Welcome to the Live Well Festival
30th September 2018
601 Cityview Blvd Vaughan, Ontario L4H 0Z4
9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Welcome to the Live Well Festival
“Life is not merely being alive, but being well.” ~ Marcus Valerius Martialis
Live Well, Happy, and Healthy
Wellness begins here
Wellness is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being beyond freedom from disease or infirmity.
We recognize that wellness is not one size fits all concept. Finding what works for you is key to your experience of sustainable living. That’s why we are building a well-rounded experience, with informative and inspirational content, relatable speakers who understand (not preach!) the challenges of life in our society, and want to help build an inclusive community.
The Festival brings together an inspiring mix of experts to experience disciplines without intimidation or judgement. Engage with the experts, learn new practices, reflect on your life, and develop an individual path to wellness. Join us on the journey and contribute to our diverse, inclusive community.Join Our Facebook Group
As a celebration dedicated to awakening our human potential for wellness, Live Well provides a platform for different cultures to collide harmoniously in regenerative community.
Our aim is for participants to leave inspired through their collective experience in art, movement, music, dance, performance, education, regenerative strategies and our fundamental connection with each other. We’d love to share this experience with you.
When was the last time an idea lit you up? Our intimate and informal lecture series covers everything from holistic health to environmental action, from personal transformation to citizen engagement—the topics that matter most to our inclusive community.
We have classes for all levels and styles from first-timers to seasoned yogis, dancers and mindful strength experts. Where else could you pick and choose from capoeira, tai chi, yoga, Zumba, or branching out to try something completely new to you? Whichever way you flow, you’ll learn from the best.
Feed your body and soul with delicious nutritious foods, shop for clothing that supports your movement, discover innovative wearable tech, explore mindful practices, get inspired by sustainable travel destinations and create new experiences to optimise your life!
- Gala and Festival Admission
- Fast track entry
- Reserved seating at festival
- Limited edition T-shirt
- Gift bag of wellness treats
- Priority access to curated workshops, talks and demonstrations
- Access to all movement sessions
- Gala Admission
- Cocktail reception
- Reserved seating
- Festival Admission
- Fast track entry
- Seating at festival
- Curated workshops, talks and demonstrations
- Access to all movement sessions
Partner with Us
Exhibit with Us
The festival is the result of a shared desire to change attitudes and raise awareness of activities that prevent disease, improve health, enhance quality of life, and bring people and communities to increasingly optimum levels of well-being.
The funds raised through the festival will support wellness related work at ehcw and ARRA Arts, including specialized programs for women, seniors and those without access to holistic care services and supports.
Our long-term mission is to fund a dedicated wellness program that empowers women, seniors and families to make informed choices that are appropriate for them.
Secure Your Sponsorship
If you’re interested in reaching thousands of the GTA’s south Asian community year-round, while showcasing your brand and building a wellness focused community that is healthy, contact our development team today.
(416) 663-2978 Ext: 200
Sponsors and Vendors
OUR ADVISORY PANEL
Silvana Tibollo is an accomplished teacher, entrepreneur and active member of the community, in particular the Italian community of Toronto. Silvana has demonstrated the importance of volunteering her time with various not-for-profit and charitable organizations.
In January 2015, Silvana was elected President of the National Congress of Italian Canadians-Toronto District. She also serves as Vice-President at the National Level. Silvana is a member of the Woodbridge Rotary Club. She also serves as a director on the board of Famous People Players. Silvana has worked as co- ordinator of Vaughan’s Festival of Light celebration for the past seven years. Silvana is an active member of the Canadian Italian Heritage Foundation.
In her role as President Silvana seeks to address the concerns of Canadians of Italian Heritage by promoting Italian heritage and preserving Italian language and culture in order to protect the interests of past, present and future generations. Silvana aims to inspire youth to be proud of their Italian heritage through their participation in community events and partnerships. Silvana is the first woman to have been elected President of the National Congress of Italian Canadians Toronto district.
Silvana currently works at The Caritas School of Life as the Policy and Outreach Co-ordinator. Caritas is a Therapeutic community working with individuals suffering from addictions and mental health concurrent disorders.
Silvana and her husband Michael are the proud parents of three children. Silvana believes Canadians of Italian Heritage have contributed greatly to the advancement of our pluralistic society. Silvana is proud to live in a country that embraces the many cultures and religions of the world.
Seema Bhatia is a Psychologist, an Ayurvedic Practitioner and a Teacher. She completed her Masters degree in Psychology from The University of Delhi and later studied Ayurveda, a natural health practice from ancient India from India and Canada. She is a Montessori trained teacher and holds an Occupational Tester Diploma from the British Psychological Society. Currently she is working with distinguished Ayurvedic physicians and scholars from India and Canada trying to promote preventative health care through right diets, lifestyle and mental attitude.
