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Meet our Instructors
Kurinuki - ages 14+
Using this Japanese technique to hollow out a solid block of clay to create an incense burner house, a vase or a set of one of a kind cups.
Make Your Own Christmas Decorations - ages 14+
Create your own Christmas decorations using clay, hand building tools and precast items. You will create up to 8 decorations and a dimensional bisque angel or Christmas ball.
Holiday Theme - ages 6 - 14yrs
Create FUNctional works of art inspired by the holiday season.
Nancy is a local artist who produces stoneware and porcelain functional ware. Nancy strives to blend beauty and function, creating pieces that will enhance the home or office environment. Nancy enjoys having a worldwide, online presence and working collaboratively to bring the beauty and appreciation of handmade to the world.
Dawn has been passionately involved in the fitness industry since the late 80’s and worked in the capacity of group fitness instructor and personal trainer, as well as rehab assistant to chiropractors, physios and occupational therapists. After receiving her 200 and 500 hr as a yoga teacher during the mid 90’s, she taught Olympic divers, swimmers and other elite athletes while raising her 3 children, who taught her the most. Dawn worked in studios, for the municipalities and in her home studio. While studying yoga therapy in 2004, several family tragedies, including a heart condition, shifted her abruptly. Dawn was grateful to have a yoga toolbox to help her through. In 2006, Dawn and her family moved to the Okanagan from Vancouver. She then created an interval fitness and trail workout program called Enviro Fitness, as well as an Aqua Therapy Program that is still taught at Johnson Bentley Pool. In 2011, she began studying Ayurveda and completed training as an Ayurveda Wellness Counsellor and a Yoga of Recovery teacher at the Sivanada Ashram on Paradise Island. Through the years of being a mom, she studied with teachers like David Swenson and David Williams, as well as Seane Corn, Dean Lerner, Amrit Desai and Pattabhi Jois. In 2019, Dawn went back to her love of studying yoga therapy at Ajna Yoga Therapy College in Victoria.
After completing her 800 hour and registering with the IAYT, she launched a new business called REMEDY Yoga. This tapestry of yoga therapy, nature-based fitness training, herb foraging, aromatherapy body care, diet, lifestyle, aqua therapy and ancestral wisdom is woven into her yoga classes to create a personal program for her participants. She meets her clients where they're at on a day to day, minute to minute basis. Dawn is forever humbled not only by the teachings of yoga and Ayurveda, but also the Indigenous peoples land that she is honoured to teach, live, grow and forage on. In Dawn's words: "As an uninvited guest on the unceded territories of the Syilx Okanagan people and of the same linguistic group as the Interior Salish, let me give thanks and much gratitude for this land. May I be a teacher and steward of this land and do no harm upon it."
Wisdom words: "We were born with an innate wisdom, if we could just get out of our way."
Randey Brophy - Mini Kickers Soccer
Level 2 Community Coaching, Technical and Practical, for soccer and baseball
Over the past 24 years, Randey has coached over 750 boys and girls in both soccer and baseball on community youth teams in Vancouver, from ages 5-18. He was president of Point Grey Youth Soccer, the 2nd largest youth soccer club in Vancouver (1350 boys and girls) from 2002-2008 and was on the Board of Directors of Vancouver Youth Soccer (representing 9000 children) from 2003-2008. Since moving to Peachland with his wife Allie in 2015, he has taught Mini Kickers each season for 4-6 year old children at the Peachland Community Centre. Randey also co-coached a team of twelve 6 year old Peachland boys this past season in the neighbouring Westside Youth Soccer Club and will be coaching them again this upcoming soccer season. Most of those boys started playing soccer in the Peachland Mini Kickers program.
Randey believes the best way for a young child to learn a team sport is to make it fun and keep it positive. He has found over the years that young kids learn to dribble a soccer ball much quicker if they are playing ‘keep away’ from a coach or parent than if someone is just telling them to go around cones. They should all have a ball at their feet or a bat in their hand as much as possible, allowing them to win against parents/coaches at practice as much as possible. Kids all develop at different rates but if you keep it positive, they will keep coming back because they want to, and will learn individual, team and social skills that will benefit each of them throughout their lives.
