June’s New Moon in Cancer

by Heather B.

June 28, 2022

June 28th, 2022

Astrologically speaking, it’s been a chaotic and busy last few months, with Gemini sweeping us along into its fast paced, and somewhat frantic, energy patterns.

Moving into this slower, familiar and more rhythmic Cancer season can feel like the balm to the Soul for many of us, allowing us space for greater reflection as we lean into our family life, our homes and our primary relationships.

Cancer is the mother of the zodiac, and also the zodiac’s first water sign – making it the ultimate superpower of support and restoration. Nurturing, intuitive and empathetic, Cancer slows us down and emotionally mimics the slow and steady comings and goings of the waves as the ocean gently surges against us.

We can make a choice to lean into this rhythm and the invitation to slow down and go with the flow, or we can stand in the tide and try to control its patterning – it’s all up to you.

According to Astrologer David Odessey, “the first three signs of the zodiac — Aries, Taurus, and Gemini — awaken the calls of the body as the sensual world blooms after a long winter. But Cancer marks the arrival of the soul. Gemini season launches you out into a manic shuffle of experiences; Cancer collects those experiences and makes them into something more: a history, an identity, a story. This is the domain of the moon, Cancer’s ruler, which through its phases of birth and regeneration, enacts a cyclical saga, imparting lessons for the next monthly ragnarok.”

This is the perfect chance to cleanse and ground yourself into summer, feeding off the high vibes of the summer solstice.

We are once again in a “Camizi moon,” which is latin for “in the Heart of the Sun.” In the zodiac, the Sun represents power and strength, acting as a fierce magnifier of the energy that is already cursing around in The Universe. Although this moon will be largely considered to be a very strong and powerful moon in our yearly lunar cycle, so will your power to manifest and activate your goals and your dreams.

Finally, Cancer energy is all about home and the various forms it represents in our lives. Again, this new moon is that of “The Mother,” and this mothering energy flows into the type of physical home we create, the roles we play in our relationships with others and also the “home” we have built inside ourselves.

Your Physical Home:

  • Does your home reflect your inner reality?
  • Ask yourself, how does the energy of my home make me feel? Is it organized and tidy? Or is it chaotic and cluttered?
  • Have I created spaces and systems which allow for reflection/ meditation, creativity and peaceful solitude? Have I created spaces of joy and playfulness, such as a children’s art wall or pictures of our family?
  • Asking yourself, what is my “vibe” around cleaning and organization? Do I have good systems in place, or do I feel like I am just surviving the day? Do I find nourishment and pleasure in creating a supportive household for myself and my family, or do I use cleaning as an act of control and a display of my perfectionism?
  • What can I do to make my home a more supportive and nourishing place for everyone, myself included?

A Home Within Yourself:

  • Do I create time to connect with myself physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually?
  • Do I create ample time and opportunity for self care practices that nourish me, such as walking, meditation, leaning into my interests and hobbies, for creativity, for exploration and connecting with nature and those I love?
  • Do I make commitments to myself (and see them through…) such as getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, daily movement/ exercise practices, engaging practices to calm my nervous system, time spent in quiet reflection or solitude, eating regularly throughout the day, taking any vitamins, supplements or herbs that are supportive of my overall health and well-being?
  • Am I keeping up with my self care and my appointments, medical and/or holistic? Have I been staying accountable to myself with all I need to organize and do to reach my wellness goals?
  • Asking yourself, am I working towards bettering myself? Do I openly and willingly acknowledge my patterning, my trauma and the ways in which it is negatively impacting my life? Am I actively working towards proactive solutions and healing on the deepest of levels?
  • Am I continually checking in and asking myself, “am I moving in alignment with myself? Am I living authentically?

Final Thought for The New Moon In Cancer:

“Allow yourself to be open and willing to explore how you show up at home, with others and with yourself, asking… What can I do better, and what do I need to release?


Exciting Clinic Updates!

Cosmetic Acupuncture

Coming to The Garden in September of 2022

The time has finally come!!!

This September, we will finally be unveiling our luxurious Cosmetic Acupuncture treatments, designed to bring you to a whole other level of zen… as well as leaving you with clear and glowing skin from the inside AND out.

Utilizing a multitude of treatment tools such as facial gua sha (specialized facial massage), facial cupping, clearing and lifting techniques, micro-needling for collagen production and plumping to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, targeted laser therapy and LED light therapy, your skin will be nourished and radiant!