Seema Bhatia has travelled and lived in many countries and has had a unique opportunity to understand and imbibe diverse cultures like those of Nepal, Kuwait, Ivory Coast (West Africa), Spain and India. Over the past twenty-five years, she has worked in various roles in the field of Health and Education. During her stay in India, Ms. Bhatia held countrywide awareness talks and workshops for the ‘Adolescent Education Programme’ run by the Human Resource Development Ministry. She worked in the Psychiatric Department of Moolchand Hospital as a Psychological Counselor and wrote a popular weekly column in a National Daily, ‘Rashtriya Sahara’ on Social-Psychological topical issues. She received acclaim as an expert panelist on ‘Sahara India TV Network’ as a psychologist.
While her time in Kuwait, she pioneered Psychological Assessments and Educational Testing in some of the biggest Indian School’s. This effort introduced the importance of aptitude and interest scores via psychological testing for children choosing their academic streams and courses. She was also chosen as a Subject Matter Resource by Ernst and Young for Career Development and Personal Growth in a government owned Oil and Gas Company using Psychological Assessments.
In the past two and a half years in Toronto (Canada), Seema Bhatia has treated hundred of patients using Ayurveda, conducted workshops and given talks to build awareness and understanding on the benefits of Ayurveda as a preventative alternative medical model.
Mr Ramesh Chotai
Mr Ramesh Chotai is the President of Bromed Pharmaceuticals. Born in Northern Uganda, Ramesh pursued his education in Britain. Completing his training as a Pharmacist in the UK and Switzerland he joined ICI Pharmaceuticals in Kampala, Uganda. He came to Canada in 1972. Starting as a Pharmacist/Manager at an Oshawa Pharmacy, he has built a very successful group of companies that manufacture and distribute medical and health care products around the world. Community builder and a philanthropist, he is the past President of the Hindu Mandir and Cultural Centre. Ramesh is the Vice-Chairman of Canadian Museum of Hindu Civilization and was Diwali co-chairperson of Trillium Health Centre and won many awards for his philanthropy work.
OUR SPEAKERS – TEACHERS
Pooja Batra is a former Miss India, Actress, Supermodel, Media Personality, Business woman, a Philanthropist & a trained Yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance of USA.
Pooja has cultivated a catalogue of endeavors over the past 20 years that’s far beyond her runway beginnings. She was born in India to an army officer and his wife Ravi and Neelam Batra. She shot to nationwide fame and acclaim by winning Miss India in 1993. She has been the face and brand spokeswoman for numerous brands. The 5’10 stunner has walked the runway for Indian and European designers in over 250 fashion shows in India and abroad. A graduated from Ferguson College (Pune) with a degree in Economics, She also received her MBA from Symbiosis (Pune).
She had her first big screen role when she co-starred with Anil Kapoor and Tabu in “Virasat.” She was nominated for the Filmfare Awards as the most promising New Comer. She won the Sansui Awards for the best supporting actress for her role in “Virasat.”
She fast became a critically acclaimed actress and Box Office Magnet. ‘‘ HaseenaMaanJayegi’, ‘Bhai’, ‘Chandralekha’, ‘Megham’, and ‘KahinPyar Na Ho Jaye’’ are a few of the blockbluster hits she has acted in. In the 2006 Sansui Screen Awards, she was nominated for best actress for her portrayal of Noorjehanin the movie ‘Taj Mahal – An Eternal Love Story.’
To date, she has starred in over 30 films. Her movie ABCD2, A Disney India movie,was the highest grosser of 2015 in India. Her movie One Under the Sun, In which she plays an Astronaut Kathryn Voss, was premiered in Cannes 2016. Pooja got nominated for best actress in 2016 for her role in ‘Mirror Game’ at the Newark International Film Festival. The movie ‘Mirror Game’ is garnering phenomenal acclaim in film festivals all over the world and is on Netflix.
She has been seen on Shows like “Lethal Weapon” on Fox & “Timeless” on NBC.
Her success in the film industry, has led her to start her own production company called GlowBellInc, which helps collaborate productions between Hollywood and Bollywood. GloBellInc brought A-list actors such as, Sylvester Stallone and Denise Richards, Nicole Kidman for Bollywood movies.
Pooja is an environmentalist, Animal Lover, Yogini and a strong believer in Empowering Women all over the world. She lends her time to numerous Charities. She maintains homes in Los Angeles and Mumbai.