Angie Cooper - Hatha Yoga
Angie has been in Peachland just over a year, coming from the lower mainland where she taught yoga for the city of Coquitlam and the city of Port Coquitlam. There, Angie taught preschool yoga, teen, family, moms & babies and prenatal.
Angie's certifications include Gentle Somatics, Rainbow Kids and Family, Prenatal, Mindful Strength and Trauma informed.
Angie has turned her passion for Yoga to teaching Hatha. In sanskrit, it can be broken down Ha (sun) Tha (moon). Balance, breath, movement. We don't use the body to get into a pose, we use the pose to get into the body.
Janet Costley - Yoga for Your Back
E-RYT 200H in Hatha/Ashtanga Vinyasa and 4 levels of Critical Alignment Therapy
Janet’s yoga path began when a motor vehicle accident left her in chronic pain and a life on opiates and/or spinal fusion were her only options. Not willing to accept this, she found yoga at the beginning of her self-healing journey. Janet completed her first E-RYT 200H in Hatha/Ashtanga Vinyasa traditions in 2013 and has continued as a student of yoga since. She completed all 4 levels of Critical Alignment Therapy and is the only certified CAT therapist in the Okanagan. This therapy specializes in mobilizing and restoring the spine to allow it to function how it was originally intended. Janet also has specialized training in yoga for cancer, Yin yoga, yoga Nidra and Myofascia yoga.
Yoga for Your Back is focused on releasing tensions in your spine through the use of breath work and the gravity of your own body while relaxing on soft props (spinal strip and blanket/towel roll). We then move towards strengthening and stabilizing the spine in its neutral alignment to access more freedom of movement. Once this is achieved you will begin to recognize how to move from your neutral which will allow increased energy and can lead to improved mobility and performance in all activities.
In Janet's words: "If you can breathe, you can practice yoga. This practice has given me so much. I would love to share what I have learned with you so that we all can be on this beautiful journey together..."
Frances Jones - Spin, Core & Stretch
Bachelor's Degree, Sports Science
Certified Exercise Physiologist
Frances was born in Wales in the UK, where she completed university in Nottingham and obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Sports Science. Shortly after, she moved to Canada where she became a Certified Exercise Physiologist through CSEP. Over the years, Frances has been a personal trainer, performed fitness assessments and exercise stress testing, and for the last few years has been a group fitness instructor. She loves teaching spin, where the class is pushed to work hard, sweat and reach the finish line together.
Frances is a mother to two girls and as a family, they enjoy rock climbing and taking part in what the Okanagan has to offer. Frances loves teaching in Peachland where she is so happy to be a part of the Peachland fitness team.
Roberta Meakin - Pickleball Clinics
As an advanced level tennis player, Roberta Meakin has had years of private lessons and training. She competed in many tournaments in the Okanagan Valley area in both singles and doubles. These tennis skills were highly transferrable into the sport of Pickleball. She began playing Pickleball in 2011, where she started as a 4.5 level player and won her first Canadian Nationals Silver medal in 2013. Roberta became a tournament rated 5.0 player in 2016. She has won many tournaments in the USA and Canada. Her crowning achievement for Canada is 8 medals at the Canadian Nationals Tournament, the largest in Canada from 2013-2018. She is sponsored by Combat Paddles, the maker of high quality paddles here in Vernon.
A highly experienced instructor, Roberta is Certified with the NCCP and a member of Pickleball Coaching International. She has been instructing since 2013 throughout the Okanagan Valley from Vernon down to Osoyoos. She instructs group lessons for Learn to Play and Novice levels and runs her own program which she designed called "Drills and Play" to help improve all levels of players from Novice to Advanced. Roberta believes that forming a good foundation at the beginner level is key. Once a student has a good foundation to build on, she enjoys the challenge of helping players reach the Intermediate level of this sport where the bulk of recreational players are. She specializes in Private lessons for high level competitive players with specific needs. High level, tournament players need on court mentoring and advanced strategies.
