June 20, 2017

Take Your Vitamins!

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The early morning sun shone through the rustling leaves, causing shadow and light to dance softly across the patio table.  Bright pink and purple flowers in containers around the deck created a colorful contrast to the green of the grass and the leaves.  Song birds twittered in the mature trees around the yard, the occasional chickadee or nuthatch landing on the feeder as if to share breakfast with us.  A mama deer casually strolled across the lawn, pausing to look over at us as my friend and I enjoyed breakfast on the deck.


One of my most favorite things to do – breakfast outside on a sunny summer morning.  Having a friend join me for breakfast only made it more delightful!

That’s how I started my week last week – by taking my bliss vitamins.

I realized a long time ago that I am much more effective when I am happy.  I have more energy, I have better concentration, I am more organized and I get more tasks done (and done well). I have often called these joy filled moments joy boosters and my teacher refers to them as bliss vitamins.  I thought that was a great way to frame it – most of us wouldn’t go for weeks without taking our vitamins or supplements or medications, why do we go for weeks without taking the time to enjoy something yummy, beautiful, peaceful, etc?

Taking a few minutes each day to enjoy or indulge in something that makes your heart sing is good for the heart, not to mention the body and the mind.

Have you taken your bliss vitamins today?




May 9, 2017

Birthdays and early registration closing!

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Darling reader:

May is my birthday month.  I love celebrating my birthday!  I feel very blessed to have this gift of life and every year I make a point of celebrating that gift.  I start by taking the day off.  This is mandatory and non-negotiable and sometimes I have to go through a fair bit of rearranging in order to make it happen but I always make sure I can take the day off.

Then I spend most of the day by myself.  It’s my own personal retreat day to do whatever I want.  I take some time to reflect on the year that has past and to dream about what I would like to happen in the coming year.  I take myself on little adventures and usually end up splurging on a nourishing body treatment at a relaxing spa.  Often I end the day with a dinner out with my sweetheart and some close friends (and some gluten free chocolate cake of course!).

How do you celebrate your birthday?  What would it be like for you to take a whole day just to focus on you?  What adventures would you go on?  What might you discover about yourself that you haven’t been aware of because of your busy life?

This one day away from my responsibilities and obligations replenishes my energy and my spirit and renews my commitment to myself and my dreams.  I would love it if everyone would take the day off on their birthday.  It’s a wonderful self-care ritual!


Which brings me to a reminder….


You are invited to join me for my Spring/Summer Way of the Happy Woman Retreat.  It may not be your birthday but giving yourself the gift of this one day retreat will be one of the best things you can do for your body, heart, mind and spirit!  Early registration closes this Friday so don’t wait too long to register.

Here are the details….

Sunday June 4, 2017

9:30 – 5:15
Light of the Prairies Retreat Centre
Lorette, Manitoba
Investment $150 or register by May 12th and pay $125
Click here to register and to get more details

I look forward to retreating with you soon!



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March 20, 2017

Happy New Year!

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A note of thanks to all the lovely responses to my last newsletter.  You are all so wonderful and caring!  And just to ease your mind (a few people were worried) that story was from (almost) four years ago during my cancer treatments.  I am in good health now, feeling great and moving on!

Happy New Year!

Can you feel it?  The energy is shifting.

Take a deep breath into your body.

Close your eyes.

Listen to your breath.

Something is different….

It’s there, trust me even if you can’t quite feel it, it’s there.

Something wants to come alive in you.

It’s time.

As we move into spring this week the energy becomes palpable.  After the long, dark winter of hibernating, resting and reflecting we now begin to feel the urge to get moving, to start planting seeds, to create something new.  This is the time of year for New Year’s resolutions, not in January when we want to curl up with a blanket and binge on Netflix! Now is the time to look to your coming year and decide what you want to create for yourself.

Every year I choose a theme for my year instead of setting New Year’s resolutions.  For me, the theme keeps me focused all year and allows for changes in energy, health and life in general.  It helps me know what to say yes to and when to say no.

My theme for 2017 is Opening to Flow.  Interestingly, it was this theme that helped me realize that forcing myself to set goals and “hit the ground running” on January 1st was not truly opening to flow – more like going against the flow!  (I wrote about this in my January newsletter)  I needed to honor the energy of winter and the needs of my body and spirit by resting and visioning until the energy of spring began to nudge me into action.

What have you been longing for?  What would you love to create for yourself in this new season?  Do you have a theme?  Would you like to choose a theme?  Align yourself with the energy of spring – fresh, awakening, vital.  Answer the call of your heart and your spirit now and notice how what you want to create is divinely supported!

Happy New Year!