Also, as we know that healing comes from the inside out, you will still get a full-bodies acupuncture treatment targeted for your specific goals and needs.

AND YES, you can use your Acupuncture Insurance Benefits for these Services!


While our online booking site will remain the same, The Garden Acupuncture and Holistic Centre’s main website will be launched next month, and we couldn’t be more in love!

Built by our Marketing Manager and Tech Creatrix Angela Skaley of Woot Woot Digital @wootwootdigital, Angela is an artist and a business-savvy design specialist all in one. She is the brains behind all our website/ promotional design, creative marketing and tech services, and we would not be where we are without her!

With a fresh new look, smoother navigation, more up-to-date information and a library of inspiring blog posts, our new and improved website really captures how our little garden clinic has blossomed over these last two and a half years.

Having built our team of incredible and talented practitioners has allowed us to grow and incorporate so many unique and specialized treatments for our patients, and this process will only continue to evolve as time moves on.

Heather Bracken, H.H.P., R. Ac.

Heather it the owner of The Garden Holistic as well as Acupuncturist, Holistic Health & Reiki Practitioner. Specializing in mental health, women’s health & chakra-based Acupuncture and Reiki exploration.

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Hannah Zabolotniuk R.Ac, RMT

Email: Hannah.z@outlook.com | Instagram 

About Hannah:

Hannah graduated from the Acupuncture program at MacEwan and an advanced massage therapy program in Edmonton. She is trained in Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, fire cupping, and Gua Sha. She loves to offer both modalities in her treatments to help you on your path to better health and wellness. She believes that regular Massage Therapy and Acupuncture appointments can keep the body working at its optimal level and prevent Disease in the body. She has a particular interest in anything holistic health.

Outside of work Hannah enjoys spending time with her dog, working out at the gym, and anything selfcare related.



Massage + Acu Combo 60 min and 90 min
  • A combination of Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Cupping for optimal healing results from pain, injury, tension and stress. Can be billed under either Massage Therapy or Acupuncture.
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  • Brazilian Lymphatic Drainage Massage helps to detoxify the body, reduce swelling, improves the appearance of cellulite, boosts immunity , eliminates toxins and improves blood circulation.
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Kristie Bennett, Registered Provisional Psychologist

About Kristie:

As a Registered Provisional Psychologist, Kristie specializes in grief and loss, women’s mental health and relationship issues. She brings a compassionate, emotion-focused approach to her sessions, rooted in evidence-based practices tailored to address her client’s unique circumstances. Kristie has additional training in mindfulness, positive psychology practices, and goal setting to help her clients increase life meaning and happiness. Her goal is to not only help her clients overcome painful internal struggles, but empower them to create their best life.

The loss of her mother in 2015 was a pivotal moment in her life. Struggling with the pain and devastation of grief, Kristie became certified as a Grief Recovery Specialist and Funeral Celebrant, to support others experiencing loss. Through her own experience and her work, Kristie developed a deep respect of heartbreak and pain. Her deepest desire is that your story will be heard and truly honoured in your time together.

Kristie is also trained in the Gottman Method and Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT). Both provide a roadmap for helping couples compassionately manage conflict, deepen friendship and intimacy, and share their life purpose and dreams. Additionally, Kristie specializes in helping couples navigate the mental load of running a household and family.

Away from the therapy room, Kristie loves to spend time with her husband, three adult daughters, and extended family. She likes nature walks with her dogs and exploring the city’s coffee shops. Kristie is a lifelong learner, and is often found reading a book, listening to a podcast, or taking an online course.

Currently Offering:

  • Adult Therapy: $185.00/ 50 mins
  • Couples Therapy: $200/ 50 mins
  • Family Therapy: $200.00/ 50 mins

Mina Michalowska, RMT, Rapid NFR Specialist, Energy Work practitioner 

About Mina:

Mina’s background includes a Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy and a diploma in Massage Therapy. After years of treatment focusing on her clients’ physical bodies and listening to their stories, she’s realized that addressing the energetic body and re-connecting the body and mind is crucial in order for true healing to happen. Physical symptoms are messages from our bodies to our conscious mind and Mina’s goal is to try to help her clients find that communication line.