Roberta is also a retired Children's Ballet Instructor Ballet who taught for 20+ years. She is a motivated and encouraging teacher, that likes her students to have fun, be challenged and work towards goals. She works with all levels of players from beginner to advanced.
Carla Miller - Fitness Fusion, Full Body Stretch and Intro to Weight Training
BCRPA-certified Group Fitness Instructor
Specializing in Third Age Fitness for Seniors
Carla has over 25 years experience in the health and fitness industry and has been teaching successful classes for the last 5 years in the Peachland community. Below is a breakdown of the classes she teaches and the format.
Fitness Fusion: This is a 75 minute session starting with a mobility warm-up, building on a complete full body workout using weights, balls, bands and different compound exercises to burn body fat and keep your muscles strong and flexible. There is an extended floor component for core work, as well as finishing with a 15 minute cool down stretch.
Intro to Weight Training: This is a 1 hour self paced session to learn all the basics and movements of full body weight training exercises. This program will emphasize proper technique with good posture and have a core and stretch component. A fantastic 6 week program to get everyone back into shape after summer. An intro to complete before entering into Fitness Fusion.
Full Body Stretch: All Fitness levels are welcome to this 60 min class with a requirement to be able to get down to the floor for mat work. The benefits of stretch therapy is to alleviate soreness, reduce inflammation, aids in muscle recovery after any weight training or sport activities. We will treat your body in sections to promote blood flow and elasticity of muscle tissue. We supply all the foam rollers, blocks, bands, balls and mats.
All classes are located at 4th Street Place.
All participants to bring their own towel, water bottle, and sweat shirt to stay warm towards the end of class.
Participants will be required to fill out a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire ( PAR-Q ) and a new PAR-Qs every year.
Tessa Murray - Flow Yoga
E-RYT® 200 Yoga Alliance
2018 Best of Kelowna Bronze winner
Flow Yoga: Increase energy, strength and flexibility with strong flow sequences, deep stretches and a focus on breath awareness to open the body.
Everything I have learnt I try to bring that across to students in a safe, creative, accessible, and empowering way. Yoga has brought balance to my life in so many ways, physically, mentally, and energetically. I believe Yoga can give us the tools to get the most out of life and be comfortable with discomfort of all sorts. I am honoured to assist others in discovering this for themselves.
I was first drawn to Yoga while I was in high school. Thinking Yoga would be a great balance to my passions of riding horses and fitness training. It didn’t take long for me to find out how many more benefits I would receive beyond the physical ones. I took Yoga teacher training in 2010 at the Trinity Yoga Centre (a Kripalu affiliate school) in Kelowna BC, Canada and it became my full time job shortly after. I also completed my SUP Yoga teacher training with SUP Vancouver in 2012. I have had the privilege to practice and train in many styles of Yoga since then and discover what Yoga is for me and how to create an inclusive experience for my students.
I love being inspired and sponge up any opportunity to learn. So, in 2017 I embarked on an intensive journey to accomplish my 300hr advanced teacher training with Lila Vinyasa. This course was just what I needed to enhance my practice and offering as a teacher. The people I met along this journey lit up my life I feel grateful to have spent several weeks immersed in Yoga teachings with the most cohesive group I could have imagined. The requirements for this course have challenged me on every level and I am continually working towards completing the post requisites and elevate my offerings.
Horses and paddle-boarding have been such a passion of mine while living in the Okanagan. So I was extremely excited to be able to offer classes not only in Kelowna but, at Yukon’s Edge Yoga retreat. This retreat, which we started in 2017, has been one of my dreams come true. It includes all of my passions. Yoga, horseback riding, SUP yoga, healthy food, local wine and one of the most stunning and remote valleys in British Columbia. The retreat offers an unplugged environment where guests get to be at one with nature and reset their nervous systems.
I hope by living these teachings I can enrich my life and the lives of others.
*Remember, your first time to any of the fitness classes offered by Peachland Recreation is FREE.
Come down and give a class a try!