ABOUT THE FOUNDER

Lidija Martinović Rekert

I was born in a small tribal country, Montenegro, in the south of Balkans leading into the Adriatic Sea.

I immigrated to Canada in 1995, in the midst of a civil war (ex-Yugoslavia) with a three year old daughter, after graduating from the University of Belgrade, and receiving extensive training in Counselling Psychology, Psychodynamic and Gestalt Therapy.

My counselling approach and therapy is influenced by Social Phenomenology, Yogic training and Buddhist Philosophy. Since 2002, I have been studying and practicing Buddhist Teachings within the Theravadan school, as well as Nyingma and Kagyu Tibetan schools.

Initially, I worked as a Refugee Officer (YVR) and Settlement Counsellor (ISS), and in 2001 became a full-time Yoga & Meditation teacher and Counsellor in private practice. Starting in 2018, I began offering  Biodynamic CranioSacral Therapy. 

I am currently taking volunteer training with WAVAW, Vancouver based support line for female, queer and trans survivors of sexual violence. 

As a Yoga teacher, I offer ongoing somatic education, privately and in groups as well as training for individuals and professionals who seek to integrate body and mind as a whole.

In my practice, I hold the ethic of  inclusion and intend to create the conditions for psychosomatic and spiritual integration and embodiment.

I hold Ceremonial space for legal Wedding ceremonies, Rights of Passage (crossing into age, claiming name and/or gender), and support in Death and Dying.

I’m a member of the Vancouver Mindfulness Network, a network of professionals dedicated to practicing and applying mindfulness in all sectors of society.

Contact me if you have questions or inquiries.