Duane Bowers, LPC, CCHT   

Duane is a licensed Professional Counselor and Educator.  As a therapist, his specialty is working with survivors of traumatic death and suicide, which includes providing support to families of abducted, missing, exploited and murdered children through the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children [NCMEC].  In September 2001 Duane responded to the Pentagon immediately following the terrorist attack on September 11th, providing support to rescue and recovery workers.

Currently, Duane is responsible for the clinical supervision and training of staff and volunteers for a variety of organizations that deal with trauma and loss in the US and Canada. In Canada, Duane works through the Regina Palliative Care Bereavement Centre providing education and assisting in creating programs focused on trauma informed care, and first responder trauma. He also serves as a consultant to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada.

As an educator, Duane teaches seminars nationally, internationally and regionally on dying, death and grief, as well as trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and traumatic loss.


Kim Lawrence     

Hi, I’m Kim Lawrence. I have been practicing yoga & meditation for the past 21 years and teaching it for 13. It has been my absolute joy to see my life and the lives of my students be transformed physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually through the varied practices of yoga. I currently teach at my own studio, Full Life Yoga. I teach a very spiritual and meditative type of yoga and my specialty is working with trauma and grief so I am very excited to be supporting you at the first annual Caring Hearts Retreat.

During our time together we will be gently inviting the body, the heart and the mind to open where it has become closed. Together in a safe and secure setting, we will explore what is ready to open and let go and determine what still needs to be nurtured. Our practice will include gentle yoga poses, breathing practices and deeply relaxing meditation.

Martha Ziffle   

Martha Ziffle is a teacher and artist originally from Truro, Nova Scotia. After graduating with a B.A. in History from St Francis Xavier University she travelled to teach English in both Korea and Japan. In Japan, she had the opportunity to also teach baking, painting, and sewing to her students, and that’s where her passion for teaching the arts began. After returning to Canada, she moved to Edmonton, AB and taught cooking to children. She had 5 year olds making homemade pasta! After moving to Regina, she opened 4Cats Arts Studio in Albert Park where her enthusiasm and “no big deal” approach to creating art made her a beloved teacher to her students young and old. She lives in Regina, SK with her husband Vincent and two Boston Terriers, Christmas and Blue. 


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