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The Journey Captures Interest of Ottawa Healthcare Professionals

At the age of 39 Brandon Bays had a huge wake-up call that catapulted her onto a journey of self-discovery resulting in healing a basketball size tumor in only six-and-a-half weeks without drugs or surgery.  Using her own direct experience, and calling on her own mind-body healing knowledge and the teachings of scientists such as Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Candace Pert, Brandon developed Journeywork, a practical down-to-earth method and elegant tools for awakening, healing and transforming, physically, emotionally and spiritually.  She published her story in her best-selling book, The Journey.

The Journey has been translated into 23 languages and sold over one million copies worldwide.  Brandon currently travels 44 weeks a year teaching seminars in many of the 47 countries in which Journeywork is available.

There is a growing Journey community in the Ottawa area including 14 accredited Journey practitioners and many more who are using the work in their day-to-day lives with family members and friends.  There are also an ever-increasing number of healthcare professionals including doctors, psychologists, grief counselors, childcare workers, naturopathic doctors and more who have incorporated Journeywork into their clients’ treatment plans.  Here are some short testimonials from some of them.

Dr. Thomas Minde, MD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at McGill and Ottawa Universities.  After practicing as a family doctor in Wakefield for almost 20 years, Dr. Minde now practices psychotherapy in Ottawa.  “The Journey is one of the most skillful set of tools and techniques that I have come across.  I incorporate them as a way of clearing blockages, and accessing inner wisdom, as part of my regular psychotherapy work.  The results are often profound and very fast.”

Dr. Marie-Sylvie Roy is a clinical psychologist working in private practice for the past 24 years.  She is also the presenter of the Journey Intensive workshop in Ottawa.  “Having been introduced to The Journey over seven years ago and now a presenter of the Journey Intensive workshops in Ottawa for the past three years, I am still in awe to witness the power of the work.  Simple, user friendly, it empowers people in tapping into their own wisdom and endless capacity to open their heart, heal their minds and body and inspire them in living their life from a place of authenticity.”

Dr. Katherine Willow ND is a naturopathic doctor and Director of the Carp Ridge Eco Wellness Centre.  “The brilliance of Journeywork is that it uses the natural layers of the psyche for our healing, from understanding our outer focus on the world, to buried negative emotions and their counterparts in the body, to the wellspring of bliss and wisdom that we all carry at our core.  By learning and practicing the Journey processes, it is possible to resolve traumas that are decades old as well as experience spiritual heights usually reserved for long-time meditators.  After seeing its effects on myself and my patients, I’m convinced that Brandon has developed one of the most powerful and accessible healing techniques for our time.”

Dr. Donald B Boulet was an associate professor at the School of Psychology, University of Ottawa, Internship Coordinator at the Centre for Psychological Services, School of Psychology and clinical supervisor of both practicum and interns at CPS.  Now retired from the university, Dr. Boulet maintains an active private practice in Ottawa.  “The Journey has altered my way of working with emotions.  Dropping through emotions is a standard now and allows clients to access a deeper wisdom and unencumbered part of themselves with its healing power.

Dr. Sunder Arora is an adult and child psychiatrist who has been practicing in Ottawa for the past 34 years.  He is also an interfaith minister, yoga teacher and a journey practitioner.  His book Ushering in Heaven: A psychiatrist’s prescription for healing, joy and spiritual awakening has been endorsed by Brandon Bays.  “I find Journey processes very helpful in my psychotherapeutic practice.  They can complement traditional therapeutic approaches and can be customized to any clinical situation whether the client is dealing with physical or emotional issues.”

Lise Emard has been a clinical and school counselor with children and their families for the past 25 years.  “I’ve come across just about every life situation that a child can bear and over the years.  I’ve tried many of the best practice approaches with children.  While there has been some success, it was slow in coming.  The kids respond quickly to Journeywork.  They show little resistance and the changes are remarkably fast.  Children are truly forgiving and this work facilitates their ability to resolve and let go of their emotional pain completely allowing them to move forward even in the face of adversity.”

Deborah Krogan, Program Coordinator for Bereaved Families of Ottawa, while not using Journey processes directly with her clients, uses what she has learned from The Journey regarding emotions in the body.  “Our peer support groups for grieving individuals shares much in common with the experiential learning that happens with The Journey.  We create a safe, non-judgmental place for people to share their feelings and thoughts in relation to their grief.  It is a place where they are given permission to be exactly where they are at, something that is not always available at home with their families, with friends, or at work.  We help bring peoples’ awareness to their bodies and encourage them to embrace whatever they are feeling without the ‘positive and negative’ labels of emotions.  In these ways, The Journey has helped me tremendously to support our participants and to train our volunteer facilitators.”

Brandon will be in Ottawa on September 5th and 6th to promote the latest edition of The Journey along with a new book, Living The Journey, a collection of extraordinary, emotionally gripping, life-transforming stories of everyday North Americans and their own personal journeys of healing and awakening.  She will also be giving a two-day Journey Intensive workshop (see ad this page) on September 21 – 22 followed by the Advanced Skills workshop, September 23, with Dr. Marie-Sylvie Roy.

Meet Brandon Bays in person:

Wednesday September 5th at
Singing Pebble Books,
202 Main Street,
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Followed by an introductory talk by Brandon at:
St. Paul University,
233 Main Street,
7:00 p.m.

Thursday September 6th
Chapters Rideau,
47 Rideau Street,
12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Thursday September 6th
Serendipity Books and Gifts
1337B Wellington Street,
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
1337B Wellington Street,

Talks by Local Journey Practitioners:
Tuesday September 4th from 6:30 – 8 p.m.,
Introduction to The Journey with
Iris Kiewiet, Accredited Journey Practitioner

Ottawa Public Library – Nepean Centrepointe Branch
101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa ON, K2G 5K7, 819 459 2383

Saturday, September 8, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Marie Bonselaar, Accredited Journey Practitioner
99 Celtic Court, Ottawa (Greenboro/Southkeys)

Thursday, September 13th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Introduction to The Journey with
Lesley Strutt PhD, Accredited Journey Practitioner, Conscious Company Coach
Co-editor of Living the Journey
Serendipity Books and Gifts
1337B Wellington Street, Ottawa ON, K1Y 3B8, 613-722-3400

Friday September 14th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.,
Introduction to The Journey with
Iris Kiewiet, Accredited Journey Practitioner
Studio Doveheart
3 Chemin Versant Sud (at Chemin Scott), Chelsea QC, J9B 1R5, 819 459 2383

Saturday, September 15, 2012, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Marie Bonselaar, Accredited Journey Practitioner
Ottawa Citizen Building
1101 Baxter Road, Ottawa

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