Conscious Conversations

Urban Retreat | June 22 | 12:00 -5:00 pm | The Spoke Club

Curious how you can start living more mindfully? Not sure where to start? We understand that making the shift can be overwhelming.
At our Urban Retreat, you will have the opportunity to sit in on our Conscious Conversation series where we chat with our panel of sustainable fashion designers and mindful living influencers to share the A-HA moments that shifted their mindset towards more mindful living. Discuss + learn what actionable steps you can take towards a more sustainable life. This is a ticketed event.



The Designer Panel

We’ve gathered a group of some of our favourite designers to discuss the compassion aspect of sustainable fashion in the form of caring about our environmental impact in our production processes can have and caring about the artisans and makers that have put their energy into making our goods. We’ll introduce you to the Slow Fashion Movement and how we as brands want you to shop our collections and speak to the self-love component when dressing yourself, why do we design or buy the way we do.

 
 
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Kristi Soomer, encircled

Kristi is the founder of Encircled, a line of ethically made apparel that helps women do more with less. Previously, Kristi worked for 10+ years in management consulting, retail and consumer packaged goods focusing on building brands, and igniting growth in large retailers.

 
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Amanda Moss

Born and raised in Newfoundland, Amanda moved to Montreal in 1998 where she was able to study and pursue a career in Fashion Design.

After stints at a few fast fashion brands, Amanda became briefly disenchanted with the fashion industry.  A short hiatus led to a renewed passion and dedication to create products crafted to last beyond seasons.

In her eponymous collection, launched in 2013, Amanda Moss focuses on silhouette and construction evoking a strong sense of timeless femininity.  

Amanda Moss designs all collections in her Toronto studio and all pieces are assembled in small, ethically managed workshops in Montreal, Canada.

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ani suzette, simply suzette

Ani Wells, Owner and Founder, created Simply Suzette for fashion and more specifically, for denim-lovers to shop guilt-free. After graduating from a post-graduate fashion management program, Ani was mind-boggled when learning about the consequences denim production has on people and our planet. Everything is give and take. You don’t have to be a human rights activist to care about the person who made your jeans, or an environmentalist to know our consumerism habits have to change.

 
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Grace Wong, Jewels & Aces

Grace is the founder of Jewels & Aces, a premium brand reinventing how we wear jewelry through innovative, minimalist design and a sustainable supply chain. The line’s core collection, The Earring Capsule, is a unique system of interchangeable earrings designed for elevated versatility and effortless creativity. Prior to Jewels & Aces, Grace was a CPA who left a career in finance to pursue her creative and entrepreneurial passion.

 
 
 
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Melissa Almonte, Brave Soles

For over 12 years Melissa Almonte has been involved with participating in, and executing humanitarian projects in the Dominican Republic. It was through her very first trip there at age 18 that she met Christal Earle, the founder of Brave Soles.  Melissa spent two years living full time in the Dominican Republic, but now works full time in the construction Industry in Barrie, ON. Melissa has seen, first hand, the harmful effects of consumption and pollution in the vulnerable communities that she worked in during her time in the Dominican Republic. When she heard of the opportunity to become a Indie Expert for Brave Soles she knew it was a great way to amalgamate her love for the D.R. with her life in Canada.


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Janelle Marpa, House Of Marpa (Moderator)

14+ years in the Fashion Industry Janelle has been a Fashion Stylist, Apparel Designer, Graphic Designer, and Social Media Manager. Suffering from bouts of depression and anxiety her workaholic lifestyle lead to her ultimate physical and mental breakdown working in a toxic work environment and burning out after long days and nights working overtime, the stress resulted in triggering a Psoriasis flare up that covered her body from head-to-toe and later developing Psoriatic Arthritis.

Janelle found her mindfulness practice at the University of Toronto’s Foundations of Applied Mindfulness and Meditation course and completely transformed her mindset and inspired her path into sustainable fashion. Marrying her love for fashion and mindfulness she was inspired by her teacher Michele Chaban to bring mindfulness to the fashion industry and House of Marpa was born.

 

 

The Influencer Panel

Are you following along? In conversations with our influencer panel we’ll be chatting wellness “trends” and how to look beyond the label, their experiences transitioning to more mindful living, and how they make kinder choices on a daily basis. Don’t feel like you need to make changes overnight, our influencers will inspire you to make one small change that can make a huge impact on our planet. It’s a process, and for some it’s not easy, and our influencers are a testament to that.


