Who I Am
Aside from being pure awareness-hahaha, I operate in the world as an Certified Meditation Teacher, Artist www.ginamiller.ca , Compassionate Inquiry Guide, Faculty Member of Ashton College, and Group Facilitator specializing in Addictive Behaviours. My most challenging and rewarding work is being the proud Mum of three boys.
For the last twenty years I have worked in the helping field in a variety of environments and with diverse populations. I have guided clients using Art Therapy as a way to process emotions with people living with HIV and AIDS at The Dr. Peter Centre, and with adults with developmental disabilities for Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living. I spent five years as a Coach, counselling people with negative body image and food addiction at Vital Body Weight Loss Clinic. This latter work and my lived experience with addiction, led me to work as a Group Facilitator in Addiction Treatment. Some of that work includes facilitating an intensive non-residential treatment program for women suffering from drug misuse disorder, for Sage Counselling and Addiction Services.
It is the combination of my lived experience, humour and wisdom that make my one on one teachings and group workshops collaborative, inclusive and joyful. Having had a fickle relationship with my meditation practice in the past, I know what it is like to become frustrated and doubtful. After becoming sober many years ago, I was able to develop a daily meditation practice which changed the way I see myself and the world around me. I know true refuge within myself.
I feel called to support others as a Mindfulness Instructor as I feel that my story can encourage and guide you too. You can expect that I will use my humour, heartfulness and skill to hold a kind space for you. We see what it’s like to explore internal and external experience in real time with a gentle curiosity.
Training & Qualifications
- Compassionate Inquiry Professional Certification with Gabor Maté
- BFA- Emily Carr University
- Diploma Fine Arts- Capilano University
- 200hr Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher-The Lab of Meditation
- Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention- USCD Center of Mindfulness
- Essential Educators Certification- Mindful Schools
- Kids Yoga Certification- Rainbow School International