Wolf Willow Well-being The name Wolf Willow Well-being was developed by Larisa and her sister Nicole. Larisa and her two sister's grew up in a family who loved nature. Camping, outdoor camping not matter what the weather was like, connection to nature was instilled by her parents. One of the places Larisa lived in was called Shekinah Retreat Centre. A beautiful camp along the Saskatchewan river. The camp was a centre for connection to nature. It had many hiking trails and one of the trails was called Wolf Willow. It ran along the river. Larisa and her sister would bring our tears and happiness to the trail. It was as if willows on the trail floating, bending and whispering in the breeze heard and held us. It seemed fitting to name a company that endeavours to support people in connection to the trees, land and water the name of a place in nature that supported them.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” Mary Oliver
Larisa’s specializes in helping the people she supports to re-discover a connection to themselves. Compassionately helping fellow humans to accept what they have experienced, heal and experience the life they were born to live. Larisa understands the intense struggle that comes with daily living today. She understands the experience of trauma through a vareity of lenses; academic, ancedotal, personal. Navigating social media, politics, difficult relationships, intense work loads, financial stress, COVID 19, discrimination, addiction, anxiety, trauma, fear…the list of turbulence seems never ending. Larisa realizes that the path through traumatic experiences lies within the body. Many people living in our society often forgot the simplicity of returning to our bodies due to the noise that comes from our societal stress. Using the perspective that the body holds the answer creates an invitation to a person’s body that provides a simple path to individual healing. Nature, somatic practices and counselling woven together support the people Larisa serves to re-discover a often familiar connection to themselves.