February 8, 2017

You Are Worthy of Love

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Greetings Gorgeous

First let me say welcome to my new subscribers!  I hope you enjoy being a part of our community.  Also, for all of my readers, I really appreciate hearing from you when you have a comment or want clarification about my monthly message so please don’t hesitate to hit reply and let me know your thoughts!

This message is dedicated to my drivers: Leonne, Jo, Jackie, and Nancy

You are Worthy of Love

“I’m really scared,” I began to cry softly into the phone.

My friend stayed quiet, listening to me intently.

“I don’t want to do this anymore….”  I started to cry harder as the situation seemed to crash in on me.  “I don’t want to go to that hospital every day, I don’t want these treatments, I don’t want any of this….I don’t think I can do it….”

I had been handling the whole cancer process fairly well, I thought.  The diagnosis, the surgery, the recovery from surgery, the change in diet, the insane amount of medical tests and appointments but when it came to the radiation treatments, I had suddenly hit a wall.

I don’t even remember what my friend said to me that day, I just remember how she quietly let me cry and listened to my fears, as unfounded as they may have seemed, helping me to feel less alone.  She called me a few days later to check in with me and to tell me that she had a plan.

“My friend suggested something we can do to help you and I hope you’ll agree to the plan,” she said.  “We are going to drive you to your radiation treatments every day.”

I was stunned.

“There’s no need for that,” I protested.  “I’m okay – I was just having a rough day the other day….that would be too much to have you drive me every day.”

“That’s the beauty of this,” she said.  “We’ll get a whole group of people and all take turns and none of us will have to drive more than once or twice a week.  We’ll drop you off at the door, wait for you to have your treatment, and then drive you home again.  You won’t have to worry about traffic or finding a parking spot or anything!”

We talked for a few more minutes and when I finally agreed, she hung up the phone and I sat there, still feeling stunned and uncomfortable and thinking maybe I should call her back and turn down her generous offer.  I didn’t feel worthy of that kind of generosity.

But the next week, they began arriving at my door.  For over six weeks, every day, a different friend would drive me to the hospital, wait for me to have my treatment and then drive me home again.  It was the most amazing thing anyone had ever done for me.

About two weeks into my treatments, I was lying completely still on the table as the radiation machine did its thing.  I started to think about my friends driving me every day and I wondered why they would do this for me.  I wasn’t paying them, I wasn’t buying their gas, I wasn’t taking them out for lunch or even paying for the parking.  It seemed that they were doing this because they cared about me, maybe even loved me! Perhaps this was what unconditional love was all about.

I let that thought sink in and then I started to cry.  I was overwhelmed with the realization that I must be worthy of love if they were happy to do this very generous act of support, day after day, week after week….

Here I was, 49 years old and it took a cancer diagnosis to show me that I was worthy of love.

So let me tell you, my beautiful friend…you are worthy of love.  Believe it, feel it, know it, open your heart to this truth.  You don’t have to do anything to earn it, you don’t have to pay anyone for it, you don’t have to be any kind of special person – you are worthy of love simply because you exist.

You don’t need a crisis or challenge to teach you about this love – I’ve done all the hard stuff for you – all you have to do is keep repeating this over and over and over until you can fully believe it, no matter what is happening in your life.  This month, use all the Valentine messages to remind you of the most important message you could ever give yourself:

 You are worthy of love.




Relax and Restore with me in my Monday night yoga class!   There are still some spots open so you can sign up or drop in when you can!

Monday nights
January 9 – February 27th, 2017
8 weeks
$120 + gst/ drop in $20
Sundragon Studios 3141 Portage Avenue
email me at deb@getitdunn.ca if you are interested in the last few weeks!

Private Yoga

I am available to do private yoga instruction and will customize a yoga sequence to fit your specific flexibility and physical goals.   Send me an email if you would like to get more information or to schedule your session.

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January 17, 2017

Permission for a Late Start

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I’m tired.

I suspect that you might be tired too.  December seemed like the longest month ever yet it flew by in what felt like a few days.  Normally I would be wishing you a Happy New Year but to be honest, I just don’t feel the energy of a new year yet.  I only feel the remnants of a rushed and somewhat chaotic couple of months and nothing feels fully digested yet!

Usually my January newsletter has been written about resolutions, goals and themes for the New Year and as a coach it has seemed fitting that I support and remind you about creating your most joyful and aligned life.  At the same time, it doesn’t feel right to me to be encouraging you to set resolutions and hit the ground running this week.  What I really want to tell you is to rest.

Don’t set goals.

Don’t declare your resolutions.

Don’t even choose a theme.


Instead, do what winter is calling you to do.  Rest, reflect, hibernate and dream.

