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Morning Cup of Qigong




Morning Cup of Qigong… Mindfulness, Meditation & Movement….You are invited.

We will begin classes again when renovation to our online space are complete! Soon:)
Dates for September 2024 will be provided July 1, 2024


Each morning circle, we will take time to pause, connect to our wise body and restore whole-body health through the healing practice of Qigong (chee-gong). Somatic Qigong brings together the body wisdom of somatics with gentle, easy-to-learn body movements and breathing of Qigong that still your mind, move your emotions and restore the flow of life-energy or “Qi” to your body. Our circle offers a compassionate, body-oriented and trauma-informed experience.

Dates & Times

Coming in July 2024

Everyone Welcome

Qigong’s simplicity and Elisa’s warm, welcoming approach makes this a class for everyone to experience. No experience needed… only your Presence!



A sliding scale is open to all. If you want to be part of the circle, simply Get in Touch with Elisa.


The class is delivered live as an Online Zoom Class. Once registered, you will be sent simple instructions to connect to Zoom and join the class.



Elisa Peterson is an extraordinary teacher. Her remarkable ability to impart her knowledge, skills and wisdom about qi-gong in an engaging, caring and gentle manner brings me back to her time and again. From each session with Elisa, I have gained new insights to further my understanding of qi-gong. The beautifully simple practice of qi-gong has taught me how to quiet my mind and live more fully in the present. I am forever grateful to Elisa for enabling me to bring “better karma” into my life.


Qigong student

Somatic Healing Series

NEXT SESSION: April 2024


Body Speak… 

A weekly somatic practice series for women

Our BodySpeak series offers a warm, welcoming circle for women to celebrate their body as a sanctuary for wisdom and healing… to explore being bodyful.

To build your unique “somatic” or body-centred practice, we will take time to listen and connect with our body using contemplative exercises such a mindfulness, meditation, journaling, body-scanning, breathing & movement … with wonder, curiosity and patience.

Our circle offers an inclusive and trauma-informed approach that respects our body cues and limits as our teacher.

Benefits of Contemplative Exercises
  • Supports self-regulation and resilience
  • Reduces symptoms of stress
  • Enhances our capacity for empathy
  • Builds awareness of our body cues
  • Helps us feel grounded and think clearer
What Does it Mean to Be Bodyful?
  • Being gently present in your body: noticing its wise cues
  • Finding space in your body to feel again, with patience and respect for your limits.
  • Discover safety in your body
  • Exploring what it means to be compassionate with yourself.
  • Discerning the choices that support feeling settled and comfortable in your body.
Facilitator: Elisa Peterson, MEd, RMT, SEP
Dates & Times | In-Person
  • Wednesday Evenings I 6:30pm-8:00 PST I April 2024


Class Investment
  • 6 weeks : 120 +GST
  • A sliding scale is open to all. If you want to be part of the circle, simply Get in Touch with Elisa.
Everyone Welcome

An inclusive, warm, welcoming approach makes this a class for everyone to experience. No experience needed… only your presence!


Location: Hollyburn Family Services

Address: 267 Esplanade West, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V7M 1A5


Just over a year ago you helped me discover where my edges are and changed my life. Thank you!


Somatic Therapy Client

Building Safety & Trust In

Your Manual Therapy Practice




Becoming Trauma-Informed I Building Safety & Trust in Your Manual Therapy Practice

Grow as a Community | Build Compassion and Collaboration | Promote Resilience and Regulation


For All Manual Therapists: Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Naturopaths, Physiotherapists
FACILITATOR: Elisa Peterson, MEd, SEP, RMT
18 HOUR- Evidence-based Practice, Continuing Education Course
Dates & Times | Mixed Mode Delivery
  • Online:
    • Sunday, April 21st, 2024 I 6:30pm-8:30pm PST
  • In-Person:
    • Saturday, April 27th, 2024 I 9:00am- 6:00pm PST
    • Sunday, April 28th, 2024 I 9:00am- 4:00pm PST
ABOUT Becoming Trauma -Informed

A Trauma-Informed Practice fosters an environment where the diversity of each patient’s lived experience is met with compassion, humility, and empathy to provide care and service safely, effectively, and respectfully.

Becoming Trauma-Informed: Building Safety & Trust in Your Manual Therapy Practice is a unique training that integrates cognitive, contemplative, and body-oriented learning to support manual therapists in building trust and safety, within both the therapeutic relationship, and the practice environment, as a foundation for creating a trauma-informed practice. Prevalence of trauma in all communities makes it such that clinicians are both knowingly and unknowingly treating patients who have experienced trauma. Becoming trauma-informed begins with exploring and embodying principles of relationship, communication, and response-ability that build connection, safety, and trust.

HOLISTIC Learning Approach

Our training acknowledges the whole person in learning and living- the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual elements of how we experience ourselves as human beings. With an integrative, whole-person approach, students are offered the opportunity to explore learning with current research and theory, inner contemplative reflection, and body-oriented practices such as movement, mindfulness, and somatic inquiry.


I. Trauma through the Lens of Relationship

  • Your Brain and Trauma: Dysregulation, Regulation and Resilience
  • Neuroception: The Unspoken Nervous System Conversation
  • Threat Response or Self-Protection Cycle
  • Sources of Trauma: Early Developmental Trauma, Shock Trauma, and Intergenerational trauma

II. Introduction to Polyvagal Theory

  • Getting to Know Our Evolved Vagus Nerve: The Social Engagement System
  • Exploring the Wisdom of Our Survival Physiology- Fight, Flight & Freeze
  • Discovering the Body’s Communication Cues of Threat and Safety

III. Physiological Symptoms of Safety and Trauma in Our Patients

IV. The Building Blocks of Safety & Trust in the Therapeutic Relationship

  • Exploring the Dynamics, Elements and Principles of Safety & Trust
  • Building Our Felt Sense of Safety: Body Cues & Body Boundaries
  • Cultivating Therapeutic Presence

V. Possibilities for Dialogue: Sharing as a Community of Learners

  • How does person/ patient-centred care build safety?
  • How do I support a strength-based approach to promoting self-agency in patients?
  • How does providing cultural safety support a trauma-informed practice?

VI. Regulation Self-care Exercises for Manual Therapists

ALL WELCOME I Bursaries and Student Rates are available

If you would like to be part of the training,  Get in Touch with Elisa.

HEALING as a Community I  Donated Class Fee

10% of your registration fees will be donated to support Indigenous Communities of Canada:

VENUE Details

Location: Bodhi Tree Wellness Centre

Venue Phone: +1 778-688-6824

Address: #212 – 17696 65A  Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3S 1Z8

Elisa is a true healer. She has beautifully integrated her expertise in many healing therapies with her passion for teaching. The result is a unique experience that will create an opportunity for you to heal, grow, and transform your life. Elisa’s open heart and old soul wisdom is the perfect companion for your journey. Enjoy! 

Dr. Jason Loken, RMT, ND

Naturopathic Doctor, Author