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Sat, May 27



Second Spring Menopause Empowerment

Embrace your changing body!

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Second Spring Menopause Empowerment
Second Spring Menopause Empowerment

Time & Location

May 27, 2023, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Gibsons, 1549 Ocean Beach Esplanade, Gibsons, BC V0N 1V5, Canada


About the Event

In Chinese medicine "Second Spring" is the name given to the season of menopause. It represents the renewal of energy and opportunities as there is a shift from fertility and reproduction, to conserving and nourishing the Self. Ageing is something that is revered in Asian culture. Knowing yourself more deeply, embodying wisdom and exuding confidence is celebrated.

We took inspiration from this outlook. For most of us in the western world, the season of menopause is tarnished with a coat of "no thanks". A stage of life where you are not current, unuseful and obsolete. Indeed menopause is generally not a conversation point until you or someone you know arrives there.

We believe that this period of time should be honored for the beauty that it is. A time of deep reflection and tuning in to our body.  Observing what may have been ignored or repressed and and allowing for renewal, a shedding of the 'skin' as we release our younger identities and confidently step out as empowered elders. This time isn't always easy because there is so much change in the physical and emotional bodies. But it is a time when we can lean in to our sisterhood and share knowledge, create bonds and share the sacred divine feminine wisdom that we are. 

Your facilitators are here to share stress reduction techniques to help you through this confusing time.

Sarah Cormack, menopause coach, will share nutritional and wellness information to keep you balanced

Melissa Lyons, yoga therapist and breathwork coach will lead you through empowering breathwork to shed the old and embrace the new

Shannon Biel, holistic health practitioner will be sharing aromatherapy & self massage techniques to keep your system vibrant

We gather on Saturday May 27th at Chaster House on beautiful Bonniebrook Beach. We plan to eat lunch outside. Bring layers in case of inclement weather.

What do I need?

BYO brown bag lunch

A blanket to sit on

Water bottle

Yoga Mat

Dark coloured shorts and t-shirt (for self massage)

Dress in layers as the body cools during breathwork

Pre-registration is required

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3. Pay online

EARLY BIRD TIL MAY 15th : $125

FROM MAY 16th : $147


Sarah Cormack BSC (Kin) R.N.H


Sarah offers health coaching to menopausal women. She is passionate about combining science and soul for an integrated, holistic approach that guides women to optimal health and vitality in midlife.

Sarah has a BSc from Dalhousie University and a diploma in Holistic Nutrition from CSNN. She has worked for over 25 years as a Radiation Therapist in cancer care and lives in beautiful Gibsons, BC with her husband, 2 amazing teenagers, and her whoodle, Coco. 

Melissa Lyons C-IAYT


Melissa has been teaching yoga, mindfulness and stress reduction techniques to people of all ages of the Sunshine Coast for over a decade. Through her stress reduction workshops and yoga classes she empowers people to tap in to the wisdom of the body and listen to what it needs.  

Melissa is a certfied yoga therapist (C-IAYT), on faculty and teacher of the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy group facilitation certification, faculty at Yoga By The Sea YTT programs. She offers private yoga therapy, breathwork and pranic healing sessions out of her home studio and teaches out of Yoga By The Sea and Coast Flow. She lives in Bonniebrook with her 3 teenagers and is often seen walking the beach and staring at magnificent sunsets.

Shannon Biel


Shannon Biel began her own healing journey & subsequent training in the late 90's at the Transformational Arts College's Holistic Health Practitioner program in Toronto. Always keen for adventure, her path eventually led her to the west coast where she earned a Diploma in Adventure Tourism & worked as a kayak guide and massage practitioner at a remote wilderness resort. In 2005 she continued her studies at Sprott Shaw College's 1000hr Certified Spa Therapist Diploma program, and then discovered the beautiful Sunshine Coast, where she met her husband and started a family. Since then, she's practiced holistic bodywork at several spas and wellness studios before founding Coast Massage & Aromatherapy in 2016.

In 2020, Shannon rebranded her business to Driftwood Apothecary & Spa, and launched her own line of handcrafted natural body care products after furthering her training at Aromahead Institute & the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. Being a lifelong learner, she's also currently a student in the AromaDermatology Diploma program at the Tisserand Institute, and is tutoring directly under Robert Tisserand, a leading world expert in essential oil therapy & safety. 

Helping to ease the mental, physical & spiritual suffering of others through bodywork, plant oils and education is Shannon's greatest passion. She currently offers Myomassology treatments, which integrate several modalities into one customized treatment, blending Swedish Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Hot Stones and Energy Work. She also provides mobile spa services at local vacation destinations, chair massage at wellness events & is sharing her knowledge at several upcoming self-care workshops. Having already been through the ups and downs of a very early menopause, she is honored to be joining Melissa & Sarah in helping participants learn how they can maintain thriving health through this transitional stage of life & beyond.


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