Mina Mawani, MHSc-HA, ICD.D
President and Chief Executive Officer, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada
Mina Mawani joined Crohn’s and Colitis Canada as President and CEO in April 2015. Applying her passion and enthusiasm to the Crohn’s and colitis community, Mina is deeply engaged with the issues that matter most to her constituents – finding cures and improving lives for the millions of Canadians affected by these chronic diseases.
With over 15 years of experience in non-profit, private sector, hospital, and government roles, Mina is an experienced leader and change navigator, guiding non-profits from vision to strategy to results.
Mina currently serves on the Boards of Seneca College and Pine River Institute and served on the Boards of Research Canada and Women’s College Hospital (where she chaired the Governance and Nominating Committee). Mina is a member of the International Women’s Forum Canada (IWFC). Mina has held a number of leadership roles, including President and CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Chief Development Officer and Executive Committee member at Civic Action, and CEO of the Aga Khan Council for Canada. Earlier in her career, she held key roles at the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 2017, Mina received the ICCC Humanitarian of the Year award and became a Diversity 50 candidate. In 2015, Mina received the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award for her achievements and contributions to Canada.
Dr. Angela Mailis
Dr. Angela Mailis obtained her MD degree from the University of Athens, Greece, her Fellowship in Physical Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, and her Master from the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto. In 1982 she founded and directed the Comprehensive Pain Program of Toronto Western Hospital until 2015, when she came to Vaughan to establish the Pain and Wellness Centre. The Centre is the only community-based publicly-funded interdisciplinary pain management program in Ontario, affiliated with the University of Toronto. She is an Evidence Based Guideline developer, Chair of ACTION Ontario since 2005 (a not for profit organization for education and advocacy for patients with chronic pain), a highly respected medicolegal expert in matters of chronic pain, and an advisor to the Ontario Ministry of Health since 2009. Dr. Mailis has published more than 130 peer reviewed scientific papers; trained numerous students and international trainees; and lectured around the world on matters of chronic pain. She is also a Popular Science writer (BEYOND PAIN was published in the USA and Canada) and CARP-Advocacy electronic newsletter contributor monthly (2009-2014). She has appeared on numerous media outlets (print, radio, TV) over the years promoting understanding and advocacy on chronic pain.
Jayasudha Vavilla is a registered Social worker working for the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. With professional and research interests in Dementia and mental health, she has more than 10 years of extensive global multicultural work experience in Social services, Mental health, Healthcare, and Voluntary organizations in Canada, USA, England, India, and Switzerland. She is passionate about developing reaching out and providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services from a person centred approach for people with Dementia and their caregivers. She has presented at various conferences at the local, provincial and national level. She was part of 28 Canadians selected from all over the country to determine the top 10 Canadian dementia research priorities. She has presented at various International Dementia conferences held in Toronto, Denmark and has been invited for various speaking engagements.
Nancy is a physiotherapist, yoga teacher and a high performance coach passionate about teaching women how to dream big and achieve their goals so they can enjoy a life they are truly proud of.
She started her career as a physiotherapist over a decade ago and a few short years into her career, began to recognize the major problems in the lifestyle that so many people are pressured to live. Women in their 30s were getting frustrated, overwhelmed and exhausted from working too much and not spending enough time doing what they loved. Nancy knew that yoga was the answer to most people’s problems, but they were too busy (or afraid) to even want to take the time to go on the journey of self-love and self-compassion. Determined not to live the life that so many of her colleagues, friends and patients lived, Nancy moved to the country with her young family to open a wellness centre and teach people what she knew deep in her soul – that it is possible to live your dream life and continue to do deep, meaningful and impactful work without feeling guilty or selfish. Her mission (and duty) in life is to teach other women how to do the same so that ultimately, we can have a ripple effect that will last generations to come.
Annu Gaidhu is an international yoga teacher, youth worker and speaker based out of Toronto, Canada. Yoga is a part of Annu’s culture and heritage of India. She believes in centring the ancient principles of Yoga and Ayurveda into a modern-day practice suitable for all levels. Her holistic view of yoga fuels her passion for advocating for what Annu considers as the greatest gift, living yoga on and off the mat.
Annu completed her yoga training both in India and Canada and earned her masters degree in Child and Youth Care at Ryerson University. Founder of The Healing Hearts Project Poverty Relief Initiative, a non-profit organization, Annu is best-known for her role in the documentary feature, Finding Spirit. An official selection at the Canadian Diversity Film Festival, Love International Film Festival and winner of Accolade Global Film Competition. Her works feature on many international media outlets including ZeeTV Canada, The India Times and more. Annu is actively involved within her community as a wellness ambassador and is currently completing her Advanced Ayurvedic Practitioner Training. Her mission is to serve and empower communities by making yoga ccessible to people of all ages, abilities and body types.
