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We are OPEN for our regular Yoga and Acupuncture schedule on Wednesday November 11th – Remembrance Day. This is a day to honour those who’s lives were lost. It’s also a time to visualize peace. Take a moment out of your day to feel peace – and send that out far and wide. Imagine the power of peace if the whole planet did this in the same moment!



A few weeks ago I had the privilege to travel down to San Francisco to attend PocaFest, an annual gathering of the People’s Organization for Community Acupuncture.  Poca is an International Cooperative whose mission is to expand accessibility of affordable community based acupuncture.  Hemma has been a member since opening, and was the first POCA clinic in Canada.  In 2007 when we opened there were fewer than 20 Community Acupuncture clinics operating in North America.  Today there are more than 200.  Last year these clinics gave more than a million treatments combined — 1 Million affordable acupuncture treatments!  Hemma’s goal, from the beginning, has been to create an accessible centre where people could find healing and community.  Attending PocaFest was an amazing reminder of how we are part of a much larger community of like-minded businesses and care-providers, helping to make our world a better place, one person at a time, one community at a time.  My experience in San Francisco reminds me of the important role each of us can play in making our world a more caring, loving, supportive place, one person at a time, that together adds up to millions upon millions!  I am constantly moved by the spirit of love and caring that each of you share with us and one another every day at Hemma!  Thanks for caring, and thanks for sharing your generous spirits!  If you are interested in learning more about this international COOP and how to become a member, go to POCA


Hemma’s turning Eight!

Thank you all for helping us make it to our 8th birthday! We will be celebrating with some special sales on Yoga, Acupuncture, and our store from October 16th-19th. We invite you to our special events, prizes, and cake planned for Sunday October 18. We appreciate each and every one of you and the support you have given us over the years!

When we first opened hemma back in 2007 one of our primary goals was to create a space that was inviting and accessible to as many people as possible. We recognized that an important aspect of accessibility was affordability. That’s why we chose to offer acupuncture on a sliding scale. A lot of people were sceptical about whether such a system would work financially; “won’t people take advantage of it?”, “aren’t you undervaluing your services?” The simple truth is that there is a wide range of ability to pay, based on a wide range of circumstances, and our sliding scale creates opportunities for more people to access our services. The model was so well received in the first few years that in 2012 we decided to offer it for our yoga classes too. Since then we have been offering all our services on a sliding scale and have never looked back! Thanks again for your patronage and support! Michael

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