Zoë’s Story

I am one of many people who is able to say that yoga saved my life. I am dedicated to bringing the lights of joy and health into lives, because I have lived without, having survived major depression, struggled against anxiety, and danced swing with AD/HD. The struggles and exultations continue, and so do I!

Zoë is Fledge!’s Founder and Wellness Educator.

zoeFledge!’s offerings are intended to empower each person in their own health and joy – yoga and connecting with nature are great ways to do that!

Zoë loves to be in the natural world, cherishes her communities, resists the mainstream, and believes in possibility. Her approach is about conveying understanding, not memorization.

As far as credentials go, Zoë is a certified Yoga Teacher at the 200 hour level (RYT-200) in the Kripalu tradition, a trained SUP (stand up paddleboard) Yoga teacher, and a Paddle Canada SUP Instructor. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (both cum laude) and has a clear current criminal records and vulnerable sector check. Zoë is trained to Advanced Wilderness & Remote First Aid standards and is a Red Cross First Aid Instructor. In the past, she has provided workshops in Wilderness Survival and Nature Photography as well as taught computer and writing skills.

Out for a paddle & yoga - with a view from downward facing dog.

Out for a paddle & yoga – with a view from downward facing dog.

What she says about her latest joy, paddling

I dabbled in paddling occasionally, until the summer of 2012, when paddling caught me! I took on canoeing, sea kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding. At times, my greatest joy comes from my practice on the board. Falling or jumping off, especially on a hot summer day, is fabulous fun. There is nothing like down dog on the water – what you see past your knees is a horizon where the ocean seems to be where the sky ought to be. This is the ultimate learning ground for joy and for finding balance in constant change.

Zoë grew up on St. Margaret’s Bay and now makes home in a slice of paradise near the Ingram River.