Consider this a haven to gently explore your bodymind. Expect to feel utterly nurtured as you reconnect with parts of yourself you have lost touch with, after traumatic experiences, stress or a busy lifestyle. Plants and the elements provide the therapy, while I act as a mediator. We work on uncovering your embodied intelligence so you can feel joy, power, ease and inspiration.
I grew up in a holistic household, taking lots of vitamins, doing cleanses and visiting wellness practitioners weekly. Thanks mum! As much as she was trying to take care of me, I was trying to run free. You could find me outside for a lot of my childhood, scrapes everywhere, muddied and maybe eating a flower. I was, and still am, a tactile learner.
I was also a sporty, yet clumsy teen, who ended up with two concussions by 16. I developed depression from the brain trauma and remained in that state for years. Part of it was that I was embarrassed to ask for help. As a young woman, the severity was downplayed. And so I began practicing meditations and yoga to help me manage my health and elevate my spirit. I already had ambitions to transcend my body (precocious kid?). Yoga fulfilled me in many ways until I got debilitatingly sick.
In 2016, I fell ill from tick-borne infections. It equaled five years of hell and kept me housebound for long stretches. Surviving became a full-time job. I experienced symptoms that mimicked diseases such as MS, Alzheimer's and Fibromyalgia, After being tossed around from specialist to specialist, I took my health into my hands and studied herbal medicine.
Thanks to my herbal mentor Tamara Segal, I started growing herbs and even making my own flower essences! Herbalism grew from a hobby into a vocation. Herbal allies along with several other therapies carried me into recovery in 2021. Because of plant medicine, I had the energy to train as a yoga and meditation facilitator, and conduct programs at corporate offices, community centers and schools.
I still manage my health carefully every day, but I know I can rely on my holistic training to do so. Now that I am no longer disabled, I love sharing my skills and wisdom from experience to help you navigate tough times.
"My conversation with Aleksa cracked open a part of me that I was trying to hide from my conscious for a long time. It felt so good to bring some light to this part of me, and made me realize that it’s time to free these emotions."
We are bridging the dichotomy between mainstream biomedicine and holistic forms of medicine. Both have their strengths, and limitations, especially when it comes to the field of mental healthcare. We want you to feel validated and comfortable accessing both care paradigms in order to optimize your state of mind and emotional balance. One day, we hope every household has a herbalist, and everybody has knowledge of how to work with plants, safely, to improve their quality of life, mentally and physically. This will take time, but it is essential to creating healthier and happier communities.
What we believe
Health is experienced differently by everyone. Here, it's not about conforming to wellness or beauty standards, it is not ableist, racist, sexist, or judgmental. Exploring your body should be a safe, playful and loving experience. In fact, we believe that safety is the foundation of health. We also recognize that people have less access to safe spaces because of systems of oppression.
Professional Training in Healing Sexual Trauma with The Breathe Network
Bach Foundation Level III Training with The Bach Centre
12-Month Herbalists' Circle with Healer's Harvest
Anxiety Aid Class with Clinical Herbalist Meg Drennan
Master Gardener Certification with University of Guelph and Master Gardeners of Ontario Inc. (2020-2021)
Practical Herbalism Diploma with Wild Rose College of Natural Healing
Experiential Herbalism: Practitioner Program with Registered Herbalist Tamara Segal
Bach Level II Practitioner Training with BFRP Sarah Brune
Medicinal Mushrooms: The Essential Guide with Dr. Christopher Hobbs
Cultivating Closeness: Herbs for Strong Relationships Workshop with Folk Herbalist Madeleine L. Keller.
Professional Training for Healing Sexual Trauma with The Breathe Network
Herbs, Health, the Elements & the Moon Series with Registered Herbalist Tamara Segal
All About Kava Workshop with Dr. Christopher Hobbs
Canadian Herbal Conference
The Science and Art of Herbalism with Registered Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar
Bach Level I Practitioner Training with BFRP Sarah Brune
Corporate Ishanga Yoga & Meditation Facilitator Training with Isha Foundation
Ishanga Yoga & Meditation Facilitator Training with Isha Foundation
Green Roof Professional Training with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Biodynamic Farming & Horticultural Apprenticeship with Tom Petherick (2015-2016)
Horticultural Therapy Assistant with Thrive UK (2015-2016)
Advanced Residential Samyama Program with Isha Foundation
BBA (Hons) in Social Entrepreneurship at Hult International Business School (2011-2014)
Changemakers Society Operations at Hult International Business School (2011-2014)
The inspo behind H&H
Do you recognize the saying, "to be hale and hearty"? Hale comes from "whole" or "safe" in Old English, while hearty means to be in a state of vibrant health! Hart is a portmanteau of "hearty" and my maiden name, "Hartog".
The logo is inspired by the alchemical symbol for salt. Salt represents the essence of matter and is renowned for its purifying qualities. H&H embodies the expression "salt of the Earth" which refers to honest, simple and hardworking people. This reflects my own character, even though I cannot physically push my body as much as before. It also reflects the folx I like working with: the ones who are actively creating a more loving, just and equitable world. Hale & Hart is here to sustain you!
H&H is for humans of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, abilities and spiritual/religious paths.
We are located on Mississauga, Haudenosaunee and Wendake-Nionwentsïo unceded, occupied lands.