 
 
 
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jessie atma, @atmathings

Jessie is a radical bad-ass tarot reader....no just kidding.  She’s so much more than that. Jessie has been speaking about spirituality's potential relevance in the world of mental health for over ten years now.  She's been able to better understand the two worlds through her own life experiences as well as through the eyes of thousands of clients that visit her for guidance and energy clearings.  She's been popularised as a tarot reader and reiki healer, but she would beg do differ and call herself an alchemist of emotions instead. Jessie is also the owner and creatrix of Atma Things, a brand of lux body products that focuses on self-care and mindfulness.

 
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sheri stroh, @sheristroh

Sheri Stroh is a Toronto-based make-up & hair artist that has been in the industry for almost 20 years. Known for her exuberant personality on set and her love for glowing, radiant skin, she believes in the importance of what one puts on their skin and that make-up is both a tool to enhance one's beauty and also have fun with.  She is called upon by beauty editors, industry insiders and brands for her expertise, recommendations, and tricks of the trade and sought after for her knowledge of 'clean', sustainable and indie beauty, a sector of the industry that is growing rapidly. Her clientele includes The Detox Market, FitGlow Beauty, Juice Beauty, L'oreal, Garnier, Shoppers Drug Mart, Dove, Holt Renfrew, Winners, Adidas, Netflix. Sheri's goal is to always make whoever is sitting in her chair comfortable and feel like their best selves and it has allowed her to collaborate on beauty looks for Tessa Virtue, Meghan Markle, Stephanie Shepard, Florence Welch, Selena Gomez, Sarah Rafferty Hailee Steinfeld, Demi Lovato, Lilly Singh, Linda Cardellini, Sally Hawkins, Yvette Nicole Brown, Andie MacDowell, and Dree Hemingway.

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elle sikorski, @ellevatehealth

Elle is a Toronto-based Holistic Nutritionist and mama to one rambunctious toddler. She is a multi-passionate woman, but nutrition and understanding how the body works is really her passion. Through her own personal journey, she has healed her body using strategic, natural tools and techniques. Now she’s ready to help others! As a new Mom, she understands that wellbeing is a journey. She hopes her expertise will inspire others to choose nutrient-rich foods and the right products to create a happy, healthy and sustainable home.

 
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arti jalan, @forageandsustain

Forage and Sustain is an online platform that approaches all things related to sustainable and conscious living with a fresh perspective. Founder, Arti Jalan, creatively explores a myriad of topics that affect us in our lives such as self-care & wellness, conscious travel, slow living and ethical fashion. She educates us on how to shift our focus to have a more positive impact in these areas, and encourages us to become agents of social change.

 
 
 
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Charlotte Singmin, Raw + Basic

Charlotte is the founder of RAW + BASIC a conscious living website and wellness retreat company located in Toronto.

She has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2008, both here in the city and in international locations like Nicaragua and Mexico.  At present she teaches mainly in offices, for Flow at the Stackt Market, at her own RAW + BASIC Retreats, and at Nathan Phillips Square for the City of Toronto’s summer yoga program.

Charlotte is passionate about green beauty, sustainable style, wellness, and eco living and does her best to navigate parenthood with these pillars in mind - she contributes content to global publications like Huff Post as well as for her own site on all of these subjects.

She was the host of the digital show Urban Wellness for Huff Post Canada which she co-created, and continues to write for them.  Her contributions have also been featured in Canadian Living, Clear Life, and Canadian Hairdresser.

Charlotte has been a judge for Cert Clean awards, recognized as one of Huff Post Canada’s Top 50 Contributors, and a panelist at the Green Living Show.  You can follow her @charlotteannas / @rawandbasic.


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Kiki Athana, MeByKiki (Moderator)

Kiki Athanas is a wellness enthusiast who has devoted the past 5+ years of her life learning about all things HEALTH! Her journey started with a deeper dive into nutrition and naturopathic medicine, and has since transformed into exploring more progressive healing modalities that we can all use to transform and elevate our lives - from biohacking to crystals and everything in-between.

Kiki is passionate about discovering and implementing powerful (yet accessible) ways to heighten the quality of her life - whilst sharing those insights and how-to's on her blog, MEbyKiki.com, to make it ever more accessible to the modern masses. Whether it's discovering the next best (or ancient) healing modalities, or simply curating the top-rated green beauty finds, you can trust Kiki to lend her wellness enthusiasm for the sake of happier, healthier days.


Today, Kiki runs retreats and experiences encouraging mindfulness + green living, is the In-House Wellness Expert @ Calii Love, and is currently in the process of rolling out products in the space of CBD & adaptogenic herbs.