Her treatments combine elements of nervous system regulation, somatic release, RAPID NFR and energy work. Addressing both the physical and energetic body is what allows the body to regain a sense of safety within itself, and allows release of stagnant energy and emotions that lead to physical symptoms. Mina strives to provide a truly safe and judgment-free space that allows her clients to meet themselves with grace and curiosity.

When not working with clients, Mina is often expanding her knowledge in all things nervous system regulation, somatic work, Rapid NFR, holistic health and spirituality related. She’ll talk your ear off about the incredible engineering feat that is your body, as well as geek out over oracle cards, messages from spirit and all things witchy. She is an urban homesteader and loves making all things from soap to sauerkraut, so ask her if you need any good recipes.

Rapid NFR and Energy Clearing is a combination of somatic meditation, Rapid NFR fascial techniques and energy work that addresses any physical pain, energetic blocks and helps you re-establish a connection with your body. The nature of fascial work provides quick and long-lasting pain relief, and combining that with nervous system regulation and energetic clearing lets your body let go of anything that doesn’t serve anymore.

Denae Dobko, Registered Provisional Psychologist

About Denae:

As a Registered Provisional Psychologist, Denae is present to walk alongside your pains and joys towards a more authentic and empowered you. She wants to hear your reason for seeking therapy, bear witness to your experience, and work together in achieving your desired future. Her therapeutic space is grounded in values of love, respect, truth, joy, and health. Her therapeutic practice is holistic and she believes that healing the mind, body, and heart happens together. She works from a humanistic and bio-psycho-social-spiritual orientation and pulls from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems, Solution- Focused, Narrative Therapy, Nature-based Therapy, and Art Therapy. Denae welcomes the opportunity to work with people from all identities and backgrounds, in- person, on-line, or walking in nature. She lived in Mexico as teenager and continues to hold Latino culture in her heart and can work in Spanish upon request. She values self-actualization and living a good life, helping others, and living in harmony with nature. In her free time, Denae is practicing yoga, camping, hiking, gardening, painting, and spending time with family and friends.

Anya Nykolaychuk, RMT

About Anya:

Anya has been practicing massage therapy since graduating from MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy in 2016. While her technique as a massage therapist is best described as a combination of relaxation and therapeutic techniques, her overall approach with clients is collaborative and trauma-informed to ensure that clients are receiving care that reflects their needs.

In addition to traditional massage techniques, Anya is also certified in Rapid Neurofascial Reset and has taken additional training in Trauma-Informed Coaching and ADHD Coaching, which informs her ability to provide a safe and inclusive environment.

Outside of the clinic, you can find Anya on a hiking trail, learning a new skill on a whim (like cooking, or photography, or improv, or….!!), and spending time with her friends and family

Lisa Wheeler, RMT

About Lisa:

As a Graduate from M.H. Vicars, Lisa works closely with her patients to support them in reaching their personal health and wellness goals. In utilizing her growing list of massage techniques and various treatment modalities, Lisa offers her patients a therapeutic approach paired with continuing assessment and homecare practices, which work towards helping her clients achieve pain relief in and outside of the treatment room.

Lisa has also been a trained esthetician for over a decade, having graduated from the European Institute of Esthetics in 2011. Lisa’s education then brought her to work with the world-renowned skincare brand Aveda for 6 years, eventually working as the Team Lead at the Edmonton Aveda Academy on Whyte Avenue.

Along with offering Therapeutic Massage, Lisa has also customized specialized skincare services through our clinic using the all-natural, all-organic brand Communion Botanicals, based out of Nelson, B.C. Not only does Lisa offer luxurious facials through The Garden, but she has also created a unique and highly coveted blend of Therapeutic Massage and Skincare Combinations, bringing a relaxed and spa-like vibe to our clinic space.

Away from a therapeutic setting, Lisa can often be found camping, hiking, taking online history/paleontology courses and taking continuing education courses to remain a dedicated therapist.

Samantha Mertler, RMT

About Samantha:

Samantha completed 2200hrs of training from MH Vicars in 2016. After training in both Therapeutic and Swedish techniques, Samantha then expanded her practice to include Fire Cupping and Chi Nei Tsang.

