We are Matt and Laura and together we make Mala Wellness Collective! We are based in Edmonton, AB.
We have found profound benefits from a variety of modalities that have led to deep learning and certification in nutrition and breathwork (Matt) and yoga and forest therapy (Laura). We are now passionate about spreading this healing to the collective!
Mala Wellness Collective was created to bring healing to the collective through a wide variety of modalities. We believe that healing begins at the individual; as we come back to a state of health and harmony this healing permeates out into the collective to the benefit of all beings.
Our approach is to consider wellness from a truly holistic perspective, recognizing the many aspects, both internal and external, that can affect our well-being.
We provide wellness services in a range of forms, knowing that everyone has a different path. We believe in finding what resonates with you; our guidance will allow you to discover the practices that ring true for you, removing the frustration to find practices that feel sustainable and enriching.
We are here to help you shift your physical and mental state, empowering you to return to your essential nature and realize how your own innate wisdom can guide you towards growth and transformation.
We have dedicated years of deep personal work, study and integration to build a toolbox of practices that we have found to be immensely helpful in moving into a state of harmony with the self and our place in the world.
We hope to share our knowledge and be of service by helping individuals optimize their health and increase connection with mind, body, spirit and nature - in turn raising the collective consciousness.
We would be honored to be a part of your journey.
We respectfully acknowledge that we are on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of First Nations and Métis peoples
A portion of our proceeds go to local Indigenous and conservation groups
Forest Therapy Guide
My journey towards wellness began with a period of severe illness, the diagnosis of a chronic autoimmune condition, a subsequent major surgery and the continual decline of my physical and mental health over the next few years following the surgery. Getting healthy often stems from desperation and I reached a point where I was desperate to gain control over my situation.
In 2015 and 2016 I journeyed to the Amazon rainforest of Peru to work with plant medicines. I had profound experiences that began the healing process and lifted the veil of depression that kept me from my authentic self .
As I continued on my journey, I incorporated more and more holistic nutrition and lifestyle practices, using trial and error to find what worked for me, with many dances of two steps forward and one step back. Living with Crohn's Disease required the dedication to take responsibility and begin mastering both my physical and mental health, as these two areas had become so greatly intertwined. I learned to care for, nourish and befriend my body, and get my thoughts under control. I have now been medication free and treating my condition naturally for over four years. Through this process I learned that it is through presence, self-honesty , self-love, commitment, trust and the right tools that we can heal ourselves.
A lifelong learner, I am committed to knowledge, transformation and deepening my spiritual evolution. I hold a Bachelors of Arts in Honours Psychology. It was a few months after my first trip to Peru that I dove into my 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. In 2018, I completed my Nature and Forest Therapy Guide Certification through the ANFT.
I now have over 500-hours of formal yoga education and have completed training in Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Ayurveda, Yoga Philosophy, Himalayan Kriya Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation and Mudras. I am passionate about the full potential of yoga as a holistic science as a way to master our minds and our energy.
My guiding philosophy is to reconnect each person to their innate wisdom and empower them to do what feels right to them, while providing tools and techniques to reach a desired state. We each have the power to change our energy and our mindset and cultivate presence to live as our fullest expression. My intention is to create experiences that allow us to truly be in the moment and embody the feeling of life flowing through us as we are connected to mind, body, spirit and nature.
Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant
I am on a dedicated journey of personal growth and self improvement and I consider myself a lifelong student. I am Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant & Soma Breathwork Instructor, and have spent years studying, learning, and incorporating holistic health practices. My commitment to this process has enabled me to better express the most loving, compassionate, empathetic, and healthy version of myself.
There was a period in my life in which I experienced personal traumas, resulting in a cycle of nutrition and lifestyle practices that led me away from a state of love, health, and contentment. My body was inflamed, I felt chronically fatigued and I began experiencing regular bouts of debilitating depression, anxiety, and apathy. I felt strongly disconnected. That disconnection perpetuated poor nutrition and lifestyle habits, and negative decision making that did not serve my life's purpose, dreams, and aspirations. I was fortunate enough to have had abundant support and love in my personal relationships, and to have found indirect mentorship from some incredibly wise and knowledgeable individuals. These relationships led me to seek help in the Peruvian Amazon.
After participating in over a dozen shamanic healing ceremonies and continuing the work over several years of integration, I have transformed my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. I can offer valuable insights into how these states of health can be realized. Noticing the powerful impact that the simple act of breathing can have on your overall health and wellbeing and how the breath dictates your reality, your stress levels, and the quality of your life and relationships was one of the most profound takeaways. My approach to health and nutrition will account for the various experiences and circumstances of one’s life. While working with me, you will be encouraged to take a holistic approach to your health by incorporating what I refer to as the Elements of Wellness. My mission is to guide you through a journey of personal discovery of what nutrition and lifestyle practices ring true in your heart - practices that when lived produce feelings of health, wholeness, love and connection.