(MEd., Ed.D Candidate, Counselling Psychology), Registered Psychotherapist.
Mitu Singh is a registered psychotherapist in private practice. She has a Masters Degree and Doctoral Candidate in Counselling Psychology. Her approach with clients is integrative & holistic: combining the forces of western psychology and eastern healing traditions to provide a ‘whole person’ care approach. Mitu has witnessed incredible transformations of her clients using these tools and is excited to assist her clients on their journey of healing and self-discovery.
Mitu Singh is a passionate scholar-practitioner in the field of counselling psychology, who divides her time between clinical practice, research and scholarly writing on topics related to ancient healing traditions, spirituality and psychology. Mitu has over 20 years of experience in the study and practice of yoga and meditation, and delivers classes and workshops on yoga, meditation, women’s empowerment and creative expression in Toronto and GTA.
Ellen Yan – Tai Chi Journey
Ellen Yan’s journey to a healthier life began with the practice of Tai Chi. Various forms of Qigong and Yoga have further enriched her understanding of internal cultivation of the body and mind. Her own experience in the prenatal practice of Tai Chi, gave Ellen a unique perspective on Tai Chi practice for the expectant mother. Her experience in health recovery with Tai Chi and teaching seated Tai Chi have benefited many older adults and people recovering from illness.
Janny Cheng – Tai Chi Journey
Janny Cheng’s background in alternative education helped to steer her into a holistic approach to mind-body health, which is also embodied in Tai Chi. Janny believes in the many benefits of Tai Chi and it is her desire to share it with the community. Janny has a wide range of interest in various forms of arts; especially those involving movement, such as Qigong and Internal Martial Arts. Janny brings Tai Chi to retirement homes and work places and enjoys the journey to a healthier life with her students.
Silvia Wineland – Tai Chi Journey
Silvia Wineland has been practicing Tai Chi since 2003 and became an instructor for the Danforth Club in 2014. Silvia has been a pre-school teacher, a staff producer at Rogers Community Channel (where she discovered Tai Chi by producing a series about it) and webmaster for an AV company. Being retired allows her to devote more time to practicing and teaching Tai Chi and contributing to the Tai Chi Journey website. Tai Chi has become an essential part of her life, as it keeps her worn knees from aching, and flexible in the mind and body.
Kassandra is a LGBTQ2SA+ therapeutic yoga and exercise teacher with over 450 hours of training and specializes in body positive and trauma-informed viniyoga (yoga therapy); chair, yin, hatha, and restorative yoga; and seniors exercise. Many classes are ended with Kassandra offering their singing voice to soothe you into a final relaxation. Engaging with yoga’s broader contexts in classes and private sessions–breathwork, mindfulness, meditation, and takeaways into life off the mat–are of particular interest, as well as increasing functional mobility for life-long practice through posture focus. Kassandra particularly enjoys working with those who think they can’t do yoga–because of mobility level, body size, age, injury, or condition–and encourages autonomy, insight, resiliency and self-acceptance in all students.
Anju Gupta is a registered homeopath practicing homeopathy since last 19 years. She did her Bachelor’s in Homeopathy from Vikram University, India. She did her initial practice in Ahmedabad, India working mainly with the seniors. She moved to Canada in 2002 and since then she is practicing in Toronto-Etobicoke and Scarborough and Brampton locations. Being highly active in the homeopathy community, she is currently serving as a Board Member of Ontario Homeopathic Medical Association.
Since her childhood, she was highly passionate about helping people to relieve their sufferings and make them live a better easy life. To fulfill her passion ,she choose homeopathy as her profession and is now actively involved in treating people and getting them relieve from their complaints. During these years she has treated wide variety of patients suffering from all kind of acute and chronic illnesses from all over the world. She has developed a good pediatric group line and is actively involved in treating developmentally delayed kids with autism, ADD, ADHD and others making life of theirs and people around them happy and easy.
Aparna Brahma has a combined 15 years of international education and clinical experience in physiotherapy. She is a Registered Pelvic Health physiotherapist through College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and a certified acupuncture provider. She is a dedicated member of Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) and the Orthopedics and Women’s Health division through CPA.
Aparna completed her initial degree in Physiotherapy from India in 2004. She graduated with MSc. Physical Therapy from University of Western Ontario in 2007 in London, ON. Her research involved studying age related changes with exercise in elderly. After graduating with a MSc PT in 2007, Aparna entered Canadian private health care system with focus in Orthopedics.
