☝ This is me, Heidi, owner of SWELL – also known as Sophrosyne Wellness. So happy to have you here!
🌊 Growing up, I was a white settler raised on the indigenous lands of the W̱SÁNEĆ (currently known as the Saanich Peninsula) traditional territory.
This was the headquarters to the W̱SÁNEĆ People where they built their permanent winter homes. The W̱SÁNEĆ People are Salt Water People; meaning The Sea was crucial to their way of life. Traditionally they had homes throughout the San Juan Islands and on the east/north coasts of the Saanich Peninsula.
I am deeply indebted to this land that I get the privilege to call home however, I still struggle with ways that I can honour and practice being a respectful student to the history that lays here. I am constantly learning and unlearning as I go.
As I grow, I like to share my findings on how others can do so, too. I highly encourage you to learn more about the land that you reside on and see what ways you can get involved to pay your respects & reconnect with the land. Please, if you forage, hunt or take from the land, practice respect by always giving back. Not sure where to start? That’s okay! See my literature page on BIPOC resources or click here to get involved with the W̱SÁNEĆ community!
🐶 If you knew me back in high school, you probably knew me as the “dog food girl”! That’s right, before I endeavoured down the path of Holistic Nutrition for humans I first started in the carnivore world… the Carnivore Nutrition world, that is. When our family closed its doors to Island View Meats in the early 2000’s, we opened the doors to Buddies Natural Pet Food in 2005 and a new endeavour was born…
🏡 As a family, I felt like we were pretty “holistic”. We liked to live minimally, go camping, make our own food and a lot of us were butchers, farmers, fishers, bakers, fermenters, foragers, growers and so forth. When my Opa was first diagnosed with Colon Cancer is when we first discovered the TRUE side of holistic health; what that truly meant and how strong our innate bodies really are! Watching my brave Opa fight off cancer through diet and nutrition was incredibly inspiring and where the seed of Holistic Health first started to flourish. Sadly, he was unable to fight off the second battle which is when the true growth began for all of us.
👩🏼💼 Growing up I took a big passion for business. I loved learning, developing, adapting, creating and helping in anyway I could. When Buddies was started, I quickly involved myself… I even remember helping my mom with logo ideas. From after-school cleaning.. to production.. retail.. wholesale.. public relations.. marketing.. sales rep.. raw feeding seminars and finally all the way to operations manager after 10 years in the company. I found my passion was much more for the networking, educating, teaching/training, seminars and nutrition end of the business and so, I started to attend evening classes to begin my own path..
🍎 In 2017 I received my diploma as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and additionally completed all of my certifications in Holistic Culinary Cooking from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition; since graduating, I’ve become even more of foodie than ever! I love baking, cooking, fermenting, foraging and creating anything I can from local whole foods… maybe something for you!
🌱 Being raised by a family of local butchers, I developed a passion for agriculture, sustainability and ethically raised/locally grown produce. I quickly involved myself in the 4-H community at a young age allowing me to build long-lasting relationships with local farmers all across BC and Alberta. I’ll share with you local farm stands and grocery stores that you can shop at as well my tips on how to grow your own!
🌲 My passion is connecting with the earth; from anything outdoors, on land, at sea or really anything in-between… if I’m not in the kitchen, you can bet I’m out hiking a mountain or kayaking our Salish Sea. For this reason, I chose to team up with SEAAV Athletics to be a brand ambassador for their sustainable athletic wear. Did you know that most athletic wear is made from plastic? With every purchase made you’re helping clean our oceans by diverting plastic water bottles away from the landfill and turning them into breathable fabric. Cleaning the oceans and looking fabulous while doing it?! Yes please! Enjoy 15% off when you use my code HEID15. Stay tuned for monthly beach clean ups paired with an outdoor yoga sesh- all for FREE in the name of SUSTAINABILITY #MakeWavesNotWaste. To keep up with my adventures, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook where I share all my secret spots ☀
♥️ I’ve struggled with acne, high-functioning anxiety and depression, major thyroid issues and PCOS throughout my early teens which trickled into my early adulthood years. This led me down the self-discovery and self-care path at a very young age. Completing the Discovery Program at Cedars in 2016 taught me invaluable skills in relationships, emotions, psychology, addictions, recovery and more allowing me to weave these tools throughout my practice. Having a regular mindfulness practice including movement, meditation, breathwork and journaling reside strongly with me and I can’t wait to share it with you!
☯ Yoga, weight training and pretty much any physical activity have always been a huge part of my life. From rhythmic dance to taekwon-do, backing and now even SURFING, I believe that balance and moderation combined with an open mind to regular movement can be one of the best ways to prevent stagnation in the body. In 2020 I continued my education with CSNN to become certified in Athletic Nutrition & Performance and in 2021 I completed my 200hr Teacher Training in Ashtanga Yoga & Ayurveda with Ashtanga Yoga Victoria. Stay tuned for more mindful movement classes.
📚 Working in the business world has always excited me and pushed me to educate myself and learn more about personal development. In 2020 I continued my education by completing the Instructional Skills Workshop to become a certified Facilitator. In completing this course, I hope to offer more workshops and classes to help reach more people at a more affordable cost!
✨ Living eco-friendly with minimal toxic products in my household has also been a core value of mine. Since 2011, I have used essential oils to make my own all purpose cleaners, hand soap, bug spray, laundry soap- you name it! For this reason, I decided to team up with DoTERRA Essential Oils to share my love and passion for sustainable living at a more affordable cost.
🙏🏼 Thanks for reading and stopping by – so great to have you here! I look forward to educating and creating together with all of you. ♡
Interested in working with me? You can check out how I can help you HERE!
Let’s connect and grow together 😊