. That good friend has open arms and accepts you just the way you are. That good friend is… you.”
-Gregoire

“For the past four weeks, Briya’s teachings enabled me to jump over a lot of blockages (that I didn’t even know I had). Briya is a truly genuine teacher whose energy and support are essential components on the path of spiritual awakening. Thank you so much for your service!”
– Aga 

“As a teacher, Briya’s lightheartedness and kindness made me feel so at ease. It was a time to learn about myself, in a space of love and joy that I recommend to everyone.
Thanks, Briya!”
-Marnie

“Thank you, Briya for giving me a better quality of life and for helping to push me through my resistance. I feel now that I am capable of achieving what I want in life. By being true to myself and this practice, I will succeed.”
-Caroline

“Thank you very much for the teaching. I had fun and feel good about it. My husband is also really noticing a difference in my energy levels — and in my cooking!”
-Jamie

“It was a pleasure for me to take this course.  You are an excellent instructor.  Your passion for what you are teaching inspired me to do my best!  Thank you!”
-Belmera

 

2 thoughts on “About Briya

  1. Hi Bala,

    I just took a peek here at your website. Interesting stuff. I also read that you were the editor of a book entitled: “Alter of the Initiate”. I clicked on the link to see the book but the link didn’t work. Do you happen to know where I’d be able to find/see a copy of this book? The blend of Celtic and Native concepts (e.g. “Celtive”, ha, ha!) with respect to Shamanism is intriguing to me. I wish to see how deep the book goes into our traditional “Ways of Knowing”.

    Shamanic Regards,

    Tim Yearington

    1. Hi Tim,
      Thanks for your comments. Both of Matthew’s Books are published by Bilboa, and I think some Ottawa bookstores may carry them, including Chapters, but your best bet might be Amazon.ca:
      http://www.amazon.ca/Matthew-Cosgrove-Books/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A916520%2Cp_27%3AMatthew%20Cosgrove

      They are quite unique contributions to the modern expression of shamanism, but I would be curious to hear what you think of them, given your experience as a teacher.
      Bala

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