About

Heart & Hands Health Collective is a grassroots, locally-owned and community-focused Community Acupuncture & Holistic Health clinic.

Community Acupuncture (CA) entails high volume acupuncture provided in a supportive group setting at sliding scale rates (typically $15-40/session). Community Acupuncture is both a practice/business model as well as a social movement first founded by Lisa Rohleder and Skip Van Meter, both Licensed Acupuncturists in Portland OR. It makes acupuncture an accessible option to a wider range of individuals who otherwise could not afford the going rate for acupuncture. It is also a modern take on how acupuncture is traditionally provided in Asia; in a large open space, treating many people at once, quickly, efficiently and effectively.

In setting up the first CA clinic, the founders asked some simple questions: What were the barriers to people getting acupuncture? What is really necessary for acupuncture treatments? How can acupuncturists make a sustainable income providing treatments to more people? The result is the CA model, which includes some fundamental re-imaginings of what acupuncture is and can be, and many helpful systems that help clinics run smoothly.

Our vision

Upholding the belief that community acupuncture is a tool for social change, shifting societal views about self-care, the use of traditional modalities for prevention as well as supporting our organization and it’s hardworking practitioners.

Our mission

To transform community health into community wealth by providing compassionate and accessible services to our community.

Non-discrimination

Heart & Hands is a healing space and will not tolerate hostile, abusive language or behaviour directed towards it’s staff, volunteers or clients. We also ask you to abstain from drug and alcohol use prior to receiving treatment for your own personal safety and the safety of others around you.

If you fail to abide by our policies, we reserve the right to refuse you service. The safety of our community is of top priority.

Our establishment appreciates the diversity of human beings and does not discriminate based on race, age, height, national origin, language, religion, ability, education, HIV status, marital status, sexual orientation, sex or gender identity. We invite our client-base to share similar attitudes and acceptance of individuals from all walks of life.

Heart & Hands supports open hearts and open minds.

Heart & Hands would like to acknowledge that we make “our home” on the unceded traditional territories of the Lekwungen peoples (today known as the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations). In solidarity, we are committed to serving our community members of all nations and creeds.

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