Treatments are crafted with an open mind and a holistic style that reflects your needs. Whether it is soothing your nervous system using Relaxation Massage, tackling old injuries, or working with chronic tension through the use of Therapeutic Massage and Fire Cupping, Samantha’s diverse skill set has got you covered. Samantha also specializes in Chi Nei Tsang, an abdominal-base massage that deepens internal awareness and addresses issues related to the abdomen such as digestive disorders, endometriosis, scarring, etc.

Samantha is most interested in the interplay between stress, emotions, posture habits, energy and pain within our bodies, getting curious around aspects in which her clients numb out, or when they have a habit of staying entirely in their mind during the day.

Reading and learning about trauma, somatics, focused awareness practices, Traditional Chinese Medicine theory and energy work is what constantly evolves her practice.

Out of the clinic you can find Samantha with her four kids, gardening/earthing or reading.

Selina Streahorn RMT

Email: selinasrmt@yahoo.com | Instagram 

About Selina:

Selina graduated from Medix college in 2014 in Ontario before moving out to Alberta. She has been in practice since, honing her skills and focusing around fire cupping, deep tissue therapy and learning Chi Nei Tsang (abdominal massage). Her practice is more focused on intentional release work, and working with the client to be more mindful of how they use their body throughout the day and the impact this has on their well-being long term.

Dr. Laura Meadwell

Email: meadwellacupuncture@gmail.com | Instagram 

About Dr. Laura:

Laura recently graduated from the Acupuncture program at MacEwan University, and is excited to dive into her career here at The Garden Acupuncture and Holistic Centre. She has a background of biological sciences before finding her passion in acupuncture and traditional
Chinese medicine. 

Laura believes in working on all facets of health in order to become the best possible version of oneself. She has taken an interest in women’s health, digestive health and musculoskeletal pain. Laura has a passion for helping others, and loves to see her patient’s thrive with the help of acupuncture, but believes that healing must come from within. She is a proponent for collaboration when it comes to acupuncture treatments, as the patient knows their own body best.

Kiera Gadallah, R. Ac

About Kiera:

Kiera recently graduated from the Acupuncture Program at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, AB. Throughout studying Traditional Chinese Medicine for the past three years, she has taken a special interest in women’s health, mental health, and digestive disorders.

Kiera supports individuals in connecting with their mind, body, and spirit. She is passionate about helping patients navigate the ever-changing aspects of their lives while maintaining harmony and balance within.

Outside of the clinic, Kiera can be found with her nose in a book, camping and kayaking, and exploring the outdoors with her dog Freddy.

Heather Bracken, H.H.P., R. Ac.

About Heather:

By promoting an attitude of internal awareness, personal discovery and self-care, it is her ambition to support others in achieving their goals and reach their highest potential on all levels.

With over 6 years of combined educational studies at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta and two diploma programs under her belt, Heather is certified as a Registered Acupuncturist, Holistic Health Practitioner (specializing in Western Herbology) and Reiki Master. Having practiced in the alternative healthcare field for over 15 consecutive years, Heather works in combining her modalities to create unique and specialized treatment sessions for each one of her patients.

With over 6 years of combined educational studies at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta and two diploma programs under her belt, Heather is certified as a Registered Acupuncturist, Holistic Health Practitioner (specializing in Western Herbology) and Reiki Master. Having practiced in the alternative healthcare field for over 15 consecutive years, Heather works in combining her modalities to create unique and specialized treatment sessions for each one of her patients.

Heather’s mantra serves as her life’s purpose; to encourage, support and empower individuals along their chosen path towards better health and well-being by facilitating the body’s natural ability to heal. By promoting an attitude of internal awareness, personal discovery and self-care, it is her ambition to support others in achieving their goals and reach their highest potential on all levels. Heather believes that disease is not to be viewed as a conditional life sentence, but rather as an imbalance within the mind, body and Spirit that can be corrected and brought back into a state of balance and harmony.

One of the foundational components of Heather’s practice is the study of neuroscience and neuroplasticity aka: the inner workings of the nervous system and the inherent ability of neurons (or nerve cells in the brain) to adapt to injury, disease or disharmony such as chronic stress, addiction, anxiety, depression, etc… by restructuring and rewiring themselves to stimulate healing and recovery. With enough willingness, perseverance and dedication, it is Heather’s unwavering belief that the ability to heal is always possible.

Heather’s areas of specialization include Mental Health, Metabolic Disorders, Gynecology/ Obstetrics and Esoteric (Chakra-Based and Spirituality-Minded) Acupuncture.