Nature didn’t hit the ground running at the flip of the calendar from 2016 – 2017.  You didn’t see tree’s budding out or flowers bursting into bloom.  In fact, it was the exact opposite here in Southern Manitoba when Mother Nature laid down a very heavy blanket of snow and many of us were forced to stay put.  Yet many of us are trying to implement change and growth without honoring the true energy of this season.

My theory for why New Year’s resolutions fail is partly because this is the wrong time of year to set them.  The energy of winter is not about going out and creating something new or making changes – that is the energy of Spring.  We would do much better to set resolutions in March when the energy is aligned for change, growth and new life.

So this year I am observing a “soft opening” – a later start to my New Year and I offer this late start to you as well.  Give yourself some time to truly digest the past year.  Take some time to rest and reflect on what you want to leave behind in 2016 and what you want to take into 2017.  Give yourself permission to vision and dream during these winter months and then set your goals or create your theme – I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results!



Offerings for Winter 2017

Even though I am taking things slower and resting more this winter, I have three offering to help you to deepen your reflection and dream time!

Please join me for … The Way of the Happy Woman Winter Self-Care Retreat!

Sisters: self-care isn’t selfish.

When we women slow down and attune to our bodies (and the cycles of nature), we become more vital, creative, and powerful. If you’re longing to give more, do more, be more, please join me for a very special one day self-care retreat for women!

Together, we’ll create a sacred container for quiet contemplation and creative group practices. Nourish yourself with women’s yoga, insight meditation, seasonal self-care secrets, intuitive journaling, and more. It’s all based on The Way of the Happy Woman: Sara Avant Stover’s acclaimed book, practice collection, and global community.

It’s happening in Lorette, Manitoba at Light of the Prairies Retreat Centre on January 28, 2017. And when you register by January 6, 2017 there’s a sweet discount.

Click here for details & registration. I hope to see you there!


Winter Retreat
Saturday January 28, 2017
9:30 am – 5:15 pm
Light of the Prairies Retreat Center
Lorette, MB


Relax and Restore with me in… my Monday night yoga class!

Monday nights
January 9 – February 27th, 2017
8 weeks
$120 + gst
Sundragon Studios 3141 Portage Avenue
click here to register

Release your neck, shoulder and low back pain with one or more … Therapuetic Yoga Workshops

A revolutionary approach to therapeutic yoga, these workshops include meditation, breathing, the science of yoga and exercise techniques that help to sooth low back pain, neck and shoulder tension and release stress.   Each workshop compliments the other so you don’t have to do all three to benefit but your body will thank you the more that you attend!

All workshops are being held at Sundragon Studios, 3141 Portage Avenue

Date & Time: TBD


December 12, 2016

Wake up Call

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Happy Greetings to you,

I know there have been many, many articles, blogs, social medial posts, videos, opinions pieces, etc shared about the results of the US election.  There are many different perspectives and I don’t have a specific opinion about it but today I want to share something that directly impacted me and as a result has created a significant shift in my life.

It came near the end of the election race.  For the most part, I had been trying to ignore the comments from Trump up until the pussy grabbing comment.  That was the comment that woke something up in me – something deep inside me.  For a few days I walked around in a rage.  Outraged that someone could say something so disrespectful.  Livid that for many people it was acceptable to say things like that if you were in a locker room.  As I stomped through my days getting angrier it finally started to show up in my body.  I noticed how tense my belly and back were, how rigid my neck and shoulders were, my jaw clenched as much as my hands.

I’m not proud of this and I don’t condone violence but I think if Trump had crossed my path during my rage, I would have punched him.

More than once.

Not above the belt….

But I digress…


Noting the extreme tension in my body gave me pause.

What are you so angry about?”  I asked myself.  “Why are his comments triggering you so strongly?”

I stopped for a minute to consider the question.  I went into coaching mode and got really curious about my anger.

Then I exploded.  I started yelling (I was alone in my house at the time…) “He’s triggering me because he’s an asshole!!  He has no respect for women, he thinks we are just here to serve him – we have no value, our work has no value our process and way of being have no value….”

Suddenly I stopped yelling.  A sick feeling in my stomach started to make its way into my chest and throat…. “Oh crap,” I moaned. “He’s triggering me because he is mirroring something – something for me to see about myself…”

(dry heave)


I’m not respecting myself.

I’m not respecting my needs.

I’m not valuing my work, my process, my feminine way of being.


I sat in shock for several minutes.  I thought I respected and valued myself and my work but as I faced the darkness of this truth, of my not really valuing myself,  I could see how I was just as capable of disrespect as I judged Mr. Trump to be.

