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Spiritwood Felting



Many years ago there was a wonderful, magical metaphysical shop in downtown Nanaimo. It is where my healing path on Vancouver Island came to life. The store closed down but I continued on. Throughout the years that magical name has stuck with me as I have wandered the meandering path of healing modalities. The path at times that crossed back over itself. Sometimes it was like a labyrinth leading me to the center of myself, to a place where I could look back over the path that brought 'me' to 'me'... to my soul... to my spirit. This beautiful journey with its many winding, healing paths is like walking through the forest. Walking with spirit through the woods, where many secrets of nature reside. 

Spiritwood Felting is so named for the healing magic of art and nature... the human spirit of creation, the spirit of the forests...and the healing plants that Spirit and Mother Nature have both provided for us. The healing energy that the plants provide, synchronizing with our energies, bringing perfect wellness to our minds, bodies, and spirits.

 In 1996 I began my own business, the name I chose was Island Reiki and Relaxation Center. I continued to learn and practice so many different things that in 2008,  I decided to rename my business... Helping Healing Hands, to encompass all the many things that I was capable of doing!

I also started training dogs in the '60s. In the late '80s and early 90's I bred Siberian Huskies. All of the puppies from each litter were housebroken and trained to obey basic commands before they left their mom to go to their new homes. I have since had Australian Cattle Dogs, what a joy! In November of 2010, I took a hiatus... WHY?? learn more about my modalities and then in June of 2013 I reopened Helping Healing Hands and had a storefront, doing holistic treatments, teach healing modalities, creating art while still receiving various Diplomas and Certificates.

I have been teaching Reiki on Vancouver Island for more than 20 years (I have had students from The gulf islands, Courtenay/Comox Port Alberni, Qualicum, Parksville, Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Duncan and Victoria on beautiful Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and the Maritimes as well as India, England, and The USA...)

Earlier, in the '70s, I began a journey with Reflexology later met native elder Mrs. Jebb from the Cree nation from whom I received the name Copper Raven. I have been studying, researching, practicing, developing and creating treatments and workshops and have since the '70s and into the '90s and the 2000s have studied and taught such modalities as Reiki, Stone, and Tarot Readings, Animal Communication, Jade Stone Massage, Rattan Bamboo Massage, Relaxation Massage, Reflexology, Shamanism, Hawaiian Huna, Japanese Hot Stone Massage, Ancient Teachings, Hypnotherapy, Acupressure, Mom and Me Exercise Teacher, Weight Loss for Women, Hatha Yoga, Laughter Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Baby & Toddler Yoga, Lomi~Lomi Massage, Chair Massage, Bora Bora Deep Blue Massage.

Also a published author, I've written many booklets, class layouts and articles. I'm currently writing a Sci-Fi Fantasy novel.

I have taken a few steps back now and streamlined what I offer. I still do energy healing treatments and classes, as well as Animal Communication and training and I've added Herbalism to my repertoire with my Chartered Herbalist Diploma from one of North America's oldest herbal colleges - The Dominion College of Herbal Medicine (est. 1926). My goal is to teach as many people as I can about the importance and uses of common roadside and garden herbs commonly called "weeds".

My 'Grandtwins' have been my golden inspiration as they have shown genuine interest and excitement in learning about the importance of common herbs. Their minds like steel traps repeating my teachings to others. Their quest as is mine... SAVE THE BEES!