I first started coming to Heart & Hands in 2014 when I was experiencing chronic adrenal fatigue and the accessible model made it possible to receive treatment on a more consistent basis.
I remained a regular client over the years, and in 2018, after leaving a chapter of my life that left me feeling burnt out, Heart & Hands’ importance in my life grew considerably. At that time I felt called to return to an environment that better supported my values as well as a positive outlet for giving back to our community. It was at this time that I was finally ready to join the Heart & Hands volunteer team.
The accessible community model provides a special setting to share space with others, and despite each person going through their own experiences and their own stories, I feel there is a profound collective energy that would otherwise not exist in a private clinic setting.
I feel that over time, receiving weekly community acupuncture sessions has allowed me to access a deeper level of healing. Not only on a physical level, but on emotional and spiritual levels too. The opportunity to regularly access the meditative, internal, restful space is so very important to me as it has allowed me to build a deeper sense of body awareness, a place to practice self-compassion, and an hour out of my day to rest and to dream.
I feel deeply grateful to be apart of a community that practices care and compassion, on a personal level as well towards others around us. Being both a patient and a volunteer at Heart & Hands has been an enriching and pivotal experience for me.
We love community. And we love stories. Humans of Heart & Hands is a collection of practitioner, volunteer & client accounts of how Heart & Hands Health Collective has made a positive impact in their lives.
Help us transition to non-profit!
As a tiny, values-based establishment in Downtown Victoria, it is no longer sustainable for us to remain as a business due to the rapidly rising cost of property tax. Hence, we are transitioning into a non-profit, a huge undertaking that will invest in our longevity. Then we can continue offering our vital and affordable services to the community as well as providing our practitioners with a living wage.
“Help us build H&H 2.0” is an online fundraising campaign running February 15 – March 20. We intend to raise a total of $15 000 = $12 000 for our 2020 property tax + $3000 for legal/accounting fees necessary for the non-profit transition.