Then a new part of me woke up.

A fierce and determined part of me that will no longer hide what I believe in or what I have to offer.  A force inside of me that will not devalue myself in any way, ever again.  A new strength has been awakened and I don’t think it will be able to go back to sleep again.  And I am hoping this might wake something up inside you, too.

Thanks for the wake up call, Mr. Trump.


Please join me for … The Way of the Happy Woman Winter Self-Care Retreat!

Sisters: self-care isn’t selfish.

 When we women slow down and attune to our bodies (and the cycles of nature), we become more vital, creative, and powerful. If you’re longing to give more, do more, be more, please join me for a very special one day self-care retreat for women!

Together, we’ll create a sacred container for quiet contemplation and creative group practices. Nourish yourself with women’s yoga, insight meditation, seasonal self-care secrets, intuitive journaling, and more. It’s all based on The Way of the Happy Woman: Sara Avant Stover’s acclaimed book, practice collection, and global community.

It’s happening in Lorette, Manitoba at Light of the Prairies Retreat Centre on January 28, 2017. And when you register by January 6, 2017 there’s a sweet discount.

Click here for details & registration. I hope to see you there!

Winter Retreat
Saturday January 28, 2017
9:30 am – 5:15 pm
Light of the Prairies Retreat Center
Lorette, MB


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November 1, 2016

Being Authentic is Messy!

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A few items to highlight before I get into this month’s topic!

  • Firstly:  A warm welcome and big hug to all my new readers!  I hope you enjoy being a part of this community.
  • Secondly:  Save the date!  My Way of the Happy Woman Winter retreat is set for January 28, 2017.  Registration will open in December!
  • Thirdly:  I am offering a special mini retreat for women who have been going through cancer.  If you know of a woman who might benefit from or be interested in attending my mini-retreat please share this newsletter with them.

Thanks and now onto this month’s topic!


Being Authentic is Messy!

  • “I’m feeling quite tired,” one woman said.
  • “My body is aching,” shared another woman.
  • “I’ve got a headache,” commented several women in the circle.

As I listened to the women in the retreat circle share how they were feeling I could feel the beginnings of panic.  What had I done??  I had lead the retreat in my usual way but I had never had so many of the participants give a seemingly negative report of their experience.

 I brought my attention back to the women speaking and while there was plenty of positive feedback and deeper awarenesses being shared my mind kept drifting back to the fear that I had done something wrong.

Later, when I sat down to process the whole retreat I realized that I had done something “wrong.”   Instead of wanting these women to have an authentic and transformative experience, I had wanted them to have a “good” and blissful experience.  Whoops….slipped into my ego again!

Technically, there is nothing wrong with wanting people to have a good experience with something.  It’s just that the Way of the Happy Woman is about being authentic no matter what is happening in your life.  By trying to create a “good” outcome I could have denied the women from having a truly authentic experience – an experience that has highs and lows, “good” and “bad,” comfort and discomfort.  It is this combination that creates a deeply rich and authentic experience of life.

My coach is always reminding me that the cause of suffering is the pursuit of pleasure without pain.  When we try to have only the good and perfect experiences we cut ourselves off from the learning and growth that can happen when things go “wrong.”

Being authentic is messy!  Being true to yourself means embracing your good and not so good qualities.  Sometimes you will feel good and sometimes you will feel sad, have a headache or aches and pains in your body – it’s all a part of living a full life.  The women in my retreat were opening themselves to the truth of their experience and I am grateful that they could share it authentically.  They reminded me that everything is welcome and when we can welcome the good and the bad, transformation is inevitable.

Are you willing to be authentic – in all of its (and your) messiness?  It’s not always pretty but I guarantee that it is the most direct path to joy that I have ever encountered!  Here’s to getting messy!


The Way of the Happy Woman

Autumn Mini-Retreat for Women Experiencing Cancer

Are you a woman who has been through a diagnosis of cancer and treatments? Are you ready to learn a deeper level of self-care that profoundly nourishes you and your body?  Self-care isn’t selfish; in fact, it’s a road back to yourself.  When we women slow down and attune to our bodies (and the cycles of nature), we become more vital, creative, and powerful.

If you would like to experience some nurturing, groundedness and peace, please give yourself the gift of attending the Autumn retreat.  Registration is open and you can visit here for more details and to claim your spot in the circle!  I can’t wait to have you join me!

Autumn Mini-Retreat
Saturday November 26, 2016
10:00 am – 1:15 pm
Via Natural Medicine
A-554 DesMeurons Street

August 18, 2016

You’re Not Normal!

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“What I love about myself is my weird sense of humor,” my friend said.  “Even though it’s not normal,” she quickly added.

