Dr. Wendy Harris (Livtar Kaur)

Compassionate Inquiry Facilitator and Practitioner

Dr. Wendy Harris (Livtar Kaur) is a KRI Level II Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and International Trainer for Beyond Addiction: The Yogic Path to Recovery. She is also the Director of the Addiction and Recovery Specialization at Antioch University in Los Angeles where she trains therapists in a compassionate, multi-dimensional approach to understanding and healing the pain and trauma that seeds self-defeating patterns. Along with her passion for supporting clients in gaining insight to heal core issues for sustainable recovery, she is dedicated to bridging the gap between Kundalini Yoga, academia, clinical settings, and the community.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Dave Petersen

Compassionate Inquiry Facilitator and Practitioner

Dave initiated his healing journey in 1985, when he began participating in sacred ceremonies with elders from Cree, Lakota and Shushwap First Nations. He trained as a Child, Youth and Family Support Worker, and assists high risk youth and families, including those with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. He is certified in community development training, non-violent crisis intervention, suicide intervention, case management facilitation, conflict resolution, and participates in story-telling, restorative justice circle facilitation, and land based programs. He leads sweat lodge ceremonies, traditional healing circles, and engages in sun dance and pipe ceremonies. Since 2013 Dave has been exploring the healing potential of plant medicines.

In 2015 Dave and his family accepted an invitation to make their home in the Ross River Dena Territory (Yukon). He is learning from and working with Dena elders and community members to heal trauma related to colonialism, and to create culturally guided and trauma-informed practices and services.

In April 2019 Dave was certified as a Compassionate Inquiry Facilitator and Practitioner.

Location: Ross River Dena Nation, Yukon

Dr. Maria Egervari (Manjeet Adi)

Compassionate Inquiry Facilitator and Practitioner

Maria (Manjeet Adi) is an MD trained in Hungary and an ND in Canada. She uses counselling in her naturopathic practice and in working with LOFT community services with older adults who have mental health and addiction issues. She is an associate trainer in the Beyond Addiction program.

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Vimalasara (Valerie Mason-John)

Compassionate Inquiry Facilitator and Practitioner

Dr Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John M.A (hon.doc) is an award-winning author of 8 books, including her debut fictional memoir Novel, Borrowed Body, and  Detox Your Heart, Meditations for Emotional Trauma, and Eight Step Recovery Using The Buddha’s teachings to Overcome Addiction. She is co-founder of the secular 8-week course Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery MBAR and is one of the new leading  African Descent Voices in the field of Mindfulness Approaches for Addiction. She is the current president of the international organization Buddhist Recovery Network, which promotes Mindfulness and Buddhism as a complementary approach working with addiction, craving, recovery, and abstinence. Valerie has been working in the field of inquiry over the past 15 years, as a trainer in conflict resolution and restorative justice, and as a guide with Liberation Unleashed, and a mentor in Direct Pointing. She lives in British Columbia.

Location: British Columbia

Sat Dharam Kaur ND

Compassionate Inquiry Facilitator and Practitioner

Sat Dharam is a naturopathic doctor and has supported Dr. Gabor Maté in structuring the Compassionate Inquiry approach so that others can learn it. She created the Beyond Addiction program, a yogic path to recovery. She trains people in Kundalini Yoga and has a private practice in Owen Sound, Ontario.

Location: Owen Sound, Ontario

Lara Longo

Compassionate Inquiry Facilitator and Practitioner

Lara’s journey as a counsellor and psychotherapist began in 2003. She holds a Master of Social Work with a specialization in psychotherapy and a post graduate diploma in art psychotherapy. Lara specializes in holistic psychotherapy in the treatment of trauma and addictions with adults. She has worked in residential treatment facilities, shelters with youth experiencing homelessness, Indigenous community, addictions treatment and within a harm reduction health centre. Lara’s approach is somatically based and attachment-oriented. She integrates psycho-dynamic and cognitive therapy, EMDR, Compassionate Inquiry, arts-based methods, yoga-mindfulness, and ancient wisdom teachings. Lara currently works alongside the Indigenous community and has a private practice in Owen Sound, Ontario.

Location: Annan, Ontario

Rhonda Nelson

Compassionate Inquiry Facilitator and Practitioner

Rhonda is a holistic psychotherapist who has been working in the field of addiction, mental/emotional health, and trauma for 15 years. She utilizes somatic-based therapies including Hakomi and Internal Family Systems (IFS). She is also trained in Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) and the Compassionate Inquiry approach, which has been instrumental in her own healing and management of an inherited neuromuscular disorder. She utilizes the above modalities to support others in their mental, emotional, and physical healing process in and outside of integrating plant medicine work. Rhonda has a private practice in Athabasca, Alberta. 

Location: Athabasca, Alberta

Sat Charan Simran Kaur

Compassionate Inquiry Facilitator and Practitioner

Sat Charan Simran is a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher, a professional Beyond Addiction Instructor, Trainer,  and Mental Health lead.  She is a Registered Social Worker, with training and 30 years experience in counselling in the areas of addiction, mental health, and trauma.  She currently has a private practice in Vancouver.

Location: Vancouver, BC

Beth Ebers

Compassionate Inquiry Facilitator

Beth is a Registered Midwife who approaches the experiences of pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting as pathways to healing. For over 20 years Beth has been counselling and providing care to a diverse clientele including youth, immigrant, queer and indigenous families; with a focus on people marginalized by society. Apart from her work as a Midwife, Beth is a Master Herbalist who has worked extensively with plant medicines in ceremonial context. In her capacity as facilitator in plant medicine work, she assists clients to prepare for, process and integrate their experiences; drawing on various approaches including Compassionate Inquiry. Beth has worked with Gabor Maté in numerous plant medicine healing retreats.

Location: Comox, BC

Sheila Ann Tyacke

Compassionate Inquiry Facilitator and Practitioner

Sheila is trained as a lawyer and is an accredited mediator with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in the United Kingdom. She teaches Kundalini Yoga for addiction recovery in South Africa when she isn’t occupied with diversity and inclusion work and mentoring lawyers.  She is also trained in Family Life counselling and Addiction counselling, and is a trainer in the Beyond Addiction program.  She studied and teaches non-violent communication.

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa