My Day of Wellness in Kananaskis

By Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach

My life has been a whirlwind of activity for the past couple of months!

First, I travelled to Spain and walked my Camino in September. It was an amazing, life-changing experience and I’m so grateful I had the freedom to take the time in my life to do it.

I’m currently writing a novel about my Camino so stay tuned for updates!

Upon my return to Victoria, BC, I quickly packed up all of my worldly possessions into my car and drove across the Rocky Mountains to move to Calgary, Alberta in October!

BC Mountains behind me. Photo by Maria Koropecky Ammolite Wellness Coach.
BC Mountains behind me! Photo by Maria Koropecky Ammolite Wellness Coach.

The very next day after landing in my new home in Calgary, I got back into my car and made the short trip West to Kananaskis, AB for a Day of Wellness with Evolve Retreat Co!

I’m so glad I made the effort to brave the Rockies in October and come all this way to attend this wellness event! I really needed to practice some well-deserved self-care!

Kananaskis, Alberta is the perfect setting for a wellness retreat!

Tucked within the clear-cut Rocky Mountains, the Village of Kananaskis is a splendid gem! Perhaps you might have heard about Kananaskis during the 1988 Calgary Olympic Games.

My Day of Wellness took place at Crosswaters Resort, which features newly- renovated guest suites, four restaurants, conference facilities, a wellness spa, and access to amazing hiking trails with spectacular views!

I got my fill of mountain fresh air!

When I first arrived at 10:15am, I was warmly welcomed by the Evolve Retreat Co. team, especially the Retreat Coordinator, Tina Green.

We started the jam-packed day with a meditation with Yoga & Mindset Coach, Marin McCue. She invited us to tune into a word or intention to keep in mind during the rest of the Day of Wellness and my word was “freedom.”

From there, we were asked to choose one to three cards that were arranged on the floor that best described our experience in that moment.

I stepped out into the hallway where the cards were and I immediately had the sense to turn to my left. Right away I saw a card that spoke to me. I picked it up and didn’t need to look at the rest!

Zipper card.
“Walking into an unknown future is like walking into an ever-opening zipper!”
~ Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach

I chose this abstract card because two mornings earlier, my last night in Victoria, right before my solo Rocky Mountain road trip, I was thinking that walking into an unknown future is like walking into an ever-opening zipper!

I was reminding myself that I just needed to trust that with every step forward, the path would unfold naturally. It’s a wonderful space to be in!

From that insightful activity, we headed to the tennis courts where we had an exhilarating workout with celebrity fitness trainer, Tommy Europe, and I felt so blessed to be there!

There’s nothing like running around outside and getting your heart-rate up in the company of a bunch of friendly, smiling people, surrounded by green pine trees, grey chiselled mountains, and endless blue skies!

That’s the picture of wellness for me!

We had a lovely lunch at Forte Restaurant and then we went on a nature hike where I tasted Juniper Berries. Yes, they taste like Gin!

We were able to connect to the Earth while sitting on a cool, green, grassy slope while listening to the wind and the birds and a beautiful, guided meditation, lead by Yoga & Adventure Guide, Kristen Stuart.

Nature Hike near Crosswaters Resort.
Can you see the shape of the blue cat in the sky?
Photo by Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach

To me, I felt the outstretched valley and the surrounding mountains, like arms wide open, were saying, “Welcome!” I know I have come a long way and although there may be another mountain to climb ahead of me, now it’s time to rest in the valley of receiving and enjoy the fruits of prosperity that I’ve been working so hard for.

And the blue cat shape in the sky is a nice touch, if I do say so myself.

Later, our group returned to the conference room where we joined the
5-day retreat group and learned about Nutrition with Registered Dietician, Melissa Goldsmith.

Her presentation, which included tasty smoothies and freshly-made Evolve Energy Bites, was followed by an eye-opening workshop on sleep with Medical Director, Ingemaud Gerber.

And then, with mellow, sweet sounding, live, cello music performed by Erin Beach playing in the background, we rested on our yoga mats and retreated inward to activate our Solar Plexus and Heart Chakras in a Yoga Nidra experience lead by Yoga & Adventure Guide, Sarah Harvie.

Very deep and relaxing!

And as night fell upon the mountains, once again it was time to eat, so we headed to the Cedar Room and enjoyed great conversations and a delicious and nutritious meal prepared by Crosswaters Resort chefs.

All in all, I had a beautiful and inspiring Day of Wellness in Kananaskis and I highly recommend Crosswaters Resort and Evolve Retreat Co!

And now that I’m back in my new home in Calgary, I’m ready to walk into my future with arms wide open!


About the Author

Maria Koropecky is a Wellness Coach and Blogger who specializes in self-care. Maria is currently accepting new wellness coaching clients. If you’d like spiritual guidance on this topic, please make an appointment for a 30-Minute Consultation or a Crystal Mapping session with Maria today!


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My Mystical Moment

by Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach

“Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison is one of my favourite songs and I feel like I “sailed into the mystic” myself this past weekend.

The strangest thing happened to me after I posted my blog, “Coaching is a Creating Conversation.”

In the post I shared a video clip from the movie, “Elizabeth the Golden Age: The New World,” where Sir Walter Raleigh describes the New World to Queen Elizabeth I.

To me, Mr. Raleigh really captures the essence of coaching. It’s a creative process that starts as a smudge on the horizon of your imagination and then somehow grows into something you can actually walk into in real life.

Anyway, for my blog post, I chose to include a photo I took a couple of years ago from Island View Beach near Victoria, BC. It was the closest thing I had to seeing land from the sea as in Mr. Raleigh’s story.

