Author Archives: Michael

Hemma Is Turning 11

On Sunday, October 14th, come celebrate with us – there will be bingo, cake, sales and prizes!
* Free yoga and acupuncture!!!
* 11% off everything in store, cake, and fun!
* Birthday SALES from October 10th-15th
purchase :
5 for $85 acu-punch card sale — get 5 treatments for $85
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10 class pass for $100
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* Play Birthday Bingo all month long! Ask for details at the desk!

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Home Coming

For me one of the greatest parts of traveling is the return home. This is especially true when one is coming home to Victoria, BC.  The stunning beauty and the slow pace of the ferry ride home always reminds me that there are few places in the world as special as Vancouver Island. I was a bit hesitant to leave as I embarked on my August road trip. I hadn’t seen some of my family in 4 years, and the thought of driving 7000 kilometres home made me a little nervous! My attitude slowly shifted though as I settled into being out of my routines, allowed myself to feel the comforting connection of people and places. The memory of those experiences, and beauty I witnessed, fills my heart to over-flowing: connection with family and friends, visiting cottage country, gazing out at mighty Lake Superior, a cool late summer dip at Lake of the Woods, hours of staring out at the prairies and the endless multi-coloured sky, watching the approaching ancient mountains.  I felt like I was home for the entire journey.  But the one home I was most grateful for, the one I was happiest to return home to, was hemma.  Thank you all for sharing in my vision and for carrying on in the usual way while I took some much needed time away.  Michael

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Time for a road trip

Eleven years ago today, I was deep into construction; building walls, running wires, and sanding floors, in preparation for our opening that fall.  Constructing a vision with a clear and singular purpose… wondering how it would all be received. This year, I’m taking the month of August to head back east for a long overdue visit with family and friends. Planning this trip has been a real struggle for me. As a business owner I often feel that somehow hemma is dependent on me, needs me to function.  At the same time I am well aware of how much bigger hemma is than one person, one vision. All of you — amazing staff, hardworking volunteers, dedicated teachers and acupuncturists, and each and every one of you who unrolls a yoga mat or kicks back in a lazy-boy recliner, share and support my vision of community, of caring for self and others, of sacred sanctuary. I am so deeply moved by this shared vision we all now hold together. Thank you for holding it all together while I take some needed time away for rest and fellowship. I look forward to seeing you all in September!

Michael

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