• Thank you so much for all the interest in this event! It is now sold out.

    Please join the waitlist in case of cancellations and to let me know if you'd be interested in a similar event around the Fall Equinox.







    (verb) to grow or develop in a healthy or vigourous way, especially as the result of a particularly favourable environment.



    Summer is that time - often our most favourable environment where we can soak in sunlight and warmth.


    But we are also surrounded by increasing pressure, expectation, busyness, disconnection, noise, extraction, and injustice.


    Underneath that heaviness - what does flourishing even look like?




    Nature can lead the way.


    Join us on Saturday, June 22nd, just after the Summer Solstice and the Strawberry Full Moon, for a co-created day that centers flourishing— for you and for us all.



    The day will feature time in the forest to build your connection, conversations to shift your perspective, organic flowers to spark your creativity, and many opportunities to open to new possibilities.



    We'd be honoured to have you join us.

  • Logistics


    Date: Saturday June 22nd


    Optional morning forest bath & hike with Shannon Clarke in the area from 10:00 - 12:30pm (with a bring-your-own picnic lunch).


    The more formal (yet still casual!) facilitated gathering begins at 1 p.m. at the home of an Ember alum in Chelsea, QC (~ 30 min. from Ottawa) and wraps up at 8pm (with an optional jump in the lake!).


    The afternoon will include:

    • Sessions led by Jess to help you explore what flourishing looks like in your own life and the world
    • Organic flower arranging and flower teachings with Danielle Schami from Franktown House Flowers (you will leave with your own bouquet!)
    • Exploring the medicine wheel with Melissa Hammell
    • Exploring menstruality and cyclical living with Rachelle Latremouille from Lacuna Kitchen
    • Solstice communal dinner - everyone is asked to bring something vegetarian to contribute to the food for the day, and/or you can bring a beverage to share if you wish.


    Financial Contribution: $85 +HST

    Scholarships & bartering options available.


    Registration deadline is June 15th or when all spots are filled.


    The gathering is designed for both those new to the Ember Circle, and Ember Alums. Please invite friends!


    If you would like to contribute to the gathering or have questions about available supports please reach out to jess@embercircle.com.

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  • "Jess is a great facilitator, very caring and open. The tools she provided and her insights helped me to think deeply about some of the key questions I am asking myself about who I am in the world, who I want to be, and how I can be more kind, compassionate, and invested in the people I love and the world around me."


    - Ember Alumni

  • Facilitators

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    Jess Lax

    Jess (she/her) is passionate about empowering others to bring their whole hearts forward to create a more just, connected, and beautiful world.


    A mother, educator, community builder, and coach - Jess believes there is incredible power in living authentically so that your choices align with the life you want to lead, and the world you want to create.


    She is the founder of The Ember Circle, where she integrates her experience as a social impact leader with her training as an ICF certified coach. She leads transformational experiences for women to reconnect to their aligned path of service, and speaks on the connection between inner work and social change.

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    Melissa Hammell

    Melissa (she/her) is a facilitator, speaker, community connector and mama to three young children. She is passionate about small world stories and synchronicities, living life in awe of how everything is connected. Melissa is proud of her Anishinaabe and European mixed heritage, using her experiences to bring voices from different cultures together in an welcoming and respectful way.


    As owner of Pine Gum Studio and a senior associate with First Peoples Group, Melissa leads conversations specializing in cultural awareness, relationship building and reconciliation. At the community level, Melissa volunteers for several organizations and is the President of the board of directors at Tewegan Housing for Aboriginal Youth.

  • "The most valuable part of this experience has been the time and space to focus and connect with myself, and to do that with other wonderful women in a way that I know I've been missing. The work has been deep and life changing. I feel more present, connected, and stronger."


    - 2020 Ember Alumni

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    We look forward to being in community with you. <3