Sandy cliffs off in the distance. Photo by Maria Koropecky

I like the photo because there’s symmetry with the birds, and off in the distance, across the water, you can also see some sandy cliffs on an island.

In my own head, I’ve always called those sandy cliffs, “The Cliffs of Dover” because I didn’t know their real name.

Two days after I posted my blog, I got a completely unrelated text from my sister-in-law asking if I’d like to come and visit the mainland for her brother’s 50th birthday party. She also said for me to bring my passport.

“Why would I need to bring my passport?” I asked.

“Because we’re going to Point Roberts first and that’s in the States.”

“Oh. Good to know.”

I figured this would be a good opportunity for me to do a dry run travelling with my new backpack and my passport, 10 days before I set off to walk the Camino in Spain, so I said “Sure, I’d like to come.”

So, on Saturday, my brother and his family picked me up from the ferries and we headed to the U.S. to visit his friends from architecture school who had just bought a house in Point Roberts.

Until then, I had never even heard of Point Robert before even though it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump from Vancouver Island.

After we crossed the border, it was like we had stepped into a mythical forest – everything was so green and lush!

We arrived in the middle of the afternoon. My brother’s friends offered to take us on a short hike from their home to the beach and we all enthusiastically took them up on their invitation.

And that’s when I saw the “Cliffs of Dover” up close!

Sandy cliffs in Point Roberts, Washington

I had actually walked into my own photo that I was looking at a few days before!

Also, just by chance, purely for dramatic effect as you’d find in the movies, there was a major thunder storm brewing further south and we saw some lightening strike across the sky, too!

Later at the 50th birthday party, there was a Mariachi band — it was quite the day for me!

Days ago, I had no idea that Point Roberts even existed. It never occurred to me that I’d actually go to those sandy cliffs myself someday. I just admired the cliffs from afar for the last 22 years.

And then through no conscious effort on my part, no force, no ego, and no wheeling and dealing, I went there in person anyway!

Sandy Cliffs in Point Roberts, Washington

It’s the magic of coaching! One day you’re staring off into the distance, dreaming about something with no agenda or attachment, and the next day you’re experiencing it for real!

I think that’s so cool and I just had to share this update with you.

Have you ever had a mystical experience that you can’t explain? I’d love to hear about it. Please send me an email and let’s make an appointment to chat.

In the meantime, embrace the mystic — it’s all around us!

View from Point Roberts back towards Vancouver Island

About the Author

Maria Koropecky is a Wellness Coach and Blogger who specializes in self-care. Maria is currently accepting new wellness coaching clients. If you’d like spiritual guidance on this topic, please make an appointment for a Crystal Mapping session with Maria today!

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Here Comes the Sun!

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined,

Henry David Thoreau
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined," Henry David Thoreau
Maria standing on a rock at Sooke Potholes.
Photo by Mark Koropecky

Wherever you are on the planet, on this 21st day of June, I’d like to wish you a beautiful, sunshiny day, and a fun, busy, and productive summer!

Today is the day in the Northern Hemisphere when we get the most daylight hours in the whole year and it just inspires everyone to wake up, stretch, and go outside!

Sunshine and summertime go hand in hand. Sunshine brings golden yellow light into our lives and the colour of yellow is all about personal power, confidence, and ambition!

Tapping into cheery yellow energy, via standing in the sunshine and our own solar plexus, helps connect us to joy, belly laughs, our gut instinct, and the Divine Masculine.

Summer is the time of year to go out there and take action towards your goals and dreams!

Let the long, bright days of the summer season inspire you to go to work and be seen in the light of day for the talented person you are. Be confident expressing your creativity as you earn a living. Go ahead and work up a sweat, get in shape, and get a healthy tan!

The sun shines on all of us equally!

Alternatively, if we don’t have enough sunshiny, yellow, summertime energy in our lives, we may experience low self-esteem, poor vision, a big Ego, difficulty going to work, a hard time making decisions, problems with digestion, or anger or control issues.

If that’s the case, you can remedy those issues quickly by choosing self-care activities that will help you feel full of energy and confidence and will get you out of the house and out in the world at large!

To inspire you to go outside already, please enjoy the photos I took of sunshine in all of its glory when I went to Sooke Potholes with my brother and nephew on June 15, 2019.

Sooke River, BC
Sooke Potholes near Victoria, BC.
Photo by Maria Koropecky
sunlight thru trees at Sooke Potholes.
Sunlight through trees near Sooke Potholes.
Photo by Maria Koropecky
sunshine reflecting in the water.
Sunshine reflecting in the water showing us waves and particles!
Photo by Maria Koropecky
heart shaped pool at Sooke Potholes.
I couldn’t resist taking this heart-shaped photo at Sooke Potholes.
Photo by Maria Koropecky
Clear green water at Sooke Potholes.
Look how clear the water is at Sooke Potholes!
Photo by Maria Koropecky
sunlight thru tree near Sooke Potholes.
Notice the solar flares dancing in the leaves of this tall tree!
Photo by Maria Koropecky
sun reflecting in the water.
The sun insisted on getting into this picture!
Photo by Maria Koropecky
Amidst the tall trees.
Tree friends standing with me in this photo near Sooke Potholes.
Photo by Mark Koropecky

Ultimately, summer is the time of year to make hay while the sun shines!

So go out there and get busy! It’s your time to shine! You can rest all you want in winter. 🙂

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Is spending time in nature something you’re interested in? Would you like to have some spiritual guidance on this topic? Consider signing up for a Crystal Mapping Session with Spa Therapist and Wellness Coach, Maria Koropecky. Email Maria to book your Crystal Mapping Session today!

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