In the recent years Aparna has channeled her focus in very specific stream of Women’s health. She remains a strong advocate of healthcare for moms globally. She believes in health benefits start with awareness of your own body no matter when the starting point is. She remains updated on the current science surrounding pre- and post-natal care and would like to work towards optimal recovery for mothers of this generation.
When Aparna is not working, she spends her time being a mother to two wonderful and hilarious kids. She is amazed at how much you can learn from these tiny humans and enjoys every bit of it each day. Her roles as a Pelvic Health physiotherapist and that of a mother both emphasize “Healthy Mom is a Happy Mom”.
Pramod aka Promo began practicing yoga in 2014 as an experiment after a facet joint injury which quickly healed with a regular yoga practice in a hot room. Since then he has not stopped as he connected with the practice on a completely different level. He found peace, balance and focus with a regular practice and decided to deepen his practice by taking a 500 hour Moksha/Modo teacher training in 2017. He spent 30 days in Nicaragua, Central America training with the best teachers in North America learning about Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Postures, Anatomy, Mindfulness & various teaching techniques. Pramod strongly believes that yoga can benefit each one of us in different ways i.e mentally, physically, emotionally and/or spiritually. He is currently certified in Moksha series, Moksha Flow (Vinyasa) and Restorative Yoga.
Apart from Yoga, Pramod is a marketing professional, a certified scuba diver and likes to travel, be with nature and believes in living a healthy and happy life and to never stop learning.
Elaine is a certified nutritionist, women’s health expert, speaker, and creative feminine. With over 10 years of experience and education in women’s health she has provided support to women world wide through holistic methods that achieve lasting solutions. Driven to revolutionize how women eat, think, and manifest, Elaine believes that every woman has something beautiful to create whether it’s a family, an artistic expression, or a successful business.
Elaine strives to deliver specific and targeted approaches to help women balance their hormones, optimize their fertility, and celebrate their beauty.
She divides her time in supporting women through nutritional counselling, therapeutic yoga, educational workshops, and leadership training with a goal to leverage women’s innate hormonal wisdom.
Elaine is the creator of LADYFLOW, a lifestyle brand supporting women’s hormonal health. LADYFLOW offers high quality, organic, and handcrafted products ranging from teas, salt soaks, and pelvic oils designed to balance women’s hormones and support menstrual pain relief.
Tynan Rhea is a settler with German and Czechoslovakian ancestry. Tynan has a private practice online and in Toronto as a counselor, aromatherapist, and doula specializing in sex, intimacy, and relationships throughout the reproductive years. Tynan teaches a Sex & Birth course for Doula Training Canada and is the founder of PostpartumSex.com. Tynan graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Joint Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sexuality, Marriage, & Family. They received their doula training from the Revolutionary Doula Training program and their aromatherapy training with Anarres Apothecary Apprenticeship program. Tynan is currently enrolled at Yorkville University doing their Masters of Arts Counselling Psychology degree. Tynan approaches their practice from sex-positive, trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and feminist frameworks. You can find Tynan on Facebook, Instagram @TynanRhea or TynanRhea.com
Shajini Jeganmohan’s work has a common thread: connection. As a Program Coordinator at The Roberta Bondar Foundation, she supports programs that help people connect with the natural environment through the art of photography. Shajini is also a member of Abuse Never Becomes Us (ANBU), a non-profit organization that helps those affected by childhood sexual abuse in the Tamil community. ANBU helps survivors reconnect with themselves and others to support both individual and collective healing. Coming from a community that has experienced decades of trauma, and through her own lived experience of it, Shajini developed a great interest in holistic healing. She completed her training in Ashtanga Yoga at Annamalai University’s Canada Campus and received training in Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She has a passion for traditional knowledge, including Ayurveda and Indigenous medicine of Turtle Island. Her role in ANBU grew from bringing a yogic perspective on healing to creating videos to raise awareness and break the silence around abuse and trauma. Shajini hopes to bring her passion for yoga, traditional medicine, and the environment together to provide people with multiple tools to use in their healing process.
Joanna Geary, the force behind Power Works, has been in the health and wellness industry for over 15 years. She has had great success as a Personal Trainer, Corporate Fitness Consultant, Nutritionist, Flexibility Specialist and Wellness and Life Coach. Joanna’s health and wellness programs combine her fitness expertise and years of personal training with coaching, counselling, motivation and education. Joanna strongly believes that you can achieve unbridled success in any area of your life when the mind body connection is in sync.