The Wellness Circle

Are you interested in making improvements in your daily life, health and overall personal well-being? Is it time for you to have some fun and connect with friends again? If so, the Wellness Circle offered through the Peachland Wellness Centre may be the perfect fit for you! It is a great place to connect with like-minded community members.

It can be easy during these challenging times to feel a sense of disconnection and social isolation. Connecting with others is food for the soul and essential. It improves our quality of life. Sharing and learning through others' work and lived experience is a beautiful gift we can offer one another.

The Okanagan Valley carries the richness and wisdom of the Indigenous culture, and it is to our benefit to explore their offerings. The First Nations perspective on health and wellness is a beautiful representation of what is valued within the PWC Wellness Circle. It is visually depicted as a circle with five layers.

The first circle or the core represents the individual person.

  • This implies that the core of wellness begins with us taking personal responsibility for our own health and well-being.

The second circle defines the holistic model of overall well-being.

  • Mental

  • Emotional

  • Spiritual

  • Physical health

The third circle represents the values that support wellness.

  • Respect - shared through communities and families

  • Wisdom - shared through the knowledge of traditions, culture and medicine.

  • Responsibility - to ourselves, communities, families and the earth.

  • Relationships - to one another.

The fourth circle represents the people that surround us and the places we come from:

  • Land

  • Community

  • Family

  • Nations

And finally, the fifth circle represents the factors that support our well-being:

  • Social - security, housing, food, prevention, education, health awareness, and outreach supports.

  • Cultural - spirituality, teachings, and a sense of belonging.

  • Economic - includes the resources we are responsible to manage, share, and sustain for future generations.

  • Environmental - includes our land, air, water, food, housing, as well as resources that require consideration to sustain healthy children, families and communities.

According to the First Nations people, the Outer Circle represents the families, elders and people in the community. Together, they demonstrate togetherness, respect and relationship. In the words of a respected BC elder, it was stated as "one heart, one mind." Credit for this information goes to https://www.fnha.ca/wellness/wellness-and-the-first-nations-health-authority/first-nations-perspective-on-wellness.

How does the PWC Wellness Circle work?

The PWC Wellness Circle Facilitators seek and organize a variety of local health and wellness practitioners to share information on topics and services relating to the many areas that affect our quality of life. This can include diet, exercise, physical activity, traditional systems of wisdom and the environment.

In the past, we have been privileged to host speakers with expertise in Holistic Nutrition, Celtic Wisdom, Yoga and Ayurveda and Reiki therapy. We have also come together in community, with our creative juices flowing, to create simple crafts such as beautiful holiday greeting cards.

Though not an alternative for professional medical advice, these complimentary lifestyle practices can help enhance the quality of your life and may prove useful. It is, however, always recommended that participants contact their physician for approval prior to starting any alternative treatment that may affect existing medical concerns.

The Wellness Circle meets bi-weekly, Wednesday mornings at 10:00am, September through June. Although the program was put on hold due to the COVID 19 pandemic, it will be up and running again online through the Zoom platform in the near future. Stay tuned to our website for updates and program details. https://www.peachlandwellnesscentre.ca/wellness-circle

Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being. -J. Stanford
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