 “I wish I could just do my work like a normal person,” my artistic client sighed.

 “I’m going to take this medication and then get off of it as soon as possible so I can get back to normal again,” another client said.

 “I just want to feel normal again….”  (untold number of clients and friends!)

“Why don’t you just get a job like a normal person?” I asked myself…


Have you ever expressed this sentiment?  Felt this desire to be “normal”?  I can’t count the number of times I have heard this desire expressed by my clients, friends and colleagues.  But what does it really mean to be normal?  I looked up the definition of normal and here is what I found:

Merriam-Webster defines normal as:  usual or ordinary; conforming to a type, standard or regular pattern.

Yourdictionary.com has a similar definition:  regular; average; staying with the general standard.

Hmmm…I don’t know about you but when I read those definitions I am not exactly inspired to new heights of creativity or self expression!  Why would you want to be “normal” when normal means average, regular….conforming?

Okay, there is the argument that we want to be accepted, to fit in somewhere, to have friends or a social group but do you really have to be “normal” to get this need met?

What if you were just…you?  You ….in all your messiness, quirkiness, weirdness, not like the other-ness.  In other words…you as your beautiful, creative, wild, think outside the box, get sh*t done, completely not “normal” self.

Stop trying to be normal.

You’re not normal.

And that, my (not normal) friend, is the best thing that can happen to this planet!




New yoga classes for the fall being held at Sundragon Studios!  Starting in September – click here for the classes, times, dates, fees and to register!


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July 12, 2016

Restore Yourself!

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My friend just left a very stressful job. What was once an inspiring, challenging and satisfying workplace became a place of dishonesty, disrespect and stress. It wasn’t until she finally left the job that she realized just how deeply exhausted she was feeling. She had planned to take the weekend to rest and relax and then put her newly acquired time and energy into work that was more life giving but when Monday rolled around she found that she just didn’t have the energy stores to get started.

Does any of this sound familiar? Most of us have no idea how exhausted we are until we stop. We jokingly say “I can’t stop because if I do, I’ll never get started again!” It is said with humor but there is also an undertone of fear – fear that you really won’t get going again – because deep down, you know you need to rest for a really long time.

Instead of listening to this deep inner wisdom you push through the tiredness, the stress, the challenge, the difficulty until one day you are forced to stop. Unfortunately we are not usually forced to stop by someone handing us an all expense paid month at a high end spa! No, we are usually stopped by a cold or flu bug, a sprained ankle, a fender bender or if that doesn’t help us pause we may experience a longer term illness, the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job or a life threatening disease.

My friend is going to need more than a few days to recover from her stressful job. If you are in a stressful job or dealing with something challenging (happy or unhappy) in your life you will need to rest more than you think in order to recover. I was taught in one of my yoga trainings that for every one day that you are sick, you need to give yourself and your body three days to recover! This also applies to stress. It’s not actually the stress that causes our health issues, it s the lack of recovery from stress that causes the problems.

Please give yourself some extra time to rest and recover my sweet readers! Everything that you think you have to do will still be there waiting until after you are rested. The bonus is, because you are rested, you actually get more done! (But don’t go thinking you can add more to your to do list just because you have a moment of feeling rested – that is definitely NOT my point here!!).

For some ideas of how you can fit rest time into a busy schedule, visit my Facebook page throughout this month for “Restore Yourself” tips!
Now, it’s time for my nap….


P.S.  If you feel like you need permission to get some rest, let me know and I’ll send you a permission slip!


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I will be taking a short break from teaching yoga classes over the summer but keep an eye out for a quick offering of a drop in class here and there through the summer if I’m feeling inspired!!  You can check my Facebook page for last minute class offerings!


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June 17, 2016

There’s nothing wrong with you

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Today I have something a little different for you! I am sharing a recording of a story I told at my Sspring Way of the Happy Woman retreat. I got a bit emotional near the end but I figured that you would be okay with some emotion. I hope you enjoy it and feel free to let me know if you like the audio version or if you prefer my written newsletters!

Here’s the poem that I opened with:

what’s the greatest lesson a woman should learn?
that since day one, she’s already had everything
she needs within herself. It’s the world that
convinced her she did not.
– rupi kaur

Link to audio

Is there something about yourself that you think you need to change? What if you looked at yourself through a lens of love instead of a lens of “being broken”….can you see that you are exactly whole just as you are?

There’s nothing wrong with you….





I will be taking a short break from teaching yoga classes over the summer but keep an eye out for a quick offering of a drop in class here and there through the summer if I’m feeling inspired!! You can check my Facebook page for last minute class offerings!

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Twitter